Geography and Environmental


TOPICS COVERED: Salient features of world’s physical geography Context: Following heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh, landslides have occurred in the state. About a cloudburst A cloudburst is a localised but intense rainfall activity. While it can also occur in plains, the phenomenon is most common in hilly regions. Not all instances of very heavy rainfall, however, are cloudbursts. …

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Cracks first appeared in a few houses in Uttarakhand’s Joshimath town in October 2021. Over a year later, by January 11, 2023, 723 houses in all of the nine wards in the town had developed major or minor cracks on the floors, ceilings and walls. In response, 145 families have …

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The Union government has granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag to 9 products from across the country, including the Gamosa of Assam; Alibag White Onion from Maharashtra; Ladakh RaktseyKarpo Apricot; and AttappadyAattukombuAvara, among others. Of the 9 GI tags given, five were for products from Kerala, including AttappadyThuvara, an important …

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RBI raises rates again by 25 bps

The RBI on Wednesday cited inflation concerns as it raised interest rates for the second time in as many months by 25 basis points, setting its benchmark repo rate at 6.5%. “Uncertainty around domestic inflation needs to be carefully monitored in the coming months,” the central bank said in its …

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