UPSC Prelims daily current affairs 2018/2019 | Dated : 8/4/2018 | Sunday The Hindu broken to 4 line


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MISSION BATTEES CLEANS A DIRTY SPOT : It was a race to build 32,000 toiletsin a remote part of U.P. in five days

THE MAIN PROGRAMME : Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Modi government’s flagship sanitation programme.


WHAT IS MISSION BATTEES ? Mission Battees (Mission Thirty Two), is a district sanitation drive conducted in the last week of March in UP.

WHAT IS THEIR AIM ? They are trying to set a Guinness world record by building 32,000 toilets in 120 hours between March 26 and 30.

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NEPAL FOR TIES BASED ON MUTUAL RESPECT : Movement of goods should not be stopped in modern era, says PM Oli

THE QUOTE : Placing barriers on movement of goods and people is incompatible with the modern era.

WHO SAID THIS ? Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli

WHY HE SAID THIS ? This in an indirect reference to the economic blockade of his country, which lasted for several months during 2015-16.


WHY IS THIS PROMINENT ? This was the first time that a Nepali Prime Minister has even obliquely referred to the blockade at a public meeting in Delhi.

WHY SUCH BLOAVKADE OCCURRED ? Nepali leaders had then blamed India for supporting the Madhesi groups from the Nepal’s plains that had imposed the punitive measure seeking changes in the 2015 Constitution.


WHAT DID INDIA SAY ? India had maintained that the blockade was an internal matter and had to be resolved through dialogue among various parties.

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A WEDDING THAT RINGS IN CHANGE : FIRST TRANSSEXUAL COUPLE TO TIE THE KNOT WITH BLESSINGS OF FAMILIES

WHO ARE THE COUPLES ?

  • Surya a transgender - popular face on TV — an actor, activist, and a TG (transgender) icon.

  • Ishaan – a transman.


THE SIGNIFICANCE : Kerala’s first transsexual couple to tie the knot with the blessings of their families


‘DEMOLISH ILLEGAL RESORTS IN ELEPHANT CORRIDOR’ : Amicus curiae highlights how laws were violated for exploitation of forest area

THE NEWS : All hotels and resorts constructed in brazen violation of forest, building and panchayat Acts in the country’s most critical elephant corridor in The Nilgiris should be sealed and demolished – argument in court ( ongoing case )


THE LANDMARK CASE LAW : A. Rangarajan and Others vs Union of India and others, WHAT WAS THE CASE ABOUT ? Protection of elephants and their corridors to reduce man-elephant conflict.

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MARITIME MANDVI : Dhows crafted at the port used to ply as far as Africa centuries ago. But now, just a few of these seagoing vessels are made a year


WHAT IS MANDVI ? It is a port at Arabian Sea at Mandvi in Gujarat.


PAST HISTORY OF THE PORT : Centuries ago, the port here was a beacon for cargo ships and dhows plying as far as Africa, carrying foodgrains and other goods to Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Mombasa, Tanzania, Uganda and other remote corners of the world.


SAD PRESENT : Earlier port used to roll out 30 vessels a year. Now, the order book runs to just four or five.


THE KEY COMMUNITY : The seafaring Kharva community.

WHO ARE KHARVAS ? They are communities comprising Hindus and Muslims, dropped anchor here after migrating from Rajasthan some 400 years ago.


WHAT WAS THE REASON FOR FALL DOWN OF MANDVI PORT ? With India gaining Independence, the government decided to develop the Kandla port and Mandvi got sidelined.


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