Current Affairs in Short: 08 January 2020

Southern Australia administration ordered to kill 10,000 camels as government agencies are unable to provide them water and food due to wildfires.

Jan 8, 2020 17:42 IST
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Australia to kill 10,000 camels due to drought
• Administration in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands ordered to kill 10,000 camels in southern Australia.
• As per media reports, People complained that wild animals are entering their homes for water due to wildfires. Tribal leaders of the area ordered to kill 10,000 camels.
• Australia camel administration said that the population of wild camels doubles every nine years. Camels require a lot of water which is impossible to fulfill.

Gaganyaan menu released by DRDO
• Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) has recently released food items that will be part of the space menu of Gaganyaan.
• DFRL prepared a list of items for astronauts of Gaganyaan including - vegetable rolls, egg rolls, idli sambhar, upma, vegetable pulao, and Moong Dal Halwa.
• Gaganyaan’s menu has been prepared by the DFRL, Mysore. The crew will also have a food heater to warm their meals.

NASA's TESS finds first Earth-sized habitable planet
• TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) has recently discovered TOI 700d. As per the reports, it is an earth-sized habitable planet found by TESS.
• This planet is 101.5 light-years away from the Earth. NASA has predicted life on this planet which is 20 percent larger than the Earth
• TESS is designed to search for planets orbiting stars near the Earth. TESS was launched by NASA on April 18, 2018.

Indian Cobra’s genome sequenced
• Cobra is believed as one of the poisonous snakes in the country and a group of scientists has mapped its genome.
• This research will help to prepare anti-venom vaccination. It will also help scientists to understand the chemical constituents of the venom.
• According to the reports, about 46000 people die every year due to snakebites in India.

Three Kerala cities in the world's fastest-growing cities’ list
• According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Malappuram (India) city ranks first among the top 10 fastest-growing urban areas in the world.
• Kerala’s Kozhikode has been ranked number 4; Kollam is in the tenth position. 
• Vietnam’s Can Tho is in the second position while China’s three cities (Suqian, Putian, and Suzhou) have included in the list.

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