Date: 3/23/2019

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  • A rare three-month-old albino penguin made its first public appearance at a zoo in the Polish Baltic port city of Gdansk, where its keepers claim it is the only one of its kind in captivity.
  • The all-white African black-foot penguin was born on December 14, but zoo staff decided to keep its arrival secret as they were unsure the vulnerable newborn would survive.
  • Zoo staff are waiting until they are able to determine its sex to name the youngster. "As far as we know, there is no other such specimen alive (in captivity) in the world," Michal Targowski, director of the Gdansk Zoo, told a news channel.
  • "The baby is active, in good health, eats well and, what's very important, its parents are taking very good care of it," Targowski said.
  • To ensure its safety, the youngster is being kept with a small group of six adults, including its parents, part of a group of 70 penguins living at the Gdansk Zoo. "We're really doting on him so that nothing bad happens to him," Targowski, explaining that other penguins in the troop could take exception to the baby's unique look and harm it.
  • African black-footed penguins, also known as jackass penguins due to their braying noise, have been rated as endangered since 2010 after suffering from commercial fishing, shortage of prey and pollution.
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  • India's foreign exchange (forex) reserves increased by $3.60 billion during the week ended March 15, official data showed on 22th march.
  • According to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) weekly statistical supplement, the overall forex reserves rose to $405.63 billion from $402.03 billion reported for the week ended March 8
  • India's forex reserves comprise Foreign Currency Assets (FCAs), gold reserves, Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) and India's reserve position with the International Monetary Fund (IMF
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  • Government on 23rd march appointed Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, as the next Chief of Naval Staff
  • Singh will succeed Admiral Sunil Lanba who retires on May 31. Karambir Singh Belongs to Jalandhar in Punjab. He is a Helicopter Pilot and has flown Chetaks and Kamovs.
  • He has commanded four ships at various stages of his career.
  • At present, Vice Admiral Singh is serving as the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam.
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  • Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday handed over a proposal seeking to declare the Theravada Tripitaka, the sacred scripture of Buddhists, as a UNESCO World Heritage.
  • The proposal was officially handed over during a national ceremony held in Kandy to the UN resident coordinator in Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer.
  • The Theravada Tripitaka was declared as a National heritage of Sri Lanka by President in January this year.
  • Buddha’s preaching was propagated through word to mouth for generations till the Tripitaka was finally written down in Sri Lanka about 100 years BC.
  • The whole teachings of Buddha are contained in three volumes titled ‘Sutta, Vinaya and Abhidhamma’. They were first compiled and written on palm leafs with more than 1000 monks involved in the task in Aluvihare near Matale.

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