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Current Affairs News Analysis for UPSC | 7th Dec 2020

Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW)

      HEADLINES:

Sudden stratospheric warming may be behind recent cold weather

      WHY IN NEWS:

The study was led by researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Bath in the United Kingdom.

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1 : Geography : Polar Vortex

      ISSUE: 

Europe and Northern Asia could be in for another ‘Beast from the East’.

Current Affairs News Analysis for UPSC | 7th Jan 2021

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

The latest SSW was potentially the most dangerous kind, where the polar vortex split into two smaller ‘child’ vortices.

  • The last time an SSW event took place was the infamous 2018 ‘Beast from the East’.
  • The extreme cold weather that these polar vortex breakdowns bring is a stark reminder of how suddenly our weather can flip.
     SOURCES:   DownToEarth  | Current Affairs News Analysis for UPSC | 7th Jan 2021

Uttarakhand : Forest fires

      HEADLINES:

Climate crisis: Uttarakhand may see forest fires round the year

      WHY IN NEWS:

Experts say lack of soil moisture due to insufficent rainfall aided spread

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Forests

      ISSUE: 

It is winters but state forests are on fire.

UTTARAKHAND : FOREST FIRES 

  • Uttarakhand has lost 44,000 hectares of forest cover since it became a state in 2000.
  • It’s freezing in Uttarakhand but the forests are on fire.The town did not witness any forest fire in summers.
  • The ‘fire season’ is likely to be a year-long phenomenon due to rising temperature.The fires in winters are unusual.

A lack of soil moisture due to a weak monsoon may have aided the spread, but the state would probe if the fires were man-induced.

  • The state recorded 236 wildfire incidents between October 1, 2020 and January 4, 2021.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Reserve forests in Kumaon region lost 89.52 hectares of forest cover to 64 counts of fire incidents; civil forest lost 44.35 hectares to 25 counts.
  • A weak monsoon subsequently leading to less moisture in the soil as well as insufficient snowfall this season aided fire spread.
     SOURCES:  DownToEarth  | Current Affairs News Analysis for UPSC | 7th Jan 2021

SC to study anti-conversion laws

      HEADLINES:

SC to study anti-conversion laws of Uttarakhand and U.P.

      WHY IN NEWS:

Bench, however, does not stay implementation of legislation passed by States

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 2 : Fundamental Rights

      ISSUE: 

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to examine the constitutional validity of laws enacted by States, such as Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand

  • These laws criminalise religious conversion via marriage and mandate prior official clearance before marrying into another faith.

Current Affairs News Analysis for UPSC | 7th Jan 2021

SOURCES : THE HINDU

  • A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde, however, did not stay the implementation of the Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 and the Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018.

The burden of proof was on those who married to show they were not doing so to get converted.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Those who are found guilty under these laws stare at a 10-year prison sentence.
  • The offences are non-bailable.
     SOURCES:  THE HINDU  | Current Affairs News Analysis for UPSC | 7th Jan 2021

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