Tiny Bytes: Kerala to get state frog, Indian Army's Yeti tweet and more


Kerala all set to get a state frog

After an official fish and butterfly, Kerala is likely to get a state frog soon. Researchers are all set to suggest - Purple frog - as the official frog of the state during the wildlife advisory board's next meeting.

Sandeep Das, a researcher at Kerala Forest Research institute, had set things in motion in this regard.

The frog with the scientific name 'Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis' is found only in the Western Ghats and spends most of the time underground. It is also known as pig-nosed frog and Maveli frog.

It is believed to be closely related to a family of frogs found in the island nation of Seychelles, near Madagascar in Africa, giving further hint that the continents of Asia and Africa were once part of the same landmass.

Twitterati scratch their heads as Indian Army reports sighting Yeti!

The Yeti is back. The official Twitter handle of the Indian Army tweeted photographs of a gigantic footprint measuring 32x15 inches which it claims is that of a Yeti, the mysterious ape-like creature whose sightings have not been convincingly established so far despite numerous rumours occasionally.

The footprint was spotted close to Makalu Base Camp in Nepal on April 9 by a team of Indian Army Mountaineers. Releasing the photographs on its find on Monday, the Army has mostly garnered negative comments from Twitterati, with many claiming it could be fake.

The legend of the Yeti or the Abominable Snowman is a part of the Nepal folklore. It is said the tall ape-like creature has been sighted in the Himalayas.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern engaged to TV host Clarke

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her long-term partner Clarke Gayford got engaged to be married, her office said Friday.

While the 41-year-old Gayford is the host of a TV fishing show, and takes care of their ten-month-old daughter Neve Te Aroha, Ardern, 38, runs the country. A spokesman for Ardern and Gayford said the couple agreed to tie the knot over the Easter break.

However, the wedding date has not been revealed. Ardern, 38, had Neve last June, becoming only the second prime minister in the world to give birth while in office and later taking the infant onto the floor of the UN Assembly in New York.

PepsiCo withdraws case against Gujarat potato farmers

Facing increasing pressure, food and beverages giant PepsiCo on Thursday said it has withdrawn the case it filed against nine Gujarat farmers for growing a potato variety which it claimed was its registered product.

PepsiCo had sued the nine farmers of Sabarkantha and Aravalli districts of north Gujarat for allegedly growing the FL2027 or FC5 variety of potatoes for which it has claimed Plant Variety Protection (PVP) rights.

Nine farmers from Sabarkantha and Aravalli districts had been dragged to court by PepsiCo for allegedly growing a variety of potatoes for which it has claimed Plant Variety Protection (PVP) rights. The multinational giant had sought damages of Rs 1 crore from each of four farmers in its suit at a court in Ahmedabad, and Rs 20 lakh from each of the farmers sued at a district court in Modasa, acoording to some activists.

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