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Prelims Current Affairs (Miscellaneous)

India’s trade deficit with China fell to $48.66 billion in 2019-20 on account of the decline in imports from the neighbouring country

Global e-waste — discarded electrical and electronic equipment — will increase by 38 per cent in the decade between 2020 and 2030, according to a new United Nations University (UNU) report.

The Uttar Pradesh government is actively considering the proposal to declare the Shivalik forest in the Saharanpur circle into a tiger reserve to reduce the increasing man-animal conflict.

Former Reserve Bank of India Governor C. Rangarajan has been conferred the P.C. Mahalanobis Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to official statistics on the Statistics Day on June 29.

The Environment Ministry has reconstituted the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to include an expert from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, and a molecular biologist.

The Government has declared the extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) till November.

The World Bank has approved a five-year loan to the Namami Gange project worth ` 3,000 crore ($400 million) to develop and improve infrastructure projects to abate pollution in the river basin.

Lepidopterists in Arunachal Pradesh have helped add two species to India’s expanding list of butterflies.

HUL DIVAS

6th Jul, 2020

Hul Divas is observed annually on June 30 in memory of tribals — Sidho and Kanhu Murmu — who led the Santhal hul (rebellion) on June 30, 1855, at Bhognadih in Sahebganj district.

GYNANDROMORPHS

6th Jul, 2020

In 2019, a peculiar dragonfly, the Scarlet Skimmer (Crocothemis servilia), in the Puzhakkal area of the Kole wetlands in Thrissur was discovered.

‘Mareech,’ the Advanced Torpedo Defence System (ATDS) has been included in the Indian naval ships and submarines, to locate and destroy the torpedoes fired at them. 

As part of the 6th International Yoga Daycommemorations, the world’s first yoga university outside India has been launched in Los Angeles, offering programmes that combine scientific principles and modern research approaches to the ancient Indian practice.

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