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

Published on: 28-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 17 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: 30 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: 12 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: 51 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: 53 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: 26 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: 7 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: 11 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: 18 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: 30 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: 24 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: 13 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: 119 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: 43 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: 11 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: 114 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: 40 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: 11 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: 9 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: 10 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.

Sultanpur National Park shut down after migratory birds found dead

Published on: 12-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

The Sultanpur National Park was shut down for one week after 47 migratory birds were found dead in the park. The bird sanctuary is a seasonal wetland that attracts around 200 species of migratory birds.

Rare plant species Chlorophytum palghatense found in Palakkad district of Kerala

Published on: 07-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

The Scientists at the Centre for Medicinal Plants Research in Kerala discovered a rare plant species named Chlorophytum palghatense at the Dhoni hills in Palakkad district of Kerala.

Tropical forests absorb more Carbon Dioxide than thought: NASA

Published on: 06-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Tropical forests may absorb more Carbon Dioxide in response to rising atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases than earlier thought. This was claimed in a study conducted by scientists of NASA.

ICRISAT launched GreenPHABLET for small farmers

Published on: 06-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 26 people agreed

Green PHABLET is a customised low-cost combination of phone and tablet computer. The device was powered by GreenSIM. The GreenPHABLET is dust- and shatter-proof, readable under bright sunlight; operates from -20°C to +60°C.

Excessive concentration of antibiotics found in three Chinese rivers

Published on: 06-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

An excessive amount of antibiotics was found in Chinese rivers namely Yangtze, Huangpu and Pearl Rivers. The situation threatens to cause widespread antibiotic resistance.

Chrysopelea taprobanica, the Sri Lankan flying snake, sighted in Seshachalam Biosphere Reserve

Published on: 02-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

Sri Lankan flying snake, Chrysopelea taprobanica for first time sighted outside the island nation, it was sighted in AP’s Seshachalam Biosphere Reserve.

World's smallest goanna lizard species discovered in Australia

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 67 people agreed

The goanna lizard weighs barely 16 grams. The Western Australia Museum announced the discovery of the new species of goanna lizard from the Kimberley region.

Pompadour Green Pigeon endemic to Western Ghats spotted in Barkheda in Rajasthan

Published on: 29-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Pompadour Green Pigeon, a native of the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka was spotted over a tree of Barkheda village, Rajasthan.

98 new species of beetle genus Trigonopterus discovered in Indonesia

Published on: 24-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The researchers discovered 98 new species of beetle genus Trigonopterus in Java, Bali and other Indonesian islands. One species is named after English naturalist Sir David Attenborough

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