Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is all set to decide on Pakistan’s grey list later this month via a virtual meeting.
The Paris-based global money laundering and terror financing watchdog had placed Pakistan on the grey list in June 2018 and subsequently asked the government to implement a plan of action to curb activities like money launder and terror financing within a year.
It may be noted that the FATF plenary scheduled for October 21-23 will now decide whether Pakistan can be excluded from the grey list, based on its performance to meet global commitments and standards on putting an end to money laundering and terror financing,
Scientists from India, Germany, United Kingdom, and Switzerland have discovered a new family of bony fish from the Western Ghats, and named it Aenigmachannidae.
A year after the discovery of the enigmatic Gollum Snakehead, Aenigmachannagollum from the rice fields of northern Kerala, scientists have now conducted detailed studies on its skeleton and genetic assembly.
The study led to the recognition that this species, and its congener Aenigmachanna mahabali, represents a new family different from Channidae, in which both species were initially placed.
These suggest that members of Aenigmachannidae are “living fossils” and comprise an ancient gondwanan lineage that survived the break-up of the supercontinent and the northward drift of the Indian subcontinent, about 100 million years ago.
Eleven Tasmanian devils have been reintroduced to mainland Australia, more than 3,000 years after they died out there.
Tasmanian devils died out on the mainland after the arrival of dingoes and were restricted to the island of Tasmania. However, their numbers suffered another blow from a contagious form of cancer known as Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD), which has killed around 90% of the population since it was discovered in 1996.
Tasmanian devils are the world's largest carnivorous marsupials and are native apex predators. This means their reintroduction will help control populations of feral cats and foxes that hunt other endangered species. Devils are also scavengers, which helps to keep their environment free from disease.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has formed its LGBTQ cell, becoming the first political party in the country to set up an independent wing to work on the issue. of homosexual, queer, bisexual, transgender community.
Maharashtra minister and state NCP chief Jayant Patil announced formation of the cell and also pitched for giving equal treatment to the LGBT community members.
Priya Patil has been appointed as its state unit head. The cell will work to ensure the community members get their rights. Apart from Priya Patil, the cell will have 13 other office-bearers.
Americans Harvey J Alter and Charles M Rice, and British scientist Michael Houghton were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology for the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus.
The World Health Organization estimates there are over 70 million cases of hepatitis worldwide and 400,000 deaths each year. The disease is chronic and a major cause of liver inflammation and cancer.
The medicine prize carried particular significance this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has highlighted the importance that medical research has for societies and economies around the world.