Current Affairs of 21 Feb 2018
Keshav Kishore, Published On:21-Feb-2018
1. Mahanadi Tribunal gets Centre’s approval
• Mahanadi River is a life line of two states – Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
• The center government has given nod to set up a tribunal for the distribution of water between the two states.
• The Central government is also hopeful to pass the Inter-state River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to establish a unified tribunal to resolve all water disputes in the country.
• The Mahanadi River originates in the Sihawa Mountain in the Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh and terminates in the Bay of Bengal.
2. Olive Ridleys are gifted by nature on Odisha coast
• Winds and sea waves have widened a portion of the beach near Rushikulya rookery on Odisha Coast, boosting the prospects of increased mass nesting of the olive ridley turtles.
• Forest department brings eggs from sporadic nesting sites which are monitored by the department at temporary hatching sites.
• Olive ridleys are categorized as endangered species in the red list by IUCN and their mass nesting is called Arribada.
3. Artificial Intelligence can predict heart attack risk
• Artificial Intelligence (AI) can predict cardiovascular results from retinal images with computer vision.
• This research of identifying signals of heart diseases through retinal images is done by Google and its health –tech arm Verily.
• Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally and there are lifestyles factors including exercise and diet in combination with genetic factors, age, ethnicity, and sex which contribute to the disease.
4. Mangrove cover is increasing in Andhra Pradesh
• India State of Forest Report states that there has been a net increase of 37 sq. km of mangrove cover across Andhra Pradesh since 2015.
• The highest net increase of 18 sq. km in Guntur district followed by Krishna district (11 sq. km) has been recorded.
• In India major regions of Mangrove are West Bengal (2106 sq. km), Gujarat (1107 sq. km), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (617 sq. km), Andhra Pradesh (367 sq. km), Maharashtra (222 sq. km), Odisha (231 sq. km), Tamil Nadu (47 sq. km), Goa (26 sq. km), Kerala (9 sq. km) and Karnataka (3 sq. km).
5. India will host World Environment Day 2018
• India will be the global host for this year’s environment day which is observed on 5th June annually.
• The theme of this year is “Plastic Pollution”.
• The day will involve all States and Union Territories, districts, local bodies and organizations. Further, a week-long environmental awareness campaign and pollution mitigation activities will be planned in New Delhi and other parts of the country.
Source: The Hindu, The Indian Express