1. Naidu is richest, Manik poorest: ADR
TDP leader(N. Chandrababu Naidu), with declared assets of Rs. 177 crore, is 680 times richer than Tripura CM(Manik Sarkar) Rs.26 lakh.
Extreme inequality in India is evidently not restricted to the general population, going by an analysis of the assets of Chief Ministers.
It extends to top politicians as well, with the richest Chief Minister found to be 680 times wealthier than the ‘poorest’ one.
2. India records marginal increase in forest cover
Biennial report says Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala registered the maximum growth; northeast States show a decrease
India posted a marginal 0.21% rise in the area under forest between 2015 and 2017, according to the biennial India State of Forest Report (SFR) 2017. The document says that India has about 7,08,273 square kilometres of forest, which is 21.53% of the geographic area of the country (32,87,569 sq. km).
Getting India to have at least 33% of its area under forest has been a long standing goal of the government since 1988.
3. Paper 1:
Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
Kannada litterateur Chandrashekar Kambar has been elected as president of the Sahitya Akademi. Kambar, who has been recipient of various awards including Sahitya Akademi Award, Padma Shri and Pampa Award, will serve as president of the Akademi for a period of five years. Hindi poet Madhav Koushik has been elected as vice-president.
Prof. Kambar is the third Kannada writer to head the country’s premier literary institution, after Vinayak Krishna Gokak (1983) and U.R. Ananthamurthy (1993).
4. Paper 2:
India and its neighbourhood- relations.
India gets access to strategic Oman port Duqm for military use
In a strategic move to expand its footprint in the Indian Ocean region, India has secured access to the key Port of Duqm in Oman for military use and logistical support. Following this pact, the services of Duqm port and dry dock will be available for maintenance of Indian military vessels. This was one of the key takeaways of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Oman.