A team of researchers from Pune and Kerala have “rediscovered” a rare and critically endangered plant species called Globba andersonii from the Sikkim Himalayas near the Teesta river valley region after a gap of nearly 136 years.
The plant, known commonly as ‘dancing ladies’ or ‘swan flowers’ was thought to have been extinct until its “re-collection”, for the first time since 1875.
The earliest records of the collection of this plant were dated between the period 1862-70 when it was collected by Scottish botanist Thomas Anderson from Sikkim and Darjeeling. Then, in 1875, the British botanist Sir George King, had collected this taxon from the Sikkim Himalayas.
India and the World Bank signed a loan agreement worth $400 million to enhance support for the Namami Gange programme, which seeks to rejuvenate the Ganga.
The project is aimed at stemming river pollution and strengthening the management of the river basin, which is home to more than 50 crore people.
The $400 million funding support comprises a loan of $381 million and a proposed guarantee of up to $19 million. The $381 million loan has a maturity of 18.5 years, including a grace period of five years.
The Central Board of Secondary Education syllabus for classes 9 to 12 has been reduced by 30% this year due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The development comes on the heels of the CISCE also announcing a reduction in the syllabus for secondary and senior secondary students by 25 percent.
The Board stated that the objective behind the cut in the syllabus is in order to reduce the examination stress of the students due to the current situation of coronavirus pandemic leading to health emergency circumstances as well as to "prevent learning gaps."