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  • 06 Jan 2023
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First Female Indian Olympic Medalist

Sakshi Malik is an Indian freestyle wrestler. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category, becoming the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics and the fourth female Olympic medalist from the country.

The Olympic Games are an international sports festival organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), held every four years.

The last Olympics game was held in Beijing, China in 2022 and the next Olympic Games will be held in Paris, France in 2024.

Read More: Winter Olympics

Country’s Largest Liquid Waste Treatment Plant

The Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT), Andhra Pradesh is set to take a significant step in water treatment by putting in place what is claimed to be the country’s largest liquid waste treatment plant to use phytorid technology.

The phytorid technology is developed by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research’s (CSIR) National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). It is being used increasingly for various types of biodegradable wastewater across India.

The technology involves a constructed wetland exclusively designed for the treatment of municipal, urban, agricultural and industrial wastewater. This technology works without electricity, minimum maintenance, less manpower and importantly self-sustainable.

Read More: Waste Water Management

Loss of Optimal Habitat

Nilgiri landscape, varied in climate and vegetation, is rich in biodiversity and has the largest single population of the endangered Asian elephant anywhere in the world. However, according to a study Endangered Asian elephant has lost most of its optimal habitat in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala).

Human settlements and crop cultivation have hindered the movement of the elephants, keeping them confined to the hilly areas, considered sub-optimal habitats.

In these sub-optimal habitats, their chances of survival are lower due to dangerous terrain for animals of this size. Study shows that when barriers are constructed, particularly in areas with slopes, their movement is blocked, and gene flow reduced. This could ultimately lead to increasing the extinction risk of this endangered species.

Read More: Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

Manohar International Airport, Goa

The newly inaugurated Manohar International Airport at Mopa in North Goa has been operationalised recently.

The foundation stone of the airport was laid by the Prime Minister in November 2016. The airport has been built on the theme of sustainable infrastructure and comprises a solar power plant, green buildings, LED lights on the runway, rainwater harvesting, state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant with recycling facilities, among other such facilities.

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