CURRENT AFFAIRS – 2021
APRIL – 1, 2021
- Shigmo is the celebration of a ‘rich, golden harvest of paddy’ by the tribal communities of Goa.
- Agricultural communities including the Kunbis, Gawdas and Velips celebrate the festival that also marks the onset of spring.
- It was scheduled to take place in the first week of April. Goa has announced that this year no Shigmo spring festival parades due to sudden hike in COVID-19 infections
Jal Jeevan Mission
- The mission was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15th August, 2019. Aimed to provide tap water supply to every rural home by 2024.
- Jal Jeevan Mission has achieved a new milestone of providing over 4 Crore rural households with tap water supply.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
- Facebook had planned two new undersea cables to connect Singapore, Indonesia and North America.
- Named Echo and Bifrost, these will be the first two cables to go through a new diverse route crossing the Java Sea.
Mount Merapi volcano erupts
- Indonesia’s most volatile volcano erupted again.
- It released plumes of ash high into air, streams of lava and debris down its slopes
- The 2,968-metre-high volcano is on densely populated Java island near ancient city of Yogyakarta.
- It is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes.
International Ranger Award
- The award was created in 2020 to highlight and felicitate the extraordinary work that rangers do in protected and conserved areas worldwide
- Mahinder Giri, the range officer of Rajaji Tiger Reserve, has won the prestigious International Ranger Award.
- He is the only ranger from Asia to get receive this award. This award was given for his contribution towards conservation.