Country celebrates 550th birth anniversary of Guru nanak dev
The 550th birth anniversary of the first Sikh guru and
founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev is being celebrated as Prakash Parv on
Tuesday. Guru Nanak Dev was born on the full moon day of Kartik month or
Kartik Poornima in 1469. Devotees organise langar at various places on this
occasion. Dev Deepawali is also celebrated on the full moon night of the
month of Kartik.
President Ram Nath Kovind took part in the festivities at
Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala district of Punjab. Guru Nanak Dev Ji spent
more than 15 years at Sultanpur Lodhi, where he attained enlightenment.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar
attended the function at Huzoor Sahib Sachkhand Gurudwara in Nanded.
In Bihar, the three-day-long celebrations for Gurupurab will
conclude today at Takhat Shri Harimandir Sahib Gurudwara in Patna.
Outside India, In Sri Lanka, the Consulate General of India
in Jaffna commemorated the day, with its building being decorated with
colourful lights last evening. This was followed by a screening of two
documentaries on the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The President, Vice
President and Prime Minister have greeted people on the occasion of Guru
Parliamentary Panel expresses concern over rising cancer cases
A Parliamentary panel has expressed serious concern over the
rising number of cancer patients in the country. It suggested setting up of
a High-Level Steering Committee to work out modalities for rolling out of a
Hub and Spoke Model in a time-bound manner.
It urged the government to expand and upgrade cancer
treatment infrastructure for affordable and quality care by enlarging the
network of the Mumbai-based Tata Memorial Centre.
The recommendation was made by the Department-related
Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forest and
Climate Change. The report was presented to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah
Naidu in New Delhi on Monday.
The Committee also noted with concern the very high
incidence of cancer in all North Eastern States. The Committee, headed by
Jairam Ramesh, expressed concern, saying that over 68 per cent of cancer
patients are dying in the country.
NBFC’s to get fund under credit guarantee scheme
Finance secretary Rajiv Kumar on Monday said the government
is in the process of approving Rs 20,000-crore of lifeline to the
fund-starved NBFCs under the partial credit guarantee scheme announced in
The budget had proposed a partial credit guarantee scheme
worth Rs 1 lakh crore under which public sector banks would buy high-rated
pooled assets of financially sound NBFCs, including housing finance
companies, amounting to Rs 1 lakh crore this year under which government
will provide a one-time six months partial credit guarantee to public sector
banks for first loss of up to 10 percent.
The partial guarantee would help rework the asset liability
structure within three months to have positive asset liability management in
each bucket for the first three months and on cumulative basis for the
As per the guidelines issued, the window for one-time
partial credit guarantee will be for six months, or till such date by which
Rs 1 lakh crore assets get purchased by banks.
Assets originated up to March 31, 2019 will only be eligible
under this scheme, it said, adding assets should be standard in the books of
NBFCs/HFCs on the date of sale.
IOCL to set up 2G ethanol plant at Panipat
Furthering government's commitment in promoting the use of
environmentally friendly products, Ministry of Environment, Forest and
Climate Change has given environment clearance to Indian Oil Corporation
Limited to set up new 2G Ethanol plant at Panipat.
Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change Prakash
Javadekar announced this on Sunday. In a tweet, he said, this project not
only promotes use of environmentally friendly fuel but also aids in
fulfilment of government's goal of doubling farmers’ income.
Mr Javadekar added that Ministry has revised the
Environmental Standards for Tanneries, Iron & Steel Industries and Coffee
industries after due stakeholder consultations and expert advice.
The new Standards aim at commitment of government to ensure
clean and green environment.
In Australia, the states of New South Wales and Queensland
have declared a state of emergency, following the widespread bush fires
which took at least three lives.
Thousands have been displaced by three days of dangerous
weather conditions and bring a catastrophic threat to heavily populated
areas of the nation's east. More than 120 bush fires are burning across the
Officials say the worst danger will come for areas around
Sydney tomorrow, the nation's largest city. The catastrophic warning is in
place across the greater Sydney area and regions to the city's north and
In New South Wales, the blazes have scorched 9,70,000
hectares of land and destroyed 150 houses. Nine homes have been razed in
New South Wales fire authorities have issued the maximum
level of warning for the first time since new fire warnings were introduced
a decade ago, after Australia's deadly Black Saturday disaster.
BRICS trade ministers meeting held in Brazil
Ahead of upcoming BRICS 2019 summit, BRICS trade ministers
meeting has started in Brasilia.
Commerce minister Piyush Goyal is leading the Indian
delegation. The meeting will focus on trade facilitation, investment
promotion and cooperation in customs among other issues.
Getting through comparative advantages of all the BRICS
countries to develop upon shared prosperity in the present global economic
situation will be the focus. MoU on trade and investment promotion between
agencies of all the 5 BRICS countries will be signed after the meeting.
Later, Power minister R K Singh will attend the meeting of
BRICS power ministers where deliberations will focus on clean energy and
harnessing the strengths of each other in the energy sector.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
NASA detects Xray burst at outer space
NASA’s NICER (Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer)
telescope detected a sudden spike of X Rays. The spike was caused by a
massive thermo nuclear flash on the surface of a pulsar.
A Pulsar is a neutron star whose compact core is left behind
when a massive star runs out of fuel. It later collapses under its own
weight and explodes.
A Pulsar spins rapidly and becomes a host to several X-Ray
emitting hotspot. As the object spins it produces regular pulses of
The Explosion releases as much as energy in 20 seconds as
that released by the sun in 10 days.
The Explosion was caused as the hydrogen gas accredited and
formed a disk. As the disk becomes denser, the gas ionizes. This traps more
and more energy inwards causing the explosion.
Like other astronomical bodies, the sun emits X Rays as
well. Therefore, studying about these sources will help to learn about the
future of the sun.
Saurabh Chaudhary wins silver at Asian shooting championship
Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the silver medal in men's 10m air
pistol event to continue India's surge at the 14th Asian Championship in
World Cup and Asian Games gold-medallist shot 244.5 to
finish second on the podium behind North Korea's Kim Song Guk, who won the
top prize with a world record 246.5. Iran's Foroughi Javed bagged the
With 583, both Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma had qualified
for the finals in seventh and sixth place. However, Verma had to be
satisfied with a fifth-place finish in the eight-man final.
The trio of Chaudhary, Verma and Sharvan Kumar bagged the
team bronze with a total of 1740 in the qualifying, finishing behind China
(1745) and Korea (1744). Both Chaudhary and Verma had already secured their
Olympic quotas in the earlier competitions.