1. News : Ladakh adopts State animal and bird
Source: Indian Express
- Ladakh adopted two endangered species, snow leopard and black-necked crane, as State animal and State bird
- Snow leopard: Habitat: Higher Himalayan and trans-Himalayan landscape in J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh.
- Snow Leopard’s capital of the world: Hemis, Ladakh.
- Conservation efforts:
- Himal sanrakshak
- Secure himalaya
- Project snow leopard
- Black necked crane: Habitat and Breeding Grounds : The high altitude wetlands of the Tibetan plateau , Sichuan (China), and eastern Ladakh (India) .In Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh, it only comes during the winters.
- Protection status Snow Leopard Black-necked crane
- IUCN Vulnerable Near Threatened
- CITES Appendix I Appendix I
- Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 Schedule I Schedule I
- Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Appendix I –
2. News : 200 Army personnel for Zapad exercise
Source: The Hindu
- ZAPAD 2021 is one of the theatre level exercises of Russian armed forces and will focus primarily on operations against terrorists.
- Pakistan and china are part of this exercise as observer states
- KAZIND-21: A separate exercise called KAZIND-21 also started on September 1, 2020. It is a 13-day military exercise between the militaries of India and Kazakhstan.