The annual migration of birds from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve, has begun with an enormous flock seen swarming the Manoli Islands inside the park.
The seasonal ritual of migration occurs every year over the Central Asian Flyway (CAF), comprising 29 countries including Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar and Maldives.
The Arctic birds begin their journey through India from the Bhitarkanika National Park, Odisha, and fly over to Kanniyakumari, the southern-most tip of coastal Tamil Nadu. The flocks again return in March on their way back.
Saudi Arabia pledged to provide $4.2 billion in assistance to Pakistan, providing relief to the South Asian nation at a time when its foreign-exchange reserves are dwindling fast.
Pakistan, which only recently averted a balance-of-payments crisis, is separately seeking to reach a deal with the International Monetary Fund for reviving a $6 billion bailout program, which is crucial to boost its forex pile.
Reserves with Pakistan’s central bank have declined for five consecutive weeks to $17.5 billion as of Oct. 15 and the rupee has consistently depreciated against the dollar, making it the worst performing Asian currency.