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News in Short - 17-November-2021

Efforts to get heritage status for jackfruit tree

Date: 17 November 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Horticultural scientists of Karnataka are trying to get heritage status for a jackfruit tree, aged around 250 years and believed to be State’s oldest tree of this variety.
  • What makes this tree special is not just its age but also taste of its fruits and the ability of the tree to continuously bear a big number of quality fruits. The tree has contributed lakhs of seedlings and grafts.
  • Some villagers believe that it may have been one of the seedling progenies of early introduction of jackfruit in this area by the then Bengaluru chieftain Kempe Gowda.

India’s first food museum opens in Thanjavur

Date: 17 November 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • India’s first food museum has been inaugurated in Thanjavur. The museum has been established by Food Corporation of India (FCI) in association with Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM), Bengaluru.
  • Models of various ancient grain storage methods, both global and indigenous, are displayed at the museum.
  • It depicts the foodgrain production scenario in India and across the globe and the challenges in storage.

Prime Minister inaugurates Purvanchal expressway

Date: 17 November 2021 Tags: Infrastructure
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on16 November, inaugurated the 341-km-long Purvanchal Expressway in  Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The air strip will enable landing/take-off of Indian Air Force fighter planes in case of emergencies. The expressway is 6-lane wide which can be expanded to 8-lane in future.
  • The 341-km long begins from village Chaudsarai in Lucknow and ends at village Hydaria located on National Highway No. 31– 18 km east of UP-Bihar border.

Kaiser-i-Hind named ad state butterfly of Arunachal Pradesh

Date: 17 November 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu approved the large, brightly coloured Kaiser-i-Hind as the State butterfly.
  • The Cabinet also adopted the Pakke Tiger Reserve 2047 declaration on climate change-resilient and responsive Arunachal Pradesh aimed at lowering emissions and sustainable development.
  • Kaiser-i-Hind (Teinopalpusimperialis) literally means Emperor of India. This butterfly with a 90-120 mm wingspan is found in six States along the Eastern Himalayas at elevations from 6,000-10,000 feet in well-wooded terrain.
  • The butterfly is also found in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and southern China.

SC collegium recommends SaurabhKirpal as Delhi HC judge

Date: 17 November 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • A three-member Supreme Court collegium led by Chief Justice of India has recommended the elevation of senior advocate SaurabhKirpal as the judge of the Delhi High Court.
  • The SC Collegium’s recommendation comes nearly three years after it first considered Kirpal’s candidature in 2018.
  • If approved, Kirpal will be the first openly gay judge of a High court. The delay in recommending Kirpal was widely perceived to be due to his sexual orientation.