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Daily Current Affairs Answer & Explanation : 4 Nov 2019
Chavang Kut, the post-harvest festival of the Kuki-Chin-Mizo communities is being celebrated across North-Eastern states with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm.
The festival also marks the centenary of Anglo-Kuki war fought against the British in 1917-1919.
In Manipur, Mizoram and Assam and other parts of country, the festival is organized every year as thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.
It is one of the most important festivals of Kuki-Chin-Mizo communities.
Recently, Eritrea and Saint Kitts & Nevis have become the newest members of the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
The two nations signed the ISA Framework Agreement during the ISA assembly held in New Delhi on October 31, 2019.
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a twin island country located in the eastern Caribbean Sea.
With this, the total membership of the ISA has risen to 83.
Bioplastics are plastic materials produced from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable fats and oils, corn starch, straw, woodchips, sawdust, recycled food waste, etc.
Bioplastic can be made from agricultural by-products and also from used plastic bottles and other containers using microorganisms. Not all bioplastics are biodegradable nor biodegrade more readily than commodity fossil-fuel derived plastics.
Some bioplastics like PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates) are soil- and marine-safe — that is, they safely degrade in the environment within weeks or months, leaving no harmful residues.
Contributing to ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign in a unique way, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has launched a designer carry bag made from a mix of plastic waste and paper pulp.
In its project called REPLAN (Reducing Plastic in Nature), the waste plastic from nature is collected, de-structured and de-gradated and then mixed with paper pulp in a ratio of 80 is to 20.
REPLAN aims to remove the existing waste plastic material from nature and use it in a semi-permanent manner, so that availability of plastic in nature is reduced to a large extent.
Under Prakritik Kheti Khushshal Kissan Yojana around 2,209 panchayats are brought under natural farming in Himachal Pradesh.
Organic and Zero Budget Natural Farming is being promoted by the state under the scheme.
The main objective of the scheme is to reduce costs required for farmers, increase farmers income and to reduce the use of chemicals and fertilizers on the farm.