Monthly Archives: October 2021

A LUNI-SOLAR CALENDAR

Recently, the Assam Government has announced that Bhaskarabda, a Luni-Solar Calendar will be used as an official calendar. Presently, the official calendar of Assam government makes use of the Saka calendar and the Gregorian calendar. However, the Bhaskarabda calendar will also be used from now onwards. Important points: Bhaskarabda, an era counted from the date …

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SEA LEVEL RISING

According to a recent study, if carbon emissions continue at current levels, summer ice in the arctic will disappear by 2100 and, along with it, creatures such as seals and polar bears. The Arctic sea ice reached its minimum extent, coming in at 4.72 million square miles. It is the 12th lowest on record and the record minimum …

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AFRICAN RARE GLACIERS

Recently, a report from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) stated that Africa’s rare glaciers will disappear in the next two decades due to climate change. Their current retreat rates are higher than the global average. If this continues, it will lead to total de-glaciation by the 2040s. WMO is one of the specialized agencies …

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INDIA-SRI LANKA RELATIONS

The Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh is the latest entrant in India’s list of international Airports. The airport is expected to provide seamless connectivity to people from South east and East Asian countries for Buddhist Pilgrimage Tourism. Kushinagar is the centre of the Buddhist circuit, which consists of pilgrimage sites at Lumbini, Sarnath, Gaya and …

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GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY INDEX 2021

India is ranked at 71st position in the Global Food Security (GFS) Index 2021 of 113 countries. Earlier, India was ranked 101st position in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021. Important points: The GFS Index was designed and constructed by London-based Economist Impact and is sponsored by CortevaAgriscience. The 2021 GFSI is the tenth edition of the index. It is published every year. …

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GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS)-BASED GEOSPATIAL ENERGY MAP OF INDIA.

Recently, NITI Aayog launched a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS)-based Geospatial Energy Map of India. Earlier in July 2021, the Association of Geospatial Industries released a report titled “Potential of Geospatial Technologies for the Water Sector in India’ Important points: It is developed by the NITI Aayog in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)with the support …

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THE EARTHSHOT PRIZE 2021

Vidyut Mohan, a Delhi-based entrepreneur, won the inaugural edition of The Earthshot Prize He won it for his innovative technology that recycles agricultural wasteto create fuel. Important points: It is an award set up by Prince William and the Royal Foundation, the charity founded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and historian David Attenborough. Earlier, …

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WORLD FOOD DAY 2021

World Food Day is celebrated every year on October 16th to commemorate the date of the founding of the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation in 1945. FAO is a specialised agency of the UN that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. In 2021, the UN Secretary-General also convened the very first Food SystemsSummit to discuss ways to transform the production and consumption of …

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COP26 CLIMATE CONFERENCE

The COP 26 United Nations Climate Change Conference will be hosted by the UK from 31st october to 12th November. Earlier, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its assessment report on Earth’s climate, highlighting heat waves, droughts, extreme rainfall and sea-level rise in the coming decades. Important points: COP 26 Goals: According to the United Nations Climate Change Framework Convention (UNFCCC), COP26 will work towards four goals …

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INTERNATIONAL E-WASTE DAY

International E-Waste Day has been observed on 14th October since 2018. The aim of the day is to raise awareness about the millions of tonnes of e-waste generated worldwide each year, which has a negative impact on the environment and natural resources. Earlier this year, the Principal Bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued directions for the implementation of E-Waste (Management) …

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