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28th DECEMBER 2019

Belum Caves festival

Festival to promote Belum Caves planned in December is postponed

The Belum Caves is the largest and longest cave system open to the public on the Indian subcontinent, known for stalactite and stalagmite formations

It was formed over the course of tens of thousands of years by the constant flow of underground water from the now-disappeared river Chitravathi.

The cave system reaches its deepest point ( 46 m (151 ft) from entrance level) at the point known as Pataalaganga.

In Andhra Pradesh; second largest caves on the Indian Subcontinent after the Krem Liat Prah caves in Meghalaya.

Flamingo Festival

It is held every year to promote tourism in Pulicat and Nellapattu. Flamingo Festival is being organized for the past 12 years.

Pulicat Lake is the second largest brackish water lagoon in India. The lake encompasses the Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary.

The barrier island of Sriharikota separates the lake from the Bay of Bengal. The Satish Dhawan Space Centre is situated on this island; in AP

Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary is one of the biggest habitats for hundreds of pelicans and other birds.

In AP, plays important role in nesting of various birds especially migratory birds.

2019 Year End Review: Ministry of I&B

task of disseminating information about government policies, schemes and programmes through the different mediums of communication.

Travelogue program “Rag Rag Mein Ganga” and quiz show “Meri Ganga” on Doordarshan launched.

Private FM Radio broadcasters permitted to broadcast All India Radio (AIR) News bulletins

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched DD Arunprabha, a dedicated 24×7 Doordarshan satellite channel for Arunachal Pradesh

Accessibility Standards for Persons with Disabilities in TV programmes implemented; aims to establish Community Radio Stations in every district

RBI’s Financial Stability Report

RBI, in its biannual Financial Stability Report, said the country’s financial system remains stable despite weakening domestic growth

The central bank noted a delay in Brexit, trade tensions, a “whiff” of an impending recession, oil market disruptions and political risks were among the major causes of a significant slowdown in global growth

RBI noted significant time lag in reporting of frauds by banks.

It said that 97.3 percent of the frauds reported actually occurred in previous years.

Spillovers from trade war and the geopolitical tensions may impact the market

Homo luzonensis

New species of ancient human discovered in the Philippines

The small sizes of the hominins’ molars suggest that it may have undergone island dwarfing

process & condition of large animals evolving or having a reduced body size when their population’s range is limited to a small environment, primarily islands

Remains preserved in Callao Cave include several teeth with traits that established the individuals belonged to the genus Homo

Meanwhile, the curved shape of the toe and finger bones of H. luzonensis look like those of australopiths

December 31, 2019