Malayalam writer, A Sethumadhavan selected for 2022 Ezhuthachan Puraskaram.

  • Noted Malayalam novelist and short story writer, A Sethumadhavan has been selected for 2022 Ezhuthachan Puraskaram.
  • Reason: For his valuable contribution to Malayalam language and literature.
  • He has also served as the chairman of South Indian Bank, director of State Bank of Travancore and chairman of National Book Trust.
  • Ezhuthachan Puraskaram is the highest literary award of Kerala government.
  • The award carries a cash award of Rs 5 lakh and a citation.

India's first hyperscale data centre inaugurated in Greater Noida.

  • Uttar Pradesh CM, Yogi Adityanath has inaugurated North India's first hyper-scale data centre Yotta Yotta D1 in Greater Noida.
  • It was built at the cost of Rs 5,000 crore and spread over an area of 3,00,000 square feet.
  • Hiranandani Group firm Yotta Infrastructure has also signed MoU with Uttar Pradesh to invest Rs 39,000 crore in over the next 5-7 years.
  • Corporates like Adani, WebWerks, Sify, STT and NTT have also submitted their investment proposals.

Centre restricts use of common weedicide glyphosate.

  • The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has issued a notification to restrict the use of glyphosate.
  • Reason: Health hazards for humans and animals.
  • Only authorised Pest Control Operators are allowed to use it.
  • The notification was based on a 2019 report by the Government of Kerala on prohibiting the distribution, sale and use of glyphosate and its derivatives.
  • Some 35 countries including Sri Lanka and France have banned or restricted the use of glyphosate.

Ranipur tiger reserve becomes 53rd tiger reserve of India.

  • Ranipur Tiger Reserve of Uttar Pradesh has become the 53rd tiger reserve of India.
  • The tiger reserve is spread across over 529.36 sq km, of which the core area is 230.32 sq km and buffer area is 299.05 sq km.
  • It is also the fourth tiger reserve in UP.
  • Other three tiger reserves of state: Dudhwa, Pilibhit and Amangarh.
  • Amangarh is a buffer zone of the Jim Corbett National Park and is located in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor.
  • While Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is located in Lakhimpur.

Arunachal Pradesh to get Northeast’s first fish museum.

  • Fisheries Minister Tage Taki has announced that Arunachal Pradesh will soon get a fish museum, the first of its kind in the Northeast.
  • The museum would be a part of the Integrated Aqua Park (IAP), sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Fisheries.
  • The existing Tarin Fish Farm, located at high-altitude Bulla village, would be upgraded as the IAP.
  • PM Modi had announced one IAP for each state and UT under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampad Yojana for bringing blue revolution.

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