Africa Current Affairs - 2019

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World’s first Malaria Vaccine launched in Malawi, Africa

World’s first Malaria Vaccine named RTS,S (trade name Mosquirix) was launched in Malawi, Africa on occasion of World Malaria Day (observed on 25 April). It was launched as part of pilot programme aimed at immunizing children aged 2 years and below in three African countries Malawi, Ghana and Kenya. Other two countries will launch this Read More…

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Malawi to Test Groundbreaking Malaria Vaccine

African Nation, Malawi will be undertaking large scale pilot tests for the world’s most advanced experimental malaria vaccine in a bid to prevent the disease that kills hundreds of thousands across Africa and Asia every year. Vaccine for Malaria Vaccine for Malaria under the trade name Mosquirix has been developed by British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline Read More…

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India turns out to be Net Steel Importer in 2018-19 Fiscal

For the first time in three years, India was the net importer of steel during the financial year 2018-19. This was attributed to India losing market share among its traditional steel buyers and an increase in imports of higher-quality steel domestically. Indian Steel Exports Indian steel exports fell by 34 percent to 6.36 million tonnes in Read More…

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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket Launches on First Commercial Flight

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket successfully lifted off marking the towering booster’s second flight and its first commercial launch. For the first time, all three of the rocket’s reusable boosters returned safely to Earth. The rocket deployed an advanced communications satellite, Arabsat-6A which will provide internet and communications services to residents of the Middle East, Africa Read More…

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Homo Luzonensis

Researchers in the Philippines have discovered a species of ancient human Homo Luzonensis which was previously unknown to science. Homo Luzonensis Homo Luzonensis lived on the island of Luzon at least 50,000 to 67,000 years ago. The hominin was identified from a total of seven teeth and six small bones and teeth from two adults and Read More…

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India to set up agriculture institute in Malawi

The Ministry of External Affairs has signed an MoU with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Consultancy Service (NABCONS) for setting up India-Africa Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development (IAIARD) in Malawi. India-Africa Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development IAIARD would be a Pan-African Institute wherein trainees not only from Malawi but also from other African Read More…

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2019 Global Report on Food Crises

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) makes the following observations in the 2019 Global Report on Food Crises report: More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced “acute hunger” last year because of wars and climate disasters, with Africa the worst-hit region. Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Syria were among the eight Read More…

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