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Uttar Pradesh ordinance criminalizing religious conversion by marriage is an assault on personal liberty
- The ordinance leads to an unreasonable intrusion into the doorman of a personal autonomy and further communal stereotypes.
- The ordinance titled Uttar Pradesh prohibition of unlawful conversion of religious ordnance 2020, requires every religious conversion to be scrutinized and certified by the state.
Right to reject: plea in Supreme Court seeks direction to ECI to nullify election if maximum votes polled to NOTA
- The Supreme Court has been moved in a PIL to direct the ECI to use its plenary power under article 32 A to nullify the election results and hold new election, if maximum what have been told in a favour of NOTA in a particular constituency.
- “If NOTA gets maximum votes, then election to that constituency shall be invalidated and a fresh election shall be held within 6 months.
Freedom of speech does not entitle the person to make derogatory remarks against any community/gender: Punjab and Haryana High Court
- The bench of justice Alka Sarin made the above set observation wild is missing a petition for grant of regular bail to the petitioner.
- An FIR was lost on the complaint where in it was alleged that the petitioner had uploaded a post of Dr BR Ambedkar on her FB id and some insulting and objectionable comments on the post was made to create disharmony in society.
Section 14 limitation Act has no application in criminal proceedings: Chhattisgarh High Court
- Section 14 provides for exclusion of time spent in proceedings bonafide, in a court which lack jurisdiction.
- Justice Sanjay k Agrawal observe that the application of section 14 clause 1 of the limitation Act, 1963 e is confined to suit and appeal or revision, it cannot be made applicable to criminal proceeding like revision.
Stretch of Havelock Road in London’s Southall to be renamed ‘Guru Nanak Road’ :
- The name change of the part of Havelock Road between King Street and Merrick Road in London’s Southall will come into effect early in 2021, will now be renamed ‘Guru Nanak Road’ in honour of the founder of Sikhism.
- The decision in this regard was taken by the cabinet on July 14 to celebrate and commemorate Guru Nanak.
- The Indian community accounts for nearly 50 per cent of Southall’s population of 70,000. Leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Julian Bell said in a news report.
China to build a major dam on Brahmaputra river in Tibet:
- China will build a major hydropower project on Brahmaputra River in Tibet.
- A proposal for this has been clearly put forward in the 14th Five-Year Plan to be implemented from next year, reported on the official media.
- The project was clearly put forward in the proposals for formulating the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) and its long-term goals through 2035 made by the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), as news reported by the officials.
Trump hesitant to accept the results of the Elections and claims it to be fraud:
- In the first TV news interview since losing his re-election bid, President Donald Trump indicated Sunday that he will never concede to Joe Biden and abandon his conspiracy theory about mass ballot fraud.
- The 45-minute interview, Trump’s first on television since the November 3 election, was mostly a monologue of evidence-free claims concerning election fraud, virtually unchallenged by Bartiromo.
‘World’s loneliest elephant’ Kaavan starts trip from Pakistan to Cambodia :
- Kaavan dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant” after languishing alone for years in a Pakistani zoo, was readied Sunday for his flight to a sanctuary in Cambodia and the much-needed company of other elephants.
- The mammoth task of getting him into an elephant-sized metal box for transport took several hours and was perhaps the most crucial step in rescuing him from the dire conditions he’s lived in for 35 years.
- Cher’s animal welfare group Free the Wild has worked with Four Paws to relocate Kaavan which was a mission that’s cost about $400,000, which was mentioned in a news report taken.
Iran was very close to producing a nuclear bomb:
- A 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is being eroded and efforts to revive the pact face a new challenge with the killing of Tehran’s top nuclear scientist.
- The accord’s restrictions on Iran’s atomic work had one objective: to extend the “breakout time” for Tehran to produce enough fissile material for a bomb, if it decided to make one, to at least a year from about two to three months.
- Iran maintains that it has never sought nuclear weapons and never would. It says its nuclear work only has civilian aims. This has shortened the breakout time, as per news report.
Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival all set to virtual from Dec 1
- The Hornbill Festival is 10 days annual culture and tourism extravaganza.
- This is the 21st edition of the Hornbill Festival to a virtual platform from Dec 1 to 5.
- It showcases the rich and diverse Naga ethnicity through folk dance, art, local cuisine among various other Naga experiences.
Covid-19 : BMC to distribute ‘free’ masks ; Rs 200 fine on violators
- BMC provide free mask to those found without face cover in public and also collect a fine Rs.200 from them.
- Previously, BMC took action against 4.85 lakhs citizens for not wearing masks in public place.
- BMC also collected over Rs. 10.7 Crore as fine from the violators
- The main objective is to implement the covid-19 prevention protocols.
Union Home Secretary writes to States on fire safety in hospitals
- Ajay Bhalla has written to all the States and UT’s to direct nursing homes and hospitals to recheck fire protection system.
- Previously, 6 patients were killed in fire in the ICU of a hospital in Rajkot.
- “Non-adherence of fire safety measures by authorities in their respective jurisdiction is a matter of concern”, the Letter noted.
IMD : Another storm likely to affect Tamil Nadu
- The Cyclone will cross the Sri Lanka Coast on Dec 2.
- The Cyclone will bring heavy rain over Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
- IMD has issued a red-colour coded warning for the Southern areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
- Fisherman are also advised not to venture into South East.
“ED, CBl should be sent to Borders” : Sena’s attack on centre
- Shivsena said, the ED and CBI should be sent to borders to tackle terrorists entering J&K.
- Shivsena joins opposition chorus against centre’s treatment of farmers.
- BJP running country’s environment inviting autocracy, says former ally.
