[Prelims Spotlight] European Union, Kolleru Lake, The Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA)

 

Here are  Back2Basics collections from today’s news items

B2B #1: From news – [pib] India to host European Union Film Festival

European Union

  1. The EU consists of 28 countries, has the world’s largest economy and its third largest population, after China and India.
  2. The Maastricht Treaty established the European Union in 1993 and introduced European citizenship.
  3. They have set up common institutions so that decisions on matters of joint interest can be made democratically at European level.
  4. By creating a frontier-free single market and a single currency (the euro) which has been adopted by 19 Member States, the EU has given a significant boost to trade and employment.
  5. UK was the last member to leave EU after Greece , popularly known as Brexit.

B2B #2: From news – Blue revolution a bane of Kolleru

Kolleru Lake

  1. Kolleru Lake is a freshwater lake and is known as Ramsar site no. 1209.
  2. It is located between Krishna and Godavari deltas of Andhra Pradesh
  3. As a haven for a wide-variety of water birds, the Forest Department has declared 673 sq.km (Con.+5) as the Kolleru Wildlife Sanctuary.
  4. It is an Important Bird Area on the Central Asian Flyway.
  5. It is important habitat for resident and migratory birds, including the grey or spot-billed pelican (Pelecanus philippensis). Many birds migrate here in winter, such as Siberian crane, ibis, and painted storks.

Here’s a Factoid to brush up your concepts

Name : The Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA)

Brief Intro : The Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) is an inter-governmental forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia. It is a forum based on the recognition that there is close link between peace, security and stability in Asia and in the rest of the world.

Objective : enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia

Type : Summit/ Conference

Category : Economy

Year : 1999

Place :  Almaty

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