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22 October 2019 Current Events Change in Nature: Cows Turn Non-Vegetarian in Goa

Goa is known as the heaven for  the tourists due to its eye catching beaches and surroundings. Amazing! Vegetarian cattle like cows, bulls and calves have changed their natural habits, turned non-vegetarian in popular beach villages like Calangute and Candolim, as they like to eat only scraps of chicken and fish. These cattle developed this habit after eating waste dumped by restaurants which consists pieces of chicken and fish. State government has roped in  veterinarians to change their habit.


'We stand by you' Mamata Assures Farooq Abdullah

West Bengal Chief Minister,  Mamata Banerjee Today said in her birthday wish to  former Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)  Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah that 'we stand by you'. Mamata also asked him to remain positive and we are with you and pray for your good health. The 82-year leader of J&K was detained under the  Public Safety Act (PSA) after the removal of Article 370 from the state.


Change in Nature: Cows Turn Non-Vegetarian in Goa

Goa is known as the heaven for  the tourists due to its eye catching beaches and surroundings. Amazing! Vegetarian cattle like cows, bulls and calves have changed their natural habits, turned non-vegetarian in popular beach villages like Calangute and Candolim, as they like to eat only scraps of chicken and fish. These cattle developed this habit after eating waste dumped by restaurants which consists pieces of chicken and fish. State government has roped in  veterinarians to change their habit.

'We stand by you' Mamata Assures Farooq Abdullah

West Bengal Chief Minister,  Mamata Banerjee Today said in her birthday wish to  former Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)  Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah that 'we stand by you'. Mamata also asked him to remain positive and we are with you and pray for your good health. The 82-year leader of J&K was detained under the  Public Safety Act (PSA) after the removal of Article 370 from the state.

Modi Lambasts on Congress in Poll Campaign

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Today attacked the Congress party for its wrong policies. He categorically alleged that grand old party is sole responsible for pulling down the nation and injustice was continuously done with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing a rally at Sirsa in Haryana Modi  further added that four lakh Kashmiri Pandits had to leave their homes in valley due to wrong policy of the Congress party.

Delhi: Odd Even Scheme to be Implemented from Nov 4 to 15

On Thursday evening, Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal confirmed odd-even implementation at a press conference. As per the scheme, vehicles will run on the street of Delhi with odd and even numbers on alternate days. Nonetheless, two-wheelers and vehicles carrying school children are not subject to the new rule. Further, the AAP chief also said that this rule is equally valid to the vehicles entering Delhi from other states. The scheme will be implemented in the national capital from November 4 to 15, from 8 am to 8 pm. It has been further clarified that any violation of the scheme will incur a fine of Rs 4,000. The motive behind implementing this odd even scheme is to curb air pollution which occurs around this time every year due to stubble burning in the states of Punjab and Haryana.

Ayodhya Verdict: "Sort of a Settlement" has been Indicated

On Wednesday, October 16, the top court reserved its verdict on Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute after a marathon hearing of 40 days. Supreme Court has appointed a mediation panel in order to settle the Ayodhya land dispute. As per the sources, all the parties such as Sunni waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhada, Ram Lalla and other Hindu parties are in favour of settling the matter. The panel is headed by renowned mediator, Sriram Panchu, spiritual guru, Sri Sri ravi Shankar and former apex court judge FMI Kalifulla. The verdict will be announced on November 17 when CJI Ranjan Gogoi leaves office.

India has ranked 102nd on the Global Hunger Index

India has ranked 102nd on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) amongst the index of 117 countries. It is one of the lowest rank country amongst rest of the South Asian countries which are between 66 and 94. India's rank started dropping from 2015 when it ranked 93. In 2017, India's rank was 97 and Pakistan was at 107; in 2017 it was 100 and Pakistan was 106; in 2018 India ranked 103 and Pakistan was at 106. And in 2019, the rank of India and Pakistan altered as india was in 102 and Pakistan at 93. The GHI ranks countries on "100 point scale", where 0 is considered the best with no hunger and 100 being the worst. 

Mumbai has Bagged UNESCO Awards for Conservation

Three of Mumbai's heritage structures got recognition by UNESCO. These structures such as Flora Fountain and Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue at Fort and Our Lady of Glory Church at Byculla. Apart from these three structures from India, 16 from China, Australia, New Zealand, and Bhutan has bagged the award. The fourth structure from India which has managed to get itself listed is Vikram Sarabhai Library at the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad. This is not the first time Mumbai's structure got recognition, but in 2018, two other structures namely the Ruttonsee Muljee Jetha Fountain near Ballard Estate in Fort, the Rajabhai Clock tower and the University of Mumbai library building was awarded as well. 

Nearly 2,050 Participants Appeared in Aksharashree Literaxt Exam in Kerala

As per Kerala's literacy mission authority, about 2,050 participants appeared for 'Aksharashree' literacy exam. Amongst candidates of all age, two of them were in their mid 80s; Sumathi Ammal and Dharani. Besides Sumathi and Dharani, Kamalamma from Thiruvallam and Subhdramma from Thrikkabapuram, both aged 83 and Sarada from Aarannoor, aged 82 participated in the exam. And the youngest of them is of twenty one year old. The objective of 'Aksharashree' is to find number of illiterates in the capital city and to comprise them in the mission of education programme.

Largest DNA Barcoding has been Done in India

Scientists from Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have reported that it has managed to "barcode at least 100 species of spider" in India. These spiders were barcoded on the basis of their DNA. In this activity, species such as Argyrodes flavescens (spiders that steal others' food), Thwaitesia sp (spiders with natural mirrors in their abdomen), and Scytodes thoracica (spitting spiders) were included along with species which are found only in India. Experts says that this is one of the "largest exercise" of its kind in India.

