Daily Current Affairs

Prelims Prominence - February 6, 2018


Project to control River sal pollution River Sal at Navelim town in Goa

What -

  • A new project to control pollution in River Sal at Navelim town in Goa has been sanctioned by the Union govt.

Approving Ministry

  • The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change under the National River Conservation Plan.

Funding -

  • The project would cost of Rs. 61.74 cr. Both the Centre and State will share the cost on 60:40 basis.

Enlighten about Sal river –

  • The third largest river in Goa, the Sal River is based in South Goa and starts in Cavelossim.
  • It is one of the nine major rivers of Goa.
  • The River measures 35 kilometers in length and has a basin size of 301 square kilometers.
  • Being the only river that flows in a north-south direction prior to flowing in to the Arabian Sea at Betul, the Sal River is a geologically odd one because it runs parallel to the west of geological coast.


Pelican Bird Festival-2018

Where -

  • Kolleru lake.

Organizing bodies -

  • It was jointly organised by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority (APTA) and Krishna district administration.

Enlighten about the fest –

  • Thousands of pelicans, painted storks and other birds will visit the lake during winter season, roost, breed and fly with their off springs. Recently, officials identified that Atapaka is one of the largest pelicanry in the world.

Enlighten About Kolleru lake

  • Kolleru lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in the country.
  • It is located between Krishna and Godavari delta.
  • It was declared as a wildlife sanctury in 1999.
  • It is a Ramsar site and is also listed as an Important Bird Area.

Grey Pelicans

  • A large magnificent bird, nest and breed here.
  • Grey pelicans had vanished from the lake in 1973 for nearly 35 years and returned to it to nest again in December 2006.
  • The Grey Pelican also called the Spot Billed Pelican is listed in Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act and in the Red Data Book.
  • It is also considered a “globally threatened species” under the “vulnerable” category.

World Day

4TH Feb - The World Cancer Day (WCD)

  • Observed every year on 4 February across the world to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
  • Its primary goal is to reduce the illness and related deaths by 2020.

This year’s theme -

  • We can. I can

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

  • The WCD was instituted by Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in 2008 by formally writing goals of the World Cancer Declaration.
  • The primary goal of observing the day is to reduce illness and death caused by it by 2020.
  • The origin of day can be traced to 2000 at first World Summit Against Cancer, which was held in Paris, France.
  • It is Geneva based leading international non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded in 1933.
  • Its purpose is to help the global health community to accelerate the fight against cancer. It has a membership of over 800 organisations spread across 155 countries.


Green Good Deeds campaign

Implementing Ministry –

  • The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC)

Why -

  • To sensitise people and students, in particular about climate change and global warming.

Enlighten about the Campaign

  • Environment Minister has asked teaching community to join a campaign to sensitise all about climate change and global warming, which he termed was matter of concern for the world.
  • He also underlined need for ‘Green Sainiks’ on the lines of ‘Polio Sainiks’ to broaden the ‘Green Good Deeds’ campaign and take it to the grassroots level.
  • The campaign aims to broad its base with involvement of teachers, students and other voluntary organisations.

International Bodies

India-UN Development Partnership Fund India has contributed additional $1 million

  • India has contributed additional $1 million to India-UN Development Partnership Fund, earmarked for South-South cooperation.
  • The contribution aims to intensify its partnerships with other developing countries in south.
  • India has pledged multi-year contribution of $100 million to the fund established in June 2017.
  • India has already provided $6 million within the seven months since launch of fund

Enlighten about India-UN Development Partnership Fund

  • set up on 9 June 2017 on occasion of the World Oceans Day as a partnership between India and United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).
  • It will be utilized to carry out country-level projects that would be catalytic towards achieving 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) of 2030 Agenda.
  • It prioritises projects reducing poverty and hunger, improving health, education and equality, and expanding access to clean water and energy and livelihoods.
  • It mainly focuses on transformational sustainable development projects in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States.

Enlighten about UNOSSC

  • The UNOSSC was established with an objective to promote, coordinate and support South-South and triangular cooperation across world within the UN system.
  • In 1974 UN General Assembly (UNGA) had endorsed establishment of special unit to promote technical cooperation among developing countries within United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • In 2012, the special unit was given name UNOSSC by the UNGA through a resolution.
  • UNOSSC receives policy directives and guidance from the UNGA.

Sources – PIB. Indian express, the hindu