Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 22 February 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav.
  2. Red-eared turtle.

1. Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav

News Summary

The second phase of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav will be inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel on 22nd February 2021 at Raj Bhawan in Darjeeling, West Bengal. The festival is being held from 22nd February to 24th February.

Mini Insights

Mains GS1 – Art and Culture

Significance of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav:
  • The Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is organized to promote the spirit of Ek Bharat Sreshtha Bharat.
  • Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, the flagship festival of the Ministry of Culture organized since 2015 with the active participation of Seven Zonal Culture Centres has been playing a pivotal role to take the vibrant culture of India out to the masses instead of confining to auditoria and galleries.
  • It has been instrumental in showcasing, folk and tribal art, dance, music, cuisines & culture of one state in other states reinforcing the cherished goal of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat”.
  • It also provides an effective platform for artists and artisans to support their livelihood.
  • Ten editions of RSM have been held to date since November 2015 in various states.
  • The RSM will reconnect the people, especially the youth, with their indigenous culture, its multi-faceted nature, magnificence, opulence, and historical importance in the context of India as a Nation over the millennia.
  • RSM will enhance mutual understanding and bonding between people of diverse cultures, thereby securing stronger unity and integrity of India.

Click here to view the PIB Press Release.

2. Red-eared turtle

News Summary

A young boy in Kerala found this Red-eared turtle and posted it on Facebook, and this Facebook post was noticed by Kerala Forest Research Institute’s Researcher who further cautioned that young boy to release that back into the water body.

Prelims GS – Environment

  • A red-eared slider is a freshwater turtle.
  • Scientific name: Trachemys Scripta Elegans
  • IUCN status: Least Concern
  • Red-eared turtles live in still and warm water bodies.
  • They are omnivores.
  • Red-eared turtle is a major threat to the native turtle species.
  • It is considered one of the world’s worst invasive species.

Click here to view more about Red-eared turtles on the GISD IUCN website.



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