Baobab trees

  Source: HT  Context: The Madhya Pradesh government has decided that the forest department cannot grant permission for the translocation of Baobab trees in Dhar, after the protest from Bhil tribes. Under the Biodiversity Act, meaning that any commercial use of the trees will require permission from the state biodiversity board.

Meri LiFE, Mera Swachh Shehar

  Source: PIB  Context: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has launched the mega campaign ‘Meri LiFE, Mera Swachh Shehar’ to promote waste management principles of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (RRR).   Aim: It aims to instil pro-environmental behavioural changes in daily life in line with the Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment)   …

Centre for Processing Accelerated Corporate Exit (C-PACE)

  Source: PIB  Context: The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has established the Centre for Processing Accelerated Corporate Exit (C-PACE) to centralize the process of striking off companies from the MCA Register.   What is striking off? Striking off companies from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) Register means removing defunct, non-operational, or dissolved companies …

Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI)

  Source: ET  Context: The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) voted unanimously to adopt India’s proposal for developing digital public infrastructure (DPI) as the right way for deploying digital technology,   More about the News: Developing DPI will include platforms such as Aadhaar, United Payments Interface (UPI), DigiLocker, and DPI in agriculture, education and finance. Also, …

Saraswati Yantra

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: India’s Cannes pavilion for this year’s film festival will be themed on the Saraswati Yantra, an abstract representation of Goddess Saraswati from the ancient text of ‘Maha Upanishad’.   About:

India Data Capacity Accelerator

  Source: TH  The Rockefeller Foundation and Mastercard-backed data.org, with an over $2 million grant from U.K.-based charity Wellcome, have launched a data skilling program called the India Data Capacity Accelerator. Aim: The program aims to train one million Indians in using data to address climate and health-related challenges. Collaborations: The accelerator will collaborate with …

Groundwater exploitation and sinking land

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation   Source: TH  Context:  In the plains of northwest India (Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Faridabad), which are heavily dependent on groundwater withdrawal for agricultural practices, land sinking/subsidence has been a problem for years.   Groundwater situation in India: It is India’s most used water resource, accounting for …