july 8….hindu news crunch

1) larger part of

The bangalore city is not in the

Cauvery basin but in the

Dakshina Pinakini river


2) The stakeholders of the

tourism industry are jittery

over the inclusion of houseboats,

the mascot of Kerala

Tourism, in the luxury tourism

slot of Goods and Services

Tax (GST), which entails

a tax of 28%.


The government has imposed

a ban on farming of

African catfish, an invasive

species that is proliferating

in waterbodies across the

State, posing a threat to native

aquatic species.

Experts, however, feel

that the ban would have little

effect unless the existing

stocks are destroyed through

selective culling.


4) The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve,

where the pale tiger

was photographed, also encompasses

the Mudumalai-


complex, which is home

to the world’s largest wild tiger


5)for e-vehicles the

wider challenge today is to find the natural resources

such as lithium, cobalt and nickel to make millions of

batteries and recycle them later, besides putting up

charging infrastructure across entire countries. The

solutions are currently expensive. By contrast, the dilemma

underscores the elegance of low-cost non-motorised

options for cities, such as bicycles and walking.

6) By 2000, India was acquiring

surface-to-air missiles (Barak 1) and

UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)

from Israel. Subsequently, the refurbishing

of MiG-21 aircraft employed

Israeli avionics. During the

1999 Kargil war, Israel assisted with

laser-guidance kits mated with

gravity bombs, carried by the

Mirage 2000 aircraft. With U.S.

concurrence, Israel sold India the

Phalcon airborne early warning

system and mounted on the Russian

Il-76, provided AWACs capability.

Subsequent acquisitions have

included Spike anti-tank guided

missiles and the long range surfaceto-

air missiles in both the naval and land versions. Today, Israel has

emerged as the third-largest defence

supplier for India and accounts

for over 40% of Israel’s defence exports.


7) In a first, Karnataka’s agricultural

scientists have sequenced

the genetic code of

ragi, or finger millet, throwing

light on the exact building

blocks that make it

drought-resistant and nutrition-


Potential gains to drought

tolerance of rice and wheat

through transfer of droughttolerant

genes found in ragi

are possible.



Arjun here.From Kottakkal, Kerala,India. I am interested in anything that is interesting and writing comes among the top of that list. I read,I write,I live.

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