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Monday, February 10, 2020

Prelims booster(Micro notes), current affairs - 10 Feb,2020

Guru Ravidas
  • Guru Ravidas was a North Indian mystic poet of the bhakti movement.
  • The Adi Granth of Sikhs, in addition to the Panchvani are the two of the oldest documented sources of the literary works of Guru Ravidas.
  • He is believed to be a disciple of the bhakti saint-poet Ramananda and a contemporary of the bhakti saint-poet Kabir and one of his famous disciples was the saint, Mirabai.
  • He taught about the omnipresence of God and said that a human soul is a particle of God and hence Ravidas rejected the idea that people considered lower caste cannot meet God.
Reservation in promotion in public posts :not a fundamental right
Reservation in promotion in public posts :not a fundamental right
  • The Supreme Court has recently ruled that the states are not bound to provide reservation in appointments and promotions. 
  • Articles 16 (4) and 16 (4-A) of the Constitution does not confer individuals with a fundamental right to claim reservation in promotion.
  •  It only empowers the State to make a reservation in matters of appointment and promotion for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, only if not adequately represented in the services of the State.
  • The judgment also noted that even the courts could not issue a mandamus directing the States to provide reservation.
Muktoshri- arsenic-resistant rice
  • West Bengal government’s rice research centre has come up with a new variety of rice called Muktoshri that can be grown in arsenic prone areas. 
  •  It was developed jointly by the Rice Research Station at Chinsurah, coming under West Bengal’s Agriculture Department and the National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow.
  • Arsenic
  • Arsenic is naturally present at high levels in the groundwater of a number of countries.
  • World Health Organization’s provisional guideline value for arsenic in drinking water is 0.01 mg/l (10 μg/l).
  • Long-term exposure to arsenic from drinking-water and food can cause cancer and skin lesions.
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