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News in Short - 16-November-2019

Catering charges on Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains to be increased

Date: 16 November 2019 Tags: Railways
  • Ticket prices for Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto Express trains could behiked as the Ministry of Railways has announced a revision in menu and tariffs for catering services aboard Express and Mail trains.
  • The changes are in accordance with requests received from IRCTC and the recommendations of the Menu and Tariff Committee set up by the Board. Fares of these train services include catering charges.

Controlling HIV infection with antiretroviral therapies

Date: 16 November 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A comparative study between men with and without HIV has found that there is more variability of QT interval  in men living with the virus, which may contribute to the increased risk of sudden cardiac deaths.
  • The researchers say that it is important to treat early and control HIV infection with antiretroviral therapies, stick to therapy and continue to monitor virus levels.
  • They advised that people should work to reduce traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors by following a healthy diet, keeping fit, quitting smoking and treating diabetes to compensate for any additional burden of HIV on the heart.

Odd-Even car scheme in Delhi ends

Date: 16 November 2019 Tags: Environment
  • Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that the Odd-Even car rationing scheme will not be extended and will end on 15th of November, but has not denied its return.
  • He said that the weather predictions have indicated clear and better conditions in coming days due to which the scheme has not been extended.
  • Delhi has not seen much reduction in the air pollution level even after the 12-day odd-even scheme.
  • A thick layer of toxic smog has left people with sore throat, itchy eyes, breathing problems and dry cough.

Ancient 3000 years old Pakistani city discovered

Date: 16 November 2019 Tags: Historical Places
  • The archaeological experts from Pakistan and Italy have discovered a 3000-year-old city, believed to be the remains of Alexander the Great, in northwest Pakistan.
  • The discovery of the city named Bazeera was made in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, famous for 5,000 years old civilisation and its artifacts.
  • The discovery also find traces of Hindu temples, coins, stupa, pots and weapons of that period.
  • The experts also found traces of life in the city even before Alexander's period.

Mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh passes away

Date: 16 November 2019 Tags: Obituaries
  • Renowned mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh died at a hospital in Patna after prolonged illness.
  • He received his doctorate from University of California, Berkeley in the year 1969 for reproducing kernels and operators with a cyclic vector.
  • After pursuing higher studies, Singh worked at NASA and returned to India in 1971 to teach at IIT Kanpur. 
  • In 1973, he was appointed as a permanent faculty in Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata