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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Prelims booster(Micro notes), current affairs - 29 January,2020

Bhuvan Panchayat 3.0
  • The Bhuvan Panchayat V 3.0 is a web portal which is part of ISRO’s Space-based Information Support for better planning and monitoring of government projects.
  • ISRO will collaborate with the gram panchayat members and stakeholders to understand their data requirements.
  • This version of the portal will provide database visualisation and services for the benefit of panchayat members, among others.
  • Using Bhuvan satellite imagery, hi-resolution database is applied to identify land use land cover, settlements, road and rail network etc.
Ramsar sites in India
  • India has added 10 more wetlands to sites protected by the Ramsar Convention.
  • It is an international treaty for the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
  • The convention is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran on the shores of the Caspian Sea, where it was signed on 2 February 1971.
  • The Montreux Record is a register of wetland sites on the List of Ramsar wetlands of international importance where changes in ecological character have occurred, are occurring, or are likely to occur as a result of technological developments, pollution or other human interference.
  • Currently, two wetlands of India are in Montreux record: Keoladeo National Park (Rajasthan) and Loktak Lake (Manipur).
Cheetah reintroduction project
Cheetah reintroduction project
  • The Supreme Court has allowed the Centre to introduce the African cheetah to a suitable habitat in India.
  • The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) had previously told the Supreme Court that African cheetahs would be translocated in India from Namibia.
  •  It would be kept at Nauradehi wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh.
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has given a ‘no objection’ for the translocation.
  • The cheetah is also the world’s fastest land mammal.
  • It is listed as vulnerable in IUCN red listed species.
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