One liners 19th February

• Cairn Energy has filed a case in the USA District Court under the New York Convention to enforce a US$1.2 billion arbitration award won in a tax dispute with India. The Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, also known as the “New York Arbitration Convention” or the “New York Convention”, is one of the important instruments in international arbitration.

• A group of paleontologists discovered the fossils of coelacanth, a giant fish, regarded as a iconic example of “living fossil”. The discovered fossil of the Coelacanth is thought to be 66 million years ago in the Cretaceous period. Coelacanths are elusive deep-sea creatures that live at a depth of 2,300 feet below the surface of the water. It is thought that they were extinct among the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

• An instant messaging platform called Sandes was recently launched on WhatsApp. National Informatics Centre. Anyone with a mobile number or email ID can use Sandes for all kinds of communications. Its interface is similar to other applications currently available.

• The Prime Minister of India laid the foundation for key projects in the oil and gas sector in Tamil Nadu on February 17, 2021. The Ramanathapuram-Thoothukudi natural gas pipeline will be inaugurated. This pipeline is part of the Ennore- Thiruvallur- Bengaluru- Puducherry- Nagapattinam- Madurai- Tuticorin Natural Gas Pipeline.

• Some conservationists worry about the fate of Giant Leatherback turtles. NITI Aayog made recommendations for tourism and port development in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. NITI Aayog’s tourism vision includes a proposal to establish a mega-shipment port in Galathea Bay on Greater Nicobar Island.

• The Government conducted drinking water surveys in 10 cities under Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban). The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry initiated a survey to collect drinking water data in 10 cities under the Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban). As part of “Pey Jal Survekshan” survey, data on wastewater management and the condition of urban water bodies will also be collected.

• Launched the online registration module of TECHNOGRAHIS. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched the TECHNOGRAHIS registration module. TECHNOGRAHIS students are from IIT, NIT, engineering, planning and architecture colleges, teachers, academicians and stakeholders.

• Raksha Mantri launched the E-Chhawani portal and mobile app. A portal website (https://echhawani.gov.in/) has been created to provide online citizenship services to more than 20 lakh residents of 62 Cantonment Boards across the country.

• The Prime Minister announced the launch of “Mahabahu-Brahmaputra”. The launch of the “Mahabahu-Brahmaputra” will be marked by the inauguration of the Ro-Pax (roll-on/roll-off passenger service) vessel.

• In areas where spotted cats are black or black, wildlife experts face a long-term challenge. They need to estimate the density of leopards. Experts from three organizations (one of which is located in Aaranyak, Assam) proposed a system that can accurately estimate the leopard population in areas where rosettes and melanin individuals are mixed.

• The Bangladeshi authorities sent the fourth batch of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to a newly developed island in the Bay of Bengal, despite the call from human rights groups to stop the process. Rohingya refugees living in refugee camps in Bangladesh have agreed to move to Bhashan Char Island in the Bay of Bengal. The island is also known as Bhasan Char Island.

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