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  • May 4, 2020
  • 1 NCCS Scientists Find New Microbial Species in Sambhar Lake [ Down-to-Earth, Geography, Environment/Ecology ]

    The Scientists at National Center for Cell Science, Pune have discovered a novel archael species. The species has been named Natrialba swarupiae after Renu Swarup, Secretary and Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

    • She has played a pivotal role in simplifying Biodi

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  • Mar 28, 2020
  • 1 Having Two Time Zones for India [ Geography ]

    Proposal from the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research’s National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL). The earth will be divided into 360 zones if the lines of longitude are drawn exactly a degree apart. Earth spins 360° in 24 hours. A longitudinal distance of 15° represents 1

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  • 2 Holocene Epoch, Glacial Lakes Outburst Floods and Stalagmites of Meghalaya Cave [ Geography ]

    Current period of geologic time. Refers to the last 11,700 years of the Earth’s history. “The Age of Man” is another term sometimes used is the Anthropocene Epoch. The International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) had divided this Epoch in to three ages Greenlandian (began at 11

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  • 3 Third Pole, Deep Earth and Blue Hole [ Geography ]

    In the region to the north of India and to the south of China. Region spreads across the Himalaya-Hindu Kush mountain ranges and the Tibetan Plateau. Contains the third largest expanse of frozen water on earth. Much smaller in area than the north or the South Pole.

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  • 4 Exploration of Polymetallic Nodules and Polar Vortex [ Geography ]

    India’s rights to explore Polymetallic nodules from seabed in Central Indian Ocean Basin (CIOB). Extended by five years by International Seabed Authority, till 2022. India became the first country to have received the status of a pioneer investor in 1987.

    • Presently having an are

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  • Feb 4, 2020
  • 1 Earth Magnetic North Pole [ Geography ]

    The Earth’s Magnetic North pole often moves from its original position. Now it is moving from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA’s), National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) the drifting speed o

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  • Nov 20, 2019
  • 1 30 Expected & Most Important Topics Geography Optional UPSC Mains 2020 [ IAS Upd. ]

    1. Water Crisis to Floods – Journey of Mismanagement of Water & Consequences 2. Solar irradiance – possible cause of global change 3. India’s Space Mission in light of Chandrayaan -2 – Vikram (landing of South Pole) 4. Amazon Rainforest 5. Gender Gap Report 6. Global Slavery Inde

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  • Sep 17, 2019
  • 1 Ocean Energy Received Renewable Energy Status [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth, Geography ]

    The Ocean Energy has now been assigned Renewable Energy status by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Hereafter energy produced using various forms of ocean energy such as tidal, wave and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) will be considered as Renewable En

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  • Sep 9, 2019
  • 1 Organic Farming in India [ Down-to-Earth, Geography ]

    India accounts for just 2.59 percent (1.5 million hectares) of the total organic cultivation area of 57.8 million hectares globally according to World of Organic Agriculture report 2018. Organic farming is defined as a technique, which involves cultivation of plants and rearing o

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  • Sep 6, 2019
  • 1 Depression Over Southeast Arabian Sea & Lakshadweep Area [ Environment/Ecology, Geography ]

    A Low pressure zone was created over Southeast Arabian Sea and along the east central regions of the Arabian Sea. This included the adjoining areas of Lakshadweep. Under favourable environmental conditions, it intensified into a depression over the same region in the morning arou

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  • Aug 16, 2019
  • 1 The Volcanic Eruption in Papua New Guinea [ Environment/Ecology, Disaster Management, Geography ]

    Papua New Guinea has the most active volcanoes in the South West Pacific. The Ulawun Volcano being one of the world’s most hazardous erupted on 26th June 2019. Earlier in the month of June 2019 two massive volcanic eruptions took place in Papua New Guinea

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  • Jul 30, 2019
  • 1 Campaign Launched to Raise Awareness on Illegal Wildlife Trade [ Environment/Ecology, Geography ]

    An awareness campaign named ‘Not all animals migrate by choice’ was launched ahead of International Day of Biological Diversity celebrated on May 22. This campaign was displayed at major airports across India.

