Balladeer, ‘people’s singer’, ex-Maoist ideologue: Telangana poet Gaddar dies at 77

Context: Balladeer and poet Gaddar, a prominent face of the Telangana statehood movement and an activist for the rights of Dalits and marginalized people, died in Hyderabad Sunday. He was 77.

About Gummadi Vithal Rao, Gaddar:

Context:  A recent publication by the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) points out that about 5% of birds found in the country are endemic and are not reported in other parts of the world. The publication, titled 75 Endemic Birds of India, was recently released on the 108th foundation day of the ZSI.

Birds in India:

Report Findings:

What is Endemic Species:

Examples: Asiatic Lion in Gir Forest, Lion-tailed Macaque in Western Ghats of India, Nilgiri Tahr, Malabar large spotted civet, Nilgiri Blue Robin, Jerdon’s Corser, Nilgai, Nicobar megapode, Black-and-orange Flycatcher (BOF) and the Nilgiri Flycatcher (NIF), two species endemics to the Western Ghats are some of the species of animal’s endemic to India.

Topic 3: PM to launch revamp of 508 railway stations at ₹24,470 crore

Context:  Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for the redevelopment of 508 railway stations spread across the country.

Under the Amrit Bharat Station scheme, construction work is progressing on 24 stations in 10 States – Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

Amrit Bharat Station Scheme

Context: In northern Italy, palm manuscripts from the 18th Century, titled Gnanamuyarchi, have been discovered in an Armenian monastery.

About Findings:

Context: National Handloom Day is observed across India on August 7 every year. The primary goal of celebrating Handloom Day is to promote handloom and to recognize the efforts as well as skills of the community of weavers engaged in the sector.

National Handloom Day 2023: History

National Handloom Day 2023: Significance

Topic 6: Revolutionizing Agriculture: Launch of Bhu-Vision (Krishi-RASTAA), An IoT-Based Automated Soil Testing and Advisory Platform

Context: AICRP (ICAR-IIRR) launched a revolutionary IoT-based automated soil testing and agronomy advisory platform, Bhu-Vision (also known as KRISHI-RASTAA Soil Testing System).

About Bhu-Vision:

Context: The National Health Authority (NHA) announces the extension of its Digital Health Incentives Scheme (DHIS) under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) till December 2023.

About Digital Health Incentives Scheme (DHIS):

Important points under ABDM’s Digital Health Incentive Scheme are:

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