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Factoids for Prelims 2020

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Ranyo Ashoka, Himalayan nettle, Denisovan - Who would have thought of such random questions?

Creating this thread with the sole purpose of sharing facts that can be relevant for Prelims. While there is always this thought, that there is no end to learning and mugging up facts, but if we observe closely - the options are not very close and elimination is easy. By pooling our resources here, if we give it one reading also, the probability of retaining it on the D day and eliminating options increases exponentially. 

I request the aspirants to actively contribute here and let's hope that we strike gold on 31st ;). 

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What is pneumococcus?

Pneumococcus is a bacterium that causes several different types of serious infections in children. But by far the most common is pneumonia. 

Pneumococcus is known as an “opportunistic” infection because it lives in the respiratory tract of people without causing disease, but when the respiratory tract is compromised by an infection such as influenza, the bacteria then invades the lungs (pneumonia), bloodstream (sepsis), or brain and spinal cord (meningitis).

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Is there any excel sheet/ data sheet where students post there test series marks obtained in various sectional and full mock test series.

last time it was there. HELPS in assessing relative performance and act as motivating factor.

if anyone has the link please post/create one.

THANKS IN ADVANCE.

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Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is an anti-malarial drug similar to chloroquine, one of the oldest and best-known anti-malarial drugs, but with lesser side-effects. 

India produces 70 per cent of the world’s supply of hydroxychloroquine. The country has a production capacity of 40 tonnes of HCQ every month, implying 20 crore tablets of 200 mg each. India gets the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) that is used to manufacture HCQ from China.

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Shortughai - Harappan trading post in Afghanistan. Connected to Lapiz Lazuli Mines in Afghanistan. 

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8th century Harivamsha Purana gives a Jaina version of the stories of the Kauravas, Pandavas,

Krishna, Balarama, and others. 

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Grantha script: a South Indian script used for writing Sanskrit

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Periyapuranam: A 12th century work containing hagiographies of the Nayanmar saints

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Food Safety And Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has introduced +F logo for fortified staple food products such as rice, wheat, oil and milk which will help people to identified which Food products are rich in nutrients. 


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Plastisphere to refer to the thin layer of diverse metazoan and microbial life that develops on any piece of plastic in aquatic environments.

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(AH)Palymra of deccan : Adil shah dynasty 

Ancient history

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Ottanthullal is a relatively lesser-known art form from Kerala. It was created by the 18th century poet and mizhavu percussionist Kunchan Nambiar, who was angered by a Chakiyar Koothu artist’s rebuke for having dozed off during a performance.

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1.      Bathukamma Festival

·        Annual Floral festival celebrated in Telangana and AP

·        For 9 days during Navratri

·        It means Goddess come alive

·        To seek blessings of Goddess Parvati and Gauri

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2.      Anubhava Mantapa

·        12th Century Socio-religious centre in Bidar,Karnataka

·        Founded by Basaveshwara

·        1st religious parliament in the history of human civilisation

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3.      Ayyanar Swami

·        Hindu deity worshipped in rural Tamil nadu and Kerala

·        Believed in cast-creedless society and known as village protector

·        Portrayed as riding a horse with sword or whip in hand

·        Ayyanar temple in open air and temple boundary usually connote village boundary.

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4.      Indira Gandhi Peace Prize-2019

·        For 2019, given to Sir David Attenborough(naturalist)

·        This is annual award given by Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust since 1986 to individuals/orgs

·        For 2017- Dr Manmohan Singh, 2018- CSE

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5.      Dal Lake declared ESZ

·        J&K Govt. set up 10 member committee to declare Dal lake and surrounding area as ESZ

·        Why? – Dal lake’s capacity has shrunk to about 40% and water quality has deteriorated, depth of lake also reduced

·        Reasons – Pollution and encroachment

·        On Jhelum river

·        Post-glacial lake/ due to flood spillage from Jhelum river

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6.      Sarees

·        Patola saree – Gujarat

·        Bandhini saree - Gujarat

·        Kalamkari saree – AP

·        Kanjeevaram saree – TN

·        Chanderi saree – MP

·        Banarasi saree – UP

·        Paithani saree – MH

·        Kasavu saree – Kerala

·        Pattu saree - Kerala

·        Muga silk saree - Assam

·        Leheriya saree – Rajasthan

·        Jamdani saree – Bengal

·        Baluchari saree – Bengal

·        Tant saree - Bengal

·        Sambalpuri ikat saree – Odisha

·        Bomkai saree - Odisha

·        Pochampally saree – Telangana

·        Phulkari saree – Punjab

·        Chikankari saree – Lucknow(UP)

·        Zardozi saree – UP,MP

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Prelims 2020 ki teyari ? May I come In ?

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@Yo_Yo_Choti_Singh Welcome back sir , your guidance is valuable (Optional -Pub Ad) and now you are administrator also.?


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Prelims 2020 ki teyari ? May I come In ?

More than welcome!

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