Environment

IASGateAdmin | 17, Oct 2019

Prelim Snippets 17-10-2019

1.Khon Ramlila Why in News? The Culture Department of Uttar Pradesh government is going toorganise the countryʼs first training and…

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IASGateAdmin | 14, Oct 2019

Prelim Snippets 14-10-2019

1.Plogging Why in News? During his morning walk on a beach in Mamallapuram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen picking…

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IASGateAdmin | 14, Oct 2019

‘FOREIGN’ PLASTIC INVADES GREAT…

Why in News? The pristine beaches of the Great Nicobar Island, India’s southernmost territory, are under threat from plastic. A…

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IASGateAdmin | 14, Oct 2019

SIKKIM SEES SURGE IN…

Why in News? From the iconic Kaiser-i-Hind to the recently rediscovered Small Woodbrown butterfly, the state of Sikkim is home…

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IASGateAdmin | 12, Oct 2019

Prelim Snippets 12-10-2019

1.India – Bangladesh CORPAT, 2019 Why in News? The second edition of Indian Navy (IN) –Bangladesh Navy(BN) Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) commenced…

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IASGateAdmin | 11, Oct 2019

Prelim Snippets 11-10-2019

1. C40 World Mayors’ Summit Why in News? Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called off his visit to Copenhagen to…

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IASGateAdmin | 11, Oct 2019

PROPOSED ALTERNATIVE TO NH…

Why in News? A recent study has found that roadkills on the proposed alternative to NH 766 route are one…

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IASGateAdmin | 10, Oct 2019

GRADED RESPONSE ACTION PLAN

Why in News? Starting October 15, some stricter measures to fight air pollution will come into force in Delhi’s neighbourhood,…

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IASGateAdmin | 09, Oct 2019

GANGA AAMANTRAN ABHIYAN

Why in News? Jal Shakti Ministry has launched Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan, a unique open-water rafting and kayaking expedition on the…

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IASGateAdmin | 07, Oct 2019

GREEN CRACKERS

Why in News? In a bid to resolve the crisis of air pollution, the Government has launched green firecrackers Background:…

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IASGateAdmin | 07, Oct 2019

MOSAIC MISSION

Why in News? A native of Kerala, the 32-year-old polar researcher will be the only Indian among 300 scientists from…

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IASGateAdmin | 06, Oct 2019

SCALE OF GLOBAL WILDLIFE…

Why in News? The study, by researchers at the University of Florida and the University of Sheffield, published in the…

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IASGateAdmin | 05, Oct 2019

DRONE CAMERAS THREATENING NILGIRIS…

Why in News? Wildlife enthusiasts believe that the drone cameras pose a huge threat to wildlife. Highlights: Environment conservationists are…

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IASGateAdmin | 04, Oct 2019

CONVERTING USED COOKING OIL…

Why in News? The Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas flagged off publicity vans in Delhi, to…

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IASGateAdmin | 03, Oct 2019

RS 50,000 FINE FOR…

Context: The Central government has issued a 15-point directive, including cordoning off ghats and imposing a fine of Rs 50,000,…

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IASGateAdmin | 02, Oct 2019

GREEN ENERGY TARGET LACKS…

Why in News? Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Climate Action Summit in New York announced India’s ambitious aim to…

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IASGateAdmin | 01, Oct 2019

WEEK-LONG IPCC MEET ON…

Why in News? India is hosting the Second Lead Author Meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working…

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IASGateAdmin | 01, Oct 2019

Prelim Snippets 01-10-2019

1.International Astronomical Union (IAU) Why in News? The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named an asteroid, discovered in 2006, after…

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IASGateAdmin | 29, Sep 2019

FOREST-PLUS 2.0

Why in News? US Agency for International Development (USAID) and India's Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) officially…

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IASGateAdmin | 28, Sep 2019

INDIA, NEPAL, BHUTAN TO…

Context: With recent studies this year having reported the presence of tigers in high altitude regions in India, experts from…

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IASGateAdmin | 28, Sep 2019

SHRINKING BUFFER ZONE AT…

Context: Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR) that registered the highest growth in tiger numbers in the country the last four years,…

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IASGateAdmin | 27, Sep 2019

RADIOACTIVE CESIUM TECHNOLOGY FOR…

Why in News? Indian scientists have now developed a method to measure the rate of soil erosion and associated decrease…

