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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains

SIGUR PLATEAU

Why in News?

The Supreme Court appointed conservationist Nandita Hazarika as Member of a Technical Committee constituted by it on October 14 last year to hear complaints by land owners against the action taken by the Nilgris Collector, which included “arbitrary variance in acreage of the elephant corridor.

About:

  • On October 14, the top court upheld the Tamil Nadu government’s authority to notify an ‘elephant corridor’ and protect the migratory path of the animals through the Nilgiri biosphere reserve, the largest protected forest area in India, spanning across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.
  • The corridor is situated in the ecologically fragile Sigur plateau.

KEY FACTS:

  • Sigur Plateau is a plateau in the north and east of Nilgiri District in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu.
  • It connects the Western and the Eastern Ghats and sustains elephant populations and their genetic diversity.
  • It has the Nilgiri Hills on its southwestern side and the Moyar River Valley on its north-eastern side. The elephants cross the plateau in search of food and water.

Facts for Prelims

World Customs Organization (WCO):

  • It was on January 26, 1953 that the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) had held its inaugural session in Brussels which was attended by representatives from 17 European countries.
  • International Customs Day was created by CCC in 1983.
  • In 1994, CCC was renamed as World Customs Organization (WCO).
  • WCO is the only international body looking after international customs and matters concerning border control.
  • WCO has head-quarter in Brussels, Belgium.
  • WCO currently has custom organizations from 182 countries as its members.
  • More than 98% of world trade is administered by WCO.

 

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