Current Affairs Notes

Daily current affairs for UPSC. Highlights of Articles and News from important sources such as The Indian Express, The Hindu, Live Mint, PRS, Down To Earth, Business Line, Hindustan Times, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and other important sources.

Uttarakhand To Introduce Gross Environment Product

The Uttarakhand government recently announced it will initiate valuation of its natural resources in the form of ‘Gross Environment Product’ (GEP). GEP be along the lines of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The definition of GEP is still in the process of evolution. In 1997, a group of 13 economists and ecologists led by Costanza showed …

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Current Affairs Notes: Non-Uniformity Of Himalayas; Oxygen Enrichment Unit

Non-uniformity of Himalayas foresees significantly large earthquake events Scientists have found that the Himalayas are not uniform and assume different physical and mechanical properties in different directions – a property present in crystals called anisotropy, resulting in significantly large earthquake events in the Himalayas. The NW region of India, an area covering Garhwal and Himachal …

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Current Affairs Notes: Odisha Proposes State’s Second Biosphere Reserve; Chilika Was A Part Of The Bay Of Bengal

Odisha Proposes State’s Second Biosphere Reserve The Odisha government has proposed a second biosphere reserve in the southern part of the state at Mahendragiri. The 5,569-square kilometre Similipal Biosphere Reserve is Odisha’s first such reserve and was notified May 20, 1996. The hill ecosystem acts as a transitional zone between the flora and fauna of …

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Current Affairs Notes: Pesticide Pollution; Light Pollution

64% Of World’s Arable Land At Risk Of Pesticide Pollution According to a study, published in Nature Geoscience, around 64 per cent of land used for agriculture and food crops is at risk of pesticide pollution and almost a third of these areas are considered to be at high-risk. The study was conducted on agricultural …

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Current Affairs Notes: Privacy And Surveillance; Section 66A Of The IT Act

Data localisation Data localisation is not the only approach towards protecting data privacy WhatsApp, with 459 million users. WhatsApp can seamlessly share user metadata and mobile information with its parent company Facebook. Facebook Inc, which also owns Instagram. Facebook has sought to integrate the offerings from WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook, with the former acting also …

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Current Affairs Notes: Vulnerable Houbara Bustard; U.S. & Climate Action

Houbara Bustard Eleven members of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) royal family had arrived in January 2021 Pakistan’s Panjgur district in Balochistan to hunt the internationally protected and highly vulnerable houbara bustard under a license issued by Pakistan’s foreign ministry. They’re a shy, rare bird breed, the size of a chicken – and hunting them …

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River Conservation In West Bengal

The deteriorating health of rivers, water bodies and wetlands has become a critical agenda in West Bengal in the run-up to the assembly elections. Apart from Adiganga, the East Kolkata Wetlands, Saraswati river in Howrah; Bidyedhari, Ichamati and Churni rivers in the southern and northern fringes of Kolkata have been identified critically vulnerable stretches. The …

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Odisha Has a Maximum Number Of Contaminated Sites; Lodha Tribe; Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary

Centre for Advanced Radiation Shielding and Geopolymeric Materials Odisha topped the list of states and Union territories with the maximum number of contaminated sites, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. Of the 112 sites in India contaminated by toxic and hazardous substances, 23 were in Odisha followed by Uttar Pradesh (21) and Delhi (11), …

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