5th January 2021 Super Short Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

Digital Payments Index (DPI)

- Launched by RBI  in March 2018

- Aim: To capture the extent of digitisation of payments across India.

- Significance: Enable measurement of deepening and penetration of digital payments in the country.

5 broad parameters:

1. Payment Enablers (weight 25%)

2. Payment Infrastructure – Demand-side factors (10%)

3. Payment Infrastructure – Supply-side factors (15%)

4. Payment Performance (45%) 

5. Consumer Centricity (5%)

Eco-sensitive Zone in Gujarat

 News: Tribals have been protesting against a notification of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Location: Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Narmada district, Gujarat as eco-sensitive zones.

Reason: Formation of SoUTA could dilute the power vested with villagers under the PESA Act, 1996.

[SoUTA - The Statue of Unity Area Development and Tourism Governance Authority, or Statue of Unity Tourism Authority.]

Shoolpaneshwar Wild Life Sanctuary

- It was created in 1982 

- Dumkhal Sanctuary’ home for sloth bears.

- Location: Vindhyan-Satpura hill ranges.

- The area is predominantly tribal with 'Vasavas' as the main tribe.

Woolly Rhino

News: A well-preserved Ice Age woolly rhino has been recovered from permafrost in Russia.

Key points:

1. The carcass has most of its soft tissues still intact

 2. Dated to be 20,000- to 50,000-years-old.

Location: On the Tirekhtyakh river bank, close to the area where another young woolly rhino (Sasha) was recovered in 2014.