Daily Current Affairs for UPSC – Civil Services Examination (IAS exam) – 06 June 2020

Daily Current Affairs for UPSC – Civil Services Examination (IAS exam) – 06 June 2020

In Today’s News:

  1. A massive increase in foreign flows into the Indian market.
  2. NGT forms a panel to study the case on the death of an elephant in Kerala.
  3. How archaeologists continued digging from home during the lockdown.

1. A massive increase in foreign flows into the Indian Market

News Summary

In the last 1 month, FPI inflows increased into the Indian market. Sectors that are preferred in investment are Automobiles, Pharmaceuticals, and Private banks.

Prelims GS – Economic Development

FPI:
  • Foreign Portfolio Investment
  • It consists of securities and other financial assets held by financial investors in another country
  • It does not provide direct ownership of these assets
  • FPI holders cannot claim a stake in the company’s assets.

2. NGT forms a panel to study case on the death of an elephant in Kerala

News Summary

The National Green Tribunal took suo-motu(on its own) cognizance of the case which involved the death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala. The NGT has formed a panel to study the causes of death and to provide some recommendations in the future to prevent such man-animal conflicts.

Prelims GS – Environment

Refer prelims content of NGT in 4th June Gas Leak Case

3. How archaeologists continued digging from home during the lockdown

News Summary

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, everything was brought to a standstill. But a UK based company continued its research in the archaeological field. They used airborne survey data and analyzed thousands of images derived from LiDAR(Light Detection and Ranging) data.

Prelims GS – Science and Technology

LiDAR:
  • Light Detection And Ranging
  • It is a remote sensing method
  • Uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure an object’s variable distances from the surface of the earth.
  • Illuminates the target body with a laser and measures the distance through the reflection with a sensor.

Mini Insights

Mains GS3 – Science and Technology

Applications of LiDAR:

LiDAR is used in

  • Oceanography- to measure the depth of the ocean surface to locate any objects in the oceans
  • Agriculture- to analyze the seed dispersions, crop yield rate, planning of crop plantation
  • Archaeology- to understand domestic and defensive architecture like moats and fortifications in the area and also any buried mounds.
  • Geology- to analyze mining areas
  • Construction of roads, buildings, and bridges as LiDAR will help in the easy creation of a terrain model using a 3D representation of the specified terrain.

 

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