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[Mission 2023] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 1 May 2023

InstaLinks :  help you think beyond the issue but relevant to the issue from UPSC prelims and Mains exam point of view. These linkages provided in this ‘hint’ format help you frame possible questions ina your mind that might arise(or an examiner might imagine) from each current event. InstaLinks also connect every issue to their static or theoretical background. This helps you study a topic holistically and add new dimensions to every current event to help you think analytically

Table of Contents:

GS Paper 2:

  1. India and BRICS

 

GS Paper 3:

  1. National Manufacturing Innovation Survey (NMIS) 2021-22
  2. Labour Day
  3. Gig economy

 

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)

  1. Shramavahini
  2. Bihan Mela (Seed Festival)
  3. Rajasthan Platform-based Gig Workers Bill

 

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

  1. Thrissur Pooram
  2. Blue Hole
  3. Seamounts
  4. Hate Speech
  5. Star rating system for water taps, and sanitary fixtures: Bharat Tap
  6. Lesser flamingos

 

India and BRICS

GS Paper 2

 Syllabus: International Relations

 

Source: TOI

 Context: 19 nations including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Algeria, Egypt, Bahrain, and Iran have expressed interest in joining the emerging-markets bloc of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa).

 

About BRICS:

TopicInformation
BRICS (founded: 2009; HQ: Shanghai) is an acronym for the grouping of the world’s leading emerging economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (included in 2010)
OriginThe term “BRIC” was coined by the British Economist Jim O’Neill in 2001 to describe the four emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, and China.
Share of BRICSBRICS brings together five of the largest developing countries, representing 41% of the global population, 24% of the global GDP, and 16% of the global trade (By 2028, BRICS is expected to make up 35 per cent of the global economy)
ChairmanshipThe chairmanship of the forum is rotated annually among the members, in accordance with the acronym B-R-I-C-S. South Africa is the chair for 2023.
Initiatives of BRICS1. New Development Bank (NDB) 2. Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) 3. BRICS Payment System 4. Customs Agreements 5. Remote Sensing Satellite
New InitiativeBRICS is planning to launch its own “new currency” system, a major step towards de-dollarization (reducing dependence on the US dollar for trade)

 

Importance of BRICS for India:

ImportanceExample
Geo-PoliticsBRICS provides India with an opportunity to balance its strategic interests between the US and the Russia-China axis.
Global Economic OrderBRICS plays an important role in the G20, in shaping global economic policies and promoting financial stability.
Voice of Developing NationsBRICS has emerged as the voice of developing countries and is playing a significant role in protecting the rights of developing countries.
TerrorismBRICS provides a platform for India to galvanize its efforts against terrorism and has worked within the grouping to take a strong stand against terrorism.
Global GroupingBRICS provides an opportunity for India to actively engage with China and resolve mutual disputes. It also helps in garnering support from other partner countries.

 

 

Challenges for BRICS:

ChallengeExample
Economic DivergenceBrazil and Russia have been experiencing economic recessions in recent years, while China and India have sustained high growth rates. South Africa’s economy has been performing poorly, with high levels of unemployment and inequality.
Political DifferencesRussia’s annexation of Crimea and involvement in conflicts in Ukraine and Syria have strained its relations with other BRICS members. China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea have been a source of tension with other BRICS countries that have competing claims in the region.
Institutional ConstraintsThe New Development Bank (NDB), established by BRICS in 2014 to provide development financing, has faced challenges in disbursing loans and identifying viable projects. The Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA), a pool of foreign exchange reserves, has not been tested yet.
Coordination DifficultiesDisagreements over the governance structure of the NDB and the CRA, as well as differing priorities in areas such as trade, investment, and climate change, have made it difficult for BRICS to present a unified front on many issues.
External PressuresThe rise of protectionism, nationalism, and populism in some advanced economies has posed challenges for BRICS in terms of trade, investment, and access to capital.

 

Way forward for BRICS:.

Example
Reform of Multilateral InstitutionsBRICS countries could jointly advocate for the reform of the UN Security Council, calling for the inclusion of more developing countries as permanent members.
Resolve to Combat TerrorismBRICS countries could share best practices and intelligence to combat terrorism, as well as work together to cut off funding and resources for terrorist groups.
Promoting Technological and Digital Solutions for the SDGs BRICS countries could share their experiences in adopting and implementing digital solutions in these sectors
Expanding People-to-People CooperationBRICS countries could organize joint cultural events and exhibitions, establish more student exchange programs and scholarships, and encourage more tourism and business visits to each other’s countries.

