Twitter Current Affairs - 2020

A new species “Troglomyces twitteri” discovered

A new parasitic fungus was discovered by a Denmark biologist called “Troglomyces twitteri”. The fungus has been named after Twitter as it was discovered in Twitter

Discovery

The biologist Sofia Reboleira of University of Copenhagen, Denmark founded the species. The image was posted in Twitter by an entomologist 1n 2018. He was sending millipede photos to people who had tweeted him. The photos were being sent for polling purpose.

About the new species

The photo of the millipede had tiny dots that looked like Fungi. The Fungi belongs to the order called Laboulbeniales. These are fungi that attack millipedes and insects. They look like larvae.

There are more than 30 different species that attack the millipedes.

Millipedes

The Millipedes are arthropods. They have two pairs of jointed legs. They feed on decaying leaves and dead matter. Thus, in a way they help in decomposition process. They cause trouble in greenhouses where they cause severe damages to seedlings. They are harmless to humans.

“Stranded in India” Portal launched to help Foreign Tourists

On March 31, 2020, the Ministry of Tourism had launched “Stranded in India”, a portal aimed to support foreign tourists.

Highlights

The portal aims to disseminate information to the foreign tourists stuck far away from their homeland amidst COVID-19 threats and Lock Down. The tourists can use the portal to learn information about steps or measures being made by the Indian Government and the foreign government to take them home safely. The portal also holds contact details through which the stranded tourists can contact Ministry of Tourism. The Tourism ministry will help them contact concerned authorities and will also ensure their well being.

Other Features

The website also holds contact details of list of officers that are appointed to assist the stranded tourists. Every officer has been given charge of a country. Currently the service has been extended to tourists from US, Spain, Italy, Japan, Russia, China and Latin America. Slowly the service is to be extended to other countries as well.

Significance

This will help curb fake news that is being spread on social media. Recently the Indian High Commission in the UK took it to Twitter to clarify that no evacuation flights are being arranged for Indians in the UK. The fake news was spread through Whatsapp couple of days ago.