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Calbuco volcano of Chile erupted after 42 years

Published on: 28-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Tonnes of ash rained down following two volcanic eruptions leading to declaration of state of emergency by President Michelle Bachelet.

Earthquake of magnitude 5.5 on the Richter scale jolted Pakistan

Published on: 28-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The epicenter of the quake that jolted parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was in the Hindukush mountain ranges of the border area of Tajikistan-Pakistan at a depth of 144 kilometres.

Earthquake of magnitude 7.9 on the Richter scale struck Nepal

Published on: 25-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The tremors of the quake, which is the worst in the Himalayan nation in over 80 years, were felt in northern India Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Turrialba Volcano erupted in Costa Rica

Published on: 25-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

The blast from the Turrialba volcano in the east of the Central American country came after the Calbuco volcano in Chile erupted twice on 22 April and 24 April 2015.

Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand declared as India's 48th Tiger Reserve

Published on: 22-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 47 people agreed

With this notification of NTCA, Uttarakhand got its second tiger reserve after the Corbett Tiger Reserve.

New species of Geckos discovered at the World Heritage Site of Hampi in Karnataka

Published on: 21-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

The gecko has been named as Cnemaspis adii after a young herpetology researcher from Hyderabad, Aditya Srinivasulu.

TERI, FNI, INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE signed MOU to further Climate & Development Agenda

Published on: 18-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

The three institutes have identified cooperation in nine areas such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, low carbon strategies and global policy advocacy among others.

Haryana Government notified forests in Aravalli range are not a forest

Published on: 17-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

Mangarbani grove in Aravalli is often considered as the last remaining virgin forest in Delhi-NCR and held sacred by local villagers.

45-day long annual fishing ban on Eastern Coast of India started

Published on: 15-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The ban is imposed to safeguard fish in their breeding season and increase the fish catch. During this period of ban, the fishermen with mechanized boats are barred from venturing out into the sea for fishing till mid-night of 31 May 2015.

NGT banned construction activities causing air pollution in Delhi-Nation Capital Region (NCR)

Published on: 11-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The directive was delivered by a bench headed by the NGT Chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar, in order to check growing menace of air pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Thane named as National Earth Hour Capital 2015 by WWF

Published on: 10-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 66 people agreed

Pune received a special mention from the jury for its city mobility plan and solar and waste-to-energy initiatives while Rajkot was felicitated for the city’s performance in the field of renewable energy.

Seoul won WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge to become the Global Earth Hour Capital 2015

Published on: 10-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 57 people agreed

As part of the Earth Hour City Challenge 2015, the city of Balikpapan, Indonesia was recognized as the Most Loveable City for 2015.

Scientists detected rapid accumulation of anesthetic gases in atmosphere causing global warming

Published on: 10-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

The study revealed that concentrations of potent global warmers Desflurane, Isoflurane and Sevoflurane reached an alarming level in the global atmosphere starting from crowed urban areas to pristine Antarctic environment.

Spiders belonging to Thomisidae family named after Telangana state

Published on: 09-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

These crabs were discovered by two researchers from the Zoology Department of Osmania University, namely, G.B. Pravalikha and Chelmala Srinivasulu during their expedition at Nagnur in Karimnagar district.

State Environment and Forest Ministers’ Conference adopted Resolution on Protecting Environment

Published on: 08-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

The two-day conference, which was participated by 30 ministers from different state looked upon a wide range of issues like waste management, TSR Subramanian committee recommendations, forest, wildlife, biodiversity and climate change.

Grey Hypocolius sighted at the Narara Marine National Park in Gujarat

Published on: 08-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 27 people agreed

Grey Hypocolius a small passerine bird species is a sole member of the genus Hypocolius and is placed in the family of Hypocoliidae.

Union Government to re-classify industries in a three-coloured scheme based on pollution potential

Published on: 08-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 32 people agreed

The proposal to classify industries under red, orange and green was adopted during the state environment and forests ministers’ conference.

National Green Tribunal ruled 10-year old diesel vehicles cannot ply on Delhi roads

Published on: 07-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

A number of countries in the world are in the process or have prohibited diesel vehicles or are in the process of doing away with them by imposing very heavy taxes.  Some of these countries include Denmark, Brazil, China and Sri Lanka.

The first-ever photograph of vulnerable Chestnut-breasted Partridge clicked

Published on: 07-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

As per estimates of the IUCN, about 2500 Chestnut-breasted Partridges live in Arunachal Pradesh, Bhutan and Lower Tibet along the Himalayas.

Scientists discovered an endangered species of plant named Oldenlandia dineshi from Western Ghats

Published on: 07-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

The plant species named Oldenlandia dineshi is a shrub with long linear tapering leaves and dark blue flower. The flowering period is from July to September and fruiting from September to October.

Narendra Modi launched National Air Quality index to monitor pollution level in 10 cities

Published on: 06-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 33 people agreed

The ten cities where the quality of air can be monitored are Delhi, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Faridabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

Kochi arachnologists discovered rare spiders in Western Ghats

Published on: 04-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The spiders belong to the Sparassidae and Salticidae families.

India’s first Polar Remotely Operated Vehicle operationalised in North Antarctica

Published on: 26-MAR-2015
Important for Exam: 36 people agreed

PROVe has been deployed in Priyadarshini Lake located on the Schirmacher Oasis, which is a major source of water for Maitri, India’s second base in the Antarctica.

China announced to shut down last coal-fired power plant in Beijing by 2016 to cut pollution

Published on: 25-MAR-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

These four major coal-based power plants will be replaced by four gas-fired stations with capacity to supply 2.6 times more electricity than the coal plants.

NMCG asked five State Municipal Bodies to furnish Ganga Action Plan within 15 days

Published on: 25-MAR-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

NMCG directed 118 Municipalities/ Urban Local Bodies and 687 industrial units in these States to furnish the action plans directly to the concerned State Program Management Group (SPMGs) in the respective State.

Eco-restoration project for Kinnerasani Sanctuary in Telangana announced

Published on: 19-MAR-2015
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

The project will be implemented in 716 hectares of land under the Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary limits in Kothagudem Mandal with an estimated cost of 60 lakh rupees.

NGT directed Indian Railways to impose a fine of 5000 rupees for littering on railway property

Published on: 19-MAR-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

The order was given with an aim to implement the genesis of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and was passed by a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.

Tripura Biodiversity Board launched a project to link conservation to economic concerns

Published on: 18-MAR-2015
Important for Exam: 28 people agreed

The project aims to strengthen the implementation of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and Biological Diversity Rules, 2004.

Tropical grass Darbha identified as an eco-friendly food preservative by SASTRA University

Published on: 18-MAR-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The finding evolved from the study conducted on the grass Darbha which was jointly undertaken by the Centre for Nanotechnology and Advanced Biomaterials (CeNTAB) and the Centre for Advanced Research in Indian System of Medicine (CARISM) of the SASTRA University under the supervision of Dr. P Meera and Dr. P Brindha respectively.

Union government launched new body NCCF to develop national forest certification system

Published on: 17-MAR-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

NCCF will develop national forest certification system and standards till 2016. National forest certification system would also help in combating climate change.

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