Daily GK Update: 17th February 2020
India marks the beginning of “Super Year of Biodiversity”
- India has marked the beginning of the super year of Biodiversity with the hosting of the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).
- Global advocacy groups have nicknamed 2020 a “super year” for activism and actions. It highlights 21 SDG targets that are expiring in 1 year. The SDGs of Climate, Ocean, Gender, life below water and land, means of implementation will be given special focus upon.
US stops treating India, China as developing countries for trade benefits
- The Trump administration is changing a key exemption to America’s trade-remedy laws to make it easier to penalize about two dozen so-called developing countries including China, India and South Africa.
- The U.S. on Monday narrowed its internal list of developing and least-developed countries in order to reduce the threshold for triggering a U.S. investigation into whether nations are harming U.S. industries with unfairly subsidized exports, according to a U.S. Trade Representative notice.
Source: The Print
India, World Bank sign USD 450 million loan agreement to improve groundwater management
- The India government and the World Bank on Monday signed a USD 450 million loan agreement to support the national programme to arrest the country’s depleting groundwater levels and strengthen groundwater institutions.
- The World Bank-supported Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY) – National Groundwater Management Improvement Programme will be implemented in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh and cover 78 districts. These states span both the hard rock aquifers of peninsular India and the alluvial aquifers of the Indo-Gangetic plains.
Source: Business Standard
J&K, Ladakh to come under jurisdiction of CAT soon
- Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh has said that Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh will soon be covered by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). Addressing the annual conference of the CAT in New Delhi, he said the tribunal will have jurisdiction to handle disputes and other issues related to the UT services. The CAT so far had jurisdiction only over central services issues in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Dr Singh said that in due course of time, an exclusive bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal will be set up in Jammu and Kashmir and till then the Chandigarh bench of the tribunal may attend to the service disputes and other cases from the Union territory.
Source: News On Air
Coronavirus updates: Death toll rises to 1666, Finance Ministry to assess impact on trade
- All nations must be ready to handle coronavirus cases and prepared to prevent further transmission, says WHO.
- The death toll from coronavirus epidemic has climbed to 1,666 after 142 more people died, mostly in the worst-hit Hubei, and the confirmed cases jumped to almost 70,000
Visit of Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of The Naval Staff to Myanmar
- Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy is visiting Myanmar from 17 to 20 February 2020. The visit is intended to consolidate and enhance the bilateral maritime relations between India and Myanmar.
- During his visit, the CNS will hold bilateral discussions with Admiral Tin Aung San, C-in-C Myanmar Navy and also call on H.E Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, C-in-C Defence Services, and other senior Government officials.
- CNS will interact with the trainees of National Defence College in Nay Pyi Taw, and also visit the Naval Dockyard and Training Command of the Myanmar Navy in Yangon. Myanmar Navy is a member of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and participates in the activities conducted under the IONS construct.
Source: Indian Navy
SC grants women right to permanent commission and command in Indian Army
- In an important step towards granting women the right to serve in the military on equal terms with men, the Supreme Court on Monday granted women the right to “permanent commission” (PC), and the right to command.
- This opens the doors for women to command military units, such as logistics, signals or engineer regiments, thus placing them in the position of leading bodies of 500-600 men in combat support duties.
Source: Business Standard
Haryana govt announces Rs six crore to those winning gold medals at Olympics
- Haryana government has decided to give 6 crore rupees to players of the state that bag gold medals at the Olympic Games.
- State Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, 3 crore rupees will be given to those winning gold medals at Asian Games and 1.5 crore rupees to the winners of yellow metal at Commonwealth Games.
CMS COP 13: Insects Decline to be discussed for the first time
- The United Nations Conference of Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP-13) is to discuss the effects of insects decline on migratory species for the first time.
- The EUROBATS agreement is one such agreement that focuses on insect decline.
It focuses on Conservation of Bats Population and indirectly adopts resolution towards insect conservation to save bats.
Source: The World News Monitor
Major UN meeting on wildlife to address critical threats to migratory species
- The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) opened in Gandhinagar, India today.
- The Conference kicks off ‘the super year’ for nature, which will include a UN Summit in September and culminate in the UN Biodiversity Conference at the end of 2020, when a new global biodiversity strategy for the next decade will be adopted – the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
Source: UN Environment
“Asia’s Most Prestigious Widely attended Biobusiness Event BioAsia”
- BioAsia is an event focusing on biotechnology and bio industries all across the world. Biotechnology is considered one among the most emerging industries today.
- The event is organised by the Genome Valley. The event aims to enhance, encourage and enrich latest innovations, technologies and discoveries in the field of biotechnology.
- The event brings together the pharmaceutical industries and global biotechnology industries.
- The event aims at conducting seminars and sessions to enable industrialists get in contact with latest inventors displaying potentially successful devices and technologies that would help flourish the biotechnology industry worldwide.
- This is a must attend event for all pharma companies and biotechnology, R&D departments all around the globe to network and enhance their standards.
India and Norway to work towards mitigating marine plastic littering
- On February 16, 2020, at the CMS COP-13, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species Conference of Parties-13, was marked by India.
- This is to be done on the lines of Kigali Amendment of Montreal Protocol and MoU signed between India and Norway under India-Norway Ocean Dialogue (INOD).
- Under the MoU India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative was adopted.
Source: The World News Monitor