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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains


Why in News?

As per the recent report of the Wildlife Conservation Organization WWF, deforestation in some forest areas has led to the destruction of more than 43 million hectares of forest in the past decade.

Key Points:

  • As per the report, there are only 29 identified sites located in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia, accounting for more than half of the global forest loss.
  • The most affected regions are -The Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado, Bolivia’s Amazon, Paraguay, Argentina, Madagascar, Indonesia’s Sumatra and  Borneo (Malaysia ) .

Facts for Prelims:

India’s first indigenously Developed 9mm Machine Pistol

India’s first indigenous 9mm Machine Pistol has been jointly developed by DRDO and Indian Army.

The machine pistol fires the in-service 9mm ammunition and sports an upper receiver made from aircraft grade aluminium and lower receiver from carbon fibre.

  • 3D Printing process has been usedin designing and prototyping of various parts including trigger components made by metal 3D printing.
  • The weapon is named “Asmi” meaning “Pride”, “Self-Respect” & “Hard Work”.
  • The weapon has huge potential in Armed forces as personal weapon for heavy weapon detachments, commanders and counter terrorism operations etc.


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