[Species in News] Horseshoe Crab

Context Recently, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s has decided to observe the first-ever International Horseshoe Crab Day on 20th June 2020. About the Crab Horseshoe crabs are marine and brackish water arthropods. They are not true crabs, which are crustaceans. The crabs are represented by four extant species in the world. Read More …

[Places in News] Galwan River Valley

Context Recently there was a violent face-off between the army troops of India and China in the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh region. The strategic importance of Galwan River Valley: The Galwan river is the highest ridgeline and it allows the Chinese to dominate the Shyok route passes, which is close to the Read More …

[Species in News] Schizothorax Sikusirumensis

Context Recently, a new species of fish has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh. About the Species This new species of fish has named as Schizothorax sikusirumensis, after the rivers – Siku and Sirum in East Siang district at the junction, from where it was found. The fish inhabits the water logged Read More …

[Species in News] Gharials

Context As per former wildlife researcher in Odisha forest department only 14 gharials were spotted at Satkosia gorgein Odisha in 2019. June 17 is observed annually as the World Crocodile Day. About Gharials Gharials are found only in India and Nepal. It is a river dwelling fish-eater, usually harmlessto humans. The gharial is Read More …

What is Axone ?

Context Also spelled akhuni — is a fermented soya bean of Nagaland, known for its distinctive flavour and smell. About Axone made by fermenting soya beans. “Fermentation is what lends it its distinct smell and taste. used to make pickles and chutneys, or curries of pork, fish, chicken, beef etc. Read More …

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Context June 17 is observed worldwide as the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. Theme 2020: Food. Feed. Fibre United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification: legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. It derives directly from the 1992 Earth Summit. It was established in 1994 and addresses Read More …

Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region

Context Recently the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has released the “Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region” Report. About the Report:  It is India’s first-ever national forecast on the impact of global warming on the subcontinent in the coming century. The average surface air temperatures over India could rise by Read More …

[Species in News] Hilsa Fish

Context Recently Fishermen in West Bengal are in for a pleasant surprise amid the COVID-19 gloom as they have exuded hope of a bumper yield of Hilsa, known as “maacher rani” (queen of fish). About Hilsa Fish IUCN status: Least Concerned a species of fish related to the herring, in Read More …

[Species in News] Pangolin

Context Recently, China has accorded the pangolin the highest level of protection and removed the scales of the Pangolin from its list of approved traditional medicines. About Pangolins India is home to two species of pangolin. While the Chinese Pangolin is found in northeastern India, the Indian Pangolin is distributed Read More …

What is Great Oxidation Event ?

Context Great Oxidation Event refers to a time period when the Earth’s atmosphere and the shallow ocean experienced a rise in oxygen,approximately 2.4 billion years ago (2.4 Ga) to 2.1–2.0 Ga during the Paleoproterozoic era. The appearance of free oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere led to the Great Oxidation Event. More details This was triggered Read More …