Conclusion:

BRICS faces several challenges such as internal differences, global economic slowdown, and geopolitical tensions. However, the group can remain relevant by expanding its agenda to promote comprehensive development and enhanced cooperation among all states. BRICS should also focus on the democratization of international issues, respect for cultural diversity, and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

 

Mains Links

Discuss the importance of BRICS for India. (250 Words)

 

Prelims Links

Consider the following statements: ( UPSC 2016)

  1. New Development Bank has been set up by APEC.
  2. The headquarters of the New Development Bank is in Shanghai.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Ans: B

 

National Manufacturing Innovation Survey (NMIS) 2021-22

GS Paper 3

 Syllabus: Manufacturing sector

 

Source: PIB, UNIDO

 Context: The Department of Science and Technology in India has released the “National Manufacturing Innovation Survey (NMIS) 2021-22: Summary for Policymakers” to enhance the competitiveness of Indian manufacturing and increase its share in the GDP.

 

About NMIS:

Information
National Manufacturing Innovation Survey (NMIS) 2021-22
Conducted ByDepartment of Science and Technology (DST) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
ObjectiveTo evaluate the innovation performance of manufacturing firms in India
ComponentsFirm-level survey and sectoral systems of innovation (SSI) survey (in 5 selected sectors i.e., food & beverage, textiles, automotive, pharmaceutical, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT))
India Manufacturing Innovation Index (IMII)The firm-level survey captured data related to the process of innovation, access to finance, resources, and information for innovation etc. for firms. These data were then used to compile India Manufacturing Innovation Index (IMII), covering 28 states and 6 UTs
Follow-upDST’s first National Innovation Survey held in 2011
About UNIDOUNIDO (est: 1966; HQ: Vienna, Austria) is a specialized agency of the UN to promote and accelerate industrial development. India is one of UNIDO’s Founding Members.
Status of India’s Manufacturing SectorThe Indian manufacturing industry generated 16-17% of India’s GDP  (the target is 25%) and is projected to be one of the fastest-growing sectors.

 

Major Findings of the NMIS Survey 2021-22:

FindingsDescription:
Innovative firmsNearly 25% of India is innovative
Top-ranked state in innovation (in IMII)Karnataka> Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu> Telangana> Tamil Nadu
Lowest ranked state North-eastern states> Bihar> Assam> Jharkhand
Lack of finance from external sources as a barrierNearly 40% of the firms faced this issue
Triple-Helix model focusThe survey focuses on this model. It refers to the relationships between universities, knowledge-based institutions (KBIs), firms, governments, and hybrid organizations

 

 

Recommendations of the Survey:

RecommendationExample
Awareness campaign for innovationE.g., Through events, webinars, and media campaigns.
Collaboration (Triple-Helix model focus)Create a joint R&D program between universities, research institutes, and industries to foster collaboration and sharing of best practices.
Innovation centresEstablish innovation centres in every state that offer training and funding to MSMEs.
InvestmentEncourage venture capitalists and angel investors to invest in innovative startups by providing tax incentives and reducing regulatory barriers.
Financing Establish a government-backed loan program that offers low-interest loans to firms for innovation projects.
WorkforcePromote STEM education and provide training programs for workers to learn new skills in emerging technologies.
Industry 4.0 technologiesProvide financial assistance to firms to upgrade their manufacturing facilities with digital technologies such as IoT, AI, and big data analytics.
Intellectual property rights protectionEstablish a strong legal framework that protects patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and provides swift enforcement against infringement.