Price for RT-PCR test done by private lab fixed at Rs 800 by Government of Delhi
- On Monday, the Government of Delhi has fixed the price at Rs 800 for Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test done by private labs.
- The sample collected from home would be charged at Rs 1200. Currently, people of Delhi are spending Rs 2400 for test at private labs.
India asks for answers from China on topic of plans for Ladakh peace
- It has been reportedly stated that though India and China has begun preparation for 9th round for restoration of status quo ante in matter of East Ladakh sector.
- New Delhi is still expecting for explanation for decrease and separated roadmap from Beijing.
BJP ally threatens to quit alliance if Farm Laws are not withdrawn
- On Monday, Hanuman Beniwal of Rashtriya Loktantrik, member in NDA has instructed HM Amit Shah to withdraw the Three Farm Laws and if the Centre fails to do that, then they would reconsider their partnership with the Party.
- He also made demands that the Central Government should make efforts for implementation of the recommendations which are made by the Swaminath Commission.
Scheme for one time bill settlement of power introduced in Goa
- On Monday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has launched a scheme of one time settlement for power consumers in Goa in the company of Nilesh Cabral who is Electricity Minister.
- The Chief Minister has called the launch of scheme as one of the biggest steps in last 60 years in Goa and also announced that scheme similar to this is prepared to be introduced for water bills by Public Works Department (PWD).
RBI likely to maintain status quo for 3rd straight time on inflation concerns
- The Reserve Bank is likely to keep the benchmark interest rates unchanged in its next monetary policy review in view of heightened retail inflation which has persistently remained above its comfort level, feel experts.
- The six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) headed by RBI Governor is scheduled to meet for two days starting December 2.
- The resolution of the sixth bi-monthly MPC meeting would be announced on December 4.
- The RBI projected the country’s GDP to contract 9.5 per cent in the current financial year due to the pandemic. It has cut policy rates by 115 basis points since February.
US second biggest FDI source for India during Apr-Sep 2020
- The US has emerged as the second biggest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) into India, replacing Mauritius, during the first half of the current financial year, according to data of the commerce and industry ministry.
- During April-September 2020, India attracted FDI worth USD 7.12 billion from the US and USD 2 billion from Mauritius, which slipped to fourth position, the DPIIT (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade) data showed.
- Mauritius was the second biggest FDI source during the same period previous year. The US was the fourth biggest investor during that period.
- Singapore with USD 8.30 billion foreign inflows continued to be the top source of FDI for India in April-September 2020-21.
Five of top 10 most valued firms lose together Rs 91,699 cr m-cap; RIL worst hit
- The combined market valuation of five of top-10 most valued firms declined by Rs 91,699 crore last week, with heavyweight Reliance Industries emerging as the worst hit.
- While Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Infosys, HDFC, ICICI Bank and Bharti Airtel suffered losses in their market valuation, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HDFC Bank, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Bajaj Finance were the gainers.
- RIL’s market valuation tumbled by Rs 60,829.21 crore to Rs 12,23,416.97 crore.
Pakistan’s Raza Hasan expelled for breaching Covid-19 protocols
- The PCB has confirmed that the 28-year-old has been sent back home after he left the bio secure premises.
- He was playing for Northern’s Second XI in Quiad-e-Azam trophy.
Australian broadcaster Channel 7 in unhappy with Cricket Australia
- The channel has confirmed it had lodged an affidavit with the court here in a pre-discovery action.
- The media company attempts to prove its contention that CA breached its contract with raft of scheduling changes this summer in order to cater to the BCCI’s interest.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, MEDICINE AND DEFENCE
Engine, design deficiencies — third crash puts Russian mig-29k back in focus
- The crash of the Indian Navy’s MiG-29K aircraft Thursday has yet again put the spotlight on the Russian fighter jet that has had a troubled history, both in India and in its home country.
- The navy’s MiG-29K was on disembarkation (flying back to its base, INS Hansa in Goa) from the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. While one pilot was rescued Thursday, Commander Nishant Singh, a qualified flying instructor, remains missing.
- The navy has begun an inquiry into the aircraft crash, which is the third one to have been involved in an accident in the past year starting last November.
- Navy sources refused to get into the likely cause of the accident but added that no warning sign or alarm was raised by the pilots on board.
- India has imported 45 MiG-29K fighters jets from Russia, but operates less than two dozen of them — the rest are kept as war reserves and in other forms.
Amazfit Pop Pro Smartwatch Set to Launch December 1, Key Specifications Teased
- Amazfit Pop Pro is teased to come with inbuilt GPS and NFC support.
- Amazfit Pop Pro is teased to come with a square dial.
- The wearable is a slightly premium variant of Amazfit Pop.
- Amazfit Pop Pro is teased to come with heart rate monitoring.
Respiratory failure in COVID-19 usually not driven by cytokine storm
- Many researchers think high levels of cytokines — immune cell signalling molecules — cause lung damage in people with COVID-19.
- This finding could change the way doctors treat severe infections with the new coronavirus.
- It could also explain why anti-inflammatory medications only work for a small portion of people with COVID-19.
- “We found that cytokine storm does happen, but it’s relatively rare, even in the COVID-19 patients that go on to have respiratory failure and require a ventilator.”
Drone sighted in Jammu Kashmir’s RS Pura Sector
- A drone was sighted at the International Border (IB) in the Arnia area of RS Pura Sector in Jammu and Kashmir last night, the Border Security Force (BSF) said on Sunday.
- The drone went back towards Pakistan after alert BSF troops fired on it, the officials said.
- On November 21, drone movement was noticed in the Mendhar sector along the Line of Control (LoC) amid a surge in ceasefire violations by the Pakistani Army, according to sources.
- On November 20, two drones were spotted from the direction of Pakistan and crossed the IB in the Samba sector.