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Daily News Digest:28 July 2021

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF FOOD TECHNOLOGY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND MANAGEMENT BILL, 2021

On 26th July 2021 the National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021 was passed in the Lok Sabha. This bill seeks to declare the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management located at Kundli and the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology located at Thanjavur as institutions of national importance.

DHOLAVIRA ADDED TO UNESCO’S WORLD HERITAGE SITES LIST

On 27th July 2021, the Harappan city of Dholavira, in present-day Gujarat, was named the 40th Indian site on UNESCO's World Heritage list. It is the first site of the Indus Valley Civilisation in India to be included on UNESCO’s world heritage sites list. It is an archaeological site at Khadirbet in Bhachau Taluka of Kutch District, in Gujarat.

INDIA CAN SAVE $1.2 BILLION A YEAR BY SHUTTING OLD COAL PLANTS: CEEW STUDY

According to a study by Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India can save $1.2 billion per year by shutting down some old coal-burning power plants and allowing newer ones to run for longer hours. The report says that India ought to rapidly decommission wasteful coal-fired capacity of 30 gigawatts. The nation should likewise save 20 gigawatts of plant reserves.

MAKING WATER SENSITIVE CITIES IN GANGA BASIN INITIATIVE BY NMCG

Recently, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in association with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) launched a new capacity building initiative on ‘Making water sensitive cities in the Ganga basin’. This initiative is aimed to ensure convergence of the Namami Gange Mission with national flagship urban missions. AMRUT, HRIDAY, Smart Cities, Swachh Bharat Mission, NULM.

THREE CULTURAL SITES AND FOUR NATURAL SITES ADDED TO UNESCO’S WORLD HERITAGE SITES LIST

Recently, 4 natural sites and 3 cultural sites were added to the Unesco World Heritage List. 

The three cultural sites:

  • The Dutch Water Defence Lines
  • The Arslantepe Mound archaeological tell in Turkey
  • The Colonies of Benevolence in Belgium and the Netherlands

The 4 natural sites:

  • The four islands with rich biodiversity in Japan.
  • A coastal area of geo-diversity and biodiversity in South Korea.
  • Part of the mountain ridge running down the Malay Peninsula in Thailand.
  • A corridor along the eastern coast of the Black Sea in Georgia.

RUSSIA’S NAUKA MODULE

On 26th July 2021, a Russian module called Pirs on the International Space Station was detached. It was used by spacecraft as a docking port as well as by cosmonauts going for a spacewalk as a door.

Nauka means Science in Russian, is a 42-feet-long module weighing about 20 tonnes, and is meant to serve primarily as a research facility.

NASA SOLVES JUPITER’S X-RAY AURORAS MYSTERY

Jupiter's Auroras emit X-rays. For a number of years, scientists were searching the reason behind these X-Ray emissions from the visual treat. NASA, after 40 years, has solved that mystery now. The purple hue of Auroras seen at both poles of the planet.

NASA says that ions responsible for X-ray emissions are 'surfing' the electromagnetic waves in Jupiter's magnetic field to enter the planet's atmosphere.

84 KOS PARIKRAMA MARG

Recently, the central government decided to declare the "84 kos parikrama marg" around Ayodhya a national highway.

All 3 parikramas in Ayodhya - the 5 kos (around 15 km), 14 kos (42 km), and 84 kos (about 275 km) parikramas are linked to Lord Ram. The 84 kos parikrama is a circumambulation of Koshaldesh, touching all important places linked with the kingdom of Ram.

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