International Ranger Award

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NATIONAL NEWS

Jal Shakti Abhiyan campaign launched

  • Prime Minister launched “Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain” campaign on the World Water Day commenced on 22nd March.
  • The theme of this campaign is “catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls”.
  • It will be launched as a Jan Andolan to take water conservation at grass-root level through people’s participation.
  • It will be implemented from 22nd March 2021 to 30th November, 2021 - the pre-monsoon and monsoon period in the country.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

World Water Development Report

  • United Nations World Water Development Report was recently published by UNESCO during the World Water Day.
  • According to the report, built water reservoir capacity per person is decreasing globally as reservoir expansion has not been able to keep pace with population growth.
  • The headquarters of UNESCO is located in Paris, France.

 

MISCELLENEOUS

Volcanic Mount Fagradalsfjall erupted

  • This long-dormant Icelandic volcano – Fagradalsfjall erupted after hundreds of years.
  • Fagradalsfjall is in the Reykjanes peninsula located in the southwest of Iceland.

 

PRIZES & AWARDS

Gandhi Peace Prize

  • The Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2020 is being conferred on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • The Gandhi Peace Prize is an annual award instituted by Government of India since 1995, the 125th Birth Anniversary commemoration year of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The award carries an amount of Rs. 1 crore, a citation, a plaque and an exquisite traditional handicraft/ handloom item.

 

International Ranger Award

  • Mahinder Giri, range officer of Rajaji Tiger Reserve, won the prestigious International Ranger Award for his contribution towards conservation.
  • He is the only ranger from Asia to receive this award.
  • The award is given by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in collaboration with International Ranger Federation, Global Wildlife Conservation and Conservation allies.
  • This award was instituted in 2020 to highlight and felicitate the extraordinary work that rangers do in protected and conserved areas worldwide.

 

ORBITUARY

Music director P.J. Lipson

  • Music director P.J. Lipson passed away at the age of 62.
  • He was noted for composing and arranging Christian devotional songs and his album ‘Pushpanjali’ had achieved much popularity.
  • He composed the hymns for the Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II when he visited Kochi in 1986.

 

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