Yearly Archives: 2021

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

Recently, steep stairways and wooden ramps among other changes have been brought at the World Heritage Site of Qutub Minar that will make the place accessible for disabled and the elderly. Humayun’s Tomb (1993) and Red Fort Complex (2007) are other world heritage monuments in Delhi. Important points: It is a five-storeyed red sandstone tower (72.5 m high) built by …

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CUMBRE VIEJA VOLCANO

Recently, the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, erupted. Important points: The Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted for the first time in 50 years. The last time hot molten lava erupted and spread was in 1971. La Palma is the most north-westerly island of the Canary Islands, Spain. It’s geography …

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WORLD RHINO DAY

World Rhino Day is observed on 22th September to spread awareness for all five species of rhino and work being done to save them. Important points: It was first announced by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – South Africa in 2010. The species of rhinoceros are on the verge of extinction due to persistent poaching and habitat loss over …

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SUBSTITUTE FOR SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

Recently, the researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru (IISc) have found a way to make a substitute for single-use plastic (SUP) that can, in principle, help mitigate the problem of accumulating plastic waste in the environment. Important points: Possible In the research, Non-edible Castor oil was used in this process of making the polymer which involves …

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GST COUNCIL MEETING

Recently, the 45th Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting was held. Important points: The Council decided to extend the GST relief on several drugs related to Covid-19 treatment till December 2021. Online food delivery aggregator firms such as Swiggy and Zomato will now be liable to pay GST and not the restaurant partners. Currently, online …

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LAVENDER OR PURPLE REVOLUTION

Recently, the Union Minister of State Science & Technology has proposed Integrated Aroma Dairy Entrepreneurship for Jammu & Kashmir to augment the income of farmers. The Aroma Mission, also popularly referred as “Lavender or Purple Revolution”, has started from J&K and transformed the lives of farmers who are able to grow lavender, make …

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FOREIGN CONTRIBUTION (REGULATION) ACT, 2010.

Recently, the Union Government has put restrictions on funding for 10 international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) working on Child Rights, Climate Change and environmental projects. In February 2021, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued new regulating guidelines to banks under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. Important points: The Reserve Bank of India had previously asked for several foreign organisations to …

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3RD STATE FOOD SAFETY INDEX (SFSI).

Recently, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare has released the 3rd State Food Safety Index (SFSI). Also, 19 Mobile Food Testing Vans (Food Safety on Wheels) have been flagged off to supplement the food safety ecosystem across the country. Important points: The index is developed by FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) to measure the …

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GLOBAL INNOVATION INDEX 2021

Recently, India has climbed two spots and has been ranked 46th in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2021 rankings. Important points: The GII is launched by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. The GII aims to capture the multi-dimensional facets of innovation ranking and rich analysis referencing around 132 economies. …

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SAMUDRA SHAKTI

The third edition of maritime exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ between India and Indonesia will be conducted from 20th-22nd September, 2021 in the Sunda Strait. Important points: In pursuance of India’s Act East Policy, Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ was conceived in 2018 as a bilateral IN-IDN exercise. The exercise aims to strengthen the bilateral relationship, enhance mutual understanding and interoperability …

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