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

Published on: 26-MAR-2015
Important for Exam: 8 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: 5 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.

Eco-restoration project for Kinnerasani Sanctuary in Telangana announced

Published on: 19-MAR-2015
Important for Exam: 21 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: 11 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: 26 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: 3 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.

Powerful Cyclone Pam hit south Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu

Published on: 16-MAR-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The cyclone Pam, a category five tropical storm, brought destructive 270 kilometre-per-hour winds and torrential rain along with it.

Global CO2 emissions from energy sector stalled for the first time in 40 years in 2014: IEA

Published on: 14-MAR-2015
Important for Exam: 48 people agreed

As per the preliminary data released, global emissions of carbon dioxide stood at 32.3 billion tonnes in 2014 which is same as in the year 2013.

Mass nesting of Olive Ridley turtles started in Ganjam district of Odisha

Published on: 13-MAR-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

On the first day of nesting, around 10000 female turtles laid eggs in over 3-km-long sandy beach from Gokharakuda to Podampetan and it is anticipated that the unique phenomenon would continue for some more days.

ZSL and Gujarat Forest Department signed a MoU for conservation of Asiatic lion

Published on: 28-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 36 people agreed

Apart from ZSL, Wildlife Institute of India will also be the knowledge partner with the forest department in conservation of lion.

National Green Tribunal banned plying of Vintage cars on Delhi roads

Published on: 24-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 38 people agreed

Moreover, no fitness certificates to the vintage cars will be issued by any authority without specific permission of the tribunal.

Centre for Science and Environment released a report titled Heat on Power

Published on: 23-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

The thermal power generating units are among the most inefficient in the world in terms of compliance of pollution norms, use of resources and overall operation efficiency.

Two tropical cyclones Marcia and Lam hit Australia

Published on: 20-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 60 people agreed

Tropical cyclone Marcia is a category five storm and it made the landfall at central Queensland and left a trail of destruction over Yeppoon and Rockhampton.

India’s first air quality checking Mobile App SAFAR-Air launched

Published on: 19-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 64 people agreed

SAFAR is an acronym for System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research which was first launched in Delhi in 2010 during the Commonwealth Games.

India signed Grant Agreement of 8 million US dollars with World Bank for funding SLACC Project

Published on: 17-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 30 people agreed

The amount will be used to implement special projects under SLACC to improve adaptive capacity of the rural poor engaged in farm-based livelihoods to climate change in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

Tsunami advisory issued in Japan after 6.9 earthquake

Published on: 17-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The tsunami advisory along the coast of Iwate prefecture was issued following a 6.9-magniture earthquake struck in the Pacific at a depth of 10 kilometres.

Muthoot Group tied-up with WWF for its Friends for Life project

Published on: 16-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

The partnership is aimed at strengthening existing efforts of managing human-elephant conflict (HEC) to protect the habitats of Asian elephants in six states as 4 priority landscapes and 1 priority site earmarked by WWF-India.

Four new species of Fish discovered in Kerala

Published on: 12-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

Four new fish species named Puntius nelsoni, Puntius nigronotus, Systomus chryseusand and Systomus rufus were discovered in Kerala by Mathews Plamoottil, a zoology professor at Baby John Memorial Government College, Kollam.

Two algal species Ulva paschima Bast, Cladophora goensis Bast discovered off India’s west coast

Published on: 05-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 32 people agreed

A team of researchers discovered two algal species Ulva paschima Bast and Cladophora goensis Bast with carbon capture properties.

NASA Launched its first earth satellite Soil Moisture Active Passive

Published on: 04-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 29 people agreed

The satellite was lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket.

Committee on Infrastructure Development approved development of no-frill airports at Ajmer, Belgaum

Published on: 02-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

The Expert Appraisal Committee on Infrastructure Development approved the development of no-frill airports at Kishangarh in Rajasthan and Belgaum in Karnataka.

PETA announced to create India's first fenced elephant sanctuary near Bengaluru

Published on: 31-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 180 people agreed

The model of the sanctuary was designed by the PETA consultant and elephant expert Carol Buckley and it will come up in an area of 49.5 hectare within the Biological Park which is an extension of the Bannerghatta National Park.

DRDO received approval to build missile launch testing facility in the Krishna Delta Complex

Published on: 30-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 44 people agreed

The approval was granted by the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife chaired by Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project in Sunderbans got a fresh start with expert assistance

Published on: 28-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Renowned experts in herpetology who introduced global best practices in crocodile conservation gave a fresh start to the Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project in Sunderbans.

NTCA released report on Status of Tigers in India, 2014

Published on: 21-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 122 people agreed

The largest increase was recorded in the Western Ghats Landscape complex comprising Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Tamil Nadu  with 776 tigers (up from 402 in 2006).

Periyar Tiger Reserve won NTCA biennial award

Published on: 21-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 43 people agreed

For encouraging local public participation in managing the reserve, Periyar Tiger Reserve of Kerala won the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) biennial award.

Scientists developed two new global maps to provide help in search for fresh farmland

Published on: 20-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

It offered two types of data that experts argue is essential for the search. Now, two new global maps may provide some help in the search for fresh farmland.

Year 2014 ranked as Earth's hottest year since 1880

Published on: 17-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The year 2014 was ranked as the Earth’s hottest year since 1880 as per the two separate analyses done by NASA scientists and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists.

Critically endangered Forest Owlet sighted in Betul, Madhya Pradesh

Published on: 15-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Critically endangered forest owlet (Athene blewitti) sighted in a new location at Betul district of Madhya Pradesh by a Pune-based conservation society.

NGT gave directions to clean Yamuna under Maily se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalization Plan 2017

Published on: 14-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The directions were given by the principal bench of NGT presided over by Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar. The tribunal's judgment came on a petition by Manoj Misra of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan against pollution in the Yamuna and covering of drains in Delhi.

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