India elected to four key bodies of UN ECOSOC

India was elected to four key bodies of the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC).

India was elected to these bodies during ECOSOC’s coordination and management meeting held at UN headquarters in New York, United States (US) by acclamation i.e. form of election that does not use a ballot.

Four key subsidiary bodies are

  • Executive Board of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ­­- India is elected for a 3 year term beginning January 2016. It was elected, along with 13 other nations.
  • Executive Board of World Food Programme (WFP) India is re-elected to the for a 2 year period starting from January 2016, along with 5 other nations.
  • Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) – India is elected for a 3 year period starting from January 2016. India was elected along with 19 other nations. Some of them are Iran, Pakistan, Austria, France, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and US.
  • Governing Council of United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) India is elected for a 3 year period starting from January 2016 along with 13 other nations.

With this, India has created significant 100 percent record of winning the UNECOSOC elections.

Newly discovered Spider named after Telangana state

Newly discovered spiders of Thomisidae family have been named as Telangana crab spider (Thomisus telanganensis) i.e. after Indian state of Telangana.

These spiders were discovered by G.B. Pravalikha and Chelmala Srinivasulu, wildlife and taxonomy researchers from the Zoology Department of Osmania University at an expedition at Nagnur in Karimnagar district of Telangana.

Key facts Telangana crab spiders 

  • Morphologically they resemble crabs and are hence also called crab spiders.
  • Have tendency to walk sideways like crabs.
  • They lie on flowering plants and wait for prey so they are also known as flower spiders.
  • Do not weave webs like traditional spiders.
  • They attack immobilise their prey with venom and prey all of a sudden.
  • Size is between 3 mm and 23 mm.
  • Colour varies from dull to bright and colourful.
  • Generally are bio-controlling agents and help to keep the insect population under control. Thus are important to the ecosystem.