Rahul Gandhi Pleads 'Not Guilty' in the Defamation Case

Ex-Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has pleaded not guilty in a defamation case against him, over his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to him he felt that there is nothing wrong in saying ‘why all thieves shared the Modi surname’. The defamation suit has been filed by Purnesh Modi, a BJP legislator in Surat. Rahul Gandhi further tweeted that “I am in Surat today to appear in a defamation case filed against me by many political opponents, desperate to silence me. I am grateful for the love and support of the Congress workers who have gathered her to express their solidarity with me”.

Centre is Aiming 1,400 km Long Green Wall of India

The centre is aiming at creating a green belt from Porbandar to Panipat in order to combat climate change and desertification. The belt would be 1,400 km long and 5 km wide from Gujarat to Delhi-Haryana border which will run through the width of Africa, from Dakar to Djibouti. The idea to build this "Great Green Wall" is at a very budding stage which is considered as "India's legacy programme" which can wage war against land degradation and the "eastward march of the Thar desert". 

New MV Act has been Rolled Out Only in Five Cities So Far

After centre has notified the new Motor Vehicle Act, only five states such as Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Kerala, Karnataka and Assam have implemented the amended act so far. As per a leading portal, Bihar is likely to carry out the law soon. Whereas, states like Jharkhand, Haryana, Bihar would take another three months to implement the act. An official from the centre responded to the delay saying, the changes made in the new MV Act has been taken by bringing everyone on board and it is upto the state government to announce the date for implementation of the amended law. The new Motor Vehicle Act was passed by the Parliament recently.

Section 144 Imposed on Aarey Colony in Mumbai

Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code has been imposed in Aarey Colony and its surrounding areas. The site of Aarey which is home to nearly 2,600 trees was to make car shed by the metro authorities. Petitions have been filed by activists to protest against tree cutting. However, the petition was dismissed by the Bombay High Court. In the wee hours of Friday night, BMC started cutting trees and chopped near 200 trees. Protesters gathered at Aarey colony in Mumbai and over 20 people have been arrested by cops under IPC section 353.

Delhi's Grey Line Metro will Open on October 4

On Friday, Delhi's Grey Line metro will be opened for service. The Grey Line Delhi Metro is 4.3 km long and is aimed to connect urban village area of Najafgarh to the rapid transit network for the first time. The alley comprises three stations which includes Dwarka (interchange with Blue Line), Nangli and Najafgarh. With the opening of this line, Delhi Metro will expand to 377 km with 274 stations. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) confirmed that the flagging off ceremony is scheduled around 12:15 pm by Union Minister for housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

India Gets its First-Ever Floating Basketball Court

Good news for all the sports enthusiasts as The National Basketball Association has brought the first-ever floating Basketball Court in India. The floating court has been installed in the Arabian Sea near Bandra Worli Sealink in Mumbai. The court was inaugurated by some of the sports person and NBA (National Basketball Association) legend Jason Williams. Williams has also given few tips to the young players and said that India is only couple of steps behind from catching up with the world in Basketball. Further, on December 20, 2018 NBA has also announced that India would organize its first ever NBA game in October. 

Eight Crore Industries Recorded Negative Growth in August, 2019

As per a government data released on Monday morning, industries worth eight crore are witnessing 0.5% decline in output of coal, crude oil, natural gas, electricity etc in the month of August. However, the output varies from last year as the same eight crore industries witnessed expansion of 4.7% in August. According to Commerce and Industry Ministry, electricity has witnessed a negative growth of 2.9%, cement 4.9%, natural gas 3.9%, crude oil 5.4%, coal 8.6%. Nevertheless, steel production and fertilisers grew by 5% and 2.9%. 

Flood Like Situation Disrupts Life in UP and Bihar

Heavy rain continues to disrupt life in many states of India. In the last four days, many towns and villages in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have drowned due to heavy consecutive downpour. The flood like situation has adversely affected traffic, healthcare facilities, schools and colleges. Moreover, the number of deaths has been rising due to heavy rain across these states, and the toll now stands at more than 100 fatalities. On Monday morning, four people died in Patna after a tree fell on an auto in Khagaul. Three more deaths have been reported in Bhagalpur due to the torrential rain. Three teams of National Disaster Response Force have been stationed into position in Patna and 18 teams have been deployed in Bihar for support. As per the weather officials, the heavy rain will last till September 30. 

NASA Releases Chandrayaan-2 Vikram's Landing Site

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, NASA has released a few high resolution images of Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram's landing site. However, the US space agency officially declared that it was unable to detect the exact location of the lander. The images were captured by a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) which was flying around the targeted landing site. The site was located in a south pole terrain which was at a distance about 600 kilometers (370 miles). The reason stated behind the agency not being able to locate the lander is presence of a shadow. But a second attempt will be made when the LRO passes over the site in October.

Several Deaths Reported Due to Heavy Rain in Pune

Since late Wednesday, death of seven people has been reported from Pune due to heavy downpour. The bodies have been rescued from three different areas of the city. One body was found inside a car floating on Singhanad road, while another was found in a canal in Sahakarnagar. Remaining five bodies were recouped from Parvati - Aranyeshwar area. Nearly four people are still reported missing. The district collector of Pune, Navalkishore Ram, ordered the closure of schools and colleges to avoid further casualties. 

PM Modi Received Award for Swachh Bharat Campaign

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been conferred with Goalkeepers Global Goals Award for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign. The award was presented by Microsoft founder Bill Gates at UN General Assembly meeting in New York City. PM was honoured with this award at the occasion of Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. The Swachh Bharat campaign was first launched in October 2014 by Narendra Modi as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. The motive behind this campaign was to eradicate open-defecation and improve cleanliness through solid and liquid waste management.




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