Daily Current Affairs
El Salvador first nation to impose ban on metal mining
El Salvador has made history after becoming the first country in the world to ban metal mining.
Lawmakers in the water-parched country passed the ban in a unanimous vote, declaring El Salvador a mining-free territory.
The decision followed a long and bitter struggle to protect the Central American country’s diminishing water sources from polluting mining projects.
Points to Remember
- El Salvador is in a state of water crisis, hence it has banned metal mining because it causes water pollution.
- El Salvador is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America.
- San Salvador is the capital of El Salvador while Dollar is its currency.
- Salvador Sanchez Ceren is the President of El Salvador.
All India Institute of Ayurveda established at New Delhi
All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), Sarita Vihar, New Delhi has been established as an Autonomous Body under the aegis of Ministry of AYUSH at a cost of Rs. 157 crore.
AIIA is a 200 bedded referral hospital and shall impart PG & Ph.D degree courses in Ayurveda.
1st Batch of P.G. course has been started in 2016. Institute has started OPD & IPD facility with major specialties in Ayurveda. Presently AIIA is functional.
Kanha tiger reserve becomes first in India to get official mascot
Kanha has become the first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot — Bhoorsingh the Barasingha.
The step aims to present the hard ground swamp deer as the spirit of the reserve and spread awareness to save it from possible extinction.
Barasingha, or swamp deer, is the state animal of Madhya Pradesh. The Kanha tiger reserve, spread over Mandla and Balaghat districts, is the only place in the world where the species exists.
Points to Remember
- Kanha tiger reserve is located in Madhya Pradesh. It is also called Kanha National Park.
- Bhopal is the capital of Madhya Pradesh.
- Shivraj Singh Chouhan is the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh while Om Prakash Kohli is the Governor.
Govt lowers interest rate on small savings schemes by 0.1%
The government has lowered the interest rates on small savings schemes like PPF, Kisan Vikas Patra and Sukanya Samriddhi scheme by 0.1 per cent for the April-June quarter, a move that would prompt banks to cut their deposit rates.
New Rates are:
- Public provident fund (PPF) scheme: 7.9 per cent
- Five-year National Savings Certificate: 7.9 percent
- Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP): 7.6 per cent and mature in 112 months.
- Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme: 8.4 per cent
- Five-year senior citizens savings scheme: 8.4 per cent