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Current Affairs News Analysis for UPSC | 28th Dec 2020

Ducks die in large numbers

      HEADLINES:

Ducks die in large numbers in Kuttanad

      WHY IN NEWS:

Reason yet to be ascertained; most of the birds belonged to two farmers

MINISTRY? :-
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Health:Diseases

      ISSUE: 

Mass death of ducks in Kuttanad here has created panic among farmers. According to farmers, around 10,000 ducks died in the region in the past week.

MASS DEATH OF DUCKS

  • A majority of the dead ducks belonged to two farmers in Thalavady and Pallippad.
  • The cause of death can only be ascertained after receiving the test results.

BACTERIAL INFECTION

In February, a large number of ducks died at Pavukkaram, near Mannar, due to a bacterial infection

  • Samples examined revealed that the ducks had been infected with Riemerella anatipestifer, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • In September 2018, a large number of ducks died of bacterial infection in Upper Kuttanad.
  • Then the duck deaths had been reported from the flood-hit areas.
  • The dead ducks were infected since they were reared in contaminated waters.
SUGGESTED READING : AMR WEEK 
     SOURCES:  THE HINDU | Current Affairs News Analysis for UPSC | 28th Dec 2020 

Chinese delegation in Nepal

      HEADLINES:

High-level Chinese delegation in Nepal to ‘take stock’ of political situation

      WHY IN NEWS:

Nepal plunged into a political crisis last Sunday after Prime Minister Oli, known for his pro-Beijing leanings, in a surprise move, recommended dissolving the 275-member House, amidst a tussle for power with Prachanda.

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 2 : IR

      ISSUE: 

A high-level Chinese delegation led by a vice minister of the Chinese Communist Party arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday to “take stock” of Nepal’s political situation.

HIGH-LEVEL CHINESE DELEGATION IN NEPAL

Current Affairs News Analysis for UPSC | 28th Dec 2020 Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and Chinese President Xi Jinping

  • Although no specific details about the agenda of the visit are available, the four-member delegation, led by Vice Minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) .
  • The visit is aimed at taking stock of Nepal’s evolving political situation after the dissolution of the House of Representatives.
  • There is a subsequent split in the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) amid already-deepened intra-party rift.

China is not happy with the split in the largest communist party of Nepal

  • Beijing appears concerned over the move of Oli to dissolve the House of Representatives and the evolving political situation that saw a vertical split in the NCP.

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CHINESE INTERESTS AND INTERVENTIONS

  • This is not the first time that China has intervened in Nepal’s internal affairs.
  • A number of political party leaders had termed the Chinese envoy’s series of meetings with the ruling party leaders as interference in Nepal’s internal political affairs.
  • China’s political profile in Nepal has been on the rise in the recent years with billions of dollars of investments under its multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative.

Nepal is also part of including the Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network

  • Besides the investments, China’s ambassador to Nepal Hou has made open efforts to garner support for Oli.
  • The CPC and NCP were regularly engaged in training programmes.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • On Nepal, India prefers to watch from sidelines.
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     SOURCES:  THE HINDU   | Current Affairs News Analysis for UPSC | 28th Dec 2020 

Drying Sea of Galilee swells

      HEADLINES:

Drying Sea of Galilee swells after years of drought

      WHY IN NEWS:

The Sea of Galilee, well-known in Jewish, Christian and Islamic lore, has swelled up due to recent rains.

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1 : Geography : Lakes

      ISSUE: 

The lake rose to 209.905 metres below sea level December 17, 2020 due to heavy rainfall in the surrounding areas.

SEA OF GALILEE

Current Affairs News Analysis for UPSC | 28th Dec 2020 The satellite image of the brimming Sea of Galilee in northern Israel shot by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • The lake lies in northern Israel, between the occupied Golan Heights and the Galilee region.
  • It is fed by underground springs but its major source is the Jordan river.
  • The lake, also known as Lake Tiberias or Kinneret.
  • On December 17, it was 1.105 metres from its maximum level of 208.80 metres below sea level.

The Jordan flows into the lake, Israel’s largest freshwater body and then exits it before ending in the Dead Sea, the saltiest and the lowest point on the planet

  • The region the lake is located in, had been suffering from drought till 2018.
  • However, the winters of 2018, 2019 and of this year so far have been wet and have led to the lake swelling up.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Water is not extracted from the Sea of Galilee.
  • It is considered to be an important barometer of the water situation in Israel.
  • If the lake swells up further, the Israeli administration will open up the sluice gates of the Degania Dam, which is on the Jordan, just south of the lake.
  • The last time such an action was taken was in 1992.
     SOURCES:  DownToEarth  | Current Affairs News Analysis for UPSC | 28th Dec 2020 

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