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WORLD OCEAN DAY

Recently, on the occasion of World Ocean Day (8th June), the National Geographic magazine has recognised the ‘Southern Ocean’ as the world’s fifth ocean. The International Hydrographic Organization too had recognised ‘Southern Ocean’ as a distinct body of water surrounding Antarctica in 1937 but had repealed the same in 1953. …

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HIMALAYAN MOUNTAIN RANGES

According to UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) mountain ranges could lose up to two-third of its ice by 2100. About 2 billion people may face food, water shortages by 2100. Important points: It is often referred to as the ‘Third Pole’, on earth, is spread …

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MARATHA KING’S CORONATION DAY

On the occasion of the anniversary of Maratha king’s coronation day (6th June), the Goa government has released a short film on Chhatrapati Shivaji. Important points: He was born on 19th February, 1630 at Shivneri Fort in District Pune in the present-day state of Maharashtra. He was born to Shahaji Bhonsle, a Maratha general who held the jagirs …

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CYCLONE YAAS

Recently, cyclone Yaas made landfall south of Balasore in Odisha. Earlier, another cyclonic storm named ‘Cyclone Tauktae’ had affected the Indian states of Kerala, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka, along with two Union Territories: Daman & Diu and Lakshadweep. Important points: The cyclone has been named Yaas by Oman. The word Yaas has originated from the Persian language …

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VEER SAVARKAR JAYANTI

On 28th May, India paid tribute to the freedom fighter, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (Veer Savarkar) on his birth anniversary. He was an Indian independence activist, politician, lawyer and writer. He is also known as Swatantryaveer Savarkar. Important points: Born on 28th May,1883 in Bhagur, a village near Nashik in Maharashtra. Founded a secret society called Abhinav Bharat Society. Went to …

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BEGUM SULTAN

Recently, the death anniversary of Begum Sultan Jahan was observed. She was a Philanthropist, Prolific writer, Feminist, Symbol of Women Empowerment, First female Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University. Important points Birth: In 1858 (Bhopal). She was the last Begum of Bhopal. Ruled from 1909 to 1926 after which she was succeeded by her …

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VIRTUAL VESAK GLOBAL CELEBRATIONS

The Prime Minister addressed “Virtual Vesak Global Celebrations” on Buddha Purnima. The event is being organised by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) and will witness the participation of all the supreme heads of the Buddhist Sanghas from around the world. Important points: It is celebrated to mark the birth of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. It …

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KHARIF

The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has formulated Kharif Strategy 2021 to achieve self-sufficiency in edible oils. Kharif Season Crops are sown from June to July and Harvesting is done in between September-October. Crops are: Rice, maize, jowar, bajra, tur, moong, urad, cotton, jute, groundnut, soyabean etc. States are: Assam, West Bengal, coastal regions of …

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MALERKOTLA

Recently, the Punjab government has announced the formation of Malerkotla as the 23rd district of the state. Section 5 of the Punjab Land Revenue Act, 1887 says the “State government may, by notification, vary the limits and alter the numbers of tehsils, districts and divisions into which the State is divided.” History of Malerkotla: The Malerkoltla …

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INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS DAY

International Museum Day is observed on 18th May every year to raise awareness among people about the museums. 2021 Theme: The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine. Important points: The Day was instituted in 1977 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) ICOM is a membership association and a non-governmental organisation which establishes professional and ethical standards for museum activities. …

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