1. National Marine Turtle Action Plan launched

  • Considering the need to have a conservation paradigm for marine mega fauna and marine turtles, the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has released ‘Marine Mega Fauna Stranding Guidelines’ and ‘National Marine Turtle Action Plan’ in New Delhi
  •  Both floral and faunal diversity including the marine biodiversity is the beauty of India and we need to conserve it with best possible action and interventions
  • India has rich marine biodiversity along a vast coastline of over 7,500 km. From colorful fish, sharks, including Whale Sharks, turtles and big mammals like whales, dolphins and dugongs to bright corals, marine habitats not only harbor diverse species but also provide resources essential for human well being.

2. Lt General Chandi Prasad Mohanty next Vice Chief of Army Staff

  • Lt General Chandi Prasad Mohanty, presently serving as General Officer Commanding in chief of Southern Command, has been appointed as 42nd Vice Chief of Army Staff
  • Lt General Mohanty is the first Odia officer to be appointed the Vice Chief of Army, second only to the Chief of Army Staff

3. India slips six places to rank 86 in Transparency International's corruption perception index 2020

  • India's rank is 86 out of 180 nations with a score of 40.India is still very low on corruption Index, the report said, noting that experts feel the CPI does not reflect the actual corruption level in any country. The integrity score determines the corruption situation of a country
  • The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean

4. PM Modi chairs 35th PRAGATI interaction

  • In the meeting, ten agenda items were taken for review including nine projects and one program. Among the nine projects, three projects were from the Ministry of Railways, three from MORTH, and one project each from DPIIT, Power Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs
  • These nine projects have a cumulative cost of Rs. 54,675 crore concerning the 15 states viz. Odisha, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Jharkhand, Bihar, Telangana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh
  • The Prime Minister directed all the officials to ensure expeditious resolution of issues hindering infrastructure projects. He also encouraged the Department of Pharmaceuticals and states and UTs to ensure wide publicity of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana and use technology to enhance its effectiveness.

5. SBI appoints Swaminathan Janakiraman, Aswini Kumar Tewari as MDs

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