सामयिक विषय: Miscellaneous

Kaushambi Mahotsav

Question: Which of the given districts is associated with both Buddhist and Ramayana circuits in Uttar Pradesh?
(a) Allahabad
(b) Kaushambi
(c) Kushinagar
(d) Shravasti
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On April 4th, 2018, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the ‘Kaushambi Mahotsav’.
  • This festival was organized at Manjhanpur, headquarter of Kaushambi District.
  • On this occasion, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of 105 projects of more than Rs. 259 crores.
  • During the program, the Chief Minister honored Allahabad High Court’s Justice Surendra Kumar Singh and Dr. Rajendra Tripathi Rasraj with Kaushambi Ratna and released a souvenir related to Kaushambi Festival.
  • In addition to this, the Chief Minister announced the establishment of a Trauma Center near the National Highway in Kaushambi district.
  • The Chief Minister inaugurated the School Chalo campaign and Vaccination program in this district.
  • Set off the Kaushal Rath by flagging it from the venue.
  • The Chief Minister also visited Ghoshitaram Vihar, an archaeological site located in Eastern Kaushambi.
  • The festival concluded on April 5th, 2018.
  • It is known that Kaushambi is the only district of the state that is connected to both Buddhist and Ramayana circuits.

Reference:
http://information.up.nic.in/attachments/files/5ac4fa00-16ac-4739-83b5-38de0af72573.pdf

Indian Animal Welfare Board Headquarters Transferred

Question: Where the headquarters of the Indian Animal Welfare Board recently has been shifted from Chennai?
(a) New Delhi
(b) Gurugram
(c) Ballabgarh
(d) Noida
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • On March 6th, 2018, Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Mahesh Sharma informed in the Rajya Sabha that the headquarters of the Indian Animal Welfare Board (AWBI) has been shifted from Chennai to Sikri, Ballabhgarh (Faridabad) of Haryana.
  • The reason for the transfer of headquarters is to ensure better coordination between the Ministry of Environment and the Board.
  • The Indian Animal Welfare Board is a statutory advisory body.
  • It was established in year 1962 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
  • It provides advice to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India on matters of animal welfare.
  • It is known that the famous humanist Rukmini Devi Arundale played an important role in the establishment of this board.

Reference:
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/mar/06/animal-welfare-board-of-india-headquarters-shifted-from-chennai-to-haryana-1782557.html
https://awbi.org/page/contact
http://awbi.org/final/about/1
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/awbi-headquarters-shifted-to-haryana-118030501175_1.html

New Plant Species of West Bengal

Question: New plant species from two protected National Parks in West Bengal has been named after which of the following former President?
(a) Abdul Kalam
(b) Pranab Mukherjee
(c) Pratibha Patil
(d) Rajendra Prasad
Answer: (a)
Related Facts:

  • In February, 2018 Scientists from the Botanical Survey of India have identified a new plant species from two protected National Parks in West Bengal.
  • This is a small shrub Named ‘Drypetes kalamii’.
  • The new plant was named after former President Abdul Kalam.
  • This has been found in the smaller version of its nearest species Drypetes Ellisii
  • It has now been included in India’s rich ‘Floral Wealth’.
  • This plant is of unisexual nature.
  • Its height is only one meter.
  • Unisexual means that this plant is found separately as a Male and Female Plant.
  • Plants have been found in ‘Baksa National Park’ and ‘Jaldapara National Park’ (West Bengal).
  • It is important to note that 220 species of ‘Drypetes’ have been marked worldwide and 20 of which belong to India.
  • This new species is close to a medicinal plant known as Putrajivah in Sanskrit.
  • It is important that NASA also recently named a bacterium named after Kalam.
  • For the recently discovered plant in India, the name of Kalam was chosen because it is a big motivation for students and young researchers.
  • Following the rules of IUCN (International Union for the Protection of Nature), scientists have temporarily evaluated this plant as a ‘Critically Endangered.

Reference:
http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/new-plant-species-from-west-bengal-named-after-former-president-abdul-kalam/article22845140.ece
http://www.newsbharati.com/Encyc/2018/2/25/New-plant-named-after-former-president.html

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