Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 06 April 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Railways complete the arch closure of the Chenab bridge.
  2. Sadabahar – a new mango variety.

1. Railways complete the arch closure of the Chenab bridge

News Summary

Indian Railways completed the Arch closure of the iconic Chenab Bridge.

Prelims GS – Geography/Economic Development(Infrastructure)

Chenab bridge:
  • Chenab Bridge, the world’s highest railway bridge, part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project (USBRL), set an important construction milestone today with the completion of the steel arch of the iconic Chenab Bridge.
  • This was one of the most difficult parts of the bridge over Chenab.
  • This achievement is a major leap towards the completion of the 111 k.m. long winding stretch from Katra to Banihal.
  • Indian Railways is constructing the iconic Arch Bridge on River Chenab as a part of the USBRL project to connect the Kashmir valley to the rest of the nation.
  • This bridge is 1315m long.
  • This is the highest Railway Bridge in the world being 359m above the river bed level.
  • It will be 35 meters higher than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris (France).

Click here to view the official PIB release on Chenab Bridge.

River Chenab:
  • The Indus system comprises of main Indus River, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Beas, and Sutlej.
  • The Chenab is formed by the confluence of two streams, Chandra and Bhaga, in the western (Punjab) Himalayas in India’s Himachal Pradesh state.
  • It flows west through Jammu and Kashmir union territory between the steep cliffs of the Siwalik Range (south) and the Lesser Himalayas (north).

Click here to view the Courtesy: Britannica website.

2. Sadabahar – a new Mango variety

News Summary

Shrikishan Suman (55 years), a farmer from Kota, Rajasthan, has developed an innovative mango variety called Sadabahar.

Prelims GS – Environment/Science & Technology

  • Sadabahar is an innovative mango variety which is a regular and round-the-year dwarf variety of mango.
  • It is resistant to most major diseases and common mango disorders.
  • The fruit is sweeter in taste, comparable to langra and being a dwarf variety, is suitable for kitchen gardening, high-density plantation, and can be grown in pots for some years too.
  • Besides, the flesh of the fruits, which is bourn round the year, is deep orange with a sweet taste, and the pulp has very little fiber content which differentiates it from other varieties.
  • The innovative attributes of the variety have been verified by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF), India, an autonomous institution of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

Click here to view the Courtesy: PIB Press Release.



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