Current Affairs 3rd September 2021

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.

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