Andhra-Odisha Boundary Dispute

Andhra Pradesh recently held panchayat elections in three villages in the Kotia cluster, which is at the centre of a dispute between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Prior to April 1, 1936, villages under Kotia panchayat were part of Jeypore Estate. In the Constitution of Orrisa Order, 1936, published in the Gazette of India on March

Novel Genomic Regions

A team from the University of Cambridge set out to find whether new genes emerge in the genome of living organisms and if they do, how they do so. They have now catalogued 1,94,000 novel regions. The ‘novel’ genomic regions cannot be defined by our current ‘definition’ of a gene. Hence, researchers call these novel

Mandarin Duck | Why It Is Special?

A rare Mandarin duck was observed floating in the Maguri-Motapung beel (or wetland) in Assam’s Tinsukia district for over a week is spectacular. IUCN status: Least Concerned Considered the most beautiful duck in the world, the Mandarin duck, or the (Aix galericulata) was first identified by Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist Carl Linnaeus in 1758. The

FASTag – How to Buy?

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has decided that all lanes in the fee plazas on National Highways shall be declared as “FASTag lane of the fee plaza”. FASTags are stickers that are affixed to the windscreen of vehicles and use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to enable digital, contactless payment of tolls without having

Farakka ‘lock’ and Hilsa Fish

Back in February 2019, the government had unveiled a project to redesign the navigation lock at the Farakka Barrage at a cost of Rs 360 crore to create a “fish pass” for the Hilsa. Farakka ‘lock’ and Hilsa Fish: In scientific parlance, the Hilsa (Tenualosa ilisha) is an anadromous fish. It lives most of its

Dayanand Saraswati – Biography & Story

Information and Broadcasting Minister paid his tributes to Swami Dayanand Saraswati on his birth anniversary. Swami Dayanand Saraswati was a philosopher, social leader, and founder of the Arya Samaj, a reform movement of the Vedic dharma. He was the first to give the call for Swaraj as “India for Indians” in 1876, a call later

Local Treatment Of Urban Sewage For Healthy Reuse (LOTUS-HR) Program

Alleviating water stress, in these large metropolitan areas requires proper management of freshwater reserves through clever storage, proper sanitation, and recovery of potable water from unconventional resources like wastewater. Likely, this will result in increased societal costs, which are more than many societies can cope with. This is where LOTUSHR comes in. In July 2017

Pradhan Mantri YUVA Yojana (PM-YUVA)

Pradhan Mantri YUVA Yojana (PM-YUVA) is the initiative of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). It is to entrepreneurship education and training, advocacy and easy access to an entrepreneurship support network to over 7 lakh youth to initiate maximum start-ups over five years. Pradhan Mantri YUVA Yojana: Objectives Creating an enabling ecosystem for

Eklavya Model Residential Schools

EMRS started in the year 1997-98 to impart quality education to ST children in remote areas in order to enable them to avail of opportunities in high and professional education courses and get employment in various sectors. The schools focus not only on academic education but on the all-round development of the students.  Each school

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