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TEACHERS’ DAY

The Shiksha Parv is being celebrated by the Ministry of Education from 5th-17th September to recognize the contributions of teachers and to take New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 a step forward. The Prime Minister launched multiple key initiatives in the education sector on the occasion. Important points: It was launched for the Children and persons with hearing …

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VALLINAYAGAM OLAGANATHAN CHIDAMBARAM PILLAI

Recently, the Prime Minister paid tribute to V. O. Chidambaram Pillai, the legendary freedom fighter on his 150th birth anniversary. He was popularly known as Kappalottiya Tamilan (The Tamil Helmsman) and Sekkizuththa Semmal (scholarly gentry who suffered at the oil press). Important points: Vallinayagam Olaganathan Chidambaram Pillai (VOC) was born 5th September 1872 to an eminent lawyer Olaganathan Pillai and …

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EL NINO AND LA NINA

According to recent research, climate change can cause extreme and more frequent El Niño and La Niña events. The findings have been obtained using one of South Korea’s fastest supercomputers, Aleph. Important points: Increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide can cause a weakening of future simulated El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) sea surface temperature variability. Future El Niño events will …

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RAMON MAGSAYSAY AWARD

Recently the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2021 was announced. The award is presented in a formal ceremony in Manila, the capital of the Philippines on 31st August each year. Important points: The Ramon Magsaysay Award was established in 1957 and is considered Asia’s premier prize and highest honour. It is named after Ramon Magsaysay, the third president of the …

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UDHAM SINGH

Amid criticism of the renovated Jallianwala Bagh memorial, some people raise questions over the statue of Shaheed Udham Singh installed at the Bagh. Important points: Born in Sunam in Punjab’s Sangrur district in 1899, also referred to as Shaheed-i-Azam Sardar Udham Singh which means ‘Great Martyr’. He is regarded as one of the foremost revolutionaries of the Indian …

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JAPAN VOLCANO’s

Recently, the Fukutoku-Okanoba Submarine Volcano exploded in the Pacific Ocean, off Japan. Earlier, a surge of Earthquakes and the ground swelling was noticed at Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano. Important points: It is situated about 25 metres below the sea, five kilometres north of Japan’s South Iwo Jima Island. The plume reached a height of 16 kilometres …

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WHITR-AP

Recently, the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research – Asia Pacific (WHITR-AP) has recognised CEPT (Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Gujarat) University’s programme in conservation and regeneration as a commended case of Global Innovation on World Heritage Education. The World Heritage Education Programme was initiated as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) …

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VOLCANO AND EARTHQUAKES

Recently, a surge of earthquakes and the ground swelling at the southern part of the crater was noticed at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano A volcano is an opening on the surface that allows material warmer than its surroundings to escape from its interior. Important points: Kilauea, also called Mount Kilauea (“Much Spreading” in Hawaiian), is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the southeastern …

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BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY (BIOT)

Recently, the United Nations (UN) has banned British stamps from being used on the Chagos archipelago. Important points: Now the UPU (Universal Postal Union) will stop registering, distributing and transmitting stamps bearing the words British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), the name given by Britain to the archipelago. UPU is a United Nations specialized agency and the postal sector’s primary forum …

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VIJAYANAGARA EMPIRE

Recently, the Vice-president of India visited monuments at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi in Vijayanagara district, Karnataka. Important points: The site of Hampi comprises mainly the remnants of the capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire (14th-16th century CE), the last great Hindu Kingdom. It encompasses an area of 4187, 24 hectares, located in the Tungabhadra …

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