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World’s First 5-Country Biosphere Reserve

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated Mura-Drava-Danube (MDD) as the world’s first ‘five-country biosphere reserve’.

Aim

  • The strategy’s aim is to revitalise 25,000 km of rivers and protect 30 per cent of the European Union’s land area by 2030.

‘United in Science 2021’ Report

A new climate change report (United in Science 2021) was released on 16th September 2021 shows that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will be impossible without immediate, large-scale emissions cuts.

  • The report, published by a range of UN agencies and scientific partners just weeks before the COP26 climate summit, said that climate change and its impacts were accelerating. And a temporary reduction in carbon emissions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic had done nothing to slow the relentless warming, the report found.

India to organise First-ever Global Buddhist Conference

From 19th to 20th November 2021, India will organise the first-ever Global Buddhist Conference that will become an annual feature.

  • It will be held in Nalanda, Bihar in the campus of the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara.
  • The event is being planned by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

Aim of this Conference

  • This is an academic conference to make India a center of Buddhism, not about tourism.
  • It is about making center for Buddhist activities, like academics, cultural, seminars, people traveling for festival - Buddha Purnima, Vesak. ICCR is also going to have a manuscript repository.

Revision of TMA Scheme for Specified Agriculture Products

On 10th September 2021, the Centre has revised "Transport and Marketing Assistance" (TMA) scheme for Specified Agriculture Products’.


‘Orca’: World’s Largest CO2 capturing Plant

The world's largest plant designed to suck carbon dioxide out of the air and turning it into rock started running on 8th September 2021 in Iceland.


Household Indebtedness in India: NSS (77th Round) Findings

On 10th September 2021, the National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation released the ‘All India Debt & Investment Survey 2019’.


C-295MW to replace ageing Avro Aircrafts

On 8th September 2021, the Cabinet Committee on Security approved the procurement of fifty six C-295MW transport aircraft from M/s Airbus Defence and Space S.A., Spain for the Indian Air Force.


NH for Emergency Landing

On 9th September, 2021 an Emergency Landing Field (ELF) was inaugurated on NH-925 at Gandhav Bhakasar Section (NH-925) South of Barmer (Rajasthan).


India’s First Dugong Conservation Reserve

Tamil Nadu state government has announced to set up India’s first dugong conservation reserve at the northern part of the Palk Bay.


Karbi Anglong Agreement: A Step towards “Insurgency free prosperous North East”

On 4th September 2021, a historic tripartite Karbi Anglong Agreement was signed by the Union Govt., the Assam government and five insurgency groups from the state to bring peace to the Northeastern state’s Karbi-Anglong district.


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