Assam to start leopard census in non-protected forest areas
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Assam will conduct a leopard census in the non-protected forest areas from Tuesday and the exercise will continue for the next six months.
North Kamrup Forest Division has taken the initiative and will cover an area of 100 sq km, which will include the leopard-dense areas such as Sila Reserve Forest Changsari, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education And Research (NIPER) campus and All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) campus in Amingaon in Kamrup district.
He added that the counting would be done through the camera-trapping method. As many as 50 cameras would be installed in the identified areas for six months. “However, we will get a figure about the leopard population within two months. But we will keep the cameras installed for six months for a better monitoring. Data from each camera will be extracted every seven days. The census will help us get data on leopard population outside the protected areas,” he added.
4 women among 10 eminent personalities from NE conferred Padma Shri awards
Ten distinguished personalities, including four women, from seven of the eight northeastern states were conferred Padma Shri awards in different fields. The four women are Shakuntala Choudhary of Assam for social work while LourembamBino Devi and Muktamani Devi, both from Manipur, were recognised for their contributions in art and trade and industry, respectively, and Badaplin War of Meghalaya in the field of Literature and Education.
Choudhury, the 102-year-old Gandhian social worker from Kamrup, is popularly known as ‘ShankuntalaBaideo’. Veteran applique textile artist LourembamBino Devi, 77, famous for preserving the Leeba textile art of Manipur for over five decades while Muktamani Devi, 49, is an inspirational woman entrepreneur exporting and popularising handcrafted woollen shoes. War, 60, a scholar and author, has been always promoting Meghalaya’s Khasi language globally.
UNESCO Heritage List – Nordic Clinker Boats
In December 2021, the United Nations’ cultural agency, UNESCO, inscribed the Nordic “clinker boats” to its Heritage List.
For thousands of years, wooden sailboats have allowed northern Europeans to spread influence, trade, and even conflict across continents and seas.
The UNESCO designation was requested jointly by Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
The term “clinker” is said to refer to the way the building’s wooden boards were attached.
The use of overlapping longitudinal hardwood hull planks distinguishes wooden clinker boats.
These planks are held together by stitched or riveted seams. Internally, boats are fortified with additional wooden components, particularly tall oak trees.
Gaps are filled with a mixture of tar or tallow, animal hair, moss, and wool.
India-UAE Capital Funds to Support Start Ups
India and the United Arab Emirates have pooled their resources to create a $150 million fund to support startups.
Within the next ten years, the fund will assist in creating ten unicorns. Unicorns are companies with a market capitalization of more than one billion dollars.
The fund was announced at the Dubai EXPO 2020. The fund will act as a catalyst for the startups’ development.
It will be highly beneficial to startups in their early stages of development.
In both countries, the fund will support at least fifty startups. The fund’s Indian representative is NASSCOM.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between India and the United Arab Emirates to raise the fund.
Digital Rights And Principles Proposed By EU
The European Union is the first to propose digital rights in the world. The rights are intended to promote democracy and protect people’s rights.
It ensures a secure internet experience. The rights aspire to give all of its member countries affordable digital connectivity.
It also intends to improve the internet’s speed. The rights will equip the classrooms and hire digitally adept teachers.
In addition, digital rights will allow for seamless access to government services. It will give children a secure atmosphere.
NIPER Research Portal
The Ministry of Chemicals recently launched the NIPER Portal to help the pharmaceutical industry innovate and research.
NIPER is the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research.
The NIPER Research Portal will provide information on the organization’s research efforts.
The portal will also provide a list of NIPER’s patents and publications. It will house all of the NIPERs’ research data in one location. This makes information more accessible.
Researchers will be able to contact appropriate organizations with the help of the site.
It will enable researchers to work with the appropriate institution and make their study more impactful.
The gateway will aid the pharmaceutical industry’s development. It will aid collaboration between industry and academia.
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