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A new species of bird with soothing tone was discovered by a team of international scientists. This is a new species of bird, observed in northeastern India and the adjacent part of China. It is first discovery in a decade and fourth since 1949.
Scientists named the bird as Himalayan forest thrush Zoothera salimalii. The scientific name honors the great Indian ornithologist, Salim Ali, in recognition of his contributions to the development of Indian ornithology and nature conservation.
In 2009 the discovery of Himalayan forest thrush started because, it was realized that what was considered a single species, the plain-backed thrush the plain-backed thrush Zoothera mollissima, was, in fact, two different species in northeastern India, said Pamela Rasmussen of Michigan State University.
During fieldwork in the mountains, researchers noticed that thrushes in the forests sang much more musically than those on the rocky peaks. They then discovered physical and genetic differences as well and have now declared the known “plain-backed thrush” to be two distinct species.
Bengaluru-based Shashank Gupta of National Centre of Biological Sciences was also part of the research team.
Besides, all these keen observation scientists had to a lot of sleuthing with museum specimens.
The song of the Sichuan forest thrush was found to be even more musical than the song of the Himalayan forest thrush.
DNA analyses suggested that these three species have been genetically separated for several million years.
Several countries have investigated and revealed that there is a difference in plumage and structure between birds that could be assigned to either of these two species.
The scientists used to call this species as Sichuan forest thrush but it was treated as a subspecies of plain-backed thrush.(IANS)(esciencenews.com)
Content creator and actress Prajakta Koli has become India's first UN Development Programme (UNDP) Youth Climate Champion under her partnership with the organisation.
UNDP aims to eliminate poverty, achieve sustainable growth and scale up human development in countries where it is required the most.
As a part of her responsibilities now, Prajakta will be entrusted with interacting with young minds to raise awareness around climate crisis, global warming and biodiversity loss and their impacts, the tremors of which are being felt by all sections of the society, especially the poor and marginalized communities.
Speaking on the occasion, Prajakta said in a statement: "I am extremely humbled and honoured to have been entitled with this unique responsibility to champion a cause that is close to my heart. As the very first UNDP India Youth Climate Champion, I would like to produce and participate in opportunities that propel conversations around climate action and the urgent measures we must take."
UNDP aims to eliminate poverty.Wikipedia
Commenting on how youth can make a difference, her statement further read: "The youth need to be the torchbearers of this revolution and foot soldiers who will work towards the common goal of an enriched and empowered future where the human species doesn't become endangered. We have created this problem, but we can solve it too. With UNDP, I will strive to work with young minds across the globe to take appropriate measures for climate action."
Welcoming Prajakta, Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, UNDP India says: "We are excited to have Prajakta on board as the UNDP India Youth Climate Champion. Young people are the leading voice to make the world more sustainable. Prajakta has a strong connect with millions of young Indians. I am sure her voice reaches the hearts of youth, and inspires them to take climate action."
In the past, the content creator has spoken up on issues like body shaming and online bullying with 'Shameless' as part of her campaign #iPledgeToBeMe which came into force on World Mental Health Day in 2016.
As a global ambassador for YouTube's 'Creators For Change' initiative, she drew the attention of people to trolling, female subjugation and homophobia through her campaign 'No Offence' which was showcased at the UN headquarters in New York on International Tolerance Day.
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In 2018, saw three initiatives and social cause partnerships from her, first with YouTube for Social Impact Girl's Education campaign, with Instagram on their Safer Internet Week campaign and with One.org for their Girl Education campaign.
In 2019 she received an invite from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their annual Goalkeepers Summit.
Last year, she joined Google's Impact Challenge to aid grants to non-profits addressing economic inequities faced by women and girls. (IANS/PR)
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"BJP Govt is not responsible for the massacre of innocent Sikhs. BJP Govt had done more than most for the Sikhs, Kartarpur Corridor, Baal Veer Diwas, repeal of the farm bills. Sikhs can be against a Govt but not against India the Motherland of the Sikhs and their Gurus," the British Sikh Association said in a tweet.
Amid heightened activities by Khalistanis, the UK Sikh community has started to push back against anti-India forces.
At the heart of this push back is Southall in London, which remains among the largest hubs of the Sikh community in the UK and has a distinction of hosting UK's largest and most prominent gurdwaras.
Earlier, in an unprecedented move, the community leaders gathered at Gurdwara Shri Guru Singh Sabha, Park Avenue, and challenged the prevailing anti-India narrative propagated by Khalistanis and their backers.
Resolution passed thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for doing so much for the Sikh community.Wikipedia
They passed a resolution thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his current government for doing so much for the Sikh community and helping to bridge the misunderstandings. They especially thanked the PM for announcing December 26 as Bir Bal Divas and declaring it as a public holiday.
In a congregation, community leaders and gurdwara committee office-bearers challenged those who are pushing factually incorrect t narrative about India and its current govt under Narendra Modi. They also challenged them to disprove their views, which have no political agenda or motive.
The local community in the UK considers this as a bold step from within the community, which had so far kept silent and chose to not to confront a handful of Khalistanis propagating anti-India narrative without any consequences from the local agencies.
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The community, which is broadly fed up with Khalistani lies, has been fearful of bullying by Khalistanis and was desisting from speaking up openly against them.
(Keywords: British Sikh Association , BJP govt, Narendra Modi, UK, Khalistanis, gurdwara committee, Prime Minister)
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Veteran Indian cricketers Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami on Thursday were named in ICC Women's ODI Team of the Year for 2021. The ICC Team of the Year, led by England's Heather Knight, recognizes the achievements of some exceptional players in women's cricket who impressed one and all with their on-field exploits in a calendar year. India's ODI skipper Mithali Raj amassed 503 runs at an average of 62.87 in 2021. Her runs came at a time when the Indian team struggled as a unit, which makes her contribution even more important.
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The veteran batter didn't score any century this year but made a total of six half-centuries. On the other hand, Jhulan Goswami claimed a total of 15 wickets in 2021 and maintained an excellent economy rate of 3.77 as well. The 39-year-old Indian pacer is still proving herself to be a force to reckon with. An experienced bowler who can keep runs in check, and pick up wickets at the same time, is an asset for any side. Overall, the ODI team has three players from South Africa, one from Australia, two from West Indies, and two from England, two from India and one from Pakistan.
Jhulan Goswami claimed of 15 wickets in 2021 and maintained an economy rate of 3.77.Wikipedia
ICC Women's ODI Team of 2021: Lizelle Lee (South Africa), Alyssa Healy (wk) (Australia), Tammy Beaumont (England), Mithali Raj (India), Heather Knight (c) (England), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Fatima Sana (Pakistan), Jhulan Goswami (India), Shabnim Ismail (South Africa), Anisa Mohammed (West Indies). (IANS/SP)
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