WFP report unveils 3 million more at edge of famine
A report by the World Food Programme (WFP) has revealed that acute hunger has increased across the world.
The report states that 5 million people are living on the edge of famine across 43 countries.
The report suggests that fuel prices and food prices are increasing and fertilizer is more expensive which feeds into the new crises of starvation unfolding in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Syria.
Quick Facts: WFP is headquartered in Rome.
Science and Technology
Landsat 9 satellite sends 1st picture of Earth
NASA and US Geological Survey led the Landsat 9 mission to collect and send its first light images of the Earth.
All the acquired images provide a preview of how this mission will help people in managing vital natural resources and understanding the impacts of climate change.
Landsat 9 is an Earth observation satellite that was launched from the Space Launch Complex-3E at Vandenberg Space Force Base.
Goa Maritime Conclave 2021 begins
The 3rd edition of the annual Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC) will be hosted by India to the Navy chiefs of 12 nations of the Indian Ocean Region.
The three-day conclave will focus on the significance of interoperability for effectively dealing with emerging and future maritime security challenges in the Indian Ocean Region.
The theme of GMC 2021 is “Maritime Security and Emerging Non-Traditional Threats: A case for a proactive role for Indian Ocean Region”.
Quick Facts: Panaji is the capital of Goa.
Science and Technology
Australia announces rover on the Moon Project
Private companies in Australia and Canada are developing a moon mission in association with the University of Technology Survey.
Under the mission, the Australian Technology will be sent to the moon by mid-2024 to hunt water on it.
The rover will be launched onboard the Hakuto lander both of which are built by space, a Japanese lunar robotic exploration company.
PhonePe launches ‘SafeCard’ to help users meet RBI norms
PhonePe has launched a tokenization solution named ‘SafeCard’ for online debit and credit card transactions.
RBI has made a device-based tokenization framework applicable to Card-on-File Tokeinsation services as well as Card-on-File (CoF).
Tokenisation provides users an added layer of security by converting sensitive card information like card name, card number, and CVV, etc.
Quick Facts: Sameer Nigam is the CEO of PhonePe.
Civil Aviation Ministry declares Srinangar as a major airport
Ministry of Civil Aviation has declared Srinagar airport as a ‘major airport’ under the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Act, 2008 (AERA).
The move will allow AERA to determine the tariff including development fee and passenger service fee for aeronautical services at the airport.
Previously AAI was used to determine the tariff for the Srinagar airport.
Summits and Conferences
Silchar to host Northeast Green Summit from 16th November
Silchar (Assam) will be hosting a three-day ling Northeast Green Summit from 16th November with the agenda of sustainable development.
The focus area of the summit will be Greening after COVID: Regional Cooperation, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.
The summit will be organized by Vibgyor NE Foundation and will be supported by the UN Environment.