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IASGateAdmin | 26, Sep 2019

WASTE MANAGEMENT ON SIACHEN…

Why in News? The Indian Army has removed 130 tonnes of garbage from the Siachen Glacier and is cutting potential…

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IASGateAdmin | 26, Sep 2019

SPECIAL REPORT ON THE…

Why in News? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing…

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IASGateAdmin | 26, Sep 2019

DRAFT NATIONAL RESOURCE EFFICIENCY…

Context: Driven by serious sustainability concern, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has proposed a draft National Resource…

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IASGateAdmin | 25, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 25-09-2019

1.New Species of Frog: Microhyla eos Why in News? A team of scientists from the University of Delhi and Zoological…

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IASGateAdmin | 25, Sep 2019

NATIONAL GREEN TRIBUNAL

Context: Instead of giving financial and administrative support to the NGT, efforts are usually directed towards diluting its powers, defeating…

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IASGateAdmin | 25, Sep 2019

EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME (ETS)

Why in News?     Gujarat became the world’s first market for particulate matter emissions in the world, after 155…

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IASGateAdmin | 24, Sep 2019

SURVEY OF DRAGONFLIES’ HINTS…

Context: A survey of dragonflies and damselflies held in the Silent Valley National Park (SVNP) has discovered eight new species,…

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IASGateAdmin | 24, Sep 2019

DROUGHT ACTION PLAN

Context: The National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) is working on developing a comprehensive drought-proofing action plan for 24 districts in…

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IASGateAdmin | 24, Sep 2019

CLEAN AIR COALITION:

Why in News? WHO is launching a “Clean Air Coalition” led by the Governments of Spain andPeru, while a group…

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IASGateAdmin | 21, Sep 2019

BLOOMING OF MICROALGAE KILLS…

Why in News? The recent blooming of Noctiluca scintillans, a greenish marine microalgae, in the Gulf of Mannar, has caused…

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IASGateAdmin | 21, Sep 2019

NATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR RECYCLING…

Context: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has pulled up the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for a three-year…

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IASGateAdmin | 21, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 21-09-2019

1.Vaccine Hesitancy Why in News? The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared vaccine hesitancy one of the ten biggest threats…

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IASGateAdmin | 20, Sep 2019

INVASIVE SPECIES MAY SOON…

 Why in News? According to a report filed by an expert committee formed by the Madras High Court, expanding plantations…

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IASGateAdmin | 18, Sep 2019

AKADEMIK LOMONOSOV- RUSSIA’S FLOATING…

Why in News? Recently Russian-built floating nuclear power plant completed its 5,000-km journey along the Northern Sea Route, causing excitement…

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IASGateAdmin | 17, Sep 2019

INDIA COOLING ACTION PLAN

Why in News? The Union Minister of State (MoS) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr. Babul Supriyo was speaking…

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IASGateAdmin | 17, Sep 2019

GROWING BETTER: TEN CRITICAL…

Why in News? A new global study titled “Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use” has…

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IASGateAdmin | 16, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 16-09-2019

1.International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer Context: Every year September 16 is marked as the International Day…

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IASGateAdmin | 16, Sep 2019

VULTURE CULTURE: HOW THE…

Why in News? The commendable role played by the Vulture Care Centres (VCC) in saving the endangered vulture species has…

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IASGateAdmin | 15, Sep 2019

IIT MADRAS FINDS AN…

Why in News? Recently the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering has published the work of the team from the…

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IASGateAdmin | 14, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 14-09-2019

1.Counter Magnet Areas Context: The National Capital Region Planning Board has approved the proposal of Government of Punjab to consider…

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IASGateAdmin | 14, Sep 2019

NEW DELHI DECLARATION

Context: After 12 days of talks, the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification…

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IASGateAdmin | 13, Sep 2019

INDIA LOST 31% OF…

Context: India lost 31 per cent, or 5.65 million hectares (mha), of grassland area in a decade, showed data the…

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IASGateAdmin | 13, Sep 2019

DESERTIFICATION OF LAND AROUND…

Why in News? According to a report tabled at the ongoing 14the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention…

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IASGateAdmin | 10, Sep 2019

Prelim Snippets 10-09-2019

1.World Suicide Prevention Day Context: World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is being observed on 10th September, 2019 About: World Suicide…

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IASGateAdmin | 09, Sep 2019

HOW ARE VEHICLES TESTED…

Why in News? After the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 the fine for PUC violations has now gone up to…

