SC delivers Ayodhya verdict, accepted equally by all
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has welcomed the Supreme
Court's unanimous decision on Shri Ram Janmabhoomi. In a tweet, Mr Shah
appealed people of all communities and religions to accept the decision with
ease and remain committed to peace and harmony and to the pledge of 'Ek
Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat'.
He expressed confidence that the landmark judgment given by the
Supreme Court will prove to be a milestone in itself. Mr Shah said, the decision
will give further strength to the unity, integrity and great culture of India.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said, its a landmark
judgement which should be accepted by all of us with humility. He appealed to
the people to maintain peace and calm.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up across the state, with
the deployment of Police and Central forces. Markets and shops are open as usual
and people are seen busy in their day-to-day activities. People have been asked
not to post any inflammatory posts on social media.
Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says the
Supreme Court judgement on Ayodhya land dispute case should be welcomed and
respected wholeheartedly by all.
He said it is a collective responsibility to strengthen unity,
social harmony and brotherhood in the country. Talking to media, Mr Naqvi said
the verdict should not be seen as a victory or defeat of anyone.
National workshop on ODF plus held in New Delhi
With all 5.99 lakh villages, 699 districts and 35 states and
union territories having declared themselves open defecation free (ODF)
under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) [SBM(G)] as of October 2019, the
Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti
organised a one-day national workshop on ODF Plus – ODF Sustainability and
Solid and Liquid Waste Management, today in New Delhi.
ODF Plus, SBM(G)’s latest component, consists of two main
tracks: ODF Sustainability (ODF-S) and Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM).
ODF-S includes sustaining behaviour change for safe sanitation,
leaving no one behind and addressing gaps, ensuring community toilets for
floating populations, and strengthening the capacity of all grassroots
As part of SLWM, the Mission is taking up biodegradable waste
management, plastic waste management, grey water management, and fecal sludge
The workshop included presentation by the participating states
on the their current status in rural sanitation and their plans going forward.
ShriArunBaroka, Additional Secretary (DDWS), Ministry of Jal
Shakti, in his presentation made the overall case for the Department’s vision
moving forward and reiterated that focus has to be maintained on the
sustainability of outcomes gained thus far and on solid and liquid waste
Govt. claims economy robust as inflation is controlled
Government has said that the fundamentals of the economy
remain quite robust with inflation under check and bond yields low. It said,
India continues to offer strong prospects of growth in near and medium term.
An official press release said, the Government of India has
noted that the Moody’s Investors Service has changed the outlook on India’s
ratings to negative from stable while keeping the foreign-currency and
local-currency long-term issuers rating unchanged at Baa2.
The Government said, India continues to be among the fastest
growing major economies in the world and its relative standing remains
unaffected. IMF in their latest World Economic Outlook has stated that Indian
Economy is set to grow at 6.1% in 2019, picking up to 7 % in 2020.
As India’s potential growth rate remains unchanged, assessment
by IMF and other multilateral organizations continue to underline a positive
outlook on India.
The Government has undertaken series of steps and reforms to
strengthen the economy as a whole. Government of India has also proactively
taken policy decisions in response to the global slowdown. These measures would
lead to a positive outlook on India and would attract capital flows and
RBI increases limits for NBFC and MFI borrowers
Reserve Bank has increased the household income limits for
borrowers of Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) and microfinance
institutions (MFIs) from 1 lakh to 1.25 lakh rupees.
The move is aimed at strengthening credit to those at the bottom
of the economic pyramid in rural areas. Similarly, the limit has been increased
from 1.6 lakh for urban or semi-urban areas to 2 lakh rupees.
RBI said in a circular that the limit has been increased after
taking into consideration the important role played by microfinance institutions
in delivering credit to those at the bottom of the economic pyramid and to
enable them to play their assigned role in a growing economy.
Iran begins uranium enrichment raising concerns for global
Iran has resumed uranium enrichment at its underground
Fordow plant south of Tehran today in a new departure from its commitments
under a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, a statement said.
The suspension of uranium enrichment at the long secret plant
was one of the restrictions Iran had agreed to on its nuclear programme in
return for the lifting of UN sanctions.
It has drawn a chorus of concern from the remaining parties to
the troubled agreement. Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia have been
trying to salvage the hard-won deal since Washington abandoned it in May last
year and reimposed crippling unilateral sanctions.
The resumption of enrichment at Fordow is Iran's fourth move
away from the deal. Uranium enrichment is the sensitive process that produces
fuel for nuclear power plants but also, in highly extended form, the fissile
core for a warhead. Iran has always denied any military dimension to its nuclear
Iran's latest move comes after the passing of a deadline it set
for the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear agreement to come up with a
mechanism that would allow foreign firms to continue doing business with Iran
without incurring US penalties.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed concern about
Tehran's announcements but said European powers should do their part. The
Kremlin had previously called sanctions against Iran as unprecedented and
U.S-China trade deal to be delayed for next month
A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese
President Xi Jinping to sign a long-awaited interim trade deal could be
delayed until December as discussions continue over terms and venue, a
senior official of the Trump administration told Reuters on Wednesday.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was
still possible the "phase one" agreement aimed at ending a damaging trade war
would not be reached, but a deal was more likely than not.
Dozens of venues have been suggested for the meeting, which had
originally been scheduled to take place on the sidelines of a now-canceled
mid-November summit of Asia-Pacific leaders in Chile, the official said.
They included sites in Europe and Asia, but the former was more
likely, with Sweden and Switzerland among the possibilities. Iowa, which Trump
has suggested, appeared to have been ruled out, the official said.
China's latest push for more tariff rollbacks would be
discussed, but was not expected to derail progress toward an interim deal.
Since Trump took office in 2017, his administration has been
pressing China to curb massive subsidies to state-owned firms and end the forced
transfer of American technology to Chinese firms as a price of doing business in
Analysts say the phase one deal will fail to adequately address
these issues, focusing largely on Chinese purchases of U.S. farm goods and
intellectual property protections related to copyright and trademark issues. It
will not address industrial subsidies at all.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
NASA’s voyager 2 reaches interstellar space
NASA’s Voyager 2 has exited heliosphere and has entered
interstellar space. It is now at 11 billion miles from the earth.
Information from the spacecraft takes 16.5 hours to reach earth at the speed
of light. (Light from the sun takes 8 minutes to reach earth)
The spacecraft joined its twin voyager 1 on December 10, 2018.
The Voyagers were launched to study the outer solar system up close. Voyager 2
will target Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus.
Till November 5, 2019, the space around the spacecraft was
surrounded by plasma flowing out from the sun. This outflow is called solar wind
and envelopes the planets in the solar system.
However, recently, scientists detected no electrical current of
plasma to detect density, pressure, temperature. This confirms that the
spacecraft has left the heliosphere and entered inter stellar space.
Voyager 2 also discovered 5 moons of Neptune. It identified a
“Great Dark Spot” at Neptune. Also the spacecraft discovered that there are four
rings around Neptune.
Deepak kumar secures Olympic quota in shooting
Birthday boy Deepak Kumar secured India's 10th Olympic quota
in shooting while Manu Bhaker claimed the women's 10 metres air pistol gold
medal in the 14th Asian Championship in Doha today.
Deepak gifted himself a bronze medal in men's 10 metres air
rifle on the opening day of the championship. Deepak shot 227.8 in the eight-man
final to finish third on the podium and add to India's quotas for the 2020 Tokyo
Later in the day, Bhaker shot 244.3 to win the top prize in her
event. The Haryana sensation had already secured an Olympic quota at the Munich
World Cup in May.