Singapore at the World Trade Organization (WTO) made a proposal to exempt food purchases made for humanitarian purposes from export restrictions arguing that the move could limit its policy space. They say these restrictions would lead to significant inefficiencies in humanitarian food assistance delivery.This proposal was supported by EU, New Zealand, Philippines, Canada, Argentina, Costa Rica and Australia .
But this was opposed by India saying export restrictions were a vital policy instrument for handling sudden shocks in domestic food supply.Jamaica, representing the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), and Egypt, on behalf of the African Group also opposed Singapore proposal. Its been advised to resolve the differences among the WTO members at the earliest
The Serengeti ecosystem is a geographical region located in Tanzania in Africa. It extends upto south-western Kenya, where it is called the Maasai Mara. The Serengeti is an endless plain that is home to about 70 large mammals and 500 bird species. It hosts the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world.
This season, in June, groups of wildebeest would be in the second phase of their annual mass migration. They must have already settled around the Grumeti River. Every year, the animals set out to a clockwise movement beginning from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of the southern Serengeti in Tanzania in January. They move towards Serengeti National Park and north towards the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya. During February, they spend their time grazing and giving birth. The first phase ends in March. Slowly the zebra and the gazelle also follow suit. The wildebeest herd’s crossing of the Grumeti and Mara rivers in July are a popular safari attraction. This is also the time, when crocodiles of the rivers await the arrival of their prey.
But thousands of them die by the time they reach the Maasai Mara National Reserve in southwestern Kenya due to hunger, exhaustion, or predation. Besides being known for the great migration, the Serengeti is also famous for its abundant large predators. The governments of Tanzania and Kenya maintain a number of protected areas, including national parks, conservation areas, and game reserves. They give legal protection to over 80 per cent of the Serengeti.
Electoral bonds are issued by Scheduled Commercial banks upon authorisation from the Central Government to intending donors, but only against cheque and digital payments (it cannot be purchased by paying cash).
Consider th following statemets about BepiColombo seen in the news recently. Choose the correct statements.
1. Its a joint mission of European Space Agency and NASA to the planet mercury.
2. It cosists of two satellites to be launched together
(a) a place in Antarctica where potential Uranium reserves have been found out
(b) a place on Mars
(c) a politico-economic situation
(d) a place in Himalayas where potential anti cancerous trees have been found out
This refers to any kind of false structure built to deceive observers into believing that a situation is much better than it actually is. The term has its origin in the fake villages that were constructed by Russian military leader Grigory Potyomkin in the 18th century. In order to woo Empress Catherine the Great, Potyomkin arranged a show of prosperity during her inspection trip to Crimea in 1787 after the acquisition of new land in Crimea and other regions following Russia’s victory over the Ottoman empire. He made the situation on the ground look better than it was by erecting replicas of pretty towns and fancy fireworks.