July 12, 2017: The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a Government of India initiative to accelerate the efforts of cleanliness and sanitation. The mission was launched on October 2, 2014.
Anybody from India who has traveled abroad to a developed nation knows how dirty the country’s streets were at one point of time and how one idea of making India clean has brought a revolution. Earlier, we have seen viral pictures shared on social media of the political rallies and campaigns which leave behind waste and rubbish on the streets when their work is done.
ALSO WATCH: The video shared on Twitter shows an elephant cleaning the garbage lying around him at a resort in South Africa.
According to some bureaucracies and administrations, this government scheme like Swachh Bharat is bound to fail. They have the notion that any money funded to such a scheme will go more towards individual pockets than the actual community development and progress.
Former Chairman of Press Council of India, Markandey Katju explains, “India is only partially industrialized, and hence the feudal backward mindsets in people still persist. Almost everything is polluted, from the air ( as in Delhi ) to water to foodstuffs. Without water filters, boiling etc, it is not possible to drink water anywhere; it could make you sick.”
He concludes that corruption is inevitable in a society like India where industrialization process is not complete.
While many people have ignored such a positive message for the Nation’s cleanliness, it looks like the animals are literally playing the role of good citizens in carrying out this campaign. The video of an elephant trying to clean his surroundings should perhaps just inspire us to actually listen to the policy of the government.
– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393
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A group of scientists unveiled the first results Thursday of an ambitious effort to map the genes of tens of thousands of animal species, a project they said could help save animals from extinction down the line.
The scientists are working with the Genome 10,000 consortium on the Vertebrate Genomes Project, which is seeking to map the genomes of all 66,000 species of mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish on Earth. Genome 10,000 has members at more than 50 institutions around the globe, and the Vertebrate Genomes Project last year.
The consortium Thursday released the first 15 such maps, ranging from the Canada lynx to the kakapo, a flightless parrot native to New Zealand.
The genome is the entire set of genetic material that is present in an organism. The release of the first sets is “a statement to the world that what we want to accomplish is indeed feasible,” said Harris Lewin, a professor of evolution at University of California, Davis, who is working on the project.
“The time has come, but of course it’s only the beginning,” Lewin said.
The work will help inform future conservation of jeopardized species, scientists working on the project said. The first 14 species to be mapped also include the duck-billed platypus, two bat species and the zebra finch. The zebra finch was the one species for which both sexes were mapped, bringing the total to 15.
Sequencing the genome of tens of thousands of animals could easily take 10 years, said Sadye Paez, program director for the project. But giving scientists access to this kind of information could help save rare species because it would give conservationists and biologists a new set of tools, she said.
Paez described the project as an effort to “essentially communicate a library of life.”
Three sequencing hubs
Tanya Lama, a doctoral candidate in environmental conservation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, coordinated the effort to sequence the lynx genome. The wild cat is the subject of debate about its conservation status in the United States, and better understanding of genetics can better protect its future, Lama said.
“It’s going to help us plan for the future, help us generate tools for monitoring population health, and help us inform conservation strategy,” she said.
The project has three “genome sequencing hubs,” including Rockefeller University in New York, the Sanger Institute outside Cambridge, England, and the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, organizers said.
The work is intriguing because it could inform future conservation efforts of jeopardized species, said Mollie Matteson, a senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity who is not involved in the project. More information about animals’ genetics could lead to better understanding of how animals resist disease or cope with changes in the environment, she said.
“I think what’s interesting to me from a conservation aspect is just what we might be able to discern about the genetic diversity within a species,” Matteson said.
The project has similarities with the Earth BioGenome Project, which seeks to catalog the genomes for 1.5 million species. Lewin chairs that project’s working group. The Vertebrate Genomes Project will contribute to that effort. (VOA)