Important Current Affairs
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated India's first Dinosaur-Museum-cum-Park in the Mahisagar district.
It is set to give visitors a Jurassic Park kind of feel.
The museum is located in Raiyoli area in Balasinor exhibit remains of various dinosaurs and fossil records.
Dinosaur Museum cum Park is the first park in the country and the world's third park.
Raiyoli area is the third largest dinosaur fossil site in the world and it is also the second largest dinosaur hatchery in the world, where thousands of eggs had been found.
It is equipped with modern technology like 3D projection, virtual reality presentations, interactive kiosks and life-size dinosaur replicas.
It has a total land area of 2.63 hectares. It is famous for displaying the evolution of dinosaurs on earth and probable reasons for their extinction.
It is a world-class tourism spot and proves useful to students as well as experts.
Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Ranking 2019 said Singapore has dethroned the US to become the most competitive economy in the world. Hong Kong stands the second spot in the list. USA stands third followed by Switzerland and UAE and fourth and fifth respectively.
Qatar entered the top 10. India ranked 43, one position higher compared to 2018.
The ranking process considers a wide range of hard statistics such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), unemployment and government spending on health and education. IMD also used the soft data from an Executive Opinion Survey which covers other parameters such as social cohesion, globalization and corruption.
Mount Sinabung volcano erupted in Sumatra Island of western Indonesia. A huge column of ash was blasted and spread 7 km high to southeast and south of the crater.
Mount Sinabung blew for nine minutes. It caused panic among the island’s residents. The volcanic activity was accompanied by multiple earthquakes felt in nearby villages. No casualties have been reported due to the eruption.
Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country.
Sinabung was inactive for around 400 years before it erupted in 2010, 2014 and February 2018. Since then it has become one of the southeast Asian nation's most active volcanoes.
Mount Sinabung is a Pleistocene-to-Holocene stratovolcano located in North Sumatra. It is particularly prone to seismic activity due to its location on the Ring of Fire.
Ring of Fire: It an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
Chaukhandi Stupa, an ancient Buddhist site located in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, has been declared as a Monument and protected area of national importance by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Chaukhandi Stupa is a lofty mound of brick whose square edifice is surrounded by an octagonal tower. It was built to mark the place where Lord Buddha met his first disciples as he traveled from Bodhgaya to Sarnath.
The Chaukhandi Stupa is said to be originally a terraced temple during the Gupta period, that 4th to 6th Century.
Govardhan, the son of Raja Todarmal gave the present shape to the Chaukhandi Stupa. He built an octagonal tower to commemorate the visit of Humayun, the great Mughal ruler.
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI):
ASI was formed in 1861, headquartered at New Delhi, India. ASI is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage in India. It functions under the Ministry of Culture.
ASI is responsible for the regulation of all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 and Antiquities and Art Treasure Act,1972.
Canada ban single-use plastics from the year 2021
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau planned to ban plastic bottles, straws and plastic bags clogging the world's oceans.
Canada to lead to fighting against plastic pollution as the country with the world's longest coastline.
Currently, 10 percent of plastics are recycled.
A million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals worldwide suffer injury or death through the food chain.
Plastic Straws, plastic bags, cutlery, plates among the items.
Around 180 countries reached a deal to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the world's oceans.
Marine animals can become entangled in larger plastics - particularly cord, nets, and ropes from fishing.
Canadian government planned to decide single-use plastic products including a ban on plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates and stir sticks.
Around 3m tonnes of plastic waste thrown away each year in Canada.