Indigenous Knowledge – Konda Reddi tribe

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The indigenous knowledge of the Konda Reddi tribe regarding the Indian laurel tree’s water-storing ability has been confirmed by forest officials in the Papikonda National Park. Forest authorities conducted an experiment by cutting the bark of the Indian laurel tree, revealing water splashing out, particularly in the …

Mo Jungle Jami Yojana

Content for Mains Enrichment Source: DTE Context: The Odisha government has announced the launch of the “Mo Jungle Jami Yojana” (MJJY) scheme, aimed at effectively implementing the provisions of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006. If successfully implemented, Odisha will become the first state to be fully …

Robert Frost

Content for Mains Enrichment Source: IE During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States, one of the gifts he received was an autographed first-edition copy of the Collected Poems of Robert Frost, published in 1930. Robert Frost, a renowned American poet, was the only writer to be awarded four Pulitzer Prizes and was …

Leela Row Dayal

Source: BBC  Leela Row, a multi-talented individual, was the first Indian woman to win a match at Wimbledon in 1934. Later in her life, she transitioned to writing and documenting art, focusing on Indian classical dances. Despite her extraordinary achievements, Leela Row remains relatively unknown in India, lacking extensive research and recognition.  Usage: The story …

Arundhati Roy

  Source: TH Writer Arundhati Roy has been awarded the 45th European Essay Prize for lifetime achievement by the Charles Veillon Foundation. She received the prize for the French translation of her compilation of essays titled “Azadi” (2021). The jury praised her use of the essay as a form of combat, analyzing fascism and its …

Daniel Ellsberg

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: TH  Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked Pentagon Papers exposing Vietnam War secrets, dies at 92. Ellsberg, a former government analyst and consultant, leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, which exposed government doubts and deceit regarding the Vietnam War. His actions inspired acts of retaliation by President Richard Nixon and contributed …

Utilizing pine needles

  Source: DTE A group of women (under Jyoti Self-Help Group (SHG)) in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district have found self-sufficiency by utilizing pine needles and leaves abundantly available in their surroundings. The women have been collecting and weaving these materials into various items for the past five years, including cutlery, containers, serving trays, home decor …

Richard Feynman: Think on your own

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)   Source: TH Physicists once doubted the existence of gravitational waves until Richard Feynman (an American theoretical physicist) settled the debate with a thought experiment. Albert Einstein had discovered the theory of general relativity in 1915, including the existence of gravitational waves, but he was sceptical. The debate continued for …

Racism in football

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: IE The La Liga game between Valencia and Real Madrid had to be temporarily stopped after the Brazilian footballer Vincius Jr’s said he was racially abused by a fan.   Some of the ways of Racism in football are: Monkey chants directed at black players during matches Racial slurs …

Neeraj Chopra

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: TH Indian javelin thrower and Olympic Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has achieved the top spot in the World Athletics men’s javelin throw rankings. This marks the first time Chopra has reached the number-one position in his career. Previously, he had secured the second spot in the rankings.   About …

Technophobia

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: IE Technophobia is the tendency of individuals or societies to exhibit resistance, fear, or negative attitudes toward emerging technologies.   Examples of Technophobia:   Reason for “technophobia”: It can be attributed to various factors such as complexity, lack of knowledge, fear of losing control, and emotional responses. Usage: Such …

Maria Mies

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: IE   Maria Mies, a Marxist Feminist scholar, recently passed away. She was known for her extensive work on how patriarchy, capitalism, and colonialism exploit women and nature.   Her works: Ecofeminism: She co-wrote the book “Ecofeminism” with Vandana Shiva, a scientist and activist. Ecofeminism recognizes the interconnectedness of …

John Sullivan

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: TH John Sullivan, a British administrator, played a crucial role in introducing tea cultivation in the Nilgiris hills. In 1834, the Tea Committee was formed in India with a focus on Assam and its surrounding regions.  He also played a significant role in the development of the Nilgiris district …

Heli-tourism

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: TH Kerala Tourism is planning to introduce heli-tourism to attract premium tourists. They have drafted guidelines for heli-taxi services connecting Kochi with popular tourist destinations like Thekkady, Munnar, and Kumarakom. The department aims to set up the necessary infrastructure through public-private partnership (PPP) to facilitate this initiative.   Usage: …

25 years of Kudumbashree

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME) Source: DTE   About Kudumbashree:   Usage: Such innovative schemes for grass root development, can be used to cite your arguments in Governance, women-related questions, and essays.