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RAMAPPA TEMPLE

Recently, Rudreswara Temple, (also known as the Ramappa Temple) at Mulugu district, Telangana has been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Ramappa Temple was proposed by the government as its only nomination for the UNESCO World Heritage site tag for the year 2019. Important points: The Rudreswara temple was constructed in 1213 AD during the …

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DHAMMA CHAKRA DAY

Recently, India in partnership with International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) celebrated Asadha Poornima Dhamma Chakra Day 2021 on 24th July 2021. The day is also observed as Guru Poornima by both Buddhists and Hindus as a day to mark reverence to their Gurus.  Important points: It commemorates Buddha’s first sermon to his first five ascetic disciples. He gave his …

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UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE STATUS

Recently, the city of Liverpool, England has been removed from UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) list of world heritage sites. Earlier six Indian places were added to the tentative list of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Important  points: The port city was included in the prestigious list for its architectural beauty and in …

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LANDSCAPE OF ALPS

A recent study by the ETH technical university in Zurich, Switzerland shows that climate change has dramatically altered the Swiss Alp landscape. Important points: Melting glaciers have created more than 1,000 new lakes across the mountains. The inventory of Swiss Glacial lakes showed that almost 1,200 new lakes have formed in formerly glaciated regions of the Swiss Alps since the …

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GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA (GSI)

Recently, heavy rains caused flash floods and landslides in many parts of Himachal Pradesh. Important points: A landslide is defined as the movement of a mass of rock, debris, or earth down a slope. They are a type of mass wasting, which denotes any downward movement of soil and rock under the direct influence of gravity. The …

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INTER CLOUD OR INTRA CLOUD (IC) LIGHTNING

Recently, thirty people were killed in separate incidents of lightning in various parts of the country. Lightning is the biggest contributor to accidental deaths due to natural causes. Important points: It is a very rapid and massive discharge of electricity in the atmosphere. It is the process of occurrence of a natural ‘electrical discharge of very short …

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RATH YATRA

Recently, the Vice President greeted the people on the eve of  Jagannath Rath Yatra  in Odisha. Important points: Ratha Jatra, also called as Chariot Festival, is a Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri, Odisha. The festival is celebrated on the 2nd day of Shukla Paksha of Ashadh, the third month, according to the traditional …

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BUDDHA STUPA

The world-famous Kesaria Buddha stupa in east Champaran district of Bihar is waterlogged following floods in some parts of the district. The ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) has declared it a protected monument of national importance. Important points: The stupa is said to be the tallest and the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. It is …

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SWAMI VIVEKANANDA

Every year, 4th July is observed as the death anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, who is regarded as a one of the finest spiritual leaders and intellects India has produced. Important points: He was born as Narendranath Datta on 12th January, 1863. National Youth Day is held every year to observe the birth anniversary of Swami …

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‘LAST ICE AREA’

The ‘Last Ice Area’ (LIA), located in the Arctic’s Ice north of Greenland, has started melting earlier than what the scientists had expected. Important points: This region is located north of Greenland and Ellesmere Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. This area was believed to be strong enough to withstand global warming The total disappearance of summer ice in the Arctic …

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