1) Resurrecting the extinct Tasmanian Tiger: Scientists in the US and Australia have embarked on a project to resurrect the thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger, a marsupial that went extinct in the 1930s, using gene-editing technology.
- Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus), the only animal in the Thylacinidae family to survive in modern times, was a marsupial mammal that raises young ones in a pouch.
- They were slow-paced carnivorous that usually hunted alone or in pairs at night. The sharply clawed animal had a dog-like head and ate kangaroos, other marsupials, small rodents, and birds.
2) Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL): The TKDL contains documentation of publicly available traditional knowledge (TK) that relates to Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Yoga. is in digitized format. It was established in 2001 by CSIR and the Ministry of AYUSH.
- Aim of TKDL: It seeks to prevent the misappropriation of the country’s traditional medicinal knowledge through patenting worldwide or against bio-piracy.
- Traditional knowledge refers to the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous peoples. Developed from experience gained over the centuries and adapted to the local culture and environment.
3) Kuno-National Park: It is located in the Vindhyan Hills of Central India, in the State of Madhya Pradesh.
- It is a protected area and received the status of national park in 2018.
- The protected area was established in 1981 as a wildlife sanctuary.
- It is in the Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion.
4) Har Ghar Jal: Goa became 1st state to be certified with ‘Har Ghar Jal’ in the country.
- Process followed: After every household in the village is connected with tap water, Gram Sabha passes a resolution that not a single household is left out. Only after every village certifies its, State can be declared ‘Har Ghar Jal’
- It aims to encourage the state to ensure tap water connection to every household by 2024
- Under Jal Jeevan Mission (Ministry of Jal Shakti)
5) Tilapia fish: Tilapia’ (also called “aquatic chicken” due to its quick growth and low maintenance) is one of the most productive and internationally traded food fish in the world.
- It belongs to the family Cichlidae, native to Africa and the Middle East
- It can adapt to a wide variety of conditions and has omnivorous food habits
- It has also turned ‘invasive’ in some parts of India.
- Under a project, Tilapia will be grown from the imported parent broodstock ‘Hermon’ from Israel.
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