Northern Hemisphere Current Affairs, GK & News

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice is the longest day (and shortest night) of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It is observed on June 21. What does it mean? The solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer or 23.5 N latitude. Since earth s axis is tilted at an angle of 23.5 deg, ..


International Day of Yoga 2019

International Day of Yoga 2019 will be observed on June 21 with the theme ‘Yoga for Heart’. The main event will be held in the city of Ranchi of Jharkhand. Why June 21 is observed as International Day of Yoga? The proposal for the International Yoga Day was approved by the United Nations General Assembly ..



India re-elected as an observer to inter-governmental forum Arctic Council

On 7th May 2019, India has been re-elected as an observer to inter-governmental forum Arctic Council at the 11th Arctic Council ministerial meeting at Rovaniemi, Finland. Indian researchers have been studying whether there is a co-relation between Indian monsoon and the Arctic region. The National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, an Indian institute under ..


Polar Silk Road

China released a white paper on its Arctic policy, pledging cooperative governance and elaborating its vision for a “Polar Silk Road” by developing shipping lanes opened up by global warming extending President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative . Note: China, despite being a non-Arctic state, is increasingly active in the polar region and became an observer ..


Arctic Council

The Arctic Council was established in 1956 as a high-level intergovernmental forum which addresses issues faced by the Arctic governments and people living in the Arctic region. Currently Arctic Council has 8 Member states and 13 Observer states. 8 Member states: Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States Note: The Arctic Ocean has an area of over ..