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National – Across the India:
1. Haryana Government has decided to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram.
State government also has renamed Mewat as Nuh.
In this regard, Chief Minister Manohar Lal has approved the proposal to change the names of Gurgaon and Mewat.
Decision to change the name of Gurgaon has been taken on the basis of the representations received at several forums.
2. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Global Tiger Forum (GTF), the global tiger population has increased by 22 per cent after a century of constant decline.
The number of wild tigers across the globe has gone up globally by 22 per cent to 3,890, from the 2010 estimate of 3,200.
The data was based on national estimates of countries reported by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
Datas regarding Tiger population in different countries are: – India (2226), Russia (433), Indonesia (371), Malaysia (250), Nepal (198), Thailand (189), Bangladesh (106) and Bhutan (103).
3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the third edition of Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi to save wild tigers.
India is host of this edition of conference in which more than 700 tiger experts, scientists, managers, donors and other stakeholders are participating.
Ministers and government officials from all 13 tiger range countries (TRCs) participating in the conference.
These 13 TRCs are: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
4. The Union cabinet has given its formal approval for adopting the Statute of the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN).
SAWEN is regional inter-governmentalwildlife law enforcement support body launched in January, 2011 in Paro, Bhutan.
With this, India will become member of SAWEN, a regional inter-governmental body in combating wildlife crime in the region and beyond.
By becoming member of SAWEN, India will strengthen its ties with the member countries for controlling the trans-boundary wildlife crimes through coordination, communication, collaboration, cooperation and capacity building in the region.
Awards & Recognition:
1. Former Indian Army Chief General (retd) JJ Singh was conferred with the prestigious Officer of the Legion of Honour, the highest French civilian distinction.
He was conferred the honour by French Ambassador to India, Francois Richier in New Delhi.
Mr. Singh was chosen for the honour in recognition of his stellar role in modernising the Indian Army.
2. Dogri Poetess and novelist Padma Sachdev has been chosen for the prestigious Saraswati Samman for the year 2015.
Saraswati Samman is an annual award bestowed upon Indian citizen for his outstanding literary work written in any Indian language mentioned in Schedule VIII of Constitution and published during last 10 years.
She has been chosen for her autobiography ‘Chitt-Chete’ written in Dogri language and published in 2007.
In her 662-page autobiography, Ms. Sachdev has included some historic photographs with dignitaries from her state, nation and the world.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
1. India and United States have agreed to sign Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) to ramp up bilateral defence ties.
In this regard, an announcement was made by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter after delegation-level talks between two sides.
By signing LEMOA, both countries will be able to have access to each other’s logistics support along with refuelling and berthing facilities.
2. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) on cooperation in preventing and combating of Human Trafficking.
The MoU will increase the bilateral cooperation on the issues of prevention, recovery, rescue and repatriation related to human trafficking especially of women and children expeditiously.
The main motive is to strengthen cooperation to prevent all forms of human trafficking, especially that of women and children.
3. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for extension of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Bangladesh on cooperation in the field of Fisheries.
The MoU was signed in September 2011 to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of Fisheries and aquaculture and allied activities between two neighbouring countries.
The MoU will remain in force for a period of next five years i.e. 2021 unless either of the parties terminate it.
This MoU can be extended for further period as may be mutually agreed upon.