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TNPSC Current Affairs 2017 February 1

1.India, Russia holds high-level consultations on terrorism.

India and Russia agreed to have regional cooperation and resolved to jointly confront to counter the global scourge of terrorism in their respective region as part of high level consultation between both countries.

The decision was taken at a meeting which  was led by Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) in the External affairs ministry from Indian Side and the deputy foreign minister Oleg V.Syromolotoy from Russian Side.

The two countries discussed issues of mutual bilateral, regional and global interest with mainly focusing on security and defence cooperation.

They also shared views on the threats national security posed by terrorism, including state-sponsored, cross border terrorism faced by India.

Both the countries then agreed United Nation Security council 1267 Sanction list processes for blacklisting various terrorists and entities must by stringently complies with. Ministry of External Affairs Said.

Both Countries agreed to have  joint action plan, frequent expert level meeting, sharing of insights, exchange of practices to counter terrorism.

Ministry said, “The special and privileged Strategic Partnership between Indian and Russia was a great asset for peace and stability in the region. They also agreed for further strengthening it in all areas”. They also highlighted to celebrate 70the anniversary of diplomatic relation between India and Russia in 2017.

2. Researcher discover oldest and tiniest human ancestor.

Scientist has discovered the oldest and tiniest ancestors of humans at 1 millimetre of size. Scientist said that fossil traces of 540 million years old has  identified well-preserved fossils of a primitive sea creature and is the oldest known ancestor of a wide range of animals, including humans.

The study was conducted by international team of researchers, from the University of Cambridge UK, Northwest University in Xi'an China and Germany.

The microscopic creature named Saccorhytus after its bag like body shape lived in the early Cambrian period.

It is only about Millimetre in length and would have lived between grains of sand in the seabed.

The Scientist has said that Saccorhytus is the example of the category of animals called deuterostomes”.

The Saccorhytus body covering was probably thin and flexible, suggesting that it could move by wriggling. Saccorhytus body dominated by a single large opening that was probably used for both eating and excreting waste.

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