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Current affairs on 07 March 2017

China’s GDP growth target at 25 Year Low
  1. As per report by state-run news agency Zinhua, China’s GDP growth target for this year to a 25-year low of 6.5 percent which is down from last year’s actual GDP growth of 6.7 per cent, indicating the continuation of an economic slowdown.
  2. The previous low was a 6 per cent target for gross national product growth in 1992.
1.4 Million suffering from severe malnutrition and Famine
  1. According to UN children's agency, almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die in 2017 from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
  2. In Yemen, where war has been raging for nearly two years, 462,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition while 450,000 children are severely malnourished in northeast Nigeria. 
  3. While drought in Somalia has left 185,000 children on the brink of famine and figure is expected to reach 270,000 as per UNICEF.
  4. In South Sudan, over 270,000 children are malnourished and a famine has just been declared in parts of Unity State in the north of the country, where 20,000 children live.
Oldest fossil ever found in Canada
  1. The microscopic bacteria  were found in rock formations in Quebec, Canada and before this, the oldest microfossils reported were found in Western Australia that was dated at 3.4 billion years ago.
  2. Thus this discovery has proved that the oldest fossil ever discovered on Earth shows that organisms were thriving 4.2 billion years ago, hundreds of millions of years earlier.

Current affairs on 06 March 2017

World’s first cyber crime university course
  1. Australia has announced to offer the world’s first university course to train intelligence analysts to fight cyber crime.
  2. The measure is made to attempts to catch the organised crime and militant groups are using technology such as the “dark web” and cryptocurrencies to make their payments hard to trace.
Posted on: 06th March 2017 Read complete Article →
‘Most Popular Tourism Destination Award’ declared
  1. Sri Lanka  for the second consecutive year won the “Most Popular Tourism Destination Award” at the Guangzhou International Travel Fair (GITF) in China.
  2. China has been Sri Lanka’s second largest source market for tourism since 2014.

Current affairs on 1 March 2017

7 new Earth-like exoplanets discovered
  1. Astronomers of NASA have discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of them are in the habitable zone  the happy place where liquid water can exist on the surface of rocky planets, as it’s not too hot or cold. 
  2. The three planets in the habitable zone, also known as the Goldilocks Zone, are called TRAPPIST-1e, f, and g. Exoplanet “e” is about the same size as Earth and even gets around the same amount of star light as we do.
  3. The star, known as TRAPPIST-1, is a small, dim celestial body in the constellation Aquarius. 
  4. TRAPPIST-1 is named for the Transiting Planets And Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) in Chile. The latest discovery is from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. 
Posted on: 01st March 2017 Read complete Article →

Current affairs on 22 February 2017

First 3D printed artwork created in space
  1. A ‘laugh star’ a 3D-printed representation of sound waves generated from human laughter created aboard the International Space Station which was conceptualised by Israeli contemporary artist Eyal Gever.
  2. It has become the first-ever piece of art to be produced outside Earth and was printed using Additive Manufacturing Facility, a gravity independent 3D printer.
     
Posted on: 22nd February 2017 Read complete Article →
Russia became largest producer of crude oil
  1. As per latest production data released during February 2017, Russia took over to Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest crude oil producer in December 2016 when Russia pumped 10.49 million barrels a day in December 2016, down 29,000 barrels a day from November 2016, while Saudi Arabia’s output declined to 10.46 million barrels a day from 10.72 million barrels a day in November 2016. 
  2. The US was the third-largest producer, at 8.8 million barrels a day in December compared with 8.9 million barrels a day in November 2016.

Current affairs on 21 February 2017

100% effective new malaria vaccine found 
  1. As per research that was published in the journal Nature, a new vaccine called Sanaria PfSPZ-CVac for malaria is up to 100% effective when assessed at 10 weeks after last dose.
  2. Malaria parasites are transmitted by the bite of female Anopheles mosquitoes.
     
Posted on: 21st February 2017 Read complete Article →
12th largest holder of US government securities
  1. India became the 12th largest holder of US government securities at the end of 2016, with exposure worth $118.2 billion. 
  2. With this holdings worth $1.09 trillion, Japan remained the largest holder of these securities followed by China with exposure to $1.06 trillion. 
Posted on: 21st February 2017 Read complete Article →