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UPSC Daily Current Affairs : 03-April-2020

Major Topics Covered :

  1. FIVE LAYER MASKS BY DRDO

  2. WORLD COULD FACE A FOOD CRISIS: UN, WTO

  3. INDIA ON GHANI’s TALK TEAM

  4. MEDICAL DEVICES AS DRUGS OVER COVID-19

  5. RUSSIA’S FRIENDLY HAND TOWARD US

  6. UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE UK 2020 (COP26)

  7. 960 FOREIGNERS BLACKLISTED

  8. GEOFENCING APP TO QUARANTINE VIOLATORS


FIVE LAYER MASKS BY DRDO

Why in news?

  • A laboratory under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has made arrangements to make 20,000 five-layered masks a day and the DRDO was also engaged in minor modification of ventilators so that one machine could support four patients at a time.


Highlights:

  • A five-layered nanotechnology mask N99 is being made on a war footing. A total of 10,000 have already been made and soon per day production will be extended to 20,000.

  • Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat said that separate hospitals have been identified to exclusively deal with COVID-19 and more than 9,000 hospital beds were available. 


Source : Hindu



WORLD COULD FACE A FOOD CRISIS: UN, WTO

Why in news?

  • The heads of three global agencies warned of the risk of a worldwide “food shortage” if authorities fail to manage the ongoing COVID-19 crisis properly.


Highlights:

  • Many governments around the world have put their populations on lockdown causing severe slow-downs in international trade and food supply chains. Panic buying by people going into confinement has already demonstrated the fragility of supply chains as supermarket shelves emptied in many countries.

  • Uncertainty about food availability can spark a wave of export restrictions, creating a shortage on the global market.

  • In the midst of the COVID-19 lockdowns, every effort must be made to ensure that trade flows as freely as possible, specially to avoid food shortage(s)


Source : Hindu



INDIA ON GHANI’s TALK TEAM

Why in news?

  • Welcoming Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s decision to form a team for intra-Afghan negotiations that will include the Taliban, the government said this is a “positive step” for the process of reconciliation in the country.


Highlights:

  • Indian Government view the formation of the team as a positive step which would lead to a peaceful and stable future for Afghanistan free from the scourge of externally sponsored terrorism.

  • India’s statement also follows similar statements by the UN’s mission in Afghanistan UNAMA, other countries and even Mr. Ghani’s arch political rival former Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, that have all hailed his announcement on March 27 of a 21-member negotiating team that included five women, to talk to the Taliban.

  • Although the Taliban rejected the announcement initially, claiming that it was not “inclusive enough”, the group sent a delegation to the Bagram Base outside Kabul on Tuesday to talk about the release of prisoners that had been decided in the U.S.-Taliban agreement in February.

  • India sent its envoy to witness the signing of the U.S.-Taliban deal but has been cautious in welcoming its content and sceptical of dealing with the Taliban. 


Source : Hindu



MEDICAL DEVICES AS DRUGS OVER COVID