Sunderban Reserve Forest to Get Ramsar Site Status
- The Sunderban Reserve Forest, that has spread over the of 4,260 sq. km. with over 2,000 sq. km. of mangrove forests and creeks, that has been set as the Ramsar Site soon. In the starting of this week, the West Bengal government has given the approval for the State Forest Department to apply for recognition under the Ramsar Convention.
- “We have got approval from the government. All the necessary documents are ready and through the Government of India, we will apply to the Ramsar Convention Secretariat. It will take anything between three and six months for the status,” Ravi Kanta Sinha, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, West Bengal, told in report of media.
- “Spread over 125-square-km (12,500 hectare) the wetland area of the water bodies have been decreasing over the past three decades. In 1986, the percentage of water bodies was 30.6% which dropped to 26.3% and in 2011 further dropped to 24.7%,” Ajanta Dey, joint secretary of Nature Environment and Wildlife Society, said.
- “What is required is the implementation of existing laws and regulations by the tribunals. I have submitted more than 500 photos citing environmental degradation of the Sunderbans before the National Green Tribunal,” Mr. Datta said.
- “Sunderbans is a contiguous ecosystem spread across India and Bangladesh and any adverse move will affect the entire ecosystem. We had raised the issue at the IUCN [International Union for Conservation of Nature] meeting of 2017,” she said.
India and World Bank Signs Agreement to Improve Rural Road Network in MP
- The Government of India, the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the World Bank has signed the agreement of the 210 million dollar loan agreement for the Madhya Pradesh Rural Connectivity Project.
- “Government of India is making all efforts to ensure that communities in the most remote areas across the country are connected through a road network. All weather road connectivity is crucial for economic growth, especially in the rural areas. The Madhya Pradesh roads project will enhance rural road connectivity in the state which will open up opportunities for economic development and access to social services for beneficiary communities in the state and help in reducing poverty,” said Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs.
- “This project will leverage resources to support innovations in road construction, improve road safety, and reduce carbon footprint in the transport sector by mainstreaming climate resilient technology in road design and construction,” added Hisham Abdo, Acting Country Director, World Bank India.
- “The Project will benefit the rural people residing in very small villages in Madhya Pradesh. The construction of sealed roads under the project will help reduce transport costs, improve road safety and minimise post-harvest losses for farmers by ensuring transport services in all seasons. The project will also help in reducing pollution and increase access to jobs, markets, schools and health facility for the rural population thus reducing the migration towards urban areas. It will implement a range of contracting and institutional reform measures and update standards and specifications, with a particular emphasis on road safety,” said Pankaj Jhawar, Chief General Manager (MPRCP), Madhya Pradesh Rural Road Development Authority.
EU, UN Co-Host Conference on Syria Aid
- The EU and the UN has been going to be the co-chairman for two-day international conference going to be start at there on Tuesday, it has aim to give the promotion for the financial aid for Syrians and garner political support for UN-led intra-Syrian talks.
- The second term of this that will be from the year 2017, will bring together participants from more than 85 countries and organisations at the ministerial level, as well as those from over 200 non-governmental organisations, this report has been given by the media.
- In the meeting that has held on one day that has the main on the NGOs from Syria and the region, that has the aim to give the “concrete operational recommendations” to the ministerial meeting on the second day.
- In just a month after the US-led airstrikes on alleged chemical weapon-related facilities in Syria in early April, the conference will get more international attention than the previous one in April 4-5, in the year 2017, during which international donors pledged 5.6 billion euros in aid for 2017 and 3.47 billion euros for 2018-2020.
Sushma Swaraj & Nirmala Sitharaman Attends SCO’s Meet in China
- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been going to attend the meeting that has done on Tuesday related on the topic of the upcoming summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
- Sitharaman has been going to attend the meeting of the SCO defence ministers’ meeting, whereas Swaraj will take part in foreign ministers’ meeting.
- The summit that held yearly of the SCO, in which India and Pakistan became full members last year, will take place in the Chinese city of Qingdao in June.
- Swaraj, who has left for the China on April 21, is already in Beijing on a four-day visit to finalise the agenda for the summit of the eight-member political, economic and security bloc.
BANKING AND FINANCE
India’s GDP to reach $5 trillion by 2025
- India has been given the assumption that it is in the list of the fastest growing large economy in the world and its GDP has been taken the assumption that it will reach on the term of the $5 trillion by the year 2025 as the economic reforms adopted in the last few years have started to get the result, a top Indian official has told the World Bank.
- India is poised to remain as the fastest growing large economy in the world. In 2018, we expect India to grow at over 7.4 per cent,” Garg told the 97th meeting of the Development Committee of the World Bank here yesterday.
- “In the last few years, India has undertaken massive structural reforms toward formalisation of the economy and fostering digital financial inclusion,” he said, adding that the country had grown at an average of 7.2 per cent per annum in the last four years and was continuing on the trajectory of sustained growth.
- “India’s GDP is expected to reach a volume of $5 trillion by FY2025 by leveraging on digitisation, globalisation, favourable demographics and structural reforms,” Garg added.
- “In the field of digitisation, India has completed the ambitious task of connecting 100,000 gram panchayats through high speed optical fibre network under phase-I of the Bharat Net project,” he said, adding that it has enabled broadband access to over 200 million Indians living in about 250,000 villages.
8th South Asian Judo Championship Begins in Nepal
- India’s L. Sushila Devi has clinched the first gold medal for the country in minus 48 kg category. She has got this defeating the Humaira Ashiq of Pakistan in the final. Within few minutes Kalpana Devi Thoudam has also won gold in minus 52 kg. Kalpana beat Maryam of Pakistan.
- In minus 57 kg. category A. Anita Chanu bagged third gold for the country by defeating Lila Adhikari of Nepal. In the last bout of the day H. Sunibala Devi defeated Phupu Lhamu Khatri of Nepal in minus 63 kg category and won fourth gold medal for India.
- In men’s section Pakistan won two gold and host Nepal got one gold. India bagged two bronze medals. Besides host Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participating in a 3 day championship.
- A total 102 players including 13 from India are competing for 7 gold, 7 silver and 14 bronze medals each in men’s and women’s individual categories.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Abdo Benitez elected Paraguay President
- Paraguay’s ruling Colorado Party candidate Mario Abdo Benitez has get chosen in the presidential election, that is get to know by the data released by the country’s election tribunal showed.
- By the survey that is released on Sunday Benitez garnered 46.47 per cent of the votes, while his main rival Efrain Alegre received 42.72 per cent, after 98.11 per cent of ballots were counted, Xinhua news agency reported.