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Current Affairs Bulletin for IAS and UPSC 29 Mar 2019

Brunei to make gay sex, adultery punishable with death by stoning

In recent years, there have been instances of countries liberalizing laws particularly regarding the LGBTQ community. But, on the other hand, a small Southeast Asian nation named Brunei is in news for making gay sex, adultery punishable with death by stoning. Brunei announced the law to be enforced from April 3, 2019. 

  • Homosexuality was illegal with a punishment of up to 10 years in prison, with the new laws, it will be considered as a capital offence and the penalties will be death by stoning or whipping.
  • Though death penalties for crimes were in laws of Brunei since British colonial era, but no executions have been documented yet.

Chandrayaan-2 to carry NASA instruments; ISRO to launch 29 satellites

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) through its second moon mission Chandrayaan-2, will be sending National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s laser retroreflector arrays.  On April 1, 2019, ISRO will launch 29 satellites including the primary payload EMISAT.

  • NASA’s laser retroreflector will allow scientists to measure accurate distance to moon.
  • Chandrayaan-2 Mission is built at a cost of Rs 800 crore.

Cabinet approves MoU between India, Croatia in the field of tourism

On March 27, 2019 The Union Cabinet gave its ex-post facto authorization to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Croatia in the field of tourism.

The pact will help both the countries to create institutional mechanism for improving collaboration in the tourism sector.

Artificial Intelligence-pioneers win Turing Award 2018

Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun, the pioneers of Artificial Intelligence (AI), were awarded with the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award “for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing”.

  • 1 million dollars prize money will be shared by the 3 winners.
  • The ACM A.M. Turing Award was started in 1966 and is considered as the “Nobel Prize of Computing”.


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