News: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday claimed that the Ukrainian port of Mariupol was “liberated”, despite leaving hundreds of defenders still holed up inside a giant steel plant.
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2. BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK
News: Miracle babies An elephant with its newborn twins at Bandipur on Thursday. Forest officials saved the calves from drowning soon after their birth.
About Bandipur National Park:
Bandipur National Park is a national park covering 868.63 km2 (335.38 sq mi) in Chamarajnagar district in the Indian state of Karnataka.
It was established as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger in 1973.
It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve since 1986.
Bandipur National Park is located in the Deccan Plateau meets the Western Ghats, and the altitude of the park ranges from 680 meters (2,230 ft) to 1,454 meters (4,770 ft).
As a result, the park has a variety of biomes including dry deciduous forests, moist deciduous forests and shrublands.
The wide range of habitats help support a diverse range of organisms.
The park is flanked by the Kabini river in the north and the Moyar river in the south. The Nugu river runs through the park.
Bandipur supports a wide range of timber trees including: teak (Tectona grandis), rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia), sandalwood (Santalum album V), Indian-laurel (Terminalia tomentosa), Indian kino tree (Pterocarpus marsupium), giant clumping bamboo (Dendrocalamus strictus), clumping bamboo (Bambusa arundinacea) and Grewia tiliaefolia.
Bandipur National Park harbours Indian elephant, gaur, Bengal tiger, sloth bear, mugger crocodile, Indian rock python, four-horned antelope, golden jackal and dhole.
3. MYANMAR’S FOREIGN CURRENCY EXCHANGE RULES
News: Myanmar’s central bank has announced a broad exemption of foreign entities from a controversial new policy requiring foreign exchange to be converted into local currency, a rule that triggered panic among business groups and residents.
The exemption, dated April 20, includes companies with approved foreign investments, firms in special economic zones, international NGOs, diplomats, UN agencies and airlines.
In an effort to exert more control over foreign currency flows, the central bank declared that foreign exchange earned locally must be deposited at licensed banks and exchanged for the local kyat currency within one working day.