- Science and Technology
Scientists Develop Robo Plant technology
Scientists in Singapore have developed Robo Plant, a technology to interact with plants
It interacts with plants by linking plants to electrodes.
Through this technology, plants can be controlled through the smartphone and used by farmers to detect diseases and various other functions.
- Science and Technology
New bird species in India recorded in India
Bombay Natural History Society scientists have recorded a new species of bird, the three banded Rosefinch.
The new bird species was identified in the high-altitude coniferous forests of Arunachal Pradesh.
This new bird species belongs to the finch family of birds.
Quick Fact: Bombay Natural History Society was founded in 1883
- Government Schemes
Project RE-HAB a huge success: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
Project RE-HAB is a project of the KVIC which stands for Reducing Elephant Human Attacks using Bees.
The project uses bee boxes as a fence to prevent elephants from entering human habitation and thus reduce human-animal conflicts.
The method was first used in the Nagarhole National Park and has proven to be very useful and cost-effective.
Quick Fact: Nagarhole National Park is located in Karnataka
- National Affairs
GoI launches ULPIN: Unique Land Parcel Identification Number
Unique Land Parcel Identification Number (ULPIN) scheme is set to be implemented in India by March 2022.
ULPIN will work as an Aadhar for Land and will identify every surveyed parcel of land.
It will help in digitising land records in India and curbing land fraud.
Quick Fact: ULPIN will be a fourteen-digit Alpha Numeric ID based on latitude and longitude coordinates of the land parcel.
- India and the World
US Navy conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation in Indian Ocean Region
US Navy recently conducted Freedom of Navigation Operation in Indian Ocean Region without seeking prior permission from India.
This is India’s Exclusive Economic Zone and as per Indian law, any foreign military must inform before conducting any activity in the EEZ of India. However, as per UNCLOS, countries cannot prevent ships from using Exclusive Economic Zone.
This difference is a contentious point between developed and developing countries where developed countries seek more freedom of navigation, while developing countries seek to protect their hitherto unexplored offshore resources and their independence.
Quick Fact: UNCLOS is an acronym for the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea and became active in 1982.
- Person in News
Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, passes away
Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh passed away.
He was aged 99 and was the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch.
He was also the longest-lived male member of the British royal family.