1.National Affairs

NLCIL wins ‘Swachhta Hi Seva award’ for transforming Neyveli Township

NLC India Limited (NLCIL) is a Navratna company

It has won the Swachhta Hi Seva award for transforming the entire Neyveli into a plastic-free, clean and green campus

‘Swachhta Hi Seva’, is an initiative of the Swachh Bharat Mission, which aims to generate greater public participation and reinforce the concept of ‘sanitation as everyone’s business’
Quick Fact: Rakesh Kumar is the CMD of NLCIL

2.Art and Culture

Nuakhai Juhar Festival

The Nuakhai Juhar Festival was celebrated in Chhattisgarh and Odisha on 23rd August

The festival worships food crops and celebrates new crops of the season 

The festival is also known as Nuakhai Parab or Nuakahi Bhetghat

3.Science and Technology

Astronomers at ARIES find clues behind accelerated star formation in dwarf galaxies

Astronomers at ARIES have discovered dwarf galaxies that are forming new stars 10-100 times faster than Milky Way Galaxy.

However, this phenomenon stops quicker in Dwarf Galaxies as compared to developed ones like the Milky Way. 

Formation of stars requires a high concentration of hydrogen. Studies revealed that the fast formation may be due to disturbed distribution of hydrogen atoms in dwarf galaxies caused due to recent collisions with another galaxy. These collisions lead to formation of nuclei and centres with high hydrogen atom concentration.

Quick Fact: Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observation Science (ARIES) is located in Uttarakhand

4.Science and Technology

India’s ASTROSAT makes rare discovery

ASTROSAT is India’s first multi-wavelength space telescope

ASTROSAT has detected extreme UV light from a galaxy located 9.3 billion light years away from the Earth

This discovery will help understand the mysteries of the universe

5.Environment

Mahseer: Rare fish sighted in Sileru river

The rare fish Mahseer was sighted by a team of researchers from Andhra University in the Sileru river

The fish is listed as Endangered in IUCN list

Mahseer is a sensitive freshwater species, which can barely tolerate modified water environment

Quick Fact: Sileru River is a tributary of Sabari river