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News in Short - 05-June-2021

Bihar plans to implement 33% reservation for girls

Date: 05 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Bihar government has proposed to reserve 33 per cent seats to girls in medical and engineering colleges.
  • The government has been planning to bring two new Bills — the Bihar Engineering Universities Bill and Bihar Medical Education Bill — in the next Assembly session to give formal shape to the proposal.
  • To encourage girls to pursue higher education, the state gives a cash incentive of Rs 50,000 to those who pass their graduation.
  • Women-centric schemes such as bicycles and school uniforms for girls were hugely popular and had later been extended to boys as well.

Sustainable Goals Index 2021

Date: 05 June 2021 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • Kerala retained the top spot followed by Himachal Pradesh while Bihar featured at the bottom of NitiAayog's index for sustainable development goals (SDG).
  • The SDG index evaluates the progress of states and union territories on social, economic and environmental criteria and is released every year by the government.
  • India’s overall score across sustainable development goals improved marginally by six points, from 60 in 2019 to 66 in 2021.
  • This rise in the score was due to the country-wide improvement across clean water and sanitation (Goal 6) and affordable and clean energy (Goal 7).

Strong policies against black carbon can cut glacial melt

Date: 05 June 2021 Tags: Climate Change
  • Black carbon (BC) deposits produced by human activity that accelerate glacier and snow melt in the Himalayan region can be sharply reduced through new, currently feasible policies, a new research by World Bank (WB) specialists has said.
  • The research report from the WB covers the Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindu Kush (HKHK) mountain ranges, where glaciers are melting faster than the global average ice mass.
  • The rate of retreat of HKHK glaciers is estimated to be 0.3 metres per year in the west to 1.0 metre per year in the east.
  • Full implementation of current policies to mitigate BC can achieve a 23% reduction but enacting new policies and incorporating them through regional cooperation among countries can achieve enhanced benefits.

Kerala gets exclusive rights to use KSRTC name and symbol

Date: 05 June 2021 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • Kerala's claim for KSRTC acronym and symbol was approved by the Controller General of Patents Design and Trade Marks under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • The registration will make Kerala RTC the lone custodian of the trademarks. All buses of the state-run corporation will showcase KSRTC with the mark to indicate the registration.
  • The tussle between the two states over ‘KSRTC’ began when Karnataka RTC moved for trademark registration in 2014. Kerala moved to act only after a legal notice from Karnataka RTC to get custody of the trademark properties.

New geometrical lines discovered in Thar desert

Date: 05 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Two independent researchers from France have identified eight sites around Jaisalmer in the Thar Desert, that show linear features resembling geoglyphs.
  • Geoglyphs are large, un-explained geometrical patterns on land usually proposed to be man-made features.
  • The largest concentration of geoglyphs is reported from southern Peru. Thenewly identified geoglyphs in the Thar Desert cover an area of about 6 square km.
  • The lines were identified near Boha. They named these features Boha geoglyphs and suggested that the features could be at least 150 years old.