Current Affairs - March, 2020

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Red Panda Species are two separate species

On February 29, 2020, the Chinese Academy of Sciences have discovered that the red panda species are actually two separate species. Earlier, both the Himalayan red pandas and the Chinese red Pandas were together considered as red panda species. However, the DNA analysis says that they are two separate species.

Habitats

Chinese Red Panda are found in northern Myanmar, Sichuan, south-eastern Tibet and Yunnan province of China. The Himalayan red Pandas are found in India, Nepal, Bhutan and southern Tibet. On the whole, there are 10,000 red pandas in the wild.

Key Findings

The Yalu Zangbu river marks the geographical boundary between the two species. The two species differ in face. The Himalayan Red Panda has more white spots in its face and Chinese red panda is redder with less white on it. The tail rings of the Chinese Red Panda is darker and paler as compared to the Himalayan Red Panda.

Threats and Conservation

Deforestation is the major threat of the red panda species. The Red Pandas are called “Living Fossils” as they are the only living member of the Ailuridae mammalian family. The IUCN Red List has categorized Red Pandas as “Endangered”.

Yalu Zangbu river

The Yalu Zangbu is also called Yarlung Zangpo or Yarlung Tsangpo. It is the upper stream of the Brahmaputra river. It is the longest river in Tibet.

Corona Virus: WHO increases Global threat; US postpones ASEAN; Geneva International Motor Show Cancelled

The COVID-19 (Corona Virus), that began in China has now spread to more than 45 countries. Outside China, South Korea has the highest number of COVID-19 victims.

Highlights

On February 29, 2020, the World Health Organization increased the global risk of COVID-19. This was because the endemic has now spread to sub-Saharan Africa and has plunged financial markets. WHO also says that more than 20 vaccines for the virus are under development globally.

India has banned travel to China and Iran. Several airlines have restricted their flights to Hong Kong and Singapore.

The stock markets have weakened to their lowest levels since the global financial crisis 2008.

US postpones ASEAN

The United States has postponed the ASEAN summit to March 14, 2020 due to the corona virus outbreak. Today, confirmed Corona Virus cases in the United States is 60.

Geneva International Motor Show

The Geneva International Motor Show one of the biggest annual auto-show circuit has been cancelled amid Corona Virus fears. The show brings in innovation and experiences.

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