Current Affairs – April, 2014

Latest Current Affairs April, 2014 with Current Affairs, news summary on current events of National and International importance of April, 2014 for Banking, SSC, CLAT, UPSC, State PCS, IBPS, Railways and other Competitive Examinations.

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“Sandesh Pathak”- A Software application to aid farmers

C-DAC Mumbai, IIT-Madras, IIIT Hyderabad, IIT Kharagpur, and C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram have jointly developed  the “Sandesh Pathak” software application. The application uses TTS (Text-To-Speech) software to help out farmers by reading out loud SMS messages and benefiting those who may have difficulty in reading. Thus, when a farmer receives an SMS message either containing agriculture-related advice or some other thing, the Sandesh Pathak application will read aloud the content.

The application is available for download from the Appstore of the Mobile Seva Project of Government of India. The application takes the received SMS message as Input and reads the SMS message out aloud. There is also an option to select the language (5 Indian languages supported namely: Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarathi and Telugu) and speed of the voice as normal, slow, slower, fast and faster.

The Sandesh Pathak application is part of the project launched by the Indian Government to assist farmers read SMS which may be of the following types:

  • Advice to solve farming problems viz. fertilizer, weed management, etc.
  • Weather forecasts
  • Updates on latest technology for agriculture, etc.

Asia-Pacific navies sign communication agreement at Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS)

India and 21 other countries adopted an agreement at ameliorating communication at sea to cut down the possibility of conflict amid developing friction between a progressively assertive China and its neighbours. Naval chiefs of these nations participated at the biennial conference of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) held at Qingdao, China. Rear Admiral S N Ghormade, represented Indian Navy at the meet.

The member nations adopted an agreement for:

  • Preventing miscommunication amongst naval vessels that could lead to enmities in the Pacific Ocean.
  • How naval ships should communicate and manoeuvre when they accidentally come into contact in sea lanes surrounding China, Japan and Southeast Asia

[icon name=”icon-info-sign”]Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS)

Established in 1987 with objective to encourage cooperation amongst the navies of its member nations, fortify mutual understanding and trust, and collectively safeguard regional maritime security. WPNS constitutes navies whose nations border the Pacific Ocean region.

The WPNS has 21 member states:

  1. Australia
  2. Brunei
  3. Cambodia
  4. Canada
  5. Chile
  6. China
  7. France
  8. Indonesia
  9. Japan
  10. Malaysia
  11. New Zealand
  12. Papua New Guinea
  13. Peru
  14. Philippines
  15. Republic of Korea
  16. Russia
  17. Singapore
  18. Thailand
  19. Tonga
  20. US
  21. Vietnam

India is an observer at WPNS and China is one of the WPNS’ founding members.