Scientists from the Botanical Survey of India have identified a new plant species named Drypetes kalamii from Buxa and Jaldapara National Parks in West Bengal. Drypetes kalamii is a small shrub found to be shorter version of its close relative Drypetes ellisii. The research adds a rich floral wealth of India.This medicinal plant is very close to another medicinal plant which is known as ‘Putrajivah’ in sanskrit.
The medicinal plant Drypetes kalamii has been assessed as provincially ‘ Critically Endangered’ by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) rules.Forest fire and grazing can be two possible threat to to this new species’ Drypetes kalamii ‘.
The new species Drypetes kalamii is found in wet, shaded areas of subtropical moist semi-evergreen forests, at a height ranging 50-100 metres. About 220 species of Drypetes identified across the globe of which 20 have been reported from India. The new species Drypetes kalamii has been named after former President Abdul Kalam.
The species consists of yellow flowers and its found in clusters and bright orange to red fruits. The medicinal plant is uni sexual in nature, which means separate male and female plants.The medicinal plant is exclusive to the two both the national parks. The medicinal plant Drypetes kalamii has been assessed as provincially ‘Critically Endangered’ by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) rules.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN):
IUCN’s mission is to “influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.It analysis and gathers data. IUCN is an international organization working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.
Botanical Survey of India (BSI):
BSI or Botanical Survey Of India is founded 13 February 1890, is Government of India Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change’s organization for survey, research and conservation of plant resources.
The Indian Navy will host the multi-national MILAN series of exercises at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar islands from March 6 to March 13, 2018. MILAN is a congregation of littoral navies conducted biennially by the Indian Navy under the aegis of the Andaman and Nicobar Command. Milan exercise 2018 aims to highlight the rich heritage and natural beauty of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to foreign visitors.It will include social events and sporting fixtures, also some of the professional exercises and seminars.
Under the aegis of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, The Milan Exercise is being held at Port Blair with the underlying theme of ‘Friendship Across the Seas’. Milan made modest beginnings more than two decades ago when it was first held in 1995.
The inaugural address will be delivered by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba besides presentation by eminent speakers. The social interactions planned include a display by bands of the Indian Navy and Indian Army, ship visits and colorful cultural evenings. An International City Parade will be held , and also fly-past and aerobatic display by military aircraft and demonstrations of various military operations.
Significance of MILAN Exercise 2018:
- Milan has now grown into a prestigious international event and encompasses participation by maritime forces from not just the Bay of Bengal and South East Asia but the larger Indian Ocean Region (lOR).
- MILAN is a congregation of littoral navies conducted biennially by the Indian Navy under the aegis of the Andaman and Nicobar Command.
- MILAN exercise 2018 will encompass variety of topics for discussion including sharing of views and ideas on maritime good – order and enhancing regional cooperation for combating unlawful activities at sea.
- The theme of this year’s MILAN International Maritime Seminar is ‘In Pursuit of Maritime Good Order – Need for Comprehensive Information Sharing Apparatus’ is being organised.
- MILAN also provides an excellent opportunity to the participating navies to enhance their mutual understanding and also to have stonger ties.