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How Mamallapuram became Mahabalipuram, regained old name

S Swaminathan, author of Mamallapuram, a book on the architectural and sculptural achievements of the Pallavas, said Mamallapuram was the original name, even though the town is also called Mahabalipuram. The venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping over Friday and Saturday has been referred to, interchangeably, Mamallapuram and Mahabalipuram. … Continued

Is Indian Ocean helping Atlantic currents? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper I; Geography)

Atlantic Meridional Overturning Current In the Atlantic operates a large system of ocean currents, circulating the waters between the north and the south. Called Atlantic Meridional Overturning Current, or AMOC, it ensures the oceans are continually mixed, and heat and energy are distributed around Earth. For the last 15 years, however, scientists have been worried … Continued

What’s behind Iconic Tourist Sites initiative? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper I; Culture)

During her Budget speech earlier this month, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that 17 “Iconic Tourist Sites” in the country would be developed by the government “into world class tourist destinations, to serve as a model for other tourism sites”. The Sites Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri (Uttar Pradesh), Ajanta & Ellora (Maharashtra), Humayun’s Tomb, … Continued




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