World Event Diary – 13th August 2013, Tuesday
Google announces ‘Google Impact challenge in India’
With the auspicious celebration of Independence Day in this week, Google has announced to launch ‘Google Impact challenge in India’. The challenge hunts inviting Indian non-profits, to tell how they would utilize the technology in an efficient way that improves people’s life. The California based tech giant has announced that, at the end of this grand challenge award, four non-profits will each receive Rs. 3 crore Global Impact Award. Even more, they get the technical assistance from Google to bring their projects to life.
France and Switzerland committed to new Inheritance tax deal
France and Switzerland have signed an agreement on inheritance taxes on 11 July 2013. On the basis of this, Paris will help it bringing in more money. According to this agreement, inheritances will be taxed based on where recipient resides but not where the deceased lived. This agreement allows France to ask Switzerland to investigate apprehensive bank activities. The deal also includes that it investigate the entire bank activity even if it does not have the suspect’s name.
USA and China held discussion on Human Rights
The two big nations USA and China held the discussions about Human Rights issues at Kunming in China. The discussion included several issues like freedom of religion, rule of law, freedom of expression, freedom of association, and other human rights issues, including specific cases of concern. This dialogue discussion was held in the mid of July 2013 by inter-agency delegations led by Uzra Zeya, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, USA and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of International Organizations and Conferences Director-General Li Junhua.
US Navy landed an aircraft carrier in Atlantic Ocean
The US Navy has successfully landed an unnamed fighter jet kind aircraft carrier for the first time on 10 July 2013. The X-47B, an experimental aircraft was landed to display US military’s capability to have a computer program that performs one of the difficult chores. Along with the landing of aircraft carrier, US Navy can move forward with the plan to develop another unnamed aircraft that will join the convoy alongside traditional airplanes to provide round-the-clock surveillance. It is equipped with striking capability to demonstrate the plan.
Specifications of experimental X-47B Aircraft-
- X-47B is a quite giant than Predator, and will be capable of accomplishing the missions without human interventions
- X-47B has wingspan of about 62 feet (19 metres) and weighs 14,000 pounds (6,350 kilograms) as compared to Predator which has nearly 49 feet (15 metres) and about 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms).
It is capable of carrying weapons, designed on the basis of drone program that will provide round the clock intelligence, surveillance and targeting.