Arunachal Pradesh Current Affairs

Snow leopard photographed for first time in Arunachal Pradesh

Scientists for first time have captured images of Snow Leopard using camera trap at Thembang village’s Community Conserved Area (CCA) in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The camera trap study was conducted by World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF-India) in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Environment and Forest Department to focus on unexplored snow leopard habitats.

Key Facts

This is first evidence of elusive snow leopard in Arunachal Pradesh and also outside protected areas. Arunachal Pradesh is one of 22 priority landscapes of Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection Program. Only small fraction of snow leopard habitats falls in two protected areas (Dibang Biosphere Reserve and Namdapha National Park) in State. WWF-India scientists are seeking to tap intoknowledge of locals including herders and former hunters to understand current distribution of snow leopards and other mammals in state.

Community Conserved Area (CCA)

In 2004, WWF-India had introduced concept of CCAs in State to empower local communities to become active decision-makers and implement conservation initiatives. Local communities in these CCAs form committees to undertake wildlife monitoring, patrolling and community-based tourism activities.

Snow leopard

Snow leopard (Panthera uncial) is a large cat native to mountain ranges of Central and South Asia- including Himalayas, and Russia’s remote Altai mountains. It inhabits in alpine and subalpine zones at elevations from 3,000 to 4,500 m. In northern range countries, it is also found at lower elevations.

It is threatened by poaching for their fur, habitat destruction by infrastructure developments and climate change. It mostly feed on wild animals, but also prey on livestock. It usually hunts at dawn and dusk and is able to kill prey up to three times their own weight. It is National Heritage Animal of Pakistan and Afghanistan. In September 2017, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) had downgraded conservation status of snow leopard to “vulnerable” from “endangered”

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President appoints governors for 5 states

President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Governors in five states viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Meghalaya. Lieutenant Governor for Andaman and Nicobar Islands was also appointed. The appointments will come into effect from the date incumbents assume charge of new posts.

Appointed Governors are

Brigadier (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd): He was appointed as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. He was Commander of NSG (Black Cat Commandos) and was instrumental in successful rescue operation during Indian Airlines plane hijacking at Amritsar in 1993. He has served in China war (1962), Bangladesh liberation operations (1971) and in LTTE operations in Sri Lanka (1987-88). He also volunteered for the Kargil war after retirement.

Satya Pal Malik: He was appointed as Governor of Bihar. He had held the profile of MoS, Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism brief period of six months in 1990. He was twice elected as member of Rajya Sabha and once of Lok Sabha. He was a member of Uttar Pradesh Assembly in 1970s.

Banwarilal Purohit: He was appointed as Governor of Tamil Nadu. Prior to this appointment, he was Governor of Assam. He is a veteran political leader from Vidarbha.

Prof Jagdish Mukhi: He was appointed as Governor of Assam. Previously, he was Lieutenant Governor of Andaman & Nicabar islands. Previously, he had held various profiles in Delhi Government such as Finance, Plannes, Excise & Taxation and Higher Education. In Delhi Assembly, he led Opposition for almost 10 ten years.

Ganga Prasad: He was appointed as the Governor of Meghalaya. He was an MLC in Bihar for 18 years. He led the Opposition as MLC for five years.

Devendra Kumar Joshi: He was appointed as Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar islands.  He had served as Chief of Naval Staff from August 2012 to February 2014. He also had served as Defence Adviser at Indian High Commission in Singapore from 1996-99.

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