ICUBE 2019 report on digital adoption and usage trends in India
•It is released by Kantar, the world’s leading data, insights and consulting company.
•It gauges the changing digital ecosystem in India, measuring Internet usage by demographic, activity and device segments
•It estimated at 574 million, the number of monthly active Internet users have registered an annual growth of 24% indicating an overall penetration of 41%.
[The report projects 11% growth for 2020; estimates 639 million monthly active Internet users]
•About 84% of users access the Internet for entertainment purposes
•At 38%, school-going children segment in the age group of 15 years or below has shown a promising growth on internet usage
•India’s digital revolution continues to be propelled by the rural masses — Rural India registered a 45% growth in the monthly active internet users in 2019.
[ It is now estimated that there are 264 million internet users in rural India, and this is expected to reach 304 million in 2020.]
•Local language and video are the underlying factors for the internet boom in rural
•Video, Voice and Vernacular (3 Vs) will be significant usage factors for the Internet users
159th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore
•He (Born: 7 May 1861) was a polymath, poet, musician, artist and ayurveda-researcher from the Indian subcontinent.
•Tagore began writing poetry at the tender age of eight years old and at 16 years of age,Tagore released his first collection of poems under the pen name ‘Bhanusimha’
•He had spoken at the World Parliament for Religions in the years 1929 and 1937.
•He wrote the National Anthems of India and Bangladesh.
•Between 1928 and 1940, Rabindranath painted more than 2000 images. He never gave any title to his paintings.
•In 1913, he became the first Indian to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature for his novel ‘Geetanjali
◆【National Gallery of Modern Art will organise the Virtual Tour titled “Gurudev – Journey of the Maestro through his visual vocabulary” from 7th May 2020 to commemorate the 159th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. 】
Iran’s currency is set to be re-named: Rial to Toman
•Long called the rial, Iran’s money will soon likely be called the Toman, and an impressive four zeros will be shaved off all denominations.
[What was previously 10,000 rials will become one Toman under the plans]
10,000 rials = 1 Toman
•Iran has seen the value of its national currency decline steadily since the Islamic Revolution brought the religious government to power in 1979.
(That drop has accelerated in recent years as harsh US sanctions battered the country’s economy.)
•The global pandemic has piled even more stress onto the lives of people already bludgeoned by a White House bent on ramping up maximum pressure on Iran
Impact of energy efficiency measures for the year 2018-19 Report
•It is released by Ministry of Power and New & Renewable Energy
•This report was prepared by an Expert agency PWC Ltd, who was engaged by Bureau of Energy efficiency (BEE) for an independent verification to assess the resultant annual savings in energy as well as CO2 emissions through various initiatives in India
•The objective of this study is to evaluate the performance and impact of all the key energy efficiency programmes in India, in terms of total energy saved and the related reduction in the CO2 emissions.
•India has reduced the energy intensity by 20% compared to 2005 levels which is a very good performance indeed
•Implementation of various energy efficiency schemes have led to total electricity savings to the tune of 113.16 Billion Units in 2018-19, which is 9.39% of the net electricity consumption.
Buddha Day or Vesak
•The day commemorates birth, enlightenment and Death (or Parinirvana) of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, all of which is said to take have taken place on the same day.
•Vesak, falls on the full moon day (Purnima) of the month Vaishakha (May), hence the occasion is referred to as Buddha Purnima in India
•Vesak’, the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, is being observed by United Nations on May 7, 2020.
[It is also known as Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day]
•United Nations (UN) General Assembly, by its resolution in 1999, recognized internationally the Day of Vesak. It was done to acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism made to humanity.