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News in Short - 02-November-2020

Delhi witnesses coldest October in 58 years

Date: 02 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The month of October was the coldest in 58 years in the national capital, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data.
  • The mean minimum temperature in October this year was 17.2 degrees Celsius, the lowest since 1962, when it was 16.9 degrees Celsius.
  • Normally, Delhi records a mean minimum temperature of 19.1 degrees Celsius in October.
  • On October 29, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 12.5 degrees Celsius — the lowest in the month of October in 26 years. The last time Delhi recorded such a low temperature was in 1994.
  • The national capital had recorded a low of 12.3 degrees Celsius on October 31, 1994.
  • The normal minimum temperature for this time of the year is 15-16 degrees Celsius. Delhi had recorded its all-time low temperature of 9.4 degrees Celsius on October 31, 1937.

J&K government declares Roshni Act null and void

Date: 02 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The J&K government on October 31 decided to declare all the actions taken under the Jammu and Kashmir State Land (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, also known as the Roshni Act.
  • According to the order, complete identities of all influential persons, including Ministers, legislators, bureaucrats, government officials, police officers, businessmen, etc., and their relatives or persons holding benami for them, who have derived benefit under the Act, will be made public.
  • The Roshni Act was enacted during the Farooq Abdullah regime and targeted to earn ?25,000 crore by transferring 20 lakh kanals of State land to existing occupants against payment at market rates.
  • During the Ghulam Nabi Azad regime, the cut-off was relaxed to 2007. In 2014, the Comptroller and Auditor General estimated that only ?76 crore had been realised from the transfer of encroached land between 2007 and 2013.

Service canteen to stop selling direct import items

Date: 02 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Unit Run Canteens (URC) of the armed forces will stop selling 422 directly imported items following an order from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in support of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
  • However, there is no restriction in supply of items of pending purchase orders already placed and sale to URCs till such time the stocks of imported items are liquidated fully.
  • The CSD, which functions as an attached office of the MoD, has 34 depots located across India. It has a portfolio of over 4,500 products sourced from 650 vendors both Indian and foreign.

Tamil Nadu agricultural minister Doraikkannu passes away

Date: 02 November 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister R. Doraikkannu died at a private hospital in Chennai on October 31 after battling COVID-19-related complications. He was 72.
  • Doraikkannu, a native of Rajagiri near Papanasam in Thanjavur district, was the secretary of the AIADMK’s Thanjavur (North) district unit. He also functioned as the secretary of the party’s Papanasam Union for 25 years besides serving as the president of the District Agriculture Marketing Committee.
  • Doraikkannu was elected to the Tamil Nadu Assembly from Papanasam in Thanjavur district in 2006, 2011, and 2016, with the late chief minister J Jayalalithaa inducting him in the cabinet in 2016.

James Bond actor Sean Connery passes away

Date: 02 November 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Scottish movie legend Sir Sean Connery, who shot to international stardom as British agent James Bond, has died aged 90.
  • He will be remembered first as British agent 007, the character created by novelist Ian Fleming and immortalized by Connery in films starting with Dr. No in 1962.
  • Sean Connery played a series of noteworthy roles besides Bond and won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a tough Chicago cop in The Untouchables (1987).
  • Some of Sean Connery’s noteworthy non-Bond films included director Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie (1964), The Wind and the Lion (1975) with Candice Bergen, director John Huston’s The Man Who Would be King (1975) with Michael Caine, director Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and the Cold War tale The Hunt for Red October (1990).