www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC current affairs May 23, 2017 (23/05/2017)
Topic : Environmental news, Latest Diary of News
After 84 years, Cobra Lily blooms again
The incredibly rare Arisaema translucens, more commonly remembered as the cobra lily, was recently rediscovered in the western Nilgiris after 84 years.
It was last collected in 1932.
What you need to know about cobra lily?
Barely a few hundred cobra lily plants are left in the wild and they can be found only in a small area measuring less than 10 square kilometres in the Nilgiris.
This is probably the only member of the Arisaema family to have a translucent spathe (permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that objects on the opposite side are not clearly visible).
Topic : World Organizations, Summits and Pacts
Smallest nation joins solar alliance
The world’s smallest republic, the tiny island nation of Nauru has become the sixth country to ratify the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Framework pact.
ISA Framework pact was initiated by the Indian and French Governments at the climate change summit held at Paris in 2015.
Five more nations, from Africa, — Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, Ghana and Djibouti — have committed to sign the pact during the ongoing meeting of the African Development bank in India.
What you need to know about Nauru?
Formerly known as Pleasant Island, Nauru is an island country in Micronesia in the Central Pacific.
With 10,084 residents in a 21-square-kilometre area, Nauru is the smallest state in the South Pacific and third smallest state by area in the world, behind only Vatican City and Monaco.
Know about ISA:
India launched the International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the CoP21 Climate Conference in Paris.
The alliance brings together developed and developing countries, governments and industries, laboratories and institutions in a common enterprise.
The main aims of ISA include reducing financial risk across a larger global market, encouraging cooperation on technology, building capacity, and increasing energy access.
The new body will function from the National Institute of Solar Energy in India, Gurgaon.
The Union Government of India has announced that it will provide land and $30 million to form a secretariat for the Alliance, and also support it for five years.
Topic : Latest Diary of Events
International Day for Biodiversity
The International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) 2017 was celebrated all over the country on May 22, by different States and various organization.
The International Day for Biological Diversity was first established in 1993, when the 29th of December was selected to serve as the day to educate the world of the importance of Biodiversity.
This was later changed to the 22 of May in 2000. Too many winter holidays were interfering with countries holding meaningful celebrations.
2017 Theme: “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism”.
Topic : Latest Diary of Events, Economic Policies of India
India is no. 2 stainless steel producer in the world
India has emerged as the second largest stainless steel producer in the world after China.
India toppled Japan in the year 2016 according to the figures disclosed by International Stainless Steel Forum at a conference held in Tokyo, Japan, recently.
Topic : Profile of State, General Administration, Latest Diary of Events
Madhya Pradesh government declared indefinite ban on sand mining in Narmada river
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan declared a ban on sand mining in river Narmada considered the lifeline of the central Indian state.
The ban will be in place until a government appointed committee decides how much sand can be safely mined from the river without causing any damage to it.
The committee which will recommend the state government measures for scientific mining will be headed by MP’s minister for mineral resources, commerce and industry Rajendra Shukla.
Topic : Awards & Honours
Jacqueline Fernandez won International humanitarian award for her charitable work in India
Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez has been awarded the International Humanitarian Award for her work in India at the second annual Asian Voice Charity Awards.
About Asian Voice Charity Awards:
The Asian Voice Charity Awards were created by UK-based weekly newspaper Asian Voice and ratings agency Charity Clarity.
The event, which recognizes charities making a difference across the world, presented awards across different categories.
About Jacqueline Fernandez:
Jacqueline Fernandez (born 11 August 1985) is a Sri Lankan actress, model, and the winner of the 2006 Miss Universe Sri Lanka pageant.
As Miss Universe Sri Lanka, she represented her country at the 2006 world Miss Universe pageant.
She graduated with a degree in mass communication from the University of Sydney, and worked as a television reporter in Sri Lanka.
Topic : Awards & Honours
India’s Rohan Chakravarty won WWF International President’s Award 2017
Rohan Chakravarty, a wildlife and environment cartoonist from India, has won WWF International President’s Award 2017 for his efforts to change attitudes towards nature.
About the Award:
The award is the top honour given by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) to recognize leadership in young conservationists who are under the age of 30 from around the world.
The award ceremony was held recently in Manado, Indonesia.