1. India has joined the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, a coalition of over 70 countries pushing for the acceptance of the global objective of protecting at least 30% of the world's land and ocean by 2030 (3030).
● India is the first member of the HAC from the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) group of large rising economies.
● The news comes as China prepares to host a high-level biodiversity forum from October 11 to 15.
● India's participation in the High Ambition Coalition is a game-changer for our multilateral efforts.
2. The Maharashtra state government has begun a special Covid-19 immunisation campaign called Mission Kavach Kundal, with the goal of inoculating 15 lakh people each day.
● The week-long drive will take place between October 8 and 14, 2021.
● The initiative is in keeping with the Center's goal of reaching 100 million vaccinations by October 15, 2021.
● Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, the country has registered 22,431 new cases.
● The current active caseload is2,44,198, the lowest in 204 days.
● According to a state health department bulletin, Maharashtra recorded 2,876 new Coronavirus positive cases, 90 fatalities, and 2,763 discharges.
3. The National Tiger Conservation Authority has approved the Chhattisgarh government's plan to create a Tiger Reserve by combining the Guru Ghasidas National Park and Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary.
● It is situated in the state's northern region, bordering Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand.
● This is Chhattisgarh's fourth Tiger Reserve (Udanti-Sitanadi, Achanakmar, Indravati).
4. At Chaubatia, Uttarakhand, the 6th Edition of the India–UK Joint Company Level Military Training EXERCISE AJEYA WARRIOR has begun.
● The drill is part of a larger effort to improve interoperability and share experience with friendly foreign countries.
● Armies would get to know each other's weapons, equipment, tactics, and strategies, among other things.
● The troops from the two countries will also discuss their lessons learned from a variety of military actions in their own countries as well as abroad battles.
● The exercise will finish with a demanding 48-hour exercise to test the armies' ability to execute coordinated combat operations in a semi-urban setting.
5. The International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) has announced the commencement of the 'I-Sprint 21' worldwide FinTech Hackathon Series.
● "Sprint01: BankTech" is the first Sprint in the series, and it focuses on FinTechs for the banking industry.
● IFSCA and GIFT city, in conjunction with NITI Aayog, are hosting Sprint01: BankTech.
● The Ministry of Finance established the International Financial Services Centres (IFSCs) Authority (IFSCA) on April 27, 2020, as an uniform regulator of all financial products, financial services, and financial institutions in India's IFSCs.
● Its headquarters are in Gandhinagar, Gujarat's GIFT city.
6. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that children in Sub-Saharan Africa and other places with moderate to high P. falciparum malaria transmission get the RTS,S/AS01 (RTS,S) malaria vaccine.
● The recommendation is based on the findings of a current pilot programme in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi that has reached over 800,000 children since its inception in 2019.
● GlaxoSmithKline, a British pharmaceutical company, is developing the vaccine (GSK).
● Although there are other vaccines available for viruses and bacteria, this was the first time the WHO advised widespread use of a vaccine against a human parasite.
● The vaccination protects against Plasmodium falciparum, the most dangerous of the five parasite species.
● Malaria causes fever, headaches, and muscle discomfort, followed by chills, fever, and sweating in cycles.
7. The National Bridge Authority of India (Nabard) has approved a budget of Rs 303 crore for the construction of 24 bridges in Odisha.
● The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) announced that it has approved a loan of Rs 303 crore for the construction of 24 bridges in Odisha.
● In 823 villages across 13 districts, the rural infrastructure projects would boost connectivity for 24.13 lakh people.
8. A United Nations (UN) agency report warns that by 2050, more than five billion people worldwide may face water scarcity.
● Climate change, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), increases the global risk of water-related hazards such as floods and droughts, and the number of people affected by water scarcity is predicted to rise.
● According to the report's data, 3.6 billion people in 2018 had insufficient access to water for at least one month every year.
● This is anticipated to climb to more than five billion by 2050, according to the report "The State of Climate Services 2021: Water."
● It also emphasised the importance of taking immediate action to improve cooperative water management, embrace integrated water and climate policies, and increase investment in this valuable resource, which underpins all international goals for sustainable development, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction
10. Every year on October 9, the world commemorates World Post Day.
● The goal of World Post Day is to raise awareness of the postal sector's involvement in people's and businesses' daily lives, as well as its contribution to countries' social and economic growth.
● "Innovate to recover" is the theme of World Post Day 2021.
● Every year on the 9th of October, World Post Day commemorates the founding of the Universal Postal Union in Bern, Switzerland, in 1874.
● The UPU Congress in Tokyo, Japan, named it World Post Day in 1969.
● Since then, countries from all around the world have taken part in the annual celebrations.
● Many countries' post offices use the event to launch or promote new postal products and services.
11. Since its inception in 2006, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) has been commemorated twice a year.
● It takes place twice a year, on the second Saturday of May and the second Saturday of October.
● The WMBBD in 2021 occurs on May 08, 2021, and October 09, 2021.
● "Sing, Fly, Soar — Like a Bird!" is the theme for WMBD 2021.
● The day is commemorated to raise awareness about the need of protecting migratory birds and their habitats.
● The day is coordinated by Environment for the Americas, a Colorado-based non-profit organisation, in collaboration with two UN treaties, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) (EFTA).