Goaltide Daily Current Affairs 2024

Feb 21, 2024

Current Affair 1:
About the African Union 



A historic ban on the trade in donkey skin has been agreed upon by the African heads of state. 

The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999) in Durban, South Africa. 

The AU’s secretariat, known as the African Union Commission, is based in Addis Ababa. 

The AU is made up of 55 Member States which represent all the countries on the African continent. 

Current Affair 2:
Leopard Population Status 



The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) have released a report based on data from the fifth cycle of leopard population estimation conducted in 2022. 

From the report: 

Despite being listed in Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and classified as “Vulnerable” by the IUCN Red List, leopard populations face significant threats including habitat loss, fragmentation, human-wildlife conflict, poaching, and illegal trade. 

The below chart will give you all information about the report: 

  1. India’s leopard population is estimated at 13,874 (range: 12,616 – 15,132). This indicates a stable population compared to 2018 estimates of 12,852 leopards. 

  1. Madhya Pradesh has the highest leopard population with 3,907 individuals followed by Maharashtra (1,985) and Karnataka (1,879). 


Current Affair 3:
The first indigenous hydrogen fuel cell ferry 



On February 29th, 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated India’s first indigenous hydrogen fuel cell ferry at Kochi Harbor in Kerala. The 24-meter vessel, built by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), marks a major advancement in sustainable transportation. 

About Hydrogen Fuel Cells: 

You can watch this small video: https://youtu.be/bS9XVbUN8R8 










Current Affair 4:
What is ‘Juice Jacking’, RBI warned about? 



The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a cautionary message to mobile phone users advising them against charging their devices using public ports. The warning comes amidst growing concerns over the security risks posed by a cyberattack known as “juice jacking.” 


Juice jacking is a form of cyberattack where hackers tamper with public USB charging ports, infecting them with malware or making hardware changes that allow them to steal data from devices connected to them. This type of attack has been a growing concern, with incidents reported in various public spaces such as airports, hotels, and shopping centres. 

RBI emphasized the importance of protecting personal and financial data while using mobile devices. 


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