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News in Short - 14-August-2020

World Elephant Day

Date: 14 August 2020 Tags: Dates & Calendars
  • The day focuses on bringing the world together to help elephants and also inform people and organizations about the threat that an elephant faces.
  • World Elephant Day is an international initiative co-founded by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and Patricia Sims, the Founding President of  World Elephant Society.
  • Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar released a document on Best Practices and launched a beta version of the portal on Human-Elephant Conflict on the eve of World Elephant Day. The National Portal on human-elephant conflict called “Surakhsya”.

Vaping linked to Covid-19 risk in teens

Date: 14 August 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • Vaping may be associated with a five to seven times increased risk of COVID-19 among U.S. teenagers and young adults, a study suggests.
  • Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed nationally representative survey data collected in May from 4,351 participants aged 13-24 years.
  • Participants who had used both cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days were 4.7 times more likely to experience COVID-19 symptoms compared with those who never smoked or vaped.

Forest cover losses threatens Hornbills of Arunachal

Date: 14 August 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • A study based on satellite data has flagged a high rate of deforestation in a major hornbill habitat in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Using fine-scale satellite imagery, a trio of ecologists assessed the changes in forest cover of the Papum Reserve Forest (RF) adjoining the Pakke Tiger Reserve as well as a part of Assam affected by illegal felling and ethnic conflict.
  • Papum RF is a nesting habitat of three species of the large, colourful fruit-eating hornbills: Great, Wreathed, and Oriental Pied. The Pakke reserve houses a fourth species, the Rufous-Necked.
  • Referred to as ‘forest engineers’ or ‘farmers of forest’ for playing a key role in dispersing seeds of tropical trees, hornbills indicate the prosperity and balance of the forest they build nests in.

Private operators to pay compensation if trains aredelayed or early

Date: 14 August 2020 Tags: Railways
  • Designing the new business segment of private train operations in India, the Indian Railways has said that private operators  will pay heavy damages to the Railways if trains are late or even early.
  • Since it will be a revenue-sharing arrangement with the government, Railways will depute its “representatives” in the offices of the private companies to ascertain that they are reporting their earnings “honestly and faithfully”.
  • If actual revenue is found to be more than 1 per cent of what is reported, the private firm will pay 10 times the difference thereof as damages to Railways.

Congress party spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi passes away

Date: 14 August 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Congress spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi died of a heart attack shortly after he finished an intense discussion on a Hindi news channel on the violence in Bengaluru.
  • Tyagi was 53. His wife and two sons survive him. Known for his fiery and spirited articulation on TV debates, Tyagi was a regular in TV debates.