ECO-FRIENDLY GANESHA IDOLS
What’s in news?
Introduction of eco-friendly Ganesha idols, more than 95% of the idols were made of non-biodegradable plaster of paris (PoP).
- Eco-friendly idols made of materials such as clay and paper pulp, which accounted for less than 5% of the total idols immersed.
- A total of 1,509 large idols installed in public places were immersed in various waterbodies in the district.
- The idols they had brought to the Yamuna were directed to be immersed in nearby temporary ponds. 130 such temporary ponds were created around the places of Yamuna basin to immerse the Lord Ganesha Idol.
- In contrast to the inactivity at these spots, there was brisk action at the temporary pond sites, dug into the ground and layered with plastic to hold water brought by Delhi Jal Board tankers.
Problem with immersion:
- Many of the Ganesha idols that are sold in the market today are made of plastic, thermocol, PoP, and other non-boidegradable materials, which when immersed in water bodies have a detrimental effect on both the plant and animal life.
- In order to avoid these problems, eco-friendly idols were suggested. The idols were made up of clay, chocolate, fruits, etc.,
Disadvantages of plaster of Paris:
- Gypsum plaster is not suitable for exterior finish as it can not be used in damp finish.
- Cement can not be mixed with plaster of Paris.
- It is more expensive than cement or cement lime plaster.
- It can not be used in moist situations.The labor cost for applying plaster of Paris is high.
EASTERN ECONOMIC FORUM (EEF)
What’s in news?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Russia for a two-day visit, during which he held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and attended the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).
- During PM Modi’s recent visit to Russia, he attended this annual summit in Vladivostok.
- This was the first instance of an Indian prime minister attending the East Economic Forum.
- Aim: To encourage the investment and development to what is known as the Russian Far East, a region extending between Lake Baikal and the Pacific Ocean.
- Russian Far East, at the centre of East Economic Forum, manufactures MiG and Sukhoi for the IAF. It is strategically placed in Asia-Pacific.
- Established year: 2015
- Purpose: Encouraging foreign investments in Far East region of Russia.
- Events at the Forum traditionally take place in the form of panel sessions, round tables, televised debates, business breakfasts, and business dialogues devoted to Russia’s relationships with various countries.
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