 

Mains Links

Q.1 “Industrial growth rate has lagged behind in the overall growth of Gross-Domestic-Product(GDP) in the post-reform period” Give reasons. How far are the recent changes in Industrial Policy capable of increasing the industrial growth rate? ( UPSC 2017)

 

Q.2 Normally countries shift from agriculture to industry and then later to services, but India shifted directly from agriculture to services. What are the reasons for the huge growth of services vis-a-vis the industry in the country? Can India become a developed country without a strong industrial base? (UPSC 2014)

 

 

Prelims Links:

  1. In the ‘Index of Eight Core Industries’, which one of the following is given the highest weight? ( UPSC 2015)

(a) Coal production
(b) Electricity generation
(c) Fertilizer production
(d) Steel production

 

Ans: B

Labour Day

GS Paper 2

 Syllabus: Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation

 

Source: TH

 Context: May 1 is widely known as Labour Day/International Worker’s Day – a day to celebrate the contribution of workers worldwide.

 

Background:

  • The origin of Labour Day dates back to the 19th century – when a nationwide strike of 1886 for an eight-hour workday culminated in a violent movement in Chicago, US.
  • In 1889, the International Socialist Conference declared May 1 would be an international holiday for labour/May Day/Labour Day/Workers Day.
  • In India, the first Labour Day (initiated by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan) was celebrated on May 1, 1923, in Madras.

 

The primary objective of Labour Day:

  • To acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the working class,
  • Create awareness about their rights, and
  • Protect them from exploitation.

 

Current trends in the labour market worldwide: Three years after the COVID-19,

  • Small and micro-enterprises/people have been hard hit by inflation
  • Lack of opportunities
  • Real wages have fallen, and poverty inequality is rising

 

Indian labour market – Major issues:

  • Surplus labour force: Without the commensurate rise in job opportunities in the labour market.
  • Unskilled labour force: Leading to a rise in indecent/poor quality jobs like manual scavenging, etc.
    • For example, 8 people died in Gujarat (in April 2023) while cleaning sewers, despite the practice being declared illegal across the country.
  • Low absorption of skilled labour
  • Labour market imperfections: Such as lack of adequate information regarding jobs, numerous labour laws, etc.
  • The workers in the unorganised sector: Constitute about 93% of the total workforce in the country → not covered under social security measures → most affected during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Unemployment: Causing problems like disguised unemployment, seasonal unemployment, open unemployment and educated unemployment.
  • Son of the soil doctrine: For example, Haryana enacted a new law reserving 75% of private sector jobs with monthly salaries up to ₹30,000 for locals.

 

Labour reforms
GlobalThe International Labour Organization (ILO) is a UN agency to advance social and economic justice by setting international labour standards.

 

 

In 1919, the ILO adopted the Hours of Work (Industry) Convention (British India ratified in 1921), limiting the number of working hours to eight a day and 48 hours a week.

 

 

The Declaration of Philadelphia (1944) restated the traditional objectives of the ILO and highlighted two new directions: the centrality of human rights to social policy, and the need for international economic planning.

IndiaLabour falls under the Concurrent List of the Constitution.

 

 

The central government replaced the 29 existing labour laws with four Codes.

 

 

These Codes regulate (i) Wages, (ii) Industrial Relations, (iii) Social Security, and (iv) Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions.

 

 

eShram: This portal will help build a comprehensive National Database of Unorganised Workers (NDUW) in the country.

 

 

PM Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM): Meant for old age protection and social security of Unorganised workers.

 

 

Aam Admi Bima Yojana: Providing social security to unorganised sector workers.

 

 

How to prioritise social justice for a sustainable and stable future?

  • Policies and actions must be human-centred.
  • Focusing on ‘decent work’: The most effective way to reduce inequality, and poverty and ensure social protection is a ‘Decent Work for All’ – SDG 8.
  • Addressing the long-term structural transformations: By ensuring that new technology creates and supports employment, and skills training, treating demographic changes/migration as a ‘dividend’.
  • Reinvigorate labour institutions and organisations: To make social dialogue effective and vigorous.
  • Review laws and regulations: To make them up-to-date – protecting workers and supporting sustainable businesses.
  • Creating a global platform: To recommit to international cooperation and solidarity and to create greater policy coherence, a Global Coalition for Social Justice is needed.

 

 

Conclusion: Social justice should be the keystone of labour reforms at the level of national, regional and global policies and actions. This will help in achieving equitable and resilient societies.

