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Also known as the Goa (Procapra picticaudata).
A species of antelope that inhabits the Tibetan plateau.
IUCN Status- Near Threatened.
Their fur lacks an undercoat, consisting of long guard hairs only, and is notably thicker in winter.
They are almost restricted to the Chinese provinces of Gansu, Xinjiang, Tibet, Qinghai, and Sichuan, with tiny populations in the Ladakh and Sikkim regions of India.
It is a typhoon that lashed the central Philippines recently.
It is known as Ursula in the local language in the Philippines.
A typhoon is a mature tropical cyclone that develops between 180° and 100°E in the Northern Hemisphere. This region is referred to as the Northwestern Pacific Basin, and is the most active tropical cyclone basin on Earth, accounting for almost one-third of the world’s annual tropical cyclones.
Nari Shakti Puraskar
To acknowledge Women’s achievements, the Government of India confers Nari Shakti Puraskars on eminent women and institutions in recognition of their service towards the cause of women empowerment.
The Awards were initiated in the year 1999.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development announces these national level awards for eminent women, organisations and institutions.
The Nari Shakti Puraskar carries a cash award of Rs.1 Lakh and a certificate for individuals and institutions.
Note: The remaining articles of today’s current events will be covered tomorrow.
Government proposes BS VI emission norms
The government has proposed to make BS VI emission norms mandatory for quadricycles from April 1, 2020, an official said. Currently, quadricycles are covered under Bharat Stage IV emission norms.
The BS VI emission norms are in line with European standards. Various testing, including those related to durability, would be as per Europe quadricycle norms, the official said.
Proposed emission limits in BS VI are in line with Euro 5 mass emission guidelines which will be applicable from January 1, 2020 in Europe, the official added.
Threshold limits for emission pollutants, conformity of production (CoP) frequency and sampling plan have been proposed.
The official said the government is soliciting comments and suggestion on the draft notification before finalising it.
MGNREGA trends: fewer jobs since July, wider demand-supply gap (TH) The gap between the number of households demanding MGNREGA work and the number who were provided work has been the highest in 2019-20. This indicates that even if demand fell, supply of work fell even more.
GS2: International Relations
Explained: Significance of Iran, China, Russia holding the joint naval drill in Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman (IE) Iran, China and Russia Friday began a joint naval exercise in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman, in what is being seen as a response to recent US manoeuvers in the region
GS1: Modern Indian History
Explained: Who was Swami Shraddhanand, who fell to bullets in December 1926 (IE) On December 23, 1926, Arya Samaj missionary Swami Shraddhanand was assassinated by a man called Abdul Rashid.
Winged visitors flock to Pulicat, with birdwatchers in tow (TH) District authorities plan to conduct annual flamingo festival in first week of January
Ten zero-waste cities: How Seoul came to be among the best in recycling (DTE) Seoul, the capital of South Korea, has over 10 million people generating 9,189 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day. Nevertheless, it has one of the most rigorous waste recycling programmes in the world.
GS3: Defence and security
Decisive shift (TH) The Chief of Defence Staff could finally bring about unison among the armed forces.
The country’s GDP slowed to a six-year low of 4.5% in the second quarter of FY20, forcing the RBI to slash its growth forecast.
Gross NPAs may rise to 9.9% by next Sept., says RBI report (TH) A Reserve Bank of India (RBI) report released on Friday showed that the worst may not be over for banks on the bad loan front as gross non-performing asset (GNPA) ratio of banks may increase to 9.9 per cent by September 2020 from 9.3 per cent in September 2019. The GNPA ratio of banks stood at 9.3 per cent in March 2019, the RBI said in its Financial Stability Report (FSR).
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