Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 15 August 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Four more Indian sites added to the Ramsar list.
  2. TAPAS.

1. Four more Indian sites added to the Ramsar list

News Summary

Four more wetlands from India were added to the Ramsar list as Wetlands of International Importance.

Prelims GS – Environment/Geography

Four new sites in Ramsar list:
  • Thol, Gujarat
  • Wadhwana , Gujarat and
  • Sultanpur, Haryana and
  • Bhindawas from Haryana.

The number of Ramsar sites in India is 46 as of 15.8.2021.

Short notes on these 4 sites:
Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary:
  • It is the largest wetland in Haryana is a human-made freshwater wetland.
  • Over 250 bird species use the sanctuary throughout the year as a resting and roosting site.
  • The site supports more than ten globally threatened species including the endangered Egyptian Vulture, Steppe Eagle, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, and Black-bellied Tern.
Sultanpur National Park:
  • It is in Haryana.
  • It supports more than 220 species of resident, winter migratory and local migratory waterbirds at critical stages of their life cycles.
  • More than ten of these are globally threatened, including the critically endangered sociable lapwing, and the endangered Egyptian Vulture, Saker Falcon, Pallas’s Fish Eagle and Black-bellied Tern.
Thol Lake Wildlife Sanctuary:
  • It is in Gujarat.
  • It lies on the Central Asian Flyway and more than 320 bird species can be found here.
  • The wetland supports more than 30 threatened waterbird species, such as the critically endangered White-rumped Vulture and Sociable Lapwing, and the vulnerable Sarus Crane, Common Pochard and Lesser White-fronted Goose.
Wadhvana Wetland:
  • It is in Gujarat.
  • It is internationally important for its birdlife as it provides wintering ground to migratory waterbirds, including over 80 species that migrate on the Central Asian Flyway.
  • They include some threatened or near-threatened species such as the endangered Pallas’s fish-Eagle, the vulnerable Common Pochard, and the near-threatened Dalmatian Pelican, Grey-headed Fish-eagle and Ferruginous Duck.

Click here to view the Courtesy: official PIB release.

Ramsar Convention:
  • The Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
  • The treaty was negotiated through the 1960s by countries and non – governmental organizations concerned about the increasing loss and degradation of wetland habitat for migratory waterbirds.
  • It was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and came into force in 1975.
  • The aim of the Ramsar list is “to develop and maintain an international network of wetlands which are important for the conservation of global biological diversity and for sustaining human life through the maintenance of their ecosystem components, processes and benefits”.

Click here to view the official website to know more about the Ramsar convention.


News Summary

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Virendra Kumar launched an online portal TAPAS (Training for Augmenting Productivity and Services), developed by the National Institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Prelims GS – Governance

  • TAPAS is the initiative of the National Institute of Social Defence (NISD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • TAPAS initiative is to provide access to lectures by subject experts, study material, and more, but in a manner that supplements the physical classroom without compromising on the quality of teaching.
  • The main objective of introducing the course modules is to impart training and enhance the knowledge and skills for the capacity building of the participants. It can be taken up by anyone who wishes to enhance his or her knowledge on the topics and there is no fee for joining.
  • The five basic courses are on Drug (Substance) Abuse Prevention, Geriatric/Elderly Care, Care and Management of Dementia, Transgender Issues, and on a comprehensive course on Social Defence Issues.

Click here to view the Courtesy: official PIB release.




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