 

 

Insta Links:

New labour codes give a free hand to employers: Unions

 

Mains Links:

“Success of the ‘Make in India’ programme depends on the success of the ‘Skill India’ programme and radical labour reforms.” Discuss with logical arguments. (UPSC 2015)

Gig economy

GS Paper 3

Syllabus: Indian Economy and related issues

 

Source: TH

 Context: The recent strike by Zomato-owned Blinkit delivery agents has once again brought to the forefront the issues plaguing the gig economy in the country.

 

Background: The strikes began when Blinkit slashed the minimum payout per delivery to Rs 15 per delivery from Rs 25.

 

The gig economy in India:

  • According to the NITI Aayog estimates, nearly 23.5 million workers will be engaged in the gig economy by 2029.
Gig worker
Gig workers refer to workers outside of the traditional employer-employee relationship. There are two groups of gig workers – platform workers and non-platform workers.
Platform workers Non-platform workers
When gig workers use online algorithmic matching platforms or apps to connect with customers, they are called platform workers.Those who work outside of these platforms are non-platform workers, including construction workers and non-technology-based temporary workers.

 

Issues faced by gig workers:

  • Since the gig economy falls outside the scope of traditional, full-time employment, gig workers usually lack basic employment rights such as
    • Minimum wages,
    • Overtime pay,
    • Medical leave, and
    • A statutorily bound resolution of employer-employee disputes.
  • Whether gig workers should be categorised as ‘employees’ or as ‘independent contractors’?
  • It depends on the extent of control and supervision exercised by the employer and the integration of the worker with the organisation.
    • In India, employees are entitled to a host of benefits under the Minimum Wages Act 1948, EPF Act 1952 and the Payment of Bonus Act 1965.
    • Similarly, contract labourers are governed under the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act 1970 and are entitled to benefits under the EPF.
    • However, gig workers display characteristics of both employees and independent contractors → as a result fall outside the ambit of statutory benefits.

 

What is the proposed law for gig workers? In keeping with the National Commission on Labour’s recommendation to consolidate central labour laws, the Ministry of Labour and Employment introduced the Code on Social Security 2020.

  

Salient provisions in the Code on Social Security 2020:

  • It brings gig workers within the ­ambit of labour laws for the first time.
  • It distinguishes between such workers and employees.
  • It stipulates that Central and State Governments must frame suitable social security schemes for gig workers.
  • A social security fund for gig workers, to which Gig employers must contribute 1-2% of their annual turnover → to be used for the aforementioned schemes.
  • It also mandates the compulsory registration of all gig workers to avail of benefits under these schemes.
  • It also envisages the constitution of a National Social Security Board by the Central government to monitor the implementation of such schemes.

 

Concerns:

  • Out of the four new labour codes proposed, gig work finds reference only in the Code on Social Security.
  • Hence, they cannot create legally recognised unions and access a national minimum wage that applies to all forms of employment.
  • Gig workers are excluded from the category of ‘unorganised workers’ or ‘wage workers’.
  • Gig workers also remain excluded from accessing the specialised redressal mechanism against their employers.
  • They also do not have the right to collective bargaining – a fundamental principle of modern labour law.
  • All the above leads to the violation of their fundamental rights under Articles 14 and 21 and comes within the meaning of forced labour under Article 23.

 

Can judicial intervention be expected? A petition demanding that gig workers or platform workers be declared as ‘unorganised workers’ so that they come under the purview of the Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008, is pending in the SC of India.

 

Best practices:

  • In 2021, the UK Supreme Court classified Uber drivers as ‘workers’ under the UK Employment Rights Act 1996.
  • Germany’s Temporary Employment Act provides for equal pay and equal treatment of gig workers.
  • Singapore has also proposed legislative changes to extend work injury insurance and pension coverage to such workers.

 

Way ahead for India:

  • The Labour Codes need to be implemented as soon as possible.
  • For this, State governments should frame rules as soon as possible.

 

Insta Links:

Gig economy

 

Mains Links:

How globalization has led to the reduction of employment in the formal sector of the Indian economy? Is increased in formalization detrimental to the development of the country? (UPSC 2016)

Shramavahini

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)

Source: TH

In Odisha, a group of young bonded labourers has formed a network called Shramavahini, which uses smartphones and social media to alert authorities and rescue fellow workers in distress. The network has over 4,000 members who report cases of distressed labourers requiring assistance from the district administration and concerned officials.

