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Researchers discover India’s first jellyfish lake in Gujarat

Marine researchers have found a jellyfish lake in Gujarat, which is probably the first such lake in the country.

As per marine biologists, the concentration and density of jellyfish is very high in this lake. A team of researchers led by wildlife scientist BC Choudhury from the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) found the jellyfish habitat during a routine field visit to a small town Armabada in Gujarat. 

Biologists found that the bottom of the lake, spanned over 5-6 hectares, was carpeted with a type of jellyfish known as ‘upside down jellyfish’. They are called so because they swim upside down unlike others. Another distinctive characteristic of the lake is that these jellyfish are present all around the year unlike other places where they are seasonal. As per experts, the thriving population of jellyfish in the lake might be linked to low predation.

Though jellyfish are found in various parts of coastal India but they are rarely found in lakes. Eil Malk Island in Palau is world’s renowned jellyfish lake.

Management of PM Relief Fund to be emulated on Gujarat model

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed that the management of the PM’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) should emulate the Gujarat model in selection of beneficiaries, giving priority to the poor and children.

PM Modi reviewed the working of the PMNRF and recommended several qualitative changes in the way the fund is managed.

 PM Modi’s directions to PMNRF:

  • Selection of beneficiaries should be done in a more comprehensive, scientific and humanitarian basis, giving priority to children, poor and cases from government hospitals.
  • Priority should be accorded to cases involving life-threatening diseases and applications should be decided on need and merit.
  • Pendency in appeals for help should be minimized and the draw to select the cases should be conducted in a manner that does not exclude any genuine case.
  • A letter from the Prime Minister should be sent to all beneficiaries.
  • SMS alert to be sent to beneficiaries whose appeals have been approved for grant of relief.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on India visit

On his three-day visit to India, the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim arrived in New Delhi. During his visit, he will meet PM Narendra Modi for understanding the development priorities in India. Kim is also scheduled to meet the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley.

He will also be visiting the World Bank assisted project sites in Tamil Nadu with a view to understand rural-urban transformation challenges.

Prakash Kohli sworn in as Governor of Gujarat

Former Rajya Sabha member and veteran leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mr. Om Prakash Kohli was sworn in as Gujarat Governor. Mr. Kohli’s appointment follows the unceremonious exit of former Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal.

Mr. Kohli was the president of the BJP’s Delhi unit. He served as a lecturer at the Delhi University-affiliated Hansraj College and Deshbandhu College.

President appoints new Governors to five states

President of India, Pranab Mukherjee appointed Governors of five states, namely Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Nagaland.

Given below is the list of Governors and their respective state of appointment:

  • Keshari Nath Tripathi: Governor of West Bengal
  • Balramji Dass Tandon: Governor of Chhattisgarh
  • Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya: Governor of both Nagaland and Tripura
  • Ram Naik: Governor of Uttar Pradesh
  • Om Prakash Kohli: Governor of Gujarat
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