Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 08 February 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Nanda Devi Glacier Burst
  2. TRIFED and Aadi Mahotsav

1. Nanda Devi Glacier Burst

In News:

A major natural disaster happened in the part of Nanda Devi Glacier leading to the rise of floods in the Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers. The glacial burst in Uttarakhand led to the rising of water levels in the river Rishiganga, which washed away the Rishiganga small hydro project of 13.2 MW. The floods have also damaged part of NTPC’s under construction hydropower project Tapovan Vishnugad 520 MW in the region.

(Note: This is very serious news. So all topics related to rivers, National parks of Uttarkhand might be important from exam point of view)


Nanda Devi National Park & Biosphere Reserve:
  • The Nanda Devi National Park is a national park situated around the peak of Nanda Devi, 7,816 m (25,643 ft) in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India that was established in 1982.
  • Along with the adjoining Valley of Flowers National Park to the northwest, it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
  • Nanda Devi National Park covers an area of 630.33 km2 (243.37 sq mi) and together with Valley of Flowers National Park is encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve totaling a protected area of 2,236.74 km2 (863.61 sq mi), which is surrounded by a buffer zone of 5,148.57 km2 (1,987.87 sq mi).
  • This Reserve is part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004.
  • The park encompasses the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, a glacial basin surrounded by a ring of peaks between 6,000 meters (19,700 ft) and 7,500 m (24,600 ft) high, and drained by the Rishi Ganga through the Rishi Ganga Gorge, a steep, almost impassable defile. The entire park lies at an elevation of more than 3,500 m (11,500 ft) above mean sea level.

Click here to know more about Nanda Devi National Park.

Panch Prayag:

Panch Prayag means “Five Confluences”. It refers to the five confluences which take place at Vishnu Prayag, Nanda Prayag, KarnPrayag, Rudraprayag, and Devprayag respectively to form the river Ganga.

Name of Confluence          –  Confluence of rivers

  • Karnaprayag             – Alaknanda and Pindar.
  • Vishnuprayag           – Alaknanda and Dhauliganga
  • Rudraprayag             – Alaknanda and Mandakini
  • Devprayag                 –  Alaknanda and Bhagirathi
  • Nandaprayag            – Alaknanda and Nandakini

To know more about Panch Prayag, visit the official tourism website of Uttarakhand

2. TRIFED and Aadi Mahotsav

In News:

The Aadi Mahotsav- A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Crafts, Culture, and Commerce is ongoing at Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi till 15th February 2020 from 11 am to 9 pm.


Aadi Mahotsav:
  • The Aadi Mahotsav is an annual event that was started in 2017.
  • The festival is an attempt to familiarise people with the rich and diverse craft, the culture of tribal communities across the country, in one place.
  • The Aadi Mahotsav acquaints people with and gives a peek into the rich tribal heritage and culture.
  • This helps the underprivileged tribes get a bigger market for displaying and selling their arts and crafts.
  • Aadi Mahotsav establishes a direct connection between the masses and the tribal people.
  • A special feature of the festival is TRIBES India cuisines, created and presented in delectable forms to suit the urban taste by special tribal chefs.
  • The craft demonstrations about the making of various crafts and diverse entertaining cultural performances are arranged during the Mahotsav.
  • It is a celebration of tribal art and culture in a holistic manner.
  • Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED)  under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, is the nodal agency working towards tribal empowerment.
  • TRIFED has been putting in place several initiatives that help in improving the income and livelihood of the tribal people while preserving their way of life and tradition.
  • The Aadi Mahotsav is one such initiative that helps enable the economic welfare of these communities and bring them closer to mainstream development.

Click here to know more about Aadi Mahotsav and TRIFED.



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