Chillai-Kalan: 40-day harshest winter period in Kashmir

Context ‘Chillai-Kalan’, the 40-day harshest winter period, began in Kashmir on a dry note even as there was improvement in the minimum temperature across the valley. About Chillai-Kalan According to Persian tradition, night of 21st December is celebrated as Shab-e Yalda-“Night of Birth”, or Shab-e Chelleh. – “Night of Forty”. Iranian Azerbaijanis call it Chilla …

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Status of Leopards in India 2018: Odisha Doubles

Context Leopard population in Odisha has doubled to around 760 as compared to around 345 in 2014 census, revealed the ‘Status of Leopards in India 2018. Report Summary According to the report, the population of leopards in Odisha is estimated to be around 760. The report shows a tremendous increase in the population of the …

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Endangered Blackbucks: New Initiative to conserve in Odisha

Context In a bid to increase the population and conservation of blackbucks in Ganjam, the district administration has adopted a smart and sustainable method of agriculture in the peripheral areas of Aska Forest Range near Bhetanai village in the district. The district administration has started cultivation of a variety of pulses to feed the endangered …

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Bhitarkanika: Threatened by Reduced Water flow from Brahmani and Kharasrota

Context In an alarming development, reducing flow of fresh water in Brahmani and Kharasrota rivers might lead to extinction of mangroves in Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapada district. This was stated by experts at a workshop ‘Hydro-ecological Assessment for Integrated Management of Bhitarkanika Ramsar Site’ held at Gupti in Rajnagar block in this district. The …

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Rainwater Harvesting

Context The Biju Patnaik Park in Bhubaneswar became the first park in the city to adopt land-based Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) system on its premises. Observing the constant water-logging and flooding in state capital, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) had proposed to install RWH system in the park in January this year. Constructed at a cost …

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