Daily GK Update: 4th February 2020

India develops new vaccine to control classical swine fever

  • The Indian Institute of Veterinary Research (IVRI) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) developed a new vaccine to control classical swine fever. A report published in government news agency stated that a new vaccine will be cheaper and more effective.
  • Classical Swine Fever Vaccine (CSFV) is the most common disease in pigs that causes a high mortality rate of swine in India. India has been using UK based swine fever vaccine since 1964. The traditional vaccine is responsible for sacrificing a large number of rabbits.

Source: Jagran Josh

WHO expects cancer cases to increase by 81% by 2040 in poor countries

  • The World Health Organization has predicted that cancer cases will increase by 81% by 2040 in low- and middle-income countries due to insufficient resources for prevention.
  • And the United Nations specialized organization warned in a report that if current trends continue, the world will see a 60% global increase in cancer cases over the next two decades.
  • In 2018, the World Health Organization registered 18.1 million new cancer cases worldwide. The organization expects the figure to reach between 29 and 37 million cases by 2040.


UAE finds new natural gas field between Abu Dhabi, Dubai

  • The United Arab Emirates on Monday announced the discovery of a natural gas field containing 80 trillion standard cubic feet of gas between Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
  • Authorities said the new Jebel Ali field would help the Emirates become more energy independent, as the UAE now imports natural gas from Qatar for electricity.
  • Leaders of Abu Dhabi and Dubai witnessed the signing of an agreement between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Dubai Supply Authority for the exploration and development of the gas resources.

Source: Aljazeera

SC directs states to issue notification for establishing ‘Gram Nyayalayas’ within four weeks

  • The Supreme Court has directed the states, which are yet come out with notifications for establishing Gram Nyayalayas, to do so within four weeks. The apex court also asked the high courts to expedite the process of consultation with state governments on this issue.
  • A bench headed by Justice N V Ramana also took into account the fact that several states have issued notifications for establishing Gram Nyayalayas but all of them were not functioning except in Kerala, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.
  • The bench noted that states like Gujarat, Haryana, Telangana, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha have not yet filed their affidavits on this issue despite the apex court’s last year direction.

Source: News On Air

Madhya Pradesh bags first position for implementation of PMMVY

  • Madhya Pradesh has bagged the first position for the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana. Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani will present this award to Madhya Pradesh at a function in New Delhi today.
  • Madhya Pradesh Minister for Women and Child Development Imarti Devi and Principal Secretary Anupam Rajan will receive the award.
  • Indore district has also bagged the first place for better performance of the scheme. AIR correspondent reports that the main objective of the Matru Vandana Yojana is to provide incentives of five thousand rupees for the loss of wages of working women and to ensure their proper rest and nutrition during pregnancy. The payment of the incentive amount is deposited directly into the bank account.

Source: News On Air

Novak Djokovic outlasts Dominic Thiem to win eighth Australian Open crown

  • Novak Djokovic strolled out of Rod Laver Arena a little after midnight, the cheers – and a few jeers – behind him drifting into the cool night through the opened roof. As he headed for the refuge of the locker room, he cuddled the heavy silver Norman Brookes trophy as if it were a baby, a prize he ought to own in perpetuity.
  • Then he paused for several minutes in a corridor and shared the moment with his brother, Djordje, his agents, his trainer and the two men who have had a significant influence on his tennis, Goran Ivanisevic and Marian Vajda.

Source: The Guardian

World Wetlands Day 2020

  • The international theme for World Wetlands Day 2020 is ‘Wetlands and Biodiversity’. This theme is reflected in the February 2020 edition of Wetlands Australia.
  • Wetland biodiversity contributes to ecosystem resilience, clean water, water supply, storm protection, carbon storage, health and well-being, tourism and recreation and jobs.
  • Biodiversity is a foundational value of wetlands and an inherent part of the significance of these ecosystems. It is through wetland biodiversity that critical ecological processes are carried out.
  • The contribution that wetland biodiversity has on broader environments, society and economies has also been historically undervalued. This year we celebrate the great value of wetlands and their biodiversity. Happy World Wetlands Day.

Source: Environment Australian Government

World Cancer Day

  • World Cancer Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease.
  • UICC provides support through the development of tools and guidance to encourage its member organisations to run local cancer awareness campaigns that are aligned and adapted to the global World Cancer Day message.
  • On an above-country level, we work to secure and support digital, traditional and social media opportunities to raise public awareness of the day. Through the continued support of our membership and key partners, World Cancer Day is beginning to firmly cement itself in calendars across the world.

Source: Convening

Minister of North East Development chairs Ujh (National) Multipurpose Project, Jammu Kashmir

The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and Sh. Rattan Lal Kataria, Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti chaired a meeting on 03.02.2020 to fast-track the implementation of Ujh Multipurpose (National) Project, Jammu & Kashmir. Secretary (WR, RD & GR), Ministry of Jal Shakti, other officers from Ministry of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Power, State Government of Punjab and UT of J&K participated in the Meeting.

Source: Press Information Bureau