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- The 2019 Global Report on Food Crises was released by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). As per it, more than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced “acute hunger” last year because of wars and climate disasters. Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Syria were among the eight nations accounting for two-thirds of the total number of people worldwide exposed to the risk of famine.
- Social Media Platform WhatsApp has launched an India-focused fact-checking feature to combat fake news and rumours starting with the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. Users can check the authenticity of the information or rumours received on the platform by reporting the forward to the WhatsApp number +91-9643-000-888.
- The third edition of ‘AUSINDEX-19’ (Australia India Exercise), bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy, began on April 2, 2019 with the arrival of Royal Australian Navy’s fleet at Visakhapatnam. The first edition of the AUSINDEX exercise was held in September 2015 at Visakhapatnam, India.
- The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres on April 2, 2019 announced the appointment of International criminal justice lawyer Nicholas Koumjian of the United States as the head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism (IIM) for Myanmar which was established by the Human Rights Council on September 27, 2018 to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence of the most serious international crimes and violations of international law committed in Myanmar since 2011.
- The United States has approved the sale of 24 multi-role MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopters to India at an estimated cost of 2.4 billion US dollars. The MH-60 Romeo Seahawk helicopter is considered to be the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter. The helicopters are designed to hunt down submarines, as well as knock out ships and conduct search-and-rescue operations at sea.
- South Korea would be launching the world’s first fully-fledged 5G mobile networks on April 5, 2019. The superfast communications heralded by fifth-generation wireless technology will bring smartphones near-instantaneous connectivity – 20 times faster than the existing 4G. 5G’s hyper speed would be able to connect one million devices within a one square kilometre zone simultaneously.
- India finished with 16 gold, five silver and four bronze medals at the 12th Asian Airgun Championships held in Taoyuan, Taipei, China. Started in 1967, The Asian Shooting Championships are governed by the Asian Shooting Confederation and held every four years.
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