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  • Jul 20, 2019
  • 1 China Builds Rail Line in Sri Lanka Under Its Belt and Road Initiative [ International Relations/Organizations, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Geography ]

    China’s Belt and Road Initiative Programme is to connect Asia with Africa and Europe via land and maritime networks along six corridors. The aim is to improve regional integration increasing trade and stimulating the economic growth.

    This was the first rail line to be built in S

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  • Jul 12, 2019
  • 1 Oil Discovery in Krishna Godavari Basin Reported by Vedanta [ Science/Technology, Geography ]

    Multiple reservoir zones were discovered in the well H2 within the Mesozoic sequence between the depths of 3,310 metres to 4,026 metres with hydrocarbon indications during drilling and downhole logging. The oil and gas operations of Vedanta’s comprise the assets of Cairn India wh

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  • 2 Vernal Equinox [ Science/Technology, Geography ]

    When the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun the corresponding instant of time is commonly known as an Equinox. Some of The equinoxes and solstices are caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis and ceaseless motion in orbit. At the equinox, the sun crosses the

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  • Jun 27, 2019
  • 1 Electricity Production Using Falling Snow [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology, Geography ]

    Device has been designed as only a first of its kind 3D Printed Device that can produce electricity from falling snow by the researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) .

    The device is called snow based triboelectric Nano-generator or snow TENG. It generates char

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  • May 29, 2019
  • 1 📹 Expected Questions in Geography 2019-IAS/NET (Set-1) [ Geography ]

    Please find below the most important expected topics for the upcoming UPSC Prelims exam 2019. Subscribe@Examrace YouTube Channel to get the complete series of expected questions. For practice and solutions visit - doorsteptutor. com. You can download the pdf by clicking the optio

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  • 2 📹 Expected Questions in Geography 2019-IAS/NET (Set-2) [ Geography ]

    Please find below the most important expected topics for the upcoming UPSC Prelims exam 2019. Subscribe@Examrace YouTube Channel to get the complete series of expected questions. For practice and solutions visit - doorsteptutor. com. You can download the pdf by clicking the optio

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  • Mar 14, 2019
  • 1 Cyclonic Storm “PABUK” Over South China Sea and Its Emergence into Andaman Sea [ Disaster Management, Geography ]

    A cyclonic storm “PABUK” lay centered at 08: 30 hours IST of 03rd January 2019 over south China Sea near latitude 6.0°N and longitude 105.0° E, about 1500 km east-southeast of Port Blair.

    About PABUK

    • Pabuk is a name given by Laos and m

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  • Feb 27, 2019
  • 1 🌟 A UNESCO Category 2, International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography [ Environment/Ecology, Geography ]

    Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment & Forests & Climate Change inaugurated newly constructed International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) Complex in INCOIS campus at Hyderabad, Telangana.

    International Training Centre fo

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  • Feb 26, 2019
  • 1 🌟 Revised Guidelines for Ground Water Extraction Notified [ Environment/Ecology, Geography ]

    Central Ground Water Authority of Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation notified revised guidelines for ground water extraction. Guidelines were revised in wake of directions issued by National Green Tribunal (NGT) to address various shortcomin

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  • Feb 21, 2019
  • 1 🌟 3 Islands of Andaman Renamed: Projects in Andaman & Nicobar Islands [ Govt. Schemes/Projects, Geography ]

    PM renamed Ross Island as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep and Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep. Inaugurate the ITI at Arong, and lay the foundation stone for some infrastructure projects

    Other Projects Announced in

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  • Jan 23, 2019
  • 1 🌟 Antarctica is Causing a Global Sea Level Rise [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology, Geography ]

    Scientists are working for over 200 years continuously in Antarctica to find new organisms & data that could reveal Earth’s climate history & signs of climate changes. More than 40 other countries have joined agreement & then research station on continent has grown rapidly.

