Current Affairs 17 July 2015

 Highest French civilian honour ‘Legion of Honour’ for Sayed Haider Raza 

Highest French civilian honour ‘Legion of Honour’ for Sayed Haider RazaModern Indian artist Sayed Haider Raza, has been conferred with the highest French civilian honour, the Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur (the Legion of Honour) for his peerless achievements.

“I salute France, it’s life art and people on this occasion and accept the honour greatly. I am deeply grateful,” Mr. Raza said in an acceptance speech read out by friend Ashok Vajpeyi a noted poet and essayist.

Created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the award is given for outstanding service to France, regardless of recipients’ nationality.

Mr. Raza said, “France gave me for six decades an evocative ambiance inspiring confidence and creativity and imagination, openness of ideas and innovation. More than anything else France made me realise my Indian inheritance in colour and concept that came alive now at the age of 93 plus. I owe a lot to France and an honour from the French govt reconfirms this commitment.”

 Indigenously built Torpedo ‘INS Astravahini’ decommissioned after 31 years of service 

INS Astravahini‘INS Astravahini’, an indigenously built Torpedo launch and recovery vessel (TLRV), was decommissioned after almost 31 years in service.
The vessel was decommissioned at a ceremony presided over by Commodore K A Bopanna, Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh Division) at the Ship Building Centre.
An auxiliary vessel of TLRV class, the ship was commissioned on November 5, 1984 at Visakhapatnam, the headquarters of Eastern Naval Command.

 Microsoft to boost Digital India with ‘White-Fi technology’ 

Microsoft to boost Digital India with ‘White-Fi technology’Microsoft is looking at starting a pilot project of its ‘White-Fi’ technology that uses the unused spectrum in frequencies used for broadcasting of television signals. This is likely to offer solution to tackle the problem of last mile broadband connectivity in the country.

Other countries where Microsoft has helped implement the technology are Kenya, Singapore, the U.S. and London.

White-Fi technology: The 200-600 MHz frequency is used for TV channels to carry data. In India, 93 per cent of this spectrum is not utilised. ‘White-Fi’ will use this vacant spectrum to provide connectivity.

These unused spectrum spaces are called White Space, and many technology companies are looking at using this to provide free last mile internet access to users.