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News in Short - 19-July-2021

Law ministry’s new rules for vintage cars

Date: 19 July 2021 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • The Law Ministry has given its nod to an amendment to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, that are expected to be notified by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways soon.
  • All two-wheelers and four-wheelers, which have not undergone any substantial overhaul, will be defined as Vintage Motor Vehicles 50 years after the date of first registration.
  • Vehicles that already carry a registration number will be allowed to retain it. However, classics that