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News in Short - 13-April-2021

Supreme court dismisses petition to remove some verses from Quran

Date: 13 April 2021 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The Supreme Court has dismissed a PIL which sought deletion of 26 verses from the Quran alleging that they violate the law of the land and promote extremism.
  • The bench also imposed costs of ?. 50,000 on the petitioner Syed Waseem Rizvi, a former chairperson of Shia Central Board of Waqf, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The PIL alleged that the 26 verses “promote violence”, and were not part of the original Quran, but were added in later revisions, and should hence be removed from the holy book.
  • Rizvi’s move to file the petition in the top court drew a massive backlash from several Islamic clerics and organisations in Uttar Pradesh.

Rachael Blackmore becomes first woman to win Britain’s Grand National Horse race

Date: 13 April 2021 Tags: Sports
  • Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to win Britain’s grueling Grand National horse race, breaking down one of the biggest gender barriers in sports.
  • Blackmore rode Minella Times to a landmark victory at odds of 11-1 in the 173rd edition of the famous steeplechase at Aintree in Liverpool, northwest England.
  • Blackmore is the 20th female jockey to compete in a race. Women have only been allowed to enter the National as jockeys since 1975.

Dolphin boom in Odisha’s Chilika lake

Date: 13 April 2021 Tags: Biodiversity
  • The population of dolphins in Chilika, India’s largest brackish water lake, and along the Odisha coast has doubled this year compared with last year.
  • The population estimation exercise for dolphins and other cetacean species covered almost the entire coast of Odisha.
  • Three species were recorded during the census, with 544 Irrawaddy, bottle-nose and humpback dolphins sighted this year, compared with 233 last year.
  • The rise in the Irrawaddy [dolphin] population in Chilika can be attributed to the eviction of illegal fish enclosures. Irrawaddy dolphins found unobstructed area for movement after Chilika water were made encroachment-free.

Monsoon was stronger 7000 years ago

Date: 13 April 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A study carried out by researchers from the Central University of Kerala has found that the monsoon was much stronger 7,000 years to 5,000 years ago and it underwent a cyclic change caused by variations in solar radiation.
  • The study was carried out in the Indian Ocean to understand changes in the monsoon in the past. This would help researchers forecast monsoon variability and the results could be used for building models that would offer insight into future variations in the monsoon.
  • The monsoon is critical to Indian economy. A weak monsoon has led to severe droughts, famine, affecting the economy and food security, whereas a strong monsoon may lead to floods.
  • The main finding of the report was that the monsoon started weakening 4,200 to 2,000 years ago, before arriving at the present condition. The study found a strong summer monsoon in approximately every 10,000 years in the last 55,000 years.

Flipkart joins hands with Adani group

Date: 13 April 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Flipkart has entered into a strategic and commercial partnership with the Gujarat-based Adani Group for logistics and data centre-related businesses.
  • In this partnership, Flipkart will work with Adani group’s entity Adani Logistics Ltd to strengthen Flipkart’s supply chain infrastructure and enhance its ability to serve its customers.
  • AdaniConneX will build their new Tier 4 data centre and Adani Logistics will build their 534,000 sqft fulfilment centre.
  • In addition, Flipkart will set up its third data centre at AdaniConneX Private Limited, its Chennai-based facility, leveraging AdaniConneX’s expertise and data centre technology solutions.
  • The centre is expected to be operational in the third quarter of 2022 and will have the capacity to house 10 million units of sellers’ inventory.