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News Bits - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore
News Bits


What’s in news?

The following are the Prelims Bits;

  1. The Plastic Bag Day is being celebrated on 12 July in recognize the significance of an invention that we take for granted on Paper Bag Day.
  2. 1,371 arrested for selling unauthorised drinking water in Indian Railways.
  3. The seven-day famous “Kharchi Puja” was inaugurated in Agartala, Tripura.

Key data’s:

  1. Paper bag day:

  • Paper bags are made from renewable raw materials, are recyclable and biodegradable. 
  • It reduces the use of plastic bag which causes pollution and are non-biodegradable.
  • Advantages of using Paper Bags
  • Using paper bag is eco-friendly.
  • Packaging in paper bags are considered as an upmarket and classy. Packing in simple bag and in an attractive printed paper bags will definitely give an edge to the product.
  • Paper bags are made up of renewable resources and so are easily recyclable.
  • Paper bags are biodegradable and do not leftover toxins.
  • Paper bags can be used again and again with careful handling.
  • Paper bags can be easily composted in a home composer.


  1. Operation thirst:

  • Indian Railway started Operation Thirst an all India drive to crackdown the selling of unauthorised packaged drinking water.
  • Under this, the Railway Protection Force (RPF), have arrested 1,371 people and over 69,294 bottles were seized under the sections of 144 and 153 of the Railway Act.
  • During the operation, which was carried out on July 8 and 9, a total fine of Rs 6,80,855 has been realized from these offenders.


  1. Karchi Puja:

  • The centuries-old Puja was inaugurated by the Chief Minister in the presence of a host of ministers, dignitaries and people from different parts of the country.
  • The main themes are “save water” and “drugs free Tripura”.
  • The annual “Kharchi Puja” and festival is meant to cleanse the sins of mortal souls. Originally a Hindu tribals’ festivity, it is now observed by all communities and religions.
  • Kharchi, literally means, the Earth. The event was being celebrated with the intention of worship of earth.


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