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  • The Supreme Court allowed the introduction of African Cheetah to suitable habitat in India on January 28, 2020.
  • The top court directed that the habitat should be chosen carefully after examining if the animal can adapt to Indian conditions.
  • The apex court was hearing a petition filed by National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), which sought permission to relocate African Cheetah from Namibia to India as a pilot project, as Indian cheetah is deemed extinct.
  • The bench was headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde and comprised Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant.
  • The top court, while modifying its previous order, stated that the African cheetahs can be introduced to the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh or any other part of the country following a detailed study on all the aspects of its relocation.

India’s Tiger Population

  • The Status of Tigers in India-2018 report by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Wildlife Institute of India showed that the adult tiger population in the country currently stands at 2,967.
  • The government figures, however, vary to a certain extent. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has reported that there have been a total of 21 cases of tiger poaching and 10 cases of body part seizures during 2018.
  • We have 50 tiger reserves. Not all are doing well. There is a lack of protection and management measures in some areas.
  • Tigers thrive in areas where the prey density, habitat conditions are good; if that does not happen, the numbers will not improve.

WORLD

Bangladesh to allow education for Rohingya refugee children

  • In Bangladesh, the Rohingya children living in refugee camps will be allowed to receive formal education.
  • This was announced by Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen in an interview to AFP.
  • The decision came after a meeting of a National Task Force set up by the Government.
  • According to reports in the local media, government plans to provide school education to Rohingya children up to the age of 14.
  • The Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh were earlier barred from formal education. They received primary education in temporary learning centres set up by the UN children’s agency UNICEF.
  • UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo said that the move will make it easier for the Rohingyas to go back home to Myanmar when the time is right for their return.

TAMIL NADU

Centre gives approval for two more medical colleges

  • The number of government medical colleges in the State increased from 24 to 35 with the Union Health Ministry approving two more medical colleges.
  • Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the same.
  • In a statement, the chief minister said, “I thank the prime minister for approval of two medical colleges, at Ariyalur and Kallakurichi district”.
  • The Union government also gave approval for a total nine colleges last year.
  • The Central government also approved Rs 325 crore each, for Ariyalur and Kallakurichi.
  • The State‟s share is 40 per cent and the remaining funds would be provided by the Central government, for the establishment of the medical colleges.

SUMMITS

Central Zone Council meeting

  • Ahead of the 22nd meeting of the Central Zonal Council (CZC), Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said discussions will be held on the resolutions passed earlier and some new agendas will also be decided.
  • The meeting of the CZC comprising Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Chhattisgarh is scheduled to be held at Naya Raipur.
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah will chair the meeting.
  • State Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel is the vice-chairman of the CZC and the host of the event. The last meeting of the CZC was last held in Lucknow on September 24, 2018.
  • The Council takes up issues concerning Centre and States and member-States of the zone. The Zonal Councils are thus an effective platform for the resolution of inter-state disputes as well as irritants between Centre and member-States.

Second world thirukkural conference

  • February 21,2020 ,second world thirukkural conference will be held in Yazhpanam, Srilanka.
  • Two thiruvalluvar statues send to srilanka from Tamil Nadu.

ECONOMICS

Bharti Airtel put under blacklist for non-fulfilment of export obligation

  • The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), which is under the Commerce ministry, has put Bharti Airtel under entry list which is commonly known as blacklist for non-fulfilment of export obligation in respect of certain EPCG authorisation issued to them.
  • Following the move, the company will not be able to avail any export benefit or licence from the DGFT.

APPOINTMENTS

Taranjit singh Sandhu appointed India’s ambassador to US

  • Senior Indian Foreign Service officer (IFS) Taranjit Sandhu has been appointed as India‟s ambassador to the United States (US), Ministry of Externals Affairs.
  • Sandhu, currently India‟s high commissioner to Sri Lanka, will succeed Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who will take charge as the country‟s new foreign secretary.

IMPORTANT DAYS

Lala Lajpat Rai Birth Anniversary

  • Lala Lajpat Rai (28 January 1865 – 17 November 1928) was one of India‟s most celebrated freedom fighters.
  • His ideology of nationalism and zealous patriotism earned him the title, „Punjab Kesari‟ and „Lion of Punjab‟.
  • He was part of the famous radical trio Lal Bal Pal,who advocated the Swadeshi movement in India, involving the boycott of all imported goods and the use of Indian made goods.
  • Rai also initiated the foundation of Punjab National Bank.
  • In 1897, he founded the Hindu Orphan Relief Movement to keep the Christian missions from securing custody of these children.
  • A prolific writer, leader, politician and activist, Rai died from a heart attack after not recovering from injuries received during a police lathi-charge, while protesting the arrival of Simon Commission.
  • On the occasion of the 155th birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai, we look back upon the struggles faced by him and all that he accomplished in his life.

NATIONAL DEWORMING DAY

  • The National Deworming Day is an initiative of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India to make every child in the country worm free. This is one of the largest public health programs reaching large number of children during a short period.
  • More than 836 million children are at risk of parasitic worm infections worldwide. According to World Health Organization 241 million children between the ages of 1 and 14 years are at risk of parasitic intestinal worms in India, also known as SoilTransmitted Helminths (STH).
  • National Deworming Day which is scheduled to be held on February 10.

SPORTS

Pankaj Advani is National billiards champion

  • After losing the first frame in the best-of-9 150-up tie, Advani bounced back with breaks of 95 and 151 to go 2-1 up.
  • Pankaj Advani claimed yet another senior National billiards championship title with a 5-2 win over Sourav Kothari.