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IASGateAdmin | 07, Sep 2019

COP14 OF UNITED NATIONS…

Why in News? The 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is being…

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IASGateAdmin | 06, Sep 2019

GOVERNMENT TO DEVELOP A…

Why in News? Union Environment Ministry released a report on Status of Tiger Habitats in high altitude Ecosystems. Highlights: The…

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IASGateAdmin | 05, Sep 2019

IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE…

Why in News? A new study has found that climate change has benefited bananas over the last several decades but…

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IASGateAdmin | 04, Sep 2019

AIR POLLUTION IN INDIAN…

Context: The report is one of two from a study by the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiologic (PURE), both published…

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IASGateAdmin | 03, Sep 2019

INDIA TAKES OVER COP…

Why in News? Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), and Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification…

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IASGateAdmin | 03, Sep 2019

CENTRAL BANKS ARE WAKING…

Context: The impact of climate change on the stability of individual financial institutions and the financial system in general is…

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IASGateAdmin | 02, Sep 2019

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Why in News? Australian government downgrades outlook for the Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’. Coral along large swathes of…

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IASGateAdmin | 02, Sep 2019

COMPENSATORY AFFORESTATION FUND

Why in News? The Union Environment Ministry has transferred ₹47,436 crore to 27 States for afforestation. Highlights: The funds are…

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IASGateAdmin | 31, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 31-08-2019

1.Missile Ghaznavi Context: Pakistan has successfully carried out night-training launch of surface-to-surface ballistic missile 'Ghaznavi'. About Missile: The ballistic missile…

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IASGateAdmin | 30, Aug 2019

WAR ON PLASTICS

Context: The PM invoked Gandhi in his appeals, and it has been speculated that a specific ban may be announced…

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IASGateAdmin | 29, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 29-08-2019

1.Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) Context: BPR&D observed its 49th Foundation Day on August 28, 2019. About BPR&D:…

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IASGateAdmin | 28, Aug 2019

MOBILE APPLICATION- “JANAUSHADHI SUGAM”…

Why in News? Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers launched a mobile application “Janaushadhi Sugam”. Highlights: The minister announced that…

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IASGateAdmin | 28, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 28-08-2019

1. Sex Reassignment Surgery Context: Tamil Nadu has banned sex reassignment surgeries in children About: Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS), also…

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IASGateAdmin | 27, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 27-08-2019

1. Special Protection Group (SPG) Context: The Union Government has withdrawn SPG security cover to former PM Manmohan Singh. About…

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IASGateAdmin | 26, Aug 2019

CITES WASHINGTON CONVENTION

Why in News? A resolution calling for Japan and the European Union (EU) to close their legal domestic ivory markets…

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IASGateAdmin | 26, Aug 2019

CSIR TO CERTIFY AIR…

Context: The Union Environment Ministry has tasked the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)­National Physical Laboratory (NPL) with certifying…

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IASGateAdmin | 26, Aug 2019

WAR ON PLASTIC

Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat urged the people to observe the 150th birth anniversary of…

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IASGateAdmin | 26, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 26-08-2019

Bavar-373 Context: Iran has officially unveiled Bavar-373 air defense system About: It is Iran’s new home-grown air defence system. It…

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IASGateAdmin | 25, Aug 2019

PARIS AGREEMENT TARGETS

Context: In their recent joint declaration, India and France have committed to making long-term plans to contain emissions. Background: During…

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IASGateAdmin | 23, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 23-08-2019

OP-BLUE FREEDOM Context: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and former India football captain Baichung Bhutia flagged off the Delhi leg of…

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IASGateAdmin | 22, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 22-08-2019

SARAL Context: Ministry of Power launched the State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index (SARAL) during the Review Planning and Monitoring (RPM)…

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IASGateAdmin | 22, Aug 2019

SUNDARBANS CONSERVATION

Why in News? Discovery India and World Wide Fund (WWF) India have partnered with the Government of West Bengal and…

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IASGateAdmin | 22, Aug 2019

INTENDED NATIONALLY DETERMINED CONTRIBUTIONS

Why in News? Countries across the globe committed to create a new international climate agreement by the conclusion of the…

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IASGateAdmin | 21, Aug 2019

INDIA LARGEST EMITTER OF…

Why in news? A new report by Greenpeace India shows the country is the largest emitter of sulphur dioxide in…

