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  • The AI-powered drone was designed by Vasu Gupta, a final year B.Tech student and Rishabh Vashistha, a project associate. Both are in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Madras.
  • Researchers in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras have developed an Artificial Intelligence, or AI-powered drone that can counter ―rogue drones.
  • It can help agencies secure airspace over critical civilian and military installations as it can detect rogue drones visually using algorithms powered by AI. These drones can find use in law enforcement.
  • This drone tracks down the ̳rogue drones‘ visually, hacks their GPS navigation systems and forces them to change their flight path or land safely.
  • It can be controlled using the internet and can navigate autonomously as compared to most existing drones that need to remain within the operator‘s view.
  • The AI-powered drones will also be able to deploy a swarm of drones which can be given a task of intelligently detecting and tracking other drones, people, vehicles and objects.

Kerala to open ‘safe homes’ for inter-caste couples

  • At a time when those marrying outside their caste and religion are facing ostracism and threats in several parts of the country, the Kerala government is gearing up to open ‘safe homes‘ to ensure them a secure accommodation.
  • The Department of Social Justice has unveiled the unique initiative to open such safe facilities in all districts.

WORLD

International Court Approves Investigation Into War Crimes In Afghanistan

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court gave the green light for prosecutors to open an investigation targeting the Taliban, Afghan forces and U.S. military and intelligence personnel for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
  • The investigation will target the Taliban, Afghan forces and U.S. military and intelligence personnel.

ECONOMY

EPFO reduces interest rate on employee provident fund to 8.5%

  • EPFO reduces interest rate on employee provident fund to 8.5% Retirement fund body Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on Thursday lowered the interest rate on deposits to 8.50 per cent for the current financial year (FY20) from 8.65 per cent in 2018-19said by Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar

RBI sets Rs 50,000 withdrawal limit on Yes Bank accounts

  • Yes Bank customers will be able to withdraw only Rs 50,000 from their accounts till further orders by the Reserve Bank of India. The central bank has imposed a moratorium on capital-starved Yes Bank.
  • The decision was taken after the bank failed to raise capital to address potential loan losses.
  • The bank has experienced serious governance issues and practices. RBI made all efforts to facilitate the restructuring and exploring opportunities to infuse capital to the bank which did not materialize

IMPORTANT DAYS

  • 1 March – World Civil Defence Day
  • 3 March – World wildlife day
  • 3 March – World Hearing Day

NEWS HINTS

  • The 11th National Krishi Vijayan Kendra conference 2020 was held in New Delhi.
  • The Swathi Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) was developed by DRDO. It is a mobile artillery-locating phased array radar developed by India. An agreement was signed between India and Armenia on giving this system to Armenia.

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