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LANDSLIDES ON KAMENG RIVER

Recently, the landslides caused by an earthquake of 3.4 magnitude close to the border with China has led to mass fish death in the Kameng river in Arunachal Pradesh. The region has been placed into Seismic Zone V, thus most vulnerable to earthquakes. Important points: The earthquake happened in the …

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GANGA UTSAV 2021

Recently, the 5th edition of Ganga Utsav-The River Festival 2021 has begun which celebrates the glory of the National river Ganga. Ganga was declared as the National River of India on 4th November 2008. The event will also comprise, launch of the Ganga Tarang Portal, curtain raiser on Ganga Knowledge …

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AZAD HIND

The anniversary of the formation of the Azad Hind Government is celebrated on 21st October  every year. The day marks the announcement of India’s first independent provisional government named Azad Hind Government. Important points: On 21st October 1943, Subhash Chandra Bose announced the formation of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind (Free India) in Singapore, with himself as the Head of …

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RENAMING MOUNT HARRIET

Recently, the Union government has renamed Mount Harriet of Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Islands to Mount Manipur. Important points: Mount Harriet, the third-highest island peak in A&N Islands, where Manipur’s Maharaja Kulchandra Singh and 22 other freedom fighters were imprisoned during the Anglo-Manipuri war (1891). It has been renamed in a tribute to those freedom fighters of Manipur. …

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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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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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LUKHA RIVER

Recently, the Meghalaya Government has claimed that a detoxing pilot project has brought the Lukha river back from the dead. Important points: The Lukha River was considered toxic beyond redemption a decade ago owing to contamination due to acid mine drainage and run-off from the coal mines Phytoremediation method was used to detoxify the river, where Algae was used …

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GANDHI JAYANTI

2nd October, 2021 marked the 152nd birth annivaersary of Mahatma Gandhi. India also pays tribute to Lal Bahadur Shastri on the same day every year. Important points: Birth- 2nd October 1869 in Porbandar (Gujarat) Lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India. In South Africa …

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ENVIRONMENTAL SEISMOLOGY

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research -National Geophysical Research Institute (CSIR-NGRI) has launched an ‘Environmental Seismology’ group to develop a ‘Landslide and Flood Early Warning System’ for the Himalayan region. The scientists at the NGRI in collaboration with German scientists at GFZ, Potsdam have launched this system. Important points: It will be based on real-time monitoring with dense …

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OSOWOG AT THE UPCOMING CONFERENCE OF PARTIES (COP26).

One Sun, One World, One Grid (OSOWOG)India and the UK are likely to announce a joint declaration on “one sun, one world, one grid” — or OSOWOG at the upcoming Conference of Parties (COP26). The UN Climate Change Conference, or COP26, is scheduled to be held between 31st October and 12th November in Scotland. The concept of OSOWOG is what …

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