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IASGateAdmin | 19, Aug 2019

BUFFER ZONE

Why in News? The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has relaxed the procedure for environmental clearances of…

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IASGateAdmin | 18, Aug 2019

MICROPLASTICS

Context- Tiny particles of plastic, known as microplastics, have been found in the Arctic region and the Alps, carried by…

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IASGateAdmin | 18, Aug 2019

GLOBAL ASSESSMENT OF FOREST…

Why in news? The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has released the first-ever global assessment of forest biodiversity. Key…

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IASGateAdmin | 15, Aug 2019

SUPREME COURT (NUMBER OF…

Context: President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Bill, which will increase…

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IASGateAdmin | 15, Aug 2019

HUMAN- ELEPHANT CONFLICT

Context: Tension has gripped several villages in the western belt of Chittoor district, from Palamaner to Somala, with wild elephants…

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IASGateAdmin | 15, Aug 2019

STUBBLE BURNING

Context- A new study has found that farmers in north India can not only help reduce air pollution but also…

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IASGateAdmin | 13, Aug 2019

TRANSLOCATION OF ASIATIC WILD…

Context: Five female wild buffaloes will be translocated from Assam to the Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary in Raipur district, to help…

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IASGateAdmin | 13, Aug 2019

ZERO DEFECT AND ZERO…

Why in News? The Government has launched a scheme namely “Financial Support to MSMEs in ZED Certification Scheme”. Highlights: The…

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IASGateAdmin | 11, Aug 2019

FORMALIN IN FISH

Context: Government has banned the import of fish in view of the scare of formalin, a cancer inducing chemical used…

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IASGateAdmin | 11, Aug 2019

FLOODS IN MAHARASHTRA

Context: Between August 1 and 10, rains battered south-western Maharashtra, and rising water levels in local rivers breached the banks.…

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IASGateAdmin | 11, Aug 2019

CITES

Why in News? India has submitted proposals regarding changes to the listing of various wildlife species in the CITES secretariat…

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IASGateAdmin | 10, Aug 2019

MERCURY POISONING

Context: IIT­-H, Harvard varsity study mercury accumulation in fish The joint research looked into how climate change impacted accumulation of…

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IASGateAdmin | 09, Aug 2019

MAHARASHTRA TO SET UP…

Context: In the wake an unprecedented flood like situation and record rainfall this season, the State government will constitute a…

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IASGateAdmin | 09, Aug 2019

NATURAL SIGNS OF FLOODS…

Why in News? A study in the Journal of the British Academy has found that indigenous knowledge on how nature…

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IASGateAdmin | 06, Aug 2019

CANINE DISTEMPER VIRUS (CDV)

Why in News? With doubled tiger populations in India, the loss of habitat, a decline of prey and poaching continues…

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IASGateAdmin | 05, Aug 2019

INDIAN ARMY LAUNCHES E-CARS…

Why in News? The Indian Army launched e-cars for use of its officials in New Delhi on August 1. The…

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IASGateAdmin | 05, Aug 2019

CONSERVATION OF WATERBODIES

Context: In the last few decades, waterbodies have been under continuous and unrelenting stress, caused primarily by rapid urbanisation and…

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IASGateAdmin | 03, Aug 2019

WATER STRESS INDEX

Why in News? The sub-national Water Stress Index is formulated by London-based risk analytics firm Verisk Maplecroft. It lists India…

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IASGateAdmin | 03, Aug 2019

ENERGY EFFICIENCY SERVICES LTD

Why in News? The Indian Army in step with government policies on environmental protection has launched an ecological initiative with…

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IASGateAdmin | 03, Aug 2019

Prelim Snippets 03-08-2019

INSTITUTE OF EMINENCE Context: University Grants Commission (UGC) recommends 20 institutions for Institutes of Eminence The IITs Madras and Kharagpur,…

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IASGateAdmin | 30, Jul 2019

GRAIN BY GRAIN –…

Context: ‘Grain by Grain’ Report which is the complete assessment of the environmental performance of fertilizer industry in India was…

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IASGateAdmin | 22, Jun 2019

INDIA’S FOREST COVER INCREASED

Context: Forest cover of India increased by 2% State of Forests Report: Is a biennial publication of FSI, an organization…

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IASGateAdmin | 17, May 2019

E-WASTE: DISPOSAL NOT AS…

Why in News: More companies being brought into ambit of extended producers responsibility in T.N. Background: A total of 65…

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