Andhra Pradesh Current Affairs

4 kingfisher species sighted in Krishna sanctuary

Four kingfisher bird species thriving in Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh were recently sighted. The species have been identified are Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis), White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis), Black-capped Kingfisher (Halcyon pileate) and Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis).

Key Facts

In India, 12 species of kingfisher bird can be sighted. The four sighted in sanctuary are wetland dependents. The wetland ecosystem is prime attraction for them. The conservation status of four sighted species is “least concern”. These birds are thriving as sanctuary is ideal habitation for prey.

Kingfisher belongs to family of small to medium-sized, brightly colored birds in order Coraciiformes. The family contains 114 species and is divided into three subfamilies and 19 genera. All kingfishers spices have large heads, long, sharp, pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. Most kingfishers spices species have bright plumage with only small differences between sexes.

Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary

It is wildlife sanctuary and estuary located in Andhra Pradesh. It is one of rarest eco-regions of world because it harbour’s vast tracts of pristine mangrove forests. It is believed to be one of last remaining tracts of thick primary mangrove forests of South India. It covers area of 194.81 km2 and is spread across Krishna and Guntur districts of Andhra Pradesh. The estuary of Krishna River passes through it. It is believed that this region potentially holds one most significant populations of fishing cats in the world.

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NAIPUNYA RATHAM: Andhra Pradesh Government launches World on Wheels

Andhra Pradesh Government launched multi-utility vehicle NAIPUNYA RATHAM or World on Wheels to bring technology to remote corners. It was launched at State Secretariat in capital Amaravathi by Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu.

Key Facts

The Naipunya Rathaams as part of Smart village Smart Ward Programme will facilitate and look to improve digital literacy, digital skills and create awareness on various government schemes that are underway in Andhra Pradesh. It is aimed at taking technology and innovation to the remote corners of Andhra Pradesh.

The first phase of Naipunya Ratham will cover 13 districts and 28 smart villages in collaboration with Hewlett Packard (HP), Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) and Guide Foundation for Development. State Government will soon roll out 12 more Naipunya Rathams by May 2018.

As part of it, world on wheels Lab, a 20-seater bus enabled digital facilities and learning lab equipped with smart technology gadgets as well as with e-learning tools like HP Classroom Manager, HP Video Book and HP Life will travel across rural areas of the state.

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