Daily Current Affairs Capsule – 3rd September 2019

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The Daily Current Affairs Capsule for 3rd September 2019 contains news related to the UNCCD, KVIC launching Terracotta Grinder, Vikram Lander and more


India becomes the President of COP14 for next two years

COP14

Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Shri Prakash Javadekar and Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Mr.IbrahimThiaw on 2nd September 2019 jointly inaugurated the 12- day 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida. 

India has been elected the President of the COP14 and will take over the COP Presidency from China for the next two years till 2021. India is privileged to be among the select few countries to have hosted the COP of all three Rio conventions on climate change, biodiversity and land.

Through hosting COP 14, India will highlight its leadership in navigating the land management agenda at the global level. It will also provide a stage to mainstream sustainable land management in the country’s national development policies.

About UNCCD:

  • The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management.
  • The Convention addresses specifically the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, known as the drylands, where some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and peoples can be found.
  • It was established in 1994.
  • The new UNCCD 2018-2030 Strategic Framework is the most comprehensive global commitment to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). It aims to restore the productivity of vast expanses of degraded land, improve the livelihoods of more than 1.3 billion people, and reduce the impacts of drought on vulnerable populations.
  • The purpose of UNCCD 2018-2030 Strategic Framework is to build a future that avoids, minimizes, and reverses desertification/land degradation and mitigates the effects of drought in affected areas at all levels … to achieve a land degradation-neutral world consistent with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

KVIC Launches ‘Terracotta Grinder’

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) launched a first ever ‘Terracotta Grinder’ at Sewapuri in Varanasi. This machine will grind the wasted and broken pottery items for re-using in pottery-making.

Earlier the wasted pottery items were ground in normal khal-musal (mortar and pestle) and its fine powder was mixed with the normal clay. Mixing this powder in stipulated ratio to normal clay makes the resulting pottery items stronger. 

This Terracotta grinder will make grinding of wasted pottery items faster than the traditional mortar and pestle. It will lessen the cost of production, and will also help in solving the problem of shortage of clays. The grinder was designed by KVIC Chairman and fabricated by a Rajkot-based engineering unit. 


Japan – India Defence Ministerial Meeting 

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh co-chaired the Japan – India Defence Ministerial Meeting with Defence Minister of JapanMr Takeshi lwaya in Tokyo today. The dialogue discussed various issues of mutual concern including ways to further strengthen the existing bilateral co-operative arrangements and adopt new initiatives towards achieving peace and security in the region.

The lndo-Pacific vision was discussed at length with an expression of India’s preference for a rules-based order along with centrality of Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and inclusiveness and security for all.The importance of the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan in addressing regional peace, security and stability was also highlighted.

The Indian Defence Minister also discussed abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution and said talks and cross-border terrorism originating from Pakistan cannot go together. He invited the participation of Japanese companies and other stakeholders at biennial DefExpo 2020 to be held in Lucknow.


Rishabh Pant becomes the fastest Indian Wicket-keeper to claim 50 dismissals

Rishabh Pant

Young Rishabh Pant became the fastest Indian wicket-keeper to claim 50 dismissals in Test cricket, surpassing former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The 21-year-old wicket-keeper batsman on Sunday claimed his 50th victim in his 11th Test while Dhoni had taken 15 Tests to touch the milestone. Pant took an easy catch to dismiss West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite off an Ishant Sharma delivery in the second innings of the hosts in the second Test.

In December last year, Pant had equalled the world record for most catches in a Test by a wicket-keeper when he snared 11 Australian batsmen at Adelaide Oval.


Vikram lander detaches successfully

Chandrayaan-2’s lander Vikram detached itself from atop the main spacecraft on 2nd September 2019 afternoon as planned, as it got ready to descend to the moon’s southern surface over the next four days.

The lander carries small six-wheeled rover Pragyan within it; once they reach the lunar surface, the rover will get out of Vikram to physically probe moon.


These were today’s Daily Current Affairs Capsule and GK Updates i.e. Current Affairs Gk for 03rd September 2019. All the current affairs news is collected from important sources such as the Hindu, PIB, The Indian Express, The Economic Times, The Times of India newspaper along with other relevant information to prepare the current affairs for various exams.

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