1. Snow Leopard Spotted in Himachal Pradesh Sanctuary: A snow leopard was spotted at a height of about 4,000 metres in Lippa-Asra wildlife sanctuary in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The rare sighting was captured by a camera-trap installed by the state wildlife department. The camera trap was installed in May this year, along with eight others at selected sites in the sanctuary after a preliminary survey. It was only last year that the snow leopard improved from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable’ in terms of conservation status. The recent findings have ascertained that snow leopards are inhabiting new areas. During the survey, two brown bears were snapped through another camera-trap placed inside the sanctuary at an altitude of about 3200 m.
2. Delhi, Seul sign MoU to tackle air pollution, improve infrastructure: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Seoul Metropolitan Government on environment, transport, education, solid waste management, infrastructure, public health among others. The MoU was signed in South Korea’s capital Seoul, where Kejriwal is on a three-day trip.