UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS| PRELIMS & MAINS | 29th May

Daily UPSC Current Affairs | 29th May

Dear Aspirants
IASbhai Daily Current Affairs for UPSC PRELIMS & MAINS 2020 is an initiative to dilute major articles from leading Newspapers in India which are most relevant to UPSC preparation –‘THE HINDU, LIVEMINT , INDIAN EXPRESS’ and help millions of readers who find difficulty in answer writing and making notes everyday. Hence we choose articles on daily basis and analyse them with respect to UPSC PRELIMS 2020.

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HIGHLIGHT INFO:

ORANGE COLOUR: Important for Prelims.

RED COLOUR: Important for Mains.

BLACK COLOUR: Must Read !

BLUE COLOUR : Important Links/Survey.

PINK COLOUR: Reports/Themes/Summits.

Tedros stresses green, healthy recovery

      HEADLINES:

Coronavirus update: Tedros stresses green, healthy recovery from COVID-19

      WHY IN NEWS:

Lockdown measures turned lives upside down: WHO chief

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Health:Diseases

      ISSUE: 

  World Health Organization Director-general Tedros A Ghebreyesus May 27, 2020 stressed on eco-friendly ways to recover from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic  

HE PRESENTING A SIX-POINT MANIFESTO:

  1. Protecting nature
  2. Water and sanitation, clean and reliable energy and climate resilience for homes and health facilities
  3. Clean energy
  4. Healthy and sustainable food systems
  5. Better urban planning
  6. Withdrawal of subsidies for fossil fuel

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

We have included these points basically to bring on more awareness ! Essential points to pen them down .

     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB/DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS for UPSC CSE Prelims & Mains

India’s first dolphin observatory

      HEADLINES:

India’s first dolphin observatory coming up in Bihar

      WHY IN NEWS:

Being built on a bridge on the Ganga, it will be completed by year end or early next year

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Conservation of Biodiversity : Gangetic Dolphins

      ISSUE: 

A dolphin observatory is being built on a bridge over the Ganga near Bhagalpur in Bihar. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A dolphin observatory is being built on a bridge over the Ganga near Bhagalpur in Bihar. Photo: Wikimedia Commons A dolphin observatory is being built on a bridge over the Ganga near Bhagalpur in Bihar.

VIKRAMSHILA GANGETIC DOLPHIN SANCTUARY (VGDS)

  • The Bihar government is setting up India’s first observatory for the mammals in Bhagalpur district.
  •  Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary (VGDS) is in the state’s Bhagalpur district is scheduled to be completed by early next year.
  • The structural design of the observatory is such that it will promote eco-tourism.
  • “It will give people an incentive to visit the place and see dolphins in the sanctuary without disturbing them,” .
  • “There would be no bad or adverse impact on the river’s ecology as the observatory is being constructed on a bridge over the Ganga,” .
  • The observatory is being built on the Sultanganj-Aguwani Ghat bridge over the Ganga.
  • “It will be in the middle of the river, where bridge’s width will be nearly 100 feet.
  • “The observatory building will be transparent, with glass from all sides to ensure people can watch the dolphins,”.

DOLPHIN NUMBERS

  The endangered Gangetic dolphin, India’s national aquatic animal.

  • However, there was no quantitative estimate of dolphin numbers during the lockdown period as no survey had been conducted.
  • The last survey of Bihar’s dolphin population was conducted in 2018.
  • It was found that there were 1,363 dolphins in the rivers in the state.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Going by this number, Bihar is home to around half of the estimated 2,500-3,000 Gangetic dolphins in India.
     SOURCES:DOWNTOEARTH/DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS for UPSC CSE Prelims & Mains

Instant PAN through Aadhaar based e-KYC

      HEADLINES:

FM launches facility of Instant PAN through Aadhaar based e-KYC

      WHY IN NEWS:

In line with the announcement made in the Union Budget, Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman formally launched the facility for instant allotment of PAN (on near to real time basis) here today.

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Finance
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 2:Governance

      ISSUE: 

  • This facility is now available for those PAN applicants who possess a valid Aadhaar number and have a mobile number registered with Aadhaar.
  • The allotment process is paperless and an electronic PAN (e-PAN) is issued to the applicants free of cost.
  • ‘Beta version’ on trial basis was started on 12th Feb 2020 on the e-filing website of Income Tax Department.
  • The instant PAN applicant is required to access the e-filing website of the Income Tax Department to provide her/his valid Aadhaar number and then submit the OTP received on her/his Aadhaar registered mobile number.
  • On successful completion of this process, a 15-digit acknowledgment number is generated.
  • If required, the applicant can check the status of the request anytime by providing her/his valid Aadhaar number and on successful allotment, can download the e-PAN.
  • The e-PAN is also sent to the applicant on her/his email id, if it is registered with Aadhaar.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Since then onwards, 6,77,680 instant PANs have been allotted with a turnaround time of about 10 minutes, till 25th May 2020.
  • The launch of the Instant PAN facility is yet another step by the Income Tax Department towards Digital India, thereby creating further ease of compliance to the taxpayers.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB/DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS for UPSC CSE Prelims & Mains

 

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