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News in Short - 07-December-2019

Kids of diabetic mothers prone to heart risk

Date: 07 December 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Children of mothers with diabetes have increased rates of early onset cardiovascular disease or CVD from childhood up to the age of 40, researchers have warned.
  • The increased rates were more pronounced among children of mothers with a history of CVD or diabetic complications, said the study.
  • Preventing, screening, and treating diabetes in women of childbearing age could be important not only for improving the health of the women but also for reducing long term risks of CVD in their offspring.

Study reveals parrotfish thrive on dead reefs

Date: 07 December 2019 Tags: Biodiversity
  • A study has found that, in the damaged areas of the reefs, the parrot fish populations increased in number by between two and eight times, and individual fish were about 20 per cent larger than those in unbleached sections.
  • The bleached areas get colonised by the microalgae and cyanobacteria which act as nutritious source of food for these fishes. This process helps in repairing the damage caused to the reef system.
  • Bleaching is coral's stress reaction to prolonged exposure to higher sea surface temperatures.

Seven Indian cities on the list of world’s most popular destinations

Date: 07 December 2019 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • According to a UK-based market research company Euromonitor International, seven Indian cities including the national capital have made it to the list of the ‘Top 100 City Destinations’ of 2019.
  • Delhi currently features as the 11th city on the list, it is expected to take on the eighth position in the rankings.
  • Mumbai, too, features on list at number 14. It is expected to move up. The city of Taj, Agra,holds the 26th spot at the moment. Agra, too, is expected to improve its ranking by at least eight spots by the end of this year.
  • Other cities on the list include Chennai (36th), Jaipur (34th), Kolkata (76th) and Bengaluru (100th). The list is topped by Hong Kong.

Maharashtra may scrap Emergency pension

Date: 07 December 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government may decide to scrap the previous government’s decision to award a pension to those who were imprisoned during the Emergency.
  • The previous government had announced in June 2018 that it would provide a monthly pension of ?10,000 to those who were imprisoned during the Emergency.

Former J&K governor’s advisor K Vijay Kumar appointed to MHA

Date: 07 December 2019 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Former advisor to the Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, K Vijay Kumar, has been appointed as a senior security advisor in the Union Home Ministry.
  • Kumar is a 1975-batch officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS) will "advise the ministry on security related matters of Union Territory of JK and Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected States.
  • Kumar has served as the Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Director of the National Police Academy in Hyderabad and as the chief of the Tamil Nadu police special task force that killed forest brigand Veerappan in 2004.