Animals Declared As ‘Legal Persons’ In Uttarakhand

In a unique ruling, the Uttarakhand High Court has accorded the status of a “legal person or entity” to animals in the state. Now animals have a distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person.

A division bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Lokpal Singh bestowed the unique status on the animal kingdom while issuing a series of directions to prevent cruelty against animals.

The Uttarakhand High Court in the past had given a similar right to river Ganga when it ordered that the river is a human entity and will enjoy all corresponding rights.

Gujarat CM Launches Special Drive Against Malnutritioner

Vijay Rupani has launched ‘Poshan Abhiyan’–a statewide mission to eradicate malnutrition among children by providing them nutritious food through Anganwadi centres.

During the function organised at Gandhinagar, the chief minister also launched ‘Purna’ project to eliminate malnutrition among girls in the age group of 14 to 18.
‘Purna’ stands for Prevention of Under Nutrition and Reduction of Nutritional Anaemia among Adolescent Girls. The government has allocated Rs 270 crore to control malnutrition.

NBWL Added Four Species For Critically Endangered Species

The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has given its nod to include four diverse species  Northern River Terrapin (riverine turtle), Red Panda, Clouded Leopard and Arabian Sea Humpback Whale — in the recovery programme for critically endangered species.
They fall in the critically endangered to vulnerable categories as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The species recovery programme of the Union Environment Ministry is implemented under Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats — a centrally sponsored umbrella scheme for management and conservation of parks, wildlife habitats and conservation.
National Board for Wild Life is a “Statutory Organization” constituted under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Mahesh Sharma inaugurates exhibition titled “Arth – art for earth”

The Union Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma has inaugurated an exhibition “Arth – art for        earth” at IGNCA, New Delhi.

‘ARTH – ART FOR EARTH’ by Manav Gupta consists of “Excavations in Hymns of     Clay”-  a suite of environmental art installations by Manav Gupta weaving all of them     with a storyline and poetry.

UNESCO to set up Design University for Gaming in Visakhapatnam

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)         delegation has entered into an agreement with Andhra Pradesh Economic Development    Board (APEDB) to set up ‘Design University for Gaming’ in Visakhapatnam.

The Design University for Gaming will help UNSECO to develop edutech gaming in the    state, with the target of providing 50,000 jobsin 10 years.

Earlier, UNESCO has requested Andhra Pradesh Govt. to provide 100 acres of land in    Visakhapatnam for developing the city as International Gaming and Digit learning hub.

CBIC launches GST ‘Verify App’

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has developed     and launched a mobile app named ‘GST Verify’ to protect the interest of   consumers.

The application is to verify if the person collecting GST from the     consumer is eligible to collect it or not.

It also provides the details of the person/company collecting GST.

 ‘Pandharichi Wari’ to resume from Dehu today

“Pandharichi Wari” is Maharashtra’s 700 years old tradition in which devotees of     Lord  Vitthala called Varkari trace the route to Pandharpur. 
For this holy function Devotees from all over state gathers in Dehu and Alandi, the     native places of Sant Tukaram Maharaj and sant Dnyaneshvar Maharaj in Pune district   and the procession starts for its final destination, Pandharpur.



World’s 1st Digital Art Museum Opens In Tokyo

The world’s first digital art museum has opened to the public in Tokyo, Japan allowing    patrons to step all the way into the artworks.

Attendees are able to move freely through the 9,000-square meter interactive gallery.     The exhibition itself is linked in real-time to panthe real-world seasons, which means   that no two trips to the museum will be the same.

Prime minister: Shinzo Abe
Capital: Tokyo
Currency: Japanese yen

Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay 3 Day Visit To India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met his Bhutanese counterpart, Tshering Tobgay   in  New Delhi.

The two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest and enhancing special   friendship between the two countries.

India and Bhutan enjoy unique ties of friendship and cooperation, which are       characterized by utmost trust and mutual understanding.

Capital: Thimphu
Prime minister: Tshering Tobgay
Currencies: Bhutanese ngultrum



CCEA Approves Rs.1-Lakh Cr For Research In Higher Education

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the proposal to   expand the scope of the Higher Education Funding Agency (HEFA) to mobilise ₹1 lakh   crore for research and academic infrastructure for higher education institutions by 2022.

In a first, Kendriya Vidyalayas /Navodaya Vidyalayas will also get funding from HEFA.   IITs, NITs, IISERs and other Central universities as well as AIIMS and other medical colleges will also get funds from HEFA.

The International Finance Corporation is an international financial institution that     offers investment, advisory, and asset-management services to encourage private-sector   development in developing countries.


Cabinet Approved Extension Of Scheme Of Recapitalization Of RRB

The government has approved extension of recapitalisation scheme for Regional Rural   Banks (RRBs) for next three years up to 2019-20 with an aim to strengthen their lending   capacity.

A total of Rs 1,107.20 crore, as government’s share, out of Rs 1,450 crore, has been   released to RRBs till March last year.

The scheme started in 2010-11 and was extended twice in 2012-13 and 2015-16. The last   extension was up to March, 2017.

The remaining Rs 342.80 crore will be utilised to provide recapitalisation support to   RRBs whose Capital to Risk Weighted Assets Ratio (CRAR) is below 9 per cent, during   2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.


Centre To Give Rs 500 Cr To SCI Under Sagarmala Project

Under Sagarmala project, Centre will provide 500 crore rupees to Shipping   Corporation of India to lease out cruises to promote cruise tourism. It was announced   by  union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Mr Gadkari and Union Minister of State for Tourism, K. J. Alphons interacted with   associates of travel and trade fraternity concerned with cruise and other related matters.

Mr Gadkari and Union Minister of State for Tourism, K. J. Alphons interacted with   associates of travel and trade fraternity concerned with cruise and other related matters.

The deliberations were held as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) Annual   Awards event in Mumbai


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“As a rule, man worry more about what they can’t see than about what they can see”

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