 

Aim: Shramavahini aims to combat the issue of migrant labourers’ voices going unheard by local administration by facilitating the rescue of distressed labourers as quickly as possible.

 

Usage: The example highlights the ethical values of empathy towards fellow labourers in distress; Social responsibility; collaboration with civic authorities etc. It can be used in ethics/Governance paper

Bihan Mela (Seed Festival)

Source: DTE

 

The Bihan Mela, or seed festival, has been initiated by the non-profit Nirman in the Nayagarh district of Odisha to help tribal Kondh farmers return to their traditional ways of farming, including mixed-cropping.

Working: The festival involves the exchange of indigenous seeds and serves as a platform for farmers to collect, store and share their native varieties of crops. The non-profit also set up a seed bank in Raisar village to facilitate access to indigenous seeds.

Aim: The Bihan Mela and seed bank aim to address the issue of crop failures caused by erratic rainfall and pest attacks, and to restore food and nutritional security to the region’s farmers.

Usage: The example can be used in Agriculture questions, questions related to Farmers’ Rights in the PPV&FR Act, 2001

Rajasthan Platform-based Gig Workers Bill

Source: TH

 The Rajasthan government’s proposed Rajasthan Platform-based Gig Workers (Registration and Welfare) Bill, 2023, which will introduce a welfare board, is a step towards ensuring the welfare of gig workers.

 

For Gig Workers, working conditions have become increasingly harsh, with gig workers not recognized as “workers” and lacking any social security or related benefits.

 

Usage: The example can be used as a legislative measure for new digital workers (Platform workers) as well as Gig workers in the Economy/Governance Paper

Thrissur Pooram

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: TH

 

Context: Thrissur Pooram, a festival celebrated in the Malayalam month of Medam, took place with great fanfare.

 About Thrissur Pooram:

Details
Thrissur Pooram is an annual Hindu temple festival held in Thrissur, Kerala. It is held at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur every year on the Pooram day (the day when the moon rises with the Pooram star in the Malayalam Calendar month of Medam)

DateOccurs on the day when the star sign “Pooram” occurs in the Malayalam month of “Medam” (April-May)
OriginThe festival was initiated by Raja Rama Varma, also known as Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of Cochin (1790–1805)
PurposeA ceremony where ten temples in and around Thrissur come together to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva at the Vadakkunnathan Temple
Key FeaturesKodiyettam (flag hoisting ceremony), percussion ensemble, elaborate elephant processions, firework displays
Last DayThe seventh day of the Pooram, also known as “Pakal Pooram”
SignificanceIt is the largest and most famous of all poorams in India. It promotes ‘inclusivity’ as it has grown to encompass all religious and cultural strains of Kerala. Muslim and Christian communities also participate.

Blue Hole

Source: TOI

 Context:

About Blue Holes:

Information
The blue hole is the second deepest marine sinkhole or cavern discovered in Chetumal Bay, off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico
ColourDark blue, caused by the high transparency of water and bright white carbonate sand
Water CirculationPoor, commonly anoxic below a certain depth
Sea LifeAn unfavourable environment for most sea life can support large numbers of bacteria that live off sulfur compounds
What are Blue HolesThey are large, undersea vertical caves or sinkholes found in coastal regions.
Karst formationBlue Holes are found on coastal karst platforms around the world. They are formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, or gypsum
Deepest Blue HoleDragon Hole (Longdong) in the South China Sea
Overall Largest Blue HoleGreat Blue Hole, located 100 kilometres from the coast of Belize, is 300 meters wide and 125 meters deep

Seamounts

 

Source: TH

 

Context: Scientists have discovered 19,325 new seamounts through new high-resolution data, adding to the 24,000 seamounts already mapped in a 2011 census.

 

About seamounts:

Information
Seamounts are underwater mountains formed through volcanic activity and are recognized as hotspots for marine life.
FormationNear mid-ocean ridges, intraplate hotspots, or oceanic island chains
MappingEcho sounders/multibeam sonar on ships for topographic mapping, or satellite altimetry for gravity-field mapping
ImportanceProvide information about mantle composition and tectonic plate evolution, influence ocean circulation and absorption of heat/CO2, and support diverse biological communities
ExampleThe Emperor Seamounts, a chain of seamounts in the Pacific Ocean
India’s contributionThe SARAL satellite, developed in collaboration with France, helped expand the seamount catalogue through improved radar noise reduction
Seamounts Vs GuyotsSeamounts differ from Guyots, which are also formed from undersea volcanoes but were once above the surface of the ocean and have since submerged to form flat-topped undersea mountains.

