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Current Affairs in Short: 04 February 2020

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced to form 10 new defence units to expand the horizon of defense diplomacy.

Feb 4, 2020 17:19 IST
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Rajnath Singh addresses Third Defence Attaches Conference
• Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has announced to form 10 new defence units to expand the horizon of defense diplomacy.
• Rajnath Singh said that India has showcased the world that it can destroy and deter terrorist groups and their patrons. Defence Minister said that the govt of India has adopted pro-active measures to promote peace in the region.
• The Defence Minister also said that India is expanding its defence cooperation outside its boundaries. He stressed the requirement to be more focused to secure India’s interests.

APEDA-CFTRI Sign MoU for Liason Office in Guwahati
• Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) recently signed an MoU to establish a liaison office in Guwahati.
• This liaison office will promote organic agriculture and promote exports and food processing. First International Buyer-seller Conference was organized in 2019 in Arunachal Pradesh.
• The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was established by the Government of India in December 1985 through the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act.

Sri Lanka ranks first in Breast Feeding support Policies
• According to the survey, conducted by the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi), Sri Lanka has ranked first among 97 countries on breastfeeding supporting policies and programs.
• As per the survey results, Sri Lanka has showcased top-level determination toward nutrition and health of mother and child.
• Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India developed the data and launched the record worldwide. About 120 countries have been included in WBTi while 97 countries have completed assessments.

India develops a vaccine to control classical swine fever
• Uttar Pradesh-based ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) has developed a new vaccine to control classical swine fever. This fever is believed as a highly contagious fatal pig disease.
• According to the media reports, this vaccine will be cheaper than the earlier one. It may cost about Rs. 2 per dose while the existing vaccine costs Rs. 15-20 per dose.
• India needs to control this disease because it is responsible for the annual loss of Rs. 4.29 billion. India requires about 20 million doses while only 1.20 million doses are available in the country.

Highest-resolution image of the Sun released
• Inouye Solar Telescope of National Science Foundation (USA) has recently released a highest-resolution image of the sun. It is the high detailed image of the Sun’s surface.
• The image captured the activity occurring on the Sun’s surface. According to the science report, the image is showing boiling plasma on the surface of the Sun.
• The report released by the National Science Foundation informed that each of the cells is rising and falling because of heat from the inner core of the Sun.

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