Margaret Alva, the current Governor of Rajasthan, was sworn-in as the Governor of Goa. She was administered oath of office by Chief Justice of Bombay high court Mohit Shah. Rajasthan governor Alva has been given additional charge of Goa after previous governor B V Wanchoo resigned on July 4, 2014, a day after CBI interrogated him in the VVIP chopper deal scam.
Camel has been declared as the state animal of Rajasthan. The State government is also in the process of drafting a new legislation to prevent slaughter, illegal trade and transportation. It has announced that it will introduce camel milk in its food security programme. Camels are source of livelihood to a huge number of people in rural Rajasthan.
The decision was taken by Vasundhara Raje, CM of Rajasthan, on the last day of the ‘Sarkar Aapke Dwar’ campaign.
However, the ‘Ship of the desert’ as it is famously known, is slaughtered for its meat, killed as part of sacrifice in several regions of Rajasthan and it is also illegally transported to the neighboring states for slaughter which has resulted in sharp decline in its numbers. Adding to this problem is fast disappearing grazing areas which has created a severe food crisis for these animals.
As per the Livestock Census data, there were 668,000 camels in 1997 which declined to 498,000 camels in 2003 which shows a 25% decrease in five years. The population had reduced further by 13.5% to 430426 in year 2008.
The exception was only Jaisalmer as it was the only district during the period 2003-2008 where camel numbers increased.
The Indian government extended the ban on imports of milk and its products from China till June 2015. With this the ban on import of milk and milk products (including chocolates and chocolate products and candies/ confectionery/ food preparations with milk or milk solids as an ingredient) from China is extended for one more year.
The ban, first imposed in September 2008 due to presence of melamine, used for making plastics and fertilizer, was to expire on June 23, 2014. Though India does not import milk products from China but the ban has been imposed as a preventive measure.
India is the world’s largest producer and consumer of milk. Milk production in India is estimated to have increased by 6% to about 140 million tonnes in 2013-14 from 132.4 million tonnes during the fiscal 2012-13.
The Indo-French Air Drill “Garuda V” which began on June 3, 2014 successfully concluded at Air Force Station (AFS) Jodhpur in Rajasthan. During this exercise both the air forces performed various combat roles including Air to Air re-fuelling. The exercise provided significant mutual learning opportunity to both Air Forces.
The French team participated with 4 Rafales and 1 C-135 French Refueller aircraft while the Indian side exercised 4 Su-30MKI, 4 MiG 21 Bison, 4 MiG 27 (Upg), as well as an IL-78 tanker aircraft and an Airborne Warning and control system IL-76 (AWACS).
Both the sides benefitted from the drill by executing difficult and realistic missions and sharing of know-how and operational lessons. This is likely to improve the operational capabilities of both the forces as well as consolidate the cooperation between French and Indian Air Forces.