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    27th Jan, 2024

Environment and Ecology

Golden Tiger

A rare “Golden tiger” was recently clicked by a wildlife photographer in the Kaziranga National Park.


  • It has a rare "golden coat".
  • Odisha is a state to establish a melanistic tiger safari – a first of its kind in the world
  • More than one tiger with the golden coat are believed to be in Kaziranga but the exact estimate is not known.
  • Last time it was sighted in 2019.
  • Earlier a black or pseudo-melanistic tigers was sighted in the Simlipal Tiger Reserve in Odisha.
  • “This tiger looks golden because it has a mutation or a genetic variant, due to which the black colour is missing.
  • Basically tigers have three colours – black, orange and white. In the case of this tiger, the black colour is missing and it is slightly faded. Even the orange is faded.

Miscellaneous- Awards

Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards-2023

The President of India has approved the conferment of Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards-2023 on 31 persons which includes Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak to 03, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak to 07 and Jeevan Raksha Padak to 21 persons.


  • Jeevan Raksha Padak series of awards are given to a person for meritorious act of human nature in saving the life of a person.
  • The award is given in three categories, namely, Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak and Jeevan Raksha Padak.
  • Persons of all walks of life are eligible for these awards.
  • The award can also be conferred posthumously.
  • The decoration of the award (medal, certificate signed by the Union Home Minister and lump sum monetary allowance) is presented to the awardees in due course by the respective Union Ministries/Organizations/State Government to which the awardee belongs.
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