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News in Short - 02-February-2020

Genetically engineered bacteria to protect Bees from pests and Viruses

Date: 02 February 2020 Tags: Biotechnology
  • Scientists have developed a new strategy to protect honey bees from a deadly trend known as colony collapse through genetically engineered strains of bacteria.
  • The engineered bacteria live in the guts of honey bees and act as biological factories, pumping out medicines protecting the bees against two major causes of colony collapse: Varroa mites and deformed wing virus.
  • The researchers believe their method could one day scale up for agricultural use because the engineered bacteria are easy to grow, inoculating the bees is straightforward and the engineered bacteria are unlikely to spread beyond bees.

Students evacuated from Wuhan isolated in Delhi-NCR

Date: 02 February 2020 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • Indian students and working professionals stuck in coronavirus affected Wuhan city have been evacuated and brought back to India through a special flight.
  • Evacuees would be monitored for any signs of infection for a duration of two weeks by a qualified team of doctors and staff members.
  • The Indian Army has set up a quarantine facility in Manesar near Delhi to keep those evacuated from Wuhan and nearby provinces.


Date: 02 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Taking advantage of people’s curiosity about the coronavirus, cyber criminals have started deploying malicious files on people’s computers in the guise of providing information and safety tips about the virus.
  • The researchers from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky have detected such malicious files that were masked under the guise of pdf, mp4 and docx files about the coronavirus.
  • These files contained a range of threats from Trojans to worms, which are capable of destroying, blocking, modifying or copying data, as well as interfering with the operation of computers or computer networks.

UK exits European Union

Date: 02 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The United Kingdom has finally left the European Union after three and a half years of political turmoil.
  • After 31 January 2020, there will be a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.
  • The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.

Wipro CEO Abidali Neemuchwala resigns

Date: 02 February 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Abidali Neemuchwala is exiting as CEO and MD of Wipro after a turbulent period during which the company saw its slide.
  • Wipro repeatedly under-performed and fell behind its rivals  Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and also it lost its third position due to conservative growth in its share value.
  • The search process led by the Governance, Nomination and Remuneration committee of Wipro’s board of directors will be looking at mostly external candidates for the position of Chief Executive Officer.