Nilgiri tahr: Climate change threatening 60% of its habitat

According to recent study published international journal Ecological Engineering, climate change is threatening the Nilgiri tahr,. It is estimated that endangered wild goat could lose approximately 60% of its habitat, starting from 2030s. There are only around 2,500 Nilgiri Tahrs left in the wild and their population is small and isolated. It makes them vulnerable to local extinction. The study emphasises need for ecological restoration of Nilgiri tahrs. It also highlights demand for comprehensive species management plan.

Nilgiri tahr

It is state animal of Tamil Nadu. It is endemic to Western Ghats from the Nilgiris to Kanyakumari. It is confined to a narrow belt of higher elevation (altitudes) of Shola Forests in Western Ghats.

Protection Status: IUCN in its red data book has classified it as Endangered (number fewer than 2,500 mature individuals). Besides it is protected species under Schedule I of Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972.


Former diplomat TCA Raghavan appointed as Director General of Indian Council of World Affairs

Former careered diplomat Dr. TCA Raghavan was appointed as the Director General (DG) of Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA). He was selected by Governing Body and Governing Council of ICWA headed by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu. The post of DG is equivalent to the rank of Secretary to Government of India.  Dr. Raghavan is Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1982 batch. He had served as India’s High Commissioner to Islamabad (Pakistan) and Singapore. He has also served in Indian missions in London, Kuwa and Thimphu.

Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA)

It was established in 1943 by group of Indian intellectuals as think tank. It was established as non-official, non-political and non-profit organisation under Registration of Societies Act 1860. It was declared institution of national importance by Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), 2001 enacted by Parliament.

ICWA is devoted exclusively for the study of international relations and foreign affairs. Vice President of India is its ex-officio President. It had conducted historic international conferences like Asian Relations Conference in 1947 under leadership Sarojini Naidu and United Nations and New World Order in 1994