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‘Ambubachi Mela’; ‘Eastern Economic Forum’; ‘Directorate of Revenue Intelligence’; Location of Mauritania; ‘Kani tribe’;
By IASToppers
August 10, 2019

 

 

‘Directorate of Revenue Intelligence’ works under which: (a) Central Board of Direct Taxes OR (b) Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs?

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Answer:

  • The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence is the apex anti-smuggling agency of India.
  • It works under the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
  • The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence was constituted on 4th December 1957.

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Functions:

  • It detects and curbs smuggling of contraband, including drug trafficking and illicit international trade in wildlife and environmentally sensitive items.
  • It also combats commercial frauds related to international trade and evasion of Customs duty.
  • It deals exclusively with the work relating to the collection and study of information on smuggling activities and the deployment of all anti-smuggling resources at the all India level.

Features of the organization:

  • It is designed to collect and collate information and to strike swiftly.
  • Although small, it is a high-powered organization so that it can issue instructions to Collectors and can command the confidence and respect of the other State and Central organizations.

 

 

‘Kani tribe’ is the tribe belongs to which geographical region of India?

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‘Kani tribe’ is the tribe from Western Ghats area of Kerala.

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‘Kani tribe’

  • Kani tribe is a small nomadic community living in the Western Ghats area of Kerala, India.
  • Their use of the forest plant arogyapacha (trichopus zeylanicus) as a key ingredient in a herbal remedy called Jeevani was noted by visiting scientists in the 1980s.
  • Jeevani is known for its immunity-enhancing, liver-protective, anti-fatigue, and DNA-protective properties.
  • The formula was eventually developed as a commercial enterprise by Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, with the tribe’s Kerala Kani Welfare Trust receiving license fees and royalties.
  • A recently discovered species of tree-dwelling crab has been named Kani maranjandu after the tribe.

 

 

‘Eastern Economic Forum’ was recently in news. It belongs to which country?

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The ‘Eastern Economic Forum’ was established by President of the Russia to support the economic development of Russia’s Far East.

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‘Eastern Economic Forum’

  • Eastern Economic Forum is an international forum held each year in Vladivostok, Russia.
  • The Forum was established by decree of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in 2015 to support the economic development of Russia’s Far East.
  • It was also aimed to expand international cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • The Eastern Economic Forum focuses on strengthening ties between the international investment community, Russian business, and federal, regional, and local government bodies.
  • Far East Economic Forum is sponsored by the organizing committee appointed by Roscongress, an association of the Russian Government.

Why in news?

  • President of Russia, Putin has invited Prime Minister of India to be the main guest for the Eastern Economic Forum at Vladivostok in September
  • The 2019’s Forum will take place on 4–6 September in Vladivostok on the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) campus.

 

 

Mauritania is a country lies in Africa continent. True or False?

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Answer:

True.

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Location of Mauritania

  • Mauritania is located in the North-western part of continent Africa. It is the 29th largest nation in terms of land area.
  • Mauritania shares land borders with 4 countries: Mali, Algeria, Senegal, Western Sahara
  • Mauritania is one of Africa’s poorest of countries.
  • Much of the population depends on farming and livestock for their income.
  • There are extensive deposits of iron ore, accounting for about 50% of the country’s exports.

Location of Mauritania

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‘Ambubachi Mela’ is the most important festival of which pilgrimage of India?

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Ambubachi Mela is the most important festival of the Kamakhya Temple of Guwahati in the state of Assam in India.

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Ambubachi Mela

  • Ambubachi Mela is celebrated every year during the monsoon season, which happens to fall in around the middle of the month of June.
  • Ambubachi Mela is the celebration of the menstruation of Mother Earth.
  • It is believed that the presiding goddess of the temple, Devi Kamakhya goes through her annual cycle of menstruation during this time stretch.
  • Ambubachi or Ambubasi is derived from the Sanskrit term ‘ambuvachi’ which means ‘the issuing forth of water’.
  • The temple remains closed for the first 3 days.
  • During this time any kind of farming work is not taken on. Daily worships and other religious performances are also stopped during the Ambubachi Mela of Guwahati in Assam.
  • On the fourth day, the devotees of the Goddess are allowed to enter the temple.
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