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Madhya Pradesh forest department has radio-tagged an Indian Pangolin for the first time.

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What is Radio-Tagging?

  • Radio-Tagging is attaching a transmitter to an animal to monitor its movements and it will help to understand the habits of the animal.
  • Other animals which are radio-tagged are— tigers, leopards and migratory birds that have been tagged over decades.
  • Radio-tagging is part of a joint project by the forest department, non-profit organization and the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT).

About Pangolins:

  • Indian Pangolin (Maniscrassicaudata) and the Chinese Pangolin (Manispentadactyla) are found in India.
  • Both these species are listed under Schdule I Part I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
  • It has thick scaly skin
  • Used in traditional Chinese medicine
  • Hunted for meat in East and South East Asian countries, particularly China and Vietnam.
  • Most trafficked wildlife species in the world.

Habitat of pangolins:

  • Indian Pangolin– distributed in India, except the arid region, high Himalayas and the North-East and also found in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
  • Chinese Pangolin– Himalayan foothills in Eastern Nepal, Bhutan, Northern India, North-East Bangladesh and through Southern China.

IUCN Red List:

  • Indian Pangolin: Endangered
  • Chinese Pangolin: Critically Endangered

Related Facts:

  • ‘World Pangolin Day’ on 15th February, 2020.
  • To raise awareness about pangolins and bring all stakeholders together to help and protect these species from extinction.

European Union Calls For Swift End To All Curbs In Kashmir

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  • The European Union (EU) has called for swift removal of communication and political restrictions in Kashmir.
  • The EU spokesperson said that organisation was in touch with the Indian authorities for continuing dialogue regarding the situation in Kashmir.
  • Some restrictions remain, notably on Internet access and mobile services, and some political leaders are still in detention.
  • The statement was issued a day after a delegation of 25 diplomats that included the EU Ambassador to India Ugo Astuto and several other European envoys visited Kashmir and Jammu from February 12 to 13.
  • The delegation was not part of the earlier team of diplomats that visited Kashmir in January as they had insisted on meeting jailed political leaders

Gujarat Hostel Girls Checked For Menstruation

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  • At least 60 girls in a hostel in Gujarat’s Kutch were allegedly asked to remove their undergarments to prove that they were not menstruating, after complaints that girls having periods had entered the temple and kitchen in the premises.
  • The hostel is part of the Shree Sahajanand Girls Institute (SSGI), run by a trust of the Swaminarayan Temple.
  • The Gujarat State Commission for Women has taken suo motu cognisance of the alleged incident, as has the National Commission for Women.
  • The National Commission for Women has sought a report and set up an inquiry committee.

About National Commission for Women:

  • The National Commission for Women was set up in 1992 under the National Commission Act, 1990.
  • Objective: Established to review the constitutional and legal safeguards for women.
  • It recommends the remedial legislative measures, facilitates redressal of grievances and advises the government on all policy matters affecting women. It enjoys all the powers of a civil court.
  • The first commission was constituted on 31st January 1992 as Jayanti Patnaik as the chairperson. Alok Rawat IAS is the first male member of the National Commission for Women (NCW).

Composition:

  • A Chairperson, committed to the cause of women, to be nominated by the Central Government.
  • Five Members to be nominated by the Central Government from amongst persons of ability, integrity and standing who have had experience in law or legislation, trade unionism, management of an industry potential of women, women’s voluntary organizations ( including women activist ), administration, economic development, health, education or social welfare;
  • Provided that at least one Member each shall be from amongst persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes respectively

SC Lifts Delhi NCR Construction Plan

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  • The Supreme Court lifted the ban on construction activities between 6PM and 6 AM in Delhi-NCR.
  • A bench stated that the purpose of the ban imposed had been served with reference to the improvement.

No Trade Deal During Trump Visit A Setback :US Diplomat

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  • As U.S. and Indian officials prepare for President Trump’s visit to India later this month, a top U.S. diplomat reportedly is worried about the ramifications of a failure to strike a trade deal.
  • According to the report Alice Wells, acting assistant secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, told that if the two sides can’t agree before the visit on even a “tiny” phase-one deal, “ it would be a big setback ,”