Q. “KURMA App” is often seen in news, is related to which of the following?

[A] Elephants

[B] Lions

[C] Tigers

[D] Turtles

Answer: D

On May 23, 2020, World Turtle Day, a number of conservation agencies launched a citizen science initiative, a mobile-based application called KURMA, aimed at turtle conservation. 

  • The application, developed by the Indian Turtle Conservation Action Network (ITCAN) in collaboration with the Turtle Survival Alliance-India and Wildlife Conservation Society-India, not only provides users a database to identify a species but also provides the location of the nearest rescue centre for turtles across the country. 
  • It serves as a digital database, with a built-in digital field guide covering 29 species of freshwater turtles and tortoises of India, and information on turtle identification, distribution, vernacular names, and threats”. 

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/mobile-app-kurma-helps-save-turtles-in-india/article32126427.ece