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Location of Taiwan Strait; Location of Chukotka Peninsula; Mahila Adhikarita Yojana; Bonn Convention; Nargistan and ‘Guldasta-E-Haqiqat’;
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September 07, 2019

 

 

Nargistan and ‘Guldasta-E-Haqiqat’ are the translations of which Hindu scriptures?

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Nargistan is a Persian translation of Hindu scripture the ‘Ramayana’ while ‘Guldasta-E-Haqiqat’ is a lyrical Urdu translation of the Bhagavad Gita.

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Nargistan

  • Nargistan is a Persian translation of Hindu scripture the ‘Ramayana’.
  • It is the translation of the Ramayana in poetic from by Mirza Bedil. Interestingly the translation begins with the phrase “in the name of Allah.”

‘Guldasta-E-Haqiqat’

  • ‘Guldasta-E-Haqiqat’ is a lyrical Urdu translation of the Bhagavad Gita in the form of a ghazal.
  • It has been written by Munshi Shital Prasda.

 

 

Where will be the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals is going to be held?

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The 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals (CMS), is going to be hosted by India during 15th to 22nd February, 2020 at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

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Bonn Convention

  • The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (Bonn Convention; CMS) is an environmental treaty under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme.
  • It was signed in 1979. It provides a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats.
  • It exclusively conserves and manages the terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range.
  • India has been a Party to the CMS since 1983. The Conference of Parties (COP) is the decision-making organ of this convention.
  • Under this convention, migratory species threatened with extinction are listed on Appendix I.
  • Parties strive towards strictly protecting these animals, conserving or restoring the places where they live, mitigating obstacles to migration and controlling other factors that might endanger them.
  • India has signed non legally binding MOU with CMS on the conservation and management of Siberian Cranes (1998), Marine Turtles (2007), Dugongs (2008) and Raptors (2016).

 

 

What is the aim of the scheme ‘Mahila Adhikarita Yojana’?

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  • The scheme aims to provide loans for projects costing up to Rs.100,000/- with subsidized interest rates to Safai Karamchari and Scavenger women and their dependant daughters for small and petty business projects.

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Mahila Adhikarita Yojana:

  • Under the Mahila Adhikarita Yojana (MAY) loan is provided through State Channelizing Agencies (SCAs), Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) and Nationalized Bank to the target group.
  • Loan under this scheme is provided to Safai Karamchari and Scavenger women and their dependant daughters for projects with a maximum project cost upto Rs.100000/- for small and petty trade/business and sundry income generating activities
  • Promoter’s contribution is not insisted upon from the beneficiaries under MAY Scheme.
  • Loan component from NSKFDC can be provided upto maximum of 90% of the unit cost and the remaining 10% is to be provided by the State Channelizing Agencies in the form of loan, subsidy or from any other available sources of funds.
  • Repayment period is 5 years after implementation period of 3 months and moratorium period of 6 months.

 

 

Chukotka Peninsula is located in which country?

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Chukotka Peninsula is located in the Far East Russia.

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Location of Chukotka Peninsula

  • Chukotka autonomous okrug is a federal subject of Russia located in the Far East.
  • It borders with the United States by sea in the east. Anadyr is the capital city of the region.
  • Chukotka occupies the entire peninsula of Chukotka and a number of islands. The region is washed by the East Siberian and Chukchi Seas of the Arctic Ocean and the Bering Sea of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Chukotka is mostly hilly territory with low- and middle mountain relief.
  • Most of the region of peninsula is located above the Arctic Circle. Therefore, the climate is harsh, subarctic, on the coast – maritime, in the hinterland – continental. Winter lasts up to 10 months.
  • It has water resources. There are more than 8,000 rivers. Chukotka reindeer herd is one of the largest in the world in this area.
  • Chukotka has large reserves of natural resources: oil, natural gas, coal, gold, tin, tungsten, quicksilver.Chukotka Peninsula

 

 

The Taiwan Strait is a wide channel that separates island of Taiwan from which country?

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  • The Taiwan Strait is a 110-mile-wide channel that separates mainland China from the island of Taiwan.

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Location of Taiwan Strait:

  • The strait is also known as the Formosa Strait or the Tai-hai (the Tai Sea).
  • The Taiwan Strait makes up part of the South China Sea, and its northern portion is linked to the East China Sea.
  • The strait borders the south eastern part of China and runs along the eastern part of China’s Fujian Province.
  • The chief ports are Amoy in mainland China and Kao-hsiung on Taiwan. The area lies in a typhoon zone.
  • The strait is a busy shipping route, on which millions of tons of cargo are ferried each year. Fishing is another crucial economic activity that is carried out along the strait.

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