21-22.02.21 Daily MPPSC Current affairs



Highlights of Khajuraho Dance Festival

Khajuraho Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Madhya Pradesh, and is famous for its ancient Hindu temples and Jain temples. This festival will be held at the temple site in 44 years.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) granted permission to organize a music festival on site. This year, the cost of holding a music festival was also waived. It is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Madhya Pradesh Government.

About 46 years ago, in 1974, this place began to hold dance festivals with the purpose of promoting the development of heritage and tourism.


According to reports, ASI cancelled the permit two years later in 1976 following the destruction of the monuments and the defacement of the idols. Therefore, in the past 44 years, music festivals have been held in open gardens.

Khajuraho Dance Festival is held by Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad from February 20th to February 26th every year. This is a week-long classical dance festival. It was organized under the premise of Khajuraho Temple in Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh.


The dance festival showcases the richness of Indian classical dance styles, including Odissi, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, and Kupchipudi And Kathakali. Recently, modern Indian dance has also joined the festival.


Khajuraho is a group of monuments composed of Hindu temples and Jain temples which is located in the Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. It is located about 175 kilometers southeast of Jhansi. This temple (Khajuraho Temple) is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Khajuraho Temple is famous for its architectural symbol of Nagara style. Most temples were built by the Chandra Dynasty between 885 and 1050 AD.




Fossils of Coelacanth Were Found

A group of paleontologists discovered the fossils of coelacanth, a giant fish, regarded as a iconic example of “living fossil”. The discovered fossil of the Coelacanth is thought to be 66 million years ago in the Cretaceous period.

Coelacanths are elusive deep-sea creatures that live at a depth of 2,300 feet below the surface of the water.

It is thought that they were extinct among the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But its discovery in 1938 sparked a debate about how this lobe-finned fish adapted to the evolution of terrestrial animals

There are only two known species of coelacanth: one lives near the Comoros Islands on the east coast of Africa, and other lives in the waters off Sulawesi, Indonesia.

International Mother Language Day: 21 February

International Mother Language Day is observed every year in 21 February.

In 1999, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO had declared 21st February as International Mother Language Day.

Union Education Ministry has been celebrating Matribhasha Diwas since 2015.

The theme for this year is ‘Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society’.

The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh.



India Energy Outlook 2021 – IEA

The International Energy Agency (IEA) released the “India Energy Outlook 2021 Report”, which explores the opportunities and challenges that India faces in seeking to ensure reliable, affordable and sustainable energy for its growing population.
“India Energy Outlook 2021” is a new special report in the International Energy Agency’s “World Energy Outlook” series.


By 2030, India will replace the European Union as the world’s third largest energy consumer. This will be the largest share of energy demand growth in the next two years, at 25%.

Currently, India is the world’s fourth largest energy consumer after China, the United States and the European Union.

Under the current national policy scenario, India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is estimated to grow to 8.6 trillion US dollars by 2040, and India’s energy consumption is expected to nearly double.

Before global pandemic, India’s energy demand was expected to grow by nearly 50% between 2019 and 2030, but the growth during this period is now close to 35%.

In the past three decades, in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), India accounted for approximately 10% of the World’s Growth in Industrial Value-added.


Go Electric campaign’ launched to give a boost to electric mobility and use of electrical appliances across the country


The Centre launched the Go Electric campaign to boost the adoption of electric mobility vehicles and electric cooking appliances to ensure energy security in the country.

The Go Electric Campaign is an initiative aimed at reducing the import dependence of our country in the coming years and has also been projected as an important step towards a cleaner and greener future.

The campaign is aimed at creating awareness at PAN-India level and is expected to boost the confidence of Electric Vehicle manufacturers.

Drug for Epilepsy Was Developed


A major pharmaceutical manufacturer developed the final dosage form of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) and Brivanext for epilepsy.


Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disease in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causes seizures or a period of abnormal behavior, sensation, and sometimes even loss of consciousness.

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disease, affecting people of all ages.

Anyone can develop epilepsy, but it is more common in young children and the older adults. This incidence of men is slightly higher than that of women.


India’s 88 industrial clusters present a bleak picture of air, water and land contamination, says CSE report


An evaluation of 88 clusters, identified by central and state pollution control boards (CPCB and SPCBs) as polluted industrial areas, has thrown up a “bleak picture of air, water and land contamination” in the country, said the Centre for Science and Environment’s (CSE) State of India’s Environment report 2021.


Referring to the CPCB’s Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI) that factored in air, water and soil contamination to arrive at an index at scale of 100, the report – annual publication of the CSE’s Down to Earth – noted that 35 of 88 industrial clusters showed overall environmental degradation, 33 pointed to worsening air quality, 45 had water that was more polluted while 17 had land pollution that has become worse in 2018 compared to 2009.


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