The Daily Brief – 3rd October 2017

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  • Scientists from USA, Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne have been selected by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. They were selected for their significant contributions to the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory) detector and the observation of gravitational waves. LIGO is the world’s largest gravitational wave observatory.
  • The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched SECURE Himalaya, a six-year project to ensure conservation of local and global biodiversity, land and forest resources in high Himalayan ecosystems spread over four states- Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Sikkim.
  • The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has unveiled third National Wildlife Action Plan for 2017-2031 to chalk out future road map for wildlife conservation. The plan was showcased Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on inaugural day of Global Wildlife Program conference.
  • The Global Wildlife Programme (GWP) Conference was held in New Delhi, jointly hosted by Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), World Bank and United Nations Development Programme. The theme for the Conference was – “Peoples’ participation in wildlife conservation”.
  • President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, has appointed five-member commission to examine sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs). It will be headed by retired Chief Justice of Delhi High Court G. Rohini.
  • The Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai (Tamil Nadu) was declared as the cleanest iconic place in country under Swachhta Hi Seva (cleanliness is service) programme.
  • The World Habitat Day was observed on 2nd October 2017. The theme for this year was ‘Housing Policies: Affordable Homes’.

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