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28th NOVEMBER 2019

NEW SNAKE SPECIES FOUND IN ARUNACHAL
Researchers spotted the reptiles inside the thickly forested Tally Valley Sanctuary
non-venomous burrowing snake named Trachischium apteii;
due to the burrowing habits of species of this genus, snakes belonging to the group are seldom seen and hence remain poorly studied.
Trachischium apteii was named so to honour the contribution of Deepak Apte, well-known marine biologist
smooth and dorsal scales arranged in 15 rows throughout the body. The dorsal colour of the holotype is dark brown to black
 
TALLEY VALLEY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh
Talley is a plateau with dense forest of silver fir trees, pine clad plateau of beautiful grandeur, and a vast wasteland
The area has some of the most important endangered species including the clouded leopard
VULTURE POPULATION
75% decline in Gujarat’s vulture population; In neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, the vulture population has increased by 12 per cent
Mainly three species of critically endangered resident Gyps vultures, White-backed Vulture, Long-billed Vulture and Slender-billed Vulture.
These three species were very common in the country, with an estimated population of 40 million in the early eighties
Now there were about 6,000 White-backed Vultures, 12,000 Long- billed Vultures and 1,000 Slender-billed Vultures
The decline in India’s vulture population was first noticed in the mid- nineties and by 2007
INT. DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINIAN PEOPLE-29 NOVEMBER
to give the widest support and publicity to the observance of the Day of Solidarity.
The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is the ongoing struggle between Israelis and Palestinians that began in the mid-20th century
Despite a long-term peace process & general reconciliation of Israel with Egypt and Jordan, Israelis & Palestinians have failed to reach a final peace
key issues are: mutual recognition, borders, security, water rights, control of Jerusalem, Israeli settlements, Palestinian freedom
Many attempts have been made to broker a two-state solution, involving the creation of an independent Palestinian state alongside the State of Israel
ATAL INNOVATION MISSION (AIM)
Government of India’s endeavour to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
for promotion of world-class Innovation Hubs, Grand Challenges, Start- up businesses and other self-employment activities
Entrepreneurship promotion through Self-Employment and Talent Utilization
Innovation promotion: to provide a platform where innovative ideas are generated
The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is a flagship initiative set up by the NITI Aayog to promote innovation and entrepreneurship
NANOSATELLITE
With a capability to carry up to 3 kg of payload and a total satellite mass of 11 kg, it offers immense opportunities for future use
ISRO Nano Satellites (INS) is a versatile and modular Nano satellite bus system envisioned for future science and experimental payloads
The INS system is developed as a co-passenger satellite to accompany bigger satellites on PSLV launch vehicle

November 28, 2019