Intangible Cultural Heritage elements from India

Context: A total of 13 Intangible cultural heritage (ICH) elements from India have been inscribed till date on the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. For inclusion of an element in the list, the state parties are required to submit nomination dossier on the relevant element Read More …

Marshall Islands Creates Its Own Digital Cryptocurrency

Context: The tiny Marshall Islands is creating its own digital currency in order to raise some hard cash to pay bills and boost the economy. Other Facts: The Pacific island nation said it became the first country in the world to recognize a cryptocurrency as its legal tender when it Read More …

India’s child marriage numbers dropped sharply– UNICEF

Context: The proportion of girls getting married in India has nearly halved in a decade, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said on Tuesday, which has contributed significantly to a global decline in child marriage. About the findings: UNICEF said 25 million child marriages were prevented worldwide in the last Read More …

India, Russia, Bangladesh sign pact for Rooppur atomic plant

Context: Indian companies can now participate in construction and installation works in the “non-critical” category for the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. The Rooppur project: The Rooppur project is the first initiative under an Indo-Russian deal to undertake atomic energy projects in third countries. This will also be the Read More …

A plan to conserve Vellayani lake soon

The Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) will draw up a conservation plan for Vellayani lake, the second largest freshwater lake in the state.  A year-long action plan has been formulated for undertaking the study by incorporating the expert opinion on historical background, geography, biodiversity, agriculture, fish Read More …

The Red Shank stops by at the Ukkadam Lake

The Spotted Redshank migrates from Northern Scandinavia and Northern Asia from October to September to escape the harsh winters. “It’s a wide spread winter migrant in India, confined mostly to coastal areas. It can often be seen in Chennai coastal areas and there are records of the bird sighting in Read More …

NASA launches advanced weather satellite for western U.S.

Context: NASA launched another of the world’s most advanced weather satellites on Thursday, this time to safeguard the western U.S. About GOES-S satellite: The GOES-S satellite thundered toward orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket, slicing through a hazy late afternoon sky. Dozens of meteorologists gathered for the launch, including TV crews from Read More …

Threat of new malware looms over cyberspace

Context: A new threat looms large on the horizon of cyberspace. After Mirai and Reaper, cybersecurity agencies have detected a new malware called Saposhi, which is capable of taking over electronic devices and turning them into ‘bots’, which can be then used for any purpose, including a Distributed Denial Of Read More …

What is cryptojacking and how can it infect your computer?

Context: The transition to a digital economy has rendered financial services more dependent on technology, and the maintenance of a robust framework to protect personal information has acquired greater importance. The already difficult task of keeping pace with hackers trying to access online finances has become even more complicated with Read More …

Arctic permafrost may unleash carbon within decades: NASA

Context: Permafrost in the coldest northern Arctic will thaw enough to become a permanent source of carbon to the atmosphere this century, with the peak transition occurring in 40 to 60 years, a NASA study warns. The region was formerly thought to be at least temporarily shielded from global warming by its Read More …