1.Which Indian state has issued warning against hunting of migratory birds, especially Amur falcons?
[A] Himachal Pradesh
[C] West Bengal
Explanation: Tripura has recently issued warning against hunting of migratory birds, especially Amur falcons, amidst the onset of winter. The Forest Department is set to issue order to inform that the migratory birds including the Amur falcons are covered under the Wildlife Protection Act enacted in 1972. The state of Nagaland had already issued an order to save the migratory birds. ©navclasses
2.The only known white giraffe, which was seen in news, is found in which country?
Explanation: The only known white giraffe, which was seen in the news, is found in Kenya. The giraffe has been fitted with a GPS tracking device to help protect it from poachers. Leucism, a genetic trait causes the white color in animals. The single male giraffe is in a dangerous state at the risk of poaching. The GPS tracking device, which is attached to one of the giraffe’s horns, will alert wildlife rangers about its location. ©navclasses
3.Which country launched ‘Vulture Action Plan 2020-25’, to actively increase the number of vultures?
Explanation: Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has recently launched a Vulture Action Plan 2020-25. As the number of vultures has seen a steep decline in India, this project aims for the conservation and active increase in the number of vultures in the country. There are nine recorded species of vultures in India and four of them are in critically endangered state. ©navclasses
4.India’s first moss garden has been developed in which state/UT?
[A] Himachal Pradesh
[D] West Bengal
Explanation: India’s first moss garden has been developed at Khurpatal, Nainital district, Uttarakhand. It was inaugurated by renowned water conservation activist Rajendra Singh. The moss garden was approved under the CAMPA scheme by the Uttarakhand Forest Department, last year. It aims to conserve various species of moss and other bryophytes. Two of the moss species found here- Hyophila involuta (Cement Moss) and Brachythecium Buchanani are in IUCN red list. ©navclasses
5.Which Indian Tiger reserve has won the UNDP’s Tx2 global award for doubling tiger population?
[A] Pilibhit Tiger Reserve
[B] Bandipur Tiger Reserve
[C] Corbett Tiger Reserve
[D] Kanha Tiger Reserve
Explanation: The Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR), Uttar Pradesh and the state Forest department have bagged the first-ever international award- TX2. The award has been announced for doubling the number of tigers in four years against a target of 10 years from 25 tigers in 2014 to 65 in 2018. UNDP (United Nations Development Program) virtually presented the award to the Principal Chief conservator of forest (wildlife) of the state. ©navclasses
6.Which state has implemented a PPP model for rescue and rehabilitation of leopards?
[A] Himachal Pradesh
[C] Jammu and Kashmir
Explanation: As many as 12 leopards from Sakkar Baug Zoological Park, which came in conflict with the humans, have been transferred to a private rehabilitation centre by Gujarat Forest Department. The leopard’s maintenance would be done in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode by the Government of Gujarat and Reliance Industries Ltd- RIL’s Greens Zoological Rescue and Rehabilitation Kingdom. This is the first of its kind PPP model for protection of wild animals in India. ©navclasses
7.India’s Apex Committee for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (AIPA), formed recently has how many members?
Explanation: The Indian Government has constituted a Apex Committee for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (AIPA). It was formed through a gazette notification. The committee comprises of 17 members. It is entrusted with the responsibility of formulating policies and programmes for implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), under Paris Agreement 2015. The Secretary of Union Environment Minister would be the Chairperson. ©navclasses
8.As per the IUCN’s latest report on World Heritage, which region of India is of great concern?
[B] Indo Gangetic plain
[C] Western Ghats
[D] North Eastern Hills
Explanation: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3. It uses the data of the previous reports from 2014 and 2017 to track whether the conservation efforts of the world’s 252 natural world heritage sites are on track. The report revealed that the conservation outlook of mountain chain of the Western Ghats is of great concern. ©navclasses
9.Shaheed Ashfaque Ullah Khan Prani Udyaan, which was seen in the news recently, is located in which state?
[B] Uttar Pradesh
Explanation: At the recent meeting of Central Zoo Authority chaired by Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, two new zoos were granted recognition. They are the Rajgir Zoo Safari in Nalanda, Bihar and Shaheed Ashfaque Ullah Khan Prani Udyaan in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. With this, the state of Uttar Pradesh has a total of 9 zoos. ©navclasses
10.Which organisation has launched the “Operation Oliva”?
[A] Indian Air Force
[B] Indian Coast Guard
[C] WWF India
[D] National Biodiversity Authority
Explanation: The Indian Coast Guard has recently launched an operation named “Operation Oliva”. This operation aims to protect the Olive Ridley turtles of the Odisha coast, which are endangered. The Coast Guard has launched two ships near the major nesting sites, to prevent entry of fishing vessels. Aircrafts of the coast guard have also been deployed as a part of this operation. ©navclasses