November, 2016

Over 5 lakh children under siege: UNICEF

UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for lifting sieges and allowing immediate humanitarian access. Nearly 500,000 children are living under siege amid escalating violence across Syria. The number of children living under siege has doubled in less than one year, Xinhua news agency quoted UNICEF as saying in a press release.

Physicists challenge Einstein’s view

Some researchers are challenging Einstein’s theory on the speed of light and have suggested that it could have been much higher in early universe. As per Einstein’s, the speed of light remains the same in any situation. The assumption that the speed of light is constant, and always has been, underpins many theories in physics, such as Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Modi tells BJP MPs to give bank details

PM Modi has asked BJP MPs and MLAs to submit details of their bank transactions between November 8 and December 31. PM Modi also said the Income Tax Amendment Bill is not to turn black money into white, but to use the money looted from the poor for their welfare. The Modi government on the night of November 8 announced that ` 500 and ` 1,000 notes would no longer be legal tender.

Jio Crosses 50 Million Subscribers

Reliance Jio has crossed the 50 million subscriber mark in less than three months. According to PTI’s sources, Jio has acquired 1,000 customers per minute and 6 lakh per day. Airtel reached the same milestone of notching 50 million subscribers in 12 years, Vodafone and Idea took 13 years each. It was launched nation-wide on September 5

New Zealand snatch spectacular win

New Zealand has registered their first Test series win against Pakistan since January 1985. Hosts sealed the Test rubber 2-0 on the fifth and final day in Hamilton. Neil Wagner was the star performer for the home side. He bagged the wickets of Mohammad Amir (0), Wahab Riaz (0) and Imran Khan (0) in 7 balls.

Ban-Ki-Moon hopes for a resolved IWT

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed hope that India and Pakistan will bilaterally resolve issues over water-sharing. Modi had said the waters of Sutlej, Beas and Ravi rivers will be stopped from going in Pakistan. Ban had also expressed deep concern last week over the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days.

SC asks Centre to take decision on Yoga

The SC has asked the Centre to take a decision within 3 months on making yoga compulsory for students of Class I-VIII across the country. A bench headed by Justice MB Lokur asked the Centre to treat the petitions filed on the issue as a representation and take a decision. The court was hearing the pleas filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a lawyer and Delhi BJP spokesperson and J C Seth.

UK Govt. Distances From Brexit Memo

The British government distanced itself from a memo outlining plans for Brexit. The memo suggests Britain will fail to keep access to the European single market and will seek to keep the negotiations to two years. Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to outline the government’s Brexit strategy.

Women To Re-Enter Haji Ali Dargah

A group of women activists will enter the famous Haji Ali dargah in Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon. This win comes after five years and a series of legal battles and agitations. A group of around 75-80 women from all over India would visit the mausoleum of the saint for prayers around 3 pm. The Supreme Court on October 24 delivered its verdict upholding equal access to men and women.

Govt. Denies Trump’s Claim of Fraud

The White House has said that there is no evidence to support the alleged “election fraud” claimed by President-elect Donald Trump. Trump has said that “millions” of people voted “illegally” for Hillary Clinton. Trump won 306 votes in the Electoral College to Clinton’s 232, putting him above the 270 votes needed there to win the presidency.