August 21, 2019



#1 The researchers at which IIT have developed industrial and field robot ‘GraspMan’?

The researchers from IIT Madras have developed a multi-modal field applications. The GraspMan is consists of a pair of graspers, which provide morphological adaptation. It will enable to conform to the geometry of the object being grasped. This allows the grasper to hold objects securely and manipulate it much like the human hand. The motivation behind this research is to realize a robot with a minimalistic design that can overcome the need for task-specific robots that are capable of navigating and manipulating across different environments without increasing the system complexity.

#2 VB Chandrasekhar, who passed away recently, was associated to which sports?

V.B. Chandrasekhar (57), the for the former India and Tamil Nadu cricketer, has passed away in Chennai on 15th August 2019. Fondly referred to as VB, he represented India in 7 ODIs, with an innings of 53 being his highest score. In 81 First Class matches, Chandrasekhar notched up 4999 runs at 43.09 with 10 centuries. After his eventful cricketing career, where he was a part of the last Tamil Nadu team to triumph in the Ranji Trophy in 1988.

#3 Which state government has launched a programme for student entrepreneurs “E Step”?

The Karnataka government has launched an initiative E-Step to empower student start-ups. The focus of E-Step is on boot camps, mentoring and training programmes which cover various aspects of entrepreneurship. The programme is part of Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS).

#4 India’s first private Space Science Museum has opened in which city?

India’s first private Space Science Museum has opened in Hyderabad to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Birla Archaeological and Cultural Research Institute (BACRI). It is a collaborative effort between the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the B M Birla Science Centre. The ISRO on its part is providing some 65 models of various spacecrafts, satellites and rockets of varying sizes. This museum exhibits scale models of Indian Launch vehicles GSLV Mark III, GSLV Mark II and PSLV, Chandrayaan-1, Mars Orbiter spacecraft, APPLE, Aryabhata, Bhaskara, Rohini RS-1 and a model of the International Space Station (ISS).

#5 Advait Bhartia, who recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, is from which city?

Advait Bhartia, a 9-year old boy from Pune, has recently climbed the highest peak in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro – in a span of just 7 days. Advait is fondly called ‘Simbum ToTo’ (Litttle Simba). He reached the top of mountain on 31st July 2019 under the supervision of his expedition leader Samir Patham. The trek was organized by Pune-based adventure and trekking company Adventure Pulse. Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is about 4,900m from its base and 5,895m above sea level.

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