Daily GK Update: 15th February 2020

World Pangolin Day: Madhya Pradesh radio-tags first-ever Indian Pangolin

  • The Madhya Pradesh forest department has radio-tagged an Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) for the first time in order to know its ecology and develop an effective conservation plan for it, a statement on February 14, 2020, said.
  • The radio-tagging is part of a joint project by the department and non-profit, the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) that also involves the species’ monitoring apart from other activities.
  • The measure comes as the world gets ready to observe the ninth ‘World Pangolin Day’ on February 15, 2020. It is an international attempt to raise awareness about pangolins and bring together various stakeholders to help protect them from extinction.

Source: Down To Earth

Air Defence Command to be set up first by CDS, headed by 3-star IAF officer

  • Moving swiftly, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat is aiming to set up the first integrated tri-services command by June this year which will be headed by an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer.
  • “The first integrated military formation to be created under the mandate given to the Department of Military Affairs would be the air defence command which will be headed by an Air Marshal with elements of Army and Air Force air defence assets under it,” government sources told ANI.

Source: ANI NEWS

Nagpur Oranges Exported to Dubai first Time

  • On February 13, 2020, the first Consignment of Nagpur Oranges were sent to Dubai from Navi Mumbai.
  • The APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) selected Nagpur district as a cluster for oranges under Agriculture Export Policy.
  • The Mrig crop that matures between February and March has great potential for export.

Source: World News Monitor

Biggest jump in world defence spending in 10 years: Study

  • Global spending on defence rose by four percent in 2019, the largest growth in 10 years, led by big increases from the US and China, a study said Friday.
  • Beijing’s military modernisation programme — which includes developing new hard-to-detect hypersonic missiles — is alarming Washington and helping drive US defence spending, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said.
  • The IISS’s annual “Military Balance” report said the increase alone in US spending from 2018 to 2019 — USD 53.4 billion — was almost as big as Britain’s entire defence budget.

Source: The Economic Times

India’s first inter-city electric bus service between Mumbai and Pune launched

  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday launched India’s first inter-city electric bus service between Mumbai and Pune. The company associated with this service said that they are planning to extend these services in other parts of Maharashtra and adjoining states in the near future.
  • The 43-seater capacity luxury electric bus is capable to operate within a range of 300 kilometres on a single charge and would be operated twice daily between the two cities.

Source: News 18

Pulwama attack anniversary: Visuals from memorial at Lethpora camp

  • On February 14 last year, a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber at Lethpora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in the attack.
  • A memorial to the 40 CRPF personnel killed inaugurated at the Lethpora camp on Friday.

Source: The Economic Times

Portuguese president, Patel jointly inaugurate Cha-Chai art work at National Museum

  • Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Union Minister for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel on Friday jointly inaugurated the Cha-Chai, installation of art-work of Joana Vasconcelos at the National Museum here.
  • Union Minister of Culture Patel welcomed the visiting leader and artist Joana Vasconcelos and said that the installation represents the five o’clock tradition of serving tea in Portugal that originated in the 17th century.
  • According to an official release, he said that India and Portugal were collaborating to develop various cultural projects in India.

Source: Business Standard

India garners widespread support on Pak-sponsored terror at Munich Security Conference

  • India received widespread support on the issue of Pak role in cross-border terror attacks including Pulwama strike at the Munich Security Conference and in various meetings on sidelines of the key annual meet in the German city.
  • Deputy National Security Adviser Pankaj Saran attended the 55th Munich Security Conference (MSC) from February 15-17. The Conference brings together leaders and security experts from across the world.
Source: The Economic Times