- It is a mysterious neurological illness, started to afflict American diplomats and intelligence operatives in Cuba, China.
- National Academies of Sciences (NAS) has found “directed” microwave radiation to be its “plausible” cause.
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Light Detection and Ranging Survey (LiDAR) technique
- National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited will be adopting the LiDAR technique
- It is for the preparation of the Detailed Project Report for the proposed Delhi-Varanasi HSR corridor.
- They will be using Laser enabled equipment mounted on a Helicopter for conducting the ground survey.
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- Odisha government is preparing to launch fortified rice in the Public Distribution System (PDS) in Malkangiri district.
- But activists are opposing as they believe that the people have sufficient substitutes in natural food to meet their nutritional needs.
- Fortified rice is laced with Vitamin C.
- Vitamin C is water-soluble.
- If the rice is laced with Vitamin C, it will get washed away while the rice is cleaned before cooking.
Food Fortification process
- Ramnagar Forest Division in Nainital district, Uttarakhand, recently built its first eco-bridge for reptiles and smaller mammals.
- These bridges enhance wildlife connectivity that can be disrupted because of highways or logging.
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The Uttar Pradesh government has recently embarked upon a scheme to take the unique culture of its ethnic Tharu tribe across the world.
The scheme involves creating homestays.
The idea is to offer tourists an experience of living in the natural Tharu habitat, in traditional huts made of grass collected mainly from the forests.
- The community belongs to the Terai lowlands, amid the Shivaliks of the lower Himalayas.
- Most of them are forest dwellers and some practiced agriculture.
- The word “Tharu” is believed to be derived from sthavir, meaning followers of Theravada Buddhism.
- The Tharus live in both India and Nepal.
- In the Indian Terai, they live mostly in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar.
- Tharu women have stronger property rights than women in mainstream North Indian Hindu custom.
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