1. Shivalik Arboretum inaugurated in Nainital, showcases diversity of Shivalik Hills

  • Spread over three acres, the botanical garden is one of the largest arboretums in the state that boasts of more than 200 salient tree and shrub species native to the Shivaliks which literally means the tresses of Shiva
  • The tree species include Kaphal (myrica esculenta), Toon (toona ciliata), Tejpat (cinamomum tamala), Banj oak (quercus leucotrichophora) and Buransh (rhododendron arboreum)
  • Some exotic tree species like Queensland Kauri Pine (agathis robusta), Atlas Cidar (cedrus Atlantica) and Montezuma Cypress also stand at the arboretum

2. Punjab CM launches 'Har Ghar Pani, Har Ghar Safai' mission

  • To accomplish the goal of 100 per cent potable piped water supply in all rural households of the State by March next year.with this, Punjab would become the first State in the country to achieve this distinction
  • The scheme is being funded by World Bank, Central Government’s Jal Jeewan Mission, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), and the State Budget.

3. Indian-American scientist Bhavya Lal appointed Acting Chief of Staff of NASA

  • She is an active member of the space technology and policy community, having chaired, co-chaired, or served on five high-impact National Academy of Science committees
  • Ms. Lal served two consecutive terms on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Federal Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing and was an External Council member of NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program and the Technology, Innovation and Engineering Advisory Committee of the NASA Advisory Council

4. Tamil Nadu lifts second Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with seven-wicket win over Baroda

5. UN World Tourism Organization confirms 2020 as 'worst year on record'

  • The latest data from UN World Tourism Organization revealed that global tourism suffered its worst year on record in 2020, with international arrivals dropping by 74 per cent as destinations worldwide
  • The latest UNWTO report stated that the collapse in international travel represents an estimated loss of USD 1.3 trillion in export revenues - more than 11 times the loss recorded during the 2009 global economic crisis

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