Dark Sky Reserve

Dark Sky Reserve Context: In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Department of Science & Technology (DST) has announced the setting up of India’s first dark sky reserve at Hanle in Ladakh in the next three months. Why this location is chosen? Hanle which hosts numerous telescopes is […]

Cloudbursts in Amarnath

Cloudbursts in Amarnath Context: Highly-localized rains produced flooding in Amarnath, Jammu and Kashmir, which resulted in at least 16 fatalities and more than 20 injuries. Those who perished were at a camp close to the cave, a revered location. About: A cloudburst is defined as […]

Glacial Advance

Glacial Advance Context: Multiple events of glacial advances have been witnessed from the Yankti Kuti valley situated in the extreme eastern part of Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand, since 52 thousand years (MIS 3) that synchronises with climate variability, according to a new study. What is a […]

Widespread Heatwave

Widespread Heatwave Context: India is facing an unusually long series of heatwaves that began in the end of March and scorched north India for most of April. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said April was the hottest in northwest India in 122 years. It has […]

Interlinking of Rivers

Interlinking of Rivers Context: • Under the National Perspective Plan (NPP), the National Water Development Agency (NWDA) has identified 30 links (16 under Peninsular Component & 14 under Himalayan Component) for preparation of Feasibility Reports. About: • Ken – Betwa project is the first Inter-linking […]

National Scheme of Welfare of Fishermen

National Scheme of Welfare of Fishermen   About: The Centrally Sponsored ‘National Scheme of Welfare of Fishermen’ provides financial assistance to fishersfor the construction of house among other things. This Scheme is a component of the Scheme ‘Blue Revolution: Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries’.   […]