UPSC Prelims Daily Current Affairs | Dated : 2/21/2018

AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE GETS MAJOR PUSH

Kerala’s new health policy focusses on improving the public health system to deliver affordable, accessible and quality care .

FIRE DESTROYS 60 HECTARES OF FOREST : Timely intervention of forest officials prevents fire from spreading

PLACE OF FIRE : Elambileri peak under the Meppadi forest range of the South Wayanad forest division.

THE LOSES :

  • Close to 40 hectares of grassland was destroyed in the fire.

  • It was reported that lower mammals and reptiles sustained injuries in the fire.

IN SRI LANKA, THIS TRIBE SPEAKS TELUGU

The Ahikuntaka (Telugu tribe) had been living on Srilanka for many centuries but its population was on the decline.

Astonishing fact :

  • They are not migrants from India but natives of Sri Lanka. They are believed to have lived there even before the Tamils.

  • The last king of Sri Lanka before the British took over in 1817 was of Telugu origin

  • Telugus played a role in developing Burma a- Telugu native known as “Burma Naidu”

HERMANN MOGLING’S WORK

WHO IS HERMANN ? Herrmann Friedrich Moegling, was a German missionary from the Basel Mission who spent most of his career in the western regions of the state of Karnataka, India.

HIS CREDIT : He is credited as the publisher of the first ever newspaper in the Kannada language called as Mangalooru Samachara in 1843.

THE ADVENT OF HERMANN ? Hermann Mogling arrived in Mangaluru in 1836 as a missionary.

WHAT HE DID ? He learnt Kannada and also established Kannada-medium schools besides editing the medieval Kannada Kavya he collected and got it printed in lithograph between 1848-1856.

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