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News in Short - 13-November-2019

Nile river found to be 6 times older than estimated age

Date: 13 November 2019 Tags: Geography & Environment
  • The Nile river was found to be atleast six times as old as previously thought, according to a study. The study has estimated that age of Nile river was around 30 million years.
  • The study came to conclusion after assessing the links between the geographical and physical features or topography of the Nile river to the flow of molten rocks in the Earth’s mantle.
  • The study said the Nile would have turned west long ago if it weren’t for the mantle movement keeping the river on course.The gentle gradient kept the Nile flow towards the North.

Sri Lanka passes bill to make match fixing and betting criminal offence

Date: 13 November 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Sri Lanka parliament passed a bill titled “Prevention of Offences related to sports” criminalising several offenses relating to match-fixing.
  • Betting on sports matches hosted by Sri Lanka was already illegal. Under the new bill, betting on sports events around the world will be illegal as well.
  • The new law also prohibits people with family links in the gambling business to be a part of sport’s local governing body.

Impaired liver function during pregnancy can cause obesity in offspring

Date: 13 November 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Impaired liver function in women during pregnancy can increase the risk of obesity in kids by altering their gut bacteria, according to a research.
  • These findings further suggest that health during pregnancy can have long-term effects on children as the gut microbiome alterations may increase the risk of obesity in children when fed a western-style, high-fat diet.
  • The most common liver disease during pregnancy, Intrahepatic cholestasis (ICP) decreases the release of digestive fluid bile from the liver causing bile acids to build up in the blood.
  • This could affect liver function and cause severe itching in mothers, increasing the risk of stillbirth and preterm birth.

Vietnam deer rediscovered

Date: 13 November 2019 Tags: Biodiversity
  • A "mouse-deer" that has not been documented alive for three decades has been discovered living in the wild in Vietnam.
  • The silver-backed chevrotain, a deer-like species around the size of a rabbit, has a silver sheen, and has been hanging on in a region of the country ravaged by poachers.
  • Also called the Vietnamese mouse-deer, the animal was last recorded in 1990. It is the first mammal to be rediscovered on the Global Wildlife Conservation's (GWC) list of top 25 most wanted lost species.

Migratory birds die near sambar lake

Date: 13 November 2019 Tags: Biodiversity
  • Thousands of migratory birds of about 15 species were found dead around Sambhar Lake, the country's largest inland saltwater lake near Jaipur.
  • Officials suspect water contamination as one of the reasons for the deaths but were awaiting viscera test reports.
  • Sambhar Lake is India’s largest inland salt lake. It is a recognised wetland of international importance, and hosts thousands of migratory birds during winters.