 

Star rating system for water taps, and sanitary fixtures: Bharat Tap

 

 Source: TH

 

Context: The Indian government is planning to introduce a star rating system for water fixtures called Bharat Tap, which will include ratings of 3, 4, and 5 stars based on water efficiency.

 

About the Bharat Tap initiative:

Details
Bharat Tap is a collaborative effort for water fixtures (similar to the ratings of electrical appliances) to drive water efficiency
ObjectiveTo provide low-flow, sanitary ware at scale and reduce water consumption at the source
Estimated water savingApproximately 40%
BenefitsWater and energy saving due to less water and energy required for pumping, transporting, and purification
Formulated underAMRUT 2.0 (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation)
CollaboratorsIndian Plumbing Association (IPA) and manufacturers
About AMRUT 2.0It is a five-year program launched in October 2021 and will continue until 2025-26. It is an extension of the AMRUT mission (launched in 2015) with the goal of providing every household with access to a tap with a guaranteed supply of water and a sewer connection.

Hate Speech

 

Source: TH

 

Context: The Supreme Court of India has directed all states to register FIRs (First Information Reports) against hate speech incidents and proceed against the offenders without waiting for someone to lodge a complaint.

 

About Hate Speech:

TopicInformation
DefinitionAn incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, etc.
FormsAny form of expression including words, images, cartoons, objects, gestures, and symbols, can be disseminated offline or online.
Current Status in IndiaHate speech has not been defined in any law in India. However, IPC, 1860 sections like 153A, 153B, 298, etc. deal with speech or words that could create mischief or cause imputations to national integration.
Proposed LegislationThe Law Commission of India has proposed two new sections, Section 153C, and Section 505A in IPC to criminalize hate speech specifically.
Rise in CasesAccording to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), there has been a huge increase in cases registered to promote hate speech and foster animosity in society. As there were only 323 cases registered in 2014, it had increased to 1,804 cases in 2020.
PunishmentThe punishment for hate speech is not defined in Indian law. However, the Supreme Court has stated that hate speech statutes aim to prevent prejudice and ensure equality.
Hate Speech Vs BlasphemyHate speech laws aim to prevent prejudice and ensure equality, while blasphemy laws prohibit criticism of religion, which is incompatible with the principles of democratic societies. Section 295(A) of the IPC punishes any speech, writings, or signs that insult citizens’ religion or religious beliefs with a fine and imprisonment for up to three years.

 

Lesser flamingos

 

Source: TH

 Context: After a six-year absence, a group of lesser flamingos has returned to Pulicat Lake in Chennai

 

About the lesser flamingo:

Information
The lesser flamingo is the smallest species of flamingo, though it is a tall and large bird by most standards, with pale pink colour and deep red legs and bills. Their colour comes from the carotenoid pigments they consume as part of their diet.
SizeApproximately 80 to 90 cm long; females are smaller
DietMicroscopic blue-green algae and benthic diatoms; Small aquatic invertebrates such as rotifers (less often)
HabitatLarge undisturbed alkaline and saline lakes, salt pans, coastal lagoons, and estuaries
RangePrimarily eastern and southern Africa; Madagascar, Yemen, Pakistan and Western India
Conservation StatusIUCN: Near Threatened; CITES: Appendix II
FactsIts name has been derived from Portuguese, meaning “red goose”. It is most numerous and lives in the largest flocks; Both males and females provide young with crop milk
About Pulicat LakeIt is the second-largest brackish water lagoon in India, (after Chilika Lake). Its major part comes  in the Andhra Pradesh. It encompasses the Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary. The barrier island of Sriharikota separates the lagoon from the Bay of Bengal and is home to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

 

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Errata: Quality control orders (10th April FFP section)

 Under the section “What are QCOs?”, it was mentioned that “QCOs can only be challenged at WTO if they are imposed on grounds of health, safety…..”.

However, the correct sentence would be “QCOs cannot be challenged at WTO if they are imposed on grounds of health, safety…..”.

 

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