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3rd G20 Framework Working Group meeting held in Varanasi

The third edition of G20 Framework Working Group (FWG) meeting was held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

The two-day meeting took place under the G20 German presidency, and was co-hosted by the Union Finance Ministry and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

It was inaugurated by Shaktikanta Das, Economic Affairs Secretary and Dinesh Sharma, special secretary in the Finance ministry was head the programme.

Key Facts 
  • The two day meeting held discussions on the current global economic conjecture as well as deliberations on the policy options that countries can pursue to counter the challenges.
  • It also deliberated on the inclusive growth agenda of G20 and formulated a framework that will enable countries to help frame country specific inclusive growth policies.
  • The high-profile meeting was attended by around 100 financial and economic policy mandarins from around 19 countries of G20.
  • Officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, OECD, ILO, UNCTAD, European Central Bank, European Commission, Financial Stability Board and Asian Development Bank also participated in it.
Background

The first two FWG meetings under the German presidency of G20 were held at Berlin in December 2016 and at Riyadh in February 2017. The fourth and the last G20 FWG meeting under the G-20 German presidency is likely to be held in Argentina before the G20 leaders’ summit in July 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.

Note: This was the fourth occasion that India, hosted the FWG meeting since its inception in 2009.Previously, India had hosted the G20 FWG meeting in Neemrana (2012 under Mexican presidency), Goa (2014 under Australian presidency) and in Kerala (2015 under Turkish presidency).

About G20
  • The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for its members’ international economic cooperation and decision-making. It is deliberating on global economic issues and other important development challenges.
  • It comprises total 19 countries plus the European Union (EU), representing 85% of global GDP, 80% of international trade, 65% of world’s population.
  • It was started in 1999 as a meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in the aftermath of the Southeast Asian (Tiger economies) financial crisis.
  • In 2008, the first G20 Leaders’ Summit was held in Washington DC, US. The group had played a key role in responding to the global financial crisis.
  • Its members include India, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Turkey, South Africa, UK, US and EU.

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Scientist develop ingestible 3D-printed snake-like robot

Scientists have developed a tiny, ingestible 3D-printed snake-like robot called SAW (single actuator wave-like robot), that can navigate through the small intestines.

The snake-like tiny robot was made from a set of interlocking 3D-printed “plastic” pieces that look like vertebrae.

Key Facts
  • The robot moves in a wave-like motion and can travel through the extremely squishy environment of the small intestine.
  • The external shape of the robot is a 2D projection of a rotating helix, that result in a continuously moving wave. Its direction can be reversed simply by reversing the direction of rotation of the motor.
  • In tests, the robot was able to move incredibly fast and cross a wide array of terrains, from water to rough, rocky soil.
  • Potential application: It can be used to visualise the digestive system in real time, especially for colonoscopies.

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Kanha tiger reserve becomes first in India get official mascot

Kanha in Madhya Pradesh became first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot named Bhoorsingh the Barasingha, to create a better connect with its visitors, especially the younger generation.

The mascot Bhoorsingh will soon feature in more artwork, posters and merchandise for the park management at Kanha.

Key Facts

  • The mascot aims to present the hard ground swamp deer (Barasingha) as the spirit of the reserve and spread awareness to save it from possible extinction.
  • It will also create a unique identity for Kanha, and also spread awareness and allow the younger generation to connect with all wildlife.
  • The mascot has been designed by cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty, who runs a popular website greenhumour.com which showcases over 350 cartoons, comics and illustrations on wildlife and nature conservation, environment, sustainability etc.

About Barasingha

  • Barasingha, or swamp deer is a deer species distributed in the Indian subcontinent. It is the state animal of Madhya Pradesh.
  • The Kanha tiger reserve, spread over Mandla and Balaghat districts (in Madhya Pradesh) is the only place in the world where the Barasingha species exists.
  • Barasingha differs from all the Indian deer species such that its antlers carry more than three tines. Because of this distinctive character it is designated barasingha, meaning “twelve-tined.
  • It has been listed vulnerable in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species.

About Kanha Tiger Reserve

  • It is one of the tiger reserves of India and the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh. Its present-day Kanha area was divided into two sanctuaries, Hallon and Banjar.
  • Kanha National Park was created in June 1955 and was made the Kanha Tiger Reserve in 1973. Today it stretches over an area of 940 square km in the two districts Mandla and Balaghat.
  • It the largest National Park in Central India and was ranked in the top 10 Famous Places for Tourists. It had inspired Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel Jungle Book.
  • The park has a significant population of Bengal tiger, Indian leopards, sloth bear, barasingha and Indian wild dog.

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