Four new tiny Night frog species found in Western Ghats

New Frog Species.

                 Scientists found new species of frog in Western Ghats. These frog are very tiny, not larger than human thumbnail. These species are among seven 'Night Frog' that discovered by University of Delhi and Kerala Forest Dept.
                 Night Frogs belong to the Nyctibatrachus genus endemic to the Western Ghats and represent an ancient group of frogs that diversified on the Indian landmass approximately 70 to 80 million years ago.
            The smallest of the newly described frogs -- Nyctibatrachus manalari, N. pulivijayani, N. robinmoorei and N. sabarimalai -- measure between 0.5 and 0.6 inches.
              Night frogs are native to the Western Ghats mountain range, one of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots and a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. The region runs parallel to India’s western coast, covering an area measuring approximately 54,054 square miles.

Union Government Launched Bharat QR.

The Union Government has launched Bharat QR code, a quick response (QR) code allows a payment without card swiping machine.
It is world’s first interoperable payment acceptance solution launched by Indian Government to move towards less-cash economy.

Imp Point

  • Bharat QR code has been developed by jointly by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), Visa, MasterCard and American Express under instructions from Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
  • It works as common interface for the MasterCard/Visa/RuPay platforms and also facilitate acceptance of Aadhaar-enabled payments and Unified Payments Interface (UPI).

National Biodiversity Congress held in Thrivananthapuram.

The National Biodiversity Congress (NBC) 2017 was held in Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerala. The event is hosted by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board. NBC is one of the significant biodiversity mega events of the country. It aims to identify practical, evidence-based case studies at the regional level to support the plan of action.