Daily Current Affairs – 2020
Topic: For Prelims and Mains
Blue Flag Tag
Why in News?
Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar has recently hoisted the international blue flags in 8 beaches across the country.
- India secured the International Blue Flag Certification for these beaches on 6th October 2020 at Copenhagen, Denmark.
- India became the first country in Asia to get 8 ‘BLUE FLAG’ in 2 years, included in the list of top 50 countries .
This would include equipping the coast with plastic-free, dirt-free, solid waste management, ensuring availability of clean water for tourists, developing tourist facilities as per international standards and studying environmental impacts around the coastline.
Facts for Prelims:
New species of sun rose:
Botanists have discovered a new species of wild sun rose from the Eastern Ghats in India.
- The new species, named Portulaca laljii, discovered from Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh has unique features such as a tuberous root, no hair in its leaf axils, a reddish pink flower, prolateshaped fruits, and copper brown seeds without lustre.
- These morphological features distinguish the species from other species of genus Portulaca.