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- India will be hosting the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Conference of Parties 13 (CMS COP13), also known as Global Wildlife Conference, in the year 2020. The previous COP12 to CMS was held in Manila, Philippines and this year’s theme was “Their Future is Our Future – Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People”. CMS is an international treaty concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the year 1979 and is concerned with conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale and is also known as the Bonn Convention.
- The Indian Army along with the Defence Ministry has finalised infantry modernisation plan to purchase large number of light machine guns, assault rifles and battle carbines, all at a cost of nearly 40,000 crore rupees to replace the obsolete weapons it has been using.
- The 11th India-United States Trade Policy Forum (TPF) Meeting was held in Washington D.C., capital city of the U.S. It was chaired by the Commerce and Industry Minister of India Suresh Prabhu and US Trade Representation Robert Lighthizer.
- The world’s shortest X-ray laser pulse with duration of just 43 attoseconds (which is 1×10-18 of a second) was created by scientists from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. This pulse is the shortest controlled event ever created by humans and will help researchers observe how electrons move within molecules, understand dynamics during chemical reactions and help in attosecond spectroscopy.
- IPS officer Yogesh Chander Modi was appointed as the Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). He succeeds Sharad Kumar to head the central agency established by the Government of India to combat terror.
- Virat Kohli became the sixth Indian and fastest to complete 9000 ODI runs during India’s one-day international against New Zealand in Kanpur. The other Indian to reach this milestone are M.S. Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin.