• The krill population in the Antarctic is under threat, due to a combination of factors including industrial-scale fishing and climate change.
• Antarctic krill are one of the most abundant and successful animal species on Earth.
• The loss of krill could endanger the entire Antarctic ecosystems, with predators, especially penguins, in potential danger.
• Krill are essential feed for whales, penguins and seals.
• Modern trawlers that suck in large quantities of water at a time are a primary cause of their demise.
• Krill oil is a scientifically proven to be a super source of omega-3 fatty acids.
• Krill numbers have declined by as much as 80% since the 1970s.
2. New Plant species – West Bengal
• Scientists from the Botanical Survey of India have identified a new plant species from Buxa and Jaldapara National Parks in West Bengal.
• The plant is named after former President Abdul Kalam as Drypetes kalamii.
• It is a small shrub adding to the rich floral wealth of India.
• The newly described plant is unisexual in nature, which means they have separate male and female plants.
• The new species is found in wet, shaded areas of subtropical moist semi-evergreen forests, at a height ranging 50-100 meters.
• Being exclusive to these two parks ,the plant is classified as critically endangered.
3. National Conference on e-Governance
The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) with the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology and in association with Government of Telangana is organizing the conference.
• The theme of the Conference this year is, ‘Technology for accelerating Development’.
• The awards are given for excellence in various fields such as Government Process Reengineering, Citizen- Centric Service Delivery.
• The Conference is a forum to showcase best practices, innovative technologies and ICT solutions.