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  • Jan 21, 2019
  • 1 🌟 Ozone Layer is Recovering [ Environment/Ecology, Geography ]

    Recent study by NASA has confirmed recovery of ozone layer due to absence of chlorine from Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) in atmosphere. Study has confirmed phenomenon by mapping chemical composition of atmosphere.

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  • Jan 17, 2019
  • 1 Global Temperature Could Exceed 1.5°C in Just 12 Years: UN (IPCC) Special Report [ Environment/Ecology, Geography ]

    UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released special report on global warming in Incheon, South Korea. Report includes contributions from 91 authors & review editors from 40 countries.

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  • Dec 17, 2018
  • 1 Cyclone TITLI and LUBAN: Red Alert Issued for Dist. of North Andhra Pradesh & South Odisha Coasts [ Environment/Ecology, Geography ]

    Union Earth Sciences ministry took urgent review of developing scenario of cyclonic storm ‘TITLI’ over Bay of Bengal & another cyclonic storm ‘LUBAN’ over Arabian Sea. Cyclonic storm ‘LUBAN’ is expected to intensify into Severe Cyclonic Storm.

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  • Nov 8, 2018
  • 1 Alphonso Mango from 5 Districts of Maharashtra Gets Geographical Indication Tag [ Policy/Governance, Agriculture/Agro Industries, Geography ]

    Chennai based Geographical Indication Registry & Intellectual Property India has granted Alphonso mango from 5 districts of Maharashtra gets Geographical Indication (GI) tag. These 5 districts Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Palghar, Thane, & Raigad are from western Konkan coastal region

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  • Oct 31, 2018
  • 1 PM Modi Inaugurates Sikkim’S First-Ever Airport [ Science/Technology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Geography ]

    PM inaugurated Sikkim’s 1st-ever airport at Pakyong. Sikkim was only state in India remaining w/o functional airport. Pakyong airport is India’s 100th functional airport & one of country’s 5 highest airports.

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  • Oct 24, 2018
  • 1 26 Religious Cities/Sites in 19 States Identified for Development Under PRASHAD Scheme [ Economy, Culture, Geography ]

    Ministry of Tourism provides financial assistance to state Govt. / UT Administrations under schemes of Swadesh Darshan, National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation & Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) & Assistance to Central Agencies for development of tourism infra

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  • Oct 23, 2018
  • 1 Refinery to Be Set at Babulwadi, Taluka Rajapur in Ratnagiri [ Economy, Geography ]

    Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, has said that oil PSUs namely Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) & Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) have decided to set up integrated refinery-cum-petrochemical complex w/refi

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  • Oct 17, 2018
  • 1 Cabinet Approves Establishment and Operationalization of Permanent Campus of Seven New IIMs [ Education, Geography ]

    Union Cabinet has approved establishment & operationalization of permanent campus of 7 new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). IIMs are country’s premier institutions imparting best quality education in management & are recognized as excellent management Institutions & Centre

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  • Oct 15, 2018
  • 1 🌟 First Project Under Swadesh Darshan Scheme the ‘North East Circuit: Imphal & Khongjom’ (Important) [ Policy/Governance, Culture, Geography ]

    1st project under Swadesh Darshan Scheme ‘North East Circuit: Imphal & Khongjom’ was inaugurated in Manipur. Project covers 2 sites i. e Kangla Fort & Khongjom in Manipur. Project was sanctioned by Ministry of Tourism in September 2015 for Rs. 72.30 Cr.

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  • Oct 11, 2018
  • 1 India’S First in-Phone Guide and Mobile Application “Go What’S That” in Chandigarh [ Geography, Computers & ICT, Women/Minority Empowerment ]

    Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas & Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, laid foundation stone of National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) for Women at Mohali, Punjab. 1,100 tags are placed at diff. tourist spots, which will give accurate information on each artifact.

