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Thylacine - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore


What’s in news?

The recent Australian government documents revealed that, the extinct animal was sighted in recent times.

Key data’s:

  • The Tasmania Tiger which was announced as extinct in 1936, claimed sighted in the past three years 2015-18.
  • There was no evidence to prove such statements.
  • The last known Thylacine died in Tasmania’s Hobart Zoo in 1936. After 1936 various expeditions have been carried out to search for it, beginning 1937 and culminating in 1993.
  • Reason for its extinction: Over-hunting by humans, Diseases and Competition from the Dingo (a wild dog).
  • Even it was persecuted, because it was believed to be a threat to sheep in 1820s

About Thylacine:

  • Also known as Tasmania Tiger, Tasmanian Wolf bears. It so called because it resembles a dog which is headed pouched dog.
  • It is a carnivorous marsupial.
  • Habitat: The animal was widespread over Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania. The mainland for this animal was Tasmania.
  • Only member of the Thylacinidae family to survive into modern times.



What’s in news?

KHON Ramlila, training and performance programme is to be organized by the Culture Department of Uttar Pradesh government on 26th of October 2019.

Key data’s:

  • The country’s first training and performance programme is KHON Ramlila.
  • Organizer: The Culture Department of Uttar Pradesh government and the Thai government.

What is it?

  • 15 Indian Artists will get training from experts of Thailand as part of cultural exchange programme between two nations (India and Thailand). The programme will be for about 1 week.
  • The trained artists will perform at Deepotsav in Ayodhya and later in the other parts of country also. 

KHON Ramlila:

  • A form of masked dance depicting the scenes of Ramlila (Thailand version of Indian Ramayana).
  • There was no dialogues and background voices to narrate the story of Ramayana.
  • The performance is also a visual delight famous for its beautiful attire and golden masks.
  • KHON Ramlila was included in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.


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