Daily GK Update: 10th February 2020

PM Modi to inaugurate key summit of 13th COP on conservation of migratory species of wild animals

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the key summit of the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), scheduled to be hosted by India from February 17 to 22 in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar.
  • “India to host 13th COP of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) from February 17 to 22, 2020,” said Union Minister Javadekar in a press conference.

Source: Business Standard

10th February 2020 – National Deworming Day

  • Worm infestation is a common health hazard that has disrupted many a life. In India alone, worm infection has been estimated to have affected more than 22 crore children aged between 1 to 16 in 2016, according to World Health Organization.
  • The National Deworming Day is an initiative of Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Govt of India, to make every child in the country worm free.
    On 10th February 2020 we have the National Deworming Day which is held in every 6 months. Students of class 1 to 9 and 11 are required to get the consent form signed by their parents and return it to class teacher on 10th February.

Source: Others

Aditya Mehta wins National Snooker Championship

  • Ace cuiest Aditya Mehta defeated multiple-time world champion Pankaj Advani 6-2 to win the National Snooker Championship here.
  • Mehta, who represented the Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) in the clash on Sunday night, started off with a bang after wining the first frame with a break of 103 while the score remained 103-17.
  • He lost the next two frames with a close margin of 50 -58, 47-48 and it looked like Advani was staging a comeback. But, Mehta held his nerves and claimed all the following four frames to win the title with a 6-2 score line in the best of 11 frames.

Source: Sportstar

Mumbai, Kolkata see highest women, child trafficking cases: NCRB study

  • The highest incidence of children and women being trafficked were observed from the cities of Mumbai and Kolkata, according to the latest study by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The data on missing children and women was compiled on the directions of the Supreme Court.
  • In 2011, the SC constituted a panel which submitted its report in 2019. The panel has asked the apex court to direct the NCRB to compile data on missing children and women to identify the areas prone to trafficking. According to the NCRB study, the common causes of trafficking were forced marriages, child labour, domestic help and sexual exploitation, among others.

Source: The Economic Times

Tamil Nadu CM declares Cauvery Delta as Protected Special Agriculture Zone

  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy’s announcement making the Cauvery Delta region a Protected Special Agriculture Zone (PSAZ) has brought much joy to the delta farmers.
  • The farmers, however, want this move to be legalised and are urging the chief minister to make it a law in the upcoming budget session of the Tamil Nadu assembly.
  • The protected zone will include Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam districts and delta regions of Trichy, Ariyalur, Cuddalore and Pudukkottai.
  • The chief minister made the announcement in Salem on Sunday. This move has also been welcomed by other leaders as it was a long-standing demand by various farmer groups.

Source: India Today

Solar probe set to launch on mission to map sun’s poles

  • WASHINGTON – NASA and the European Space Agency are gearing up to send a new probe toward the sun to take a unique look at its blazing poles, an unprecedented view expected to help researchers grasp how the star’s vast bubble of energy affects Earth and humans in space.
  • The Solar Orbiter is due to launch into space atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday at 11:03 p.m. ET (0403 GMT Monday), deploying an array of solar panels and antennas before setting off on its 10-year voyage to the sun.

Source: Japan Times

At 17th rank, India among most prone to importing coronavirus: Study

  • India ranks 17th among the list of countries most likely to import cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a global import risk assessment model has found.
    Researchers from the Humboldt University and Robert Koch Institute in Berlin have developed the model that analyses air transportation pattern to calculate the relative risk for the 30 most vulnerable countries (excluding China) of importing cases of the viral disease.
  • Outside China, Thailand, Japan and South Korea are the most likely to import the infections, the model shows.
  • In India, the Delhi airport is the most likely to get infected people, followed by Mumbai and Kolkata.

Source: Hindustan Times

Indian Army, pvt firm develop world’s cheapest gun shot locator

  • ‘Parth’ gun shot locator device developed by the Army’s College of Military Engineering jointly with a private firm costs much cheaper than the imported ones.
  • The device costs around Rs 3 lakhs, and if inducted, would replace a similar imported item which costs around Rs 65 lakhs. The device can locate the exact location of a bullet from a distance of 400m and will help to locate and neutralize terrorist faster.

Source: Business Standard

African Union 2020 Summit Commences

  • The annual African Union Summit has kicked off in Addis Ababa. This 33rd Ordinary Summit, which commenced on 21st January, will run until the 10th of February.
  • Comprising statutory meetings and side events, the summit is being held under the African Union’s theme for the year 2020; Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions For Africa’s Development. Silencing the Guns is a commitment to achieve the Aspirations of Africa’s Agenda 2063, specifically Aspiration 4, which envisions a peaceful and secure Africa, thereby making peace a reality for African people.
Source: African Union

Mumbai girl youngest in the world to climb South America’s highest peak

  • Kaamya Karthikeyan, a class seven student of Navy Children School (NCS) in Mumbai, became the youngest girl in the world to summit Mt Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America.
  • At 6962 metres, Mt. Aconcagua is the highest peak outside Asia. Karthikeyan, who is the daughter of a Naval officer, summited the 6962 meters tall Argentinian mountain peak on February 1, 2020 and unfurled the tricolour.
  • Officials in the Navy said she achieved this following years of physical and mental preparation and regular participation in adventure sports.
  • The young girl overcame many administrative hurdles and extreme climbing conditions to achieve this rare feat.

Source: The Economic Times