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  • Oct 9, 2018
  • 1 Cabinet Approves Policy Framework for Exploration and Exploitation of Unconventional Hydrocarbons [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Geography ]

    Union Cabinet has approved policy to permit exploration & exploitation of unconventional hydrocarbons such as Shale oil/gas, Coal Bed Methane (CBM) etc. It will be carried out under existing Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs), CBM contracts & Nomination fields to encourage exist

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  • 2 🌟 Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve Becomes 11th Biosphere Reserve from India (Important) [ Environment/Ecology, Geography ]

    Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in Himalayan state of Sikkim was included in UNESCO designated World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), making it 11th Biosphere Reserve from India to achieve this recognition.

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  • Oct 8, 2018
  • 1 📹 IAS Mains Geography Optional Paper 1 Section a 2018 - (Part 1) [ IAS Upd. ]

    Q. 1 a) Landscape is a function of structure, process and stage. Critique this statement: Trio Theory, Davis – Cycle of landform development, Stage (time) is same. ‘Complete cycle of river life’ in his essay on The Rivers and Valleys of Pennsylvania (1889).

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  • 2 📹 IAS Mains Geography Optional Paper 1 Section a 2018 - (Part 2) [ IAS Upd. ]

    Q. 3 a) Explain the process, origin and retreat of Indian Monsoon and its impact on Indian economy. - (Indian Monsoon), (Tibet Plateau), (NCERT Class 9 Chapter 4) Climate of India.

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  • 3 📹 IAS Mains Geography Optional Paper 1 Section B 2018 (Part -1) [ IAS Upd. ]

    Q. 5 a) “Geography is a contested and multiparadigmic discipline with a strong eurocentricity that has only recently been challenged. ” Comment. - Geography is multidimensional with sociology, anthropology, philosophy and more.

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  • 4 📹 IAS Mains Geography Optional Paper 1 Section B 2018 (Part -2) [ IAS Upd. ]

    Q. 7 a) “Famine is a social phenomena rooted in institutional and political economic arrangements, which determine access to food by different classes and strata. ” Comment. - Food Security, Nutrition and Famine:

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  • Oct 7, 2018
  • 1 Promotion of Zero Budget Natural Farming [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Geography ]

    Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) under Network Project on Organic Farming (NPOF) & All India Coordinated Research Projects (AICRP) on Integrated Farming Systems, has initiated experiment on “Evaluation of zero budget farming practices in basmati rice-wheat system” a

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  • Oct 5, 2018
  • 1 Cyclone Warning Centre to Be Set Up in Thiruvananthapuram Within a Month [ Govt. Schemes/Projects, Geography ]

    Union Ministry of Earth Sciences has announced to set up Cyclone Warning Centre in Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram. It proposed to set up C-band Doppler weather radar at Mangalore, Karnataka. This comes in view of recent heavy rainfall & concerns over extreme weather activiti

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  • Oct 4, 2018
  • 1 Cabinet Approves Umbrella Scheme “Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling [ Science/Technology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Geography ]

    Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved implementation of umbrella scheme ‘Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling, and Science (O-SMART) ’ during 2017 - 18 to 2019 - 20 at overall cost of Rs. 1623 cr.

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  • Sep 17, 2018
  • 1 Scientists Just Found the Cause of Earth’S First Global Warming That Triggered Mass Extinctions [ Science/Technology, Geography ]

    When some of 1st worm-like creatures evolved at bottom of sea, they triggered wave of global warming that would lead to mass extinction. Based on limited fossil evidence available, that in following 100 million years mass extinctions would repeatedly strike Earth & its primitive

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  • 2 🌟 Complex Organics Bubble Up from Ocean-World Enceladus (Important) [ Science/Technology, Geography ]

    Data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveal complex organic molecules originating from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, strengthening idea that this ocean world hosts conditions suitable for life.

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