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17th Sep Current Affairs News Analysis | Prelims & Mains 2020

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Kosi Rail Mahasetu


Prime Minister to dedicate the historic Kosi Rail Mahasetu to the Nation

      WHY IN NEWS:

To inaugurate New Rail Lines and Electrification Projects in Bihar for the benefit of passengers

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Health:Diseases


These include a new railway bridge on the Kiul River, two new railway lines, 5 Electrification projects, one Electric Locomotive Shed and 3rd Line Project between Barh-Bakhtiyarpur.


  • Apart from this the Prime Minister shall also inaugurate 12 rail projects related to passenger facilities for the benefit of the Bihar State.
  • The dedication of the Kosi Rail Mahasetu is a watershed moment in the history of Bihar and the entire region connecting to the North East.
  • The Kosi Mega Bridge line project was sanctioned by Government of India during 2003-04.
  • The Kosi Rail Mahasetu is 1.9 KM long and its construction cost is Rs. 516 Crore.
  • This bridge is of strategic importance along the India-Nepal border.

17th Sep Current Affairs News Analysis


      IASbhai WINDUP: 

The Prime Minister shall also be inaugurating two New Line projects at Hajipur-Ghoswar-Vaishali and Islampur-Nateshar.

     SOURCES: PIB | 17th Sep Current Affairs News Analysis

Ayurveda Bill 2020


Parliament passes the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill 2020 today

      WHY IN NEWS:

The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill 2020 has been passed by Rajya Sabha today. The Bill was earlier passed in Lok Sabha on 19th March, 2020.




  • This paves the way to establish a state-of-the-art Ayurvedic institution called the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) at Jamnagar, Gujarat.
  • It also is to confer the status of Institution of National Importance (INI) to it.
  • The ITRA is sought to be established by conglomerating the presently existing Ayurveda institutes at Gujarat Ayurved University campus Jamnagar.

This is a cluster of highly reputed institutions, namely,

(a) Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda,

(b) Shree Gulab Kunverba Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, and

(c) Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical sciences

(d) MaharshiPatanjali Institute for Yoga Naturopathy Education & Research .

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

ITRA will demonstrate high standards of such education . 

  • It is expected to provide the highest level of training of personnel in all important branches of Ayurveda.
  • ITRA will be the first institution with INI status in the AYUSH Sector.
     SOURCES: PIB | 17th Sep Current Affairs News Analysis

California wildfires


California wildfires: NASA captures vast plumes of carbon monoxide

      WHY IN NEWS:

Extremely high carbon monoxide concentrations of greater than 350 parts per billion by volume (ppbv) captured by NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument, aboard its Aqua satellite

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1: 3:Forest : Disaster Management : Global Warming


Carbon monoxide plumes from the wildfires in California, United States spread across the Great Lakes and Canada.


  • The plumes were carried by the atmospheric jet stream that blew the carbon monoxide plume eastward across the US and over the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Satellite images this morning show smoke aloft moving over much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
  • Smoke from the wildfires was reported as far away as The Netherlands and Hamburg, Germany in Europe.
  • Intense heat from the wildfires lifted the carbon monoxide high into the atmosphere, detected by NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument.

The red and orange areas indicated extremely high carbon monoxide concentrations of greater than 350 parts per billion by volume (ppbv).

California wildfires


      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Carbon monoxide — a pollutant that persists in the atmosphere for about a month — has a role to play in both air pollution and climate change.

The gas can be transported to great distances, but has little impact once it reaches the high altitudes.

  • Strong winds, however, can carry the gas downwards where it can significantly impact air quality.
     SOURCES:DownToEarth | 17th Sep Current Affairs News Analysis

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