GS-I -World’s Physical Geography

Last modified: Jan 23, 2018

Tobacco was introduced in India by Portuguese in 16th or 17th century. At present, India is third largest tobacco producer in the world after China and Brazil. Here is a cheat sheet of Tobacco Cultivation and Industry in India. Major verities of Tobacco Four major varieties of tobacco cultivated and…
Last modified: Jan 08, 2018

Of late, India’s interest on rare earth elements has increased to further its development and geopolitical interests. The renewed interest is due to China’s dominant position in the global rare earths industry. What elements constitute rare earths group? Rare earth elements are a set of seventeen chemical elements which include…
Last modified: Jan 08, 2018

Cobalt (Co) {atomic number 27} has been used since times immemorial to give beautiful blue colour to wide variety of items.  It was used in coloured jewellery, utensils and sculptures as back as third millennium BC. Since Bronze age, Cobalt is being used in coloured glass. Oldest cobalt coloured glass…
Last modified: Jan 08, 2018

On 27 January 2016, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly reaffirmed its support to Kimberley Process, the initiative aimed at stopping global trade in blood diamonds. We look into various facets of Blood Diamonds. What are Blood Diamonds? Some regions in Africa are rich in Diamonds. The Central African and…
Last modified: Jan 08, 2018

Avalanche are a kind of high velocity mass wasting event in which the material fall down a mountain side due to gravity. If the material is mostly snow { Along with ice and associated debris such as rock fragments, soil and vegetation}, it is called snow-avalanche. Avalanches are natural disasters,…
Last modified: Jan 08, 2018

The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast for this monsoon estimates 106 per cent of normal rainfall this season. After two successive years of drought, this seems to be an encouraging prediction to the Indian economy. What exactly does the IMD’s monsoon forecast mean? IMD has predicted India is expected to…
Last modified: Jan 08, 2018

Recently, scientists found that Henderson Island, one of the remotest islands discovered so far, was covered with an estimated 38 million pieces of trash at its coast. The major concern for the scientists was that what made the remotest and uninhabited island a plastic junkyard. Researchers say that the South…
Last modified: Jan 08, 2018

In India, every year the Indian coast, especially the east coast witness several cyclonic storms. This year, the latest powerful cyclone named Ockhi (means eye in Bangla) has caused extensive damage to the lives of the people living in coastal areas. It brought heavy downpour in southern Tamil Nadu and…
Last modified: Jan 08, 2018

Ship breaking or Ship recycling is a process of breaking of ships after the end of their life cycle. Ship breaking allows the materials from ship, primarily steel, to be recycled and lower the demand of Iron ore. This is considered to be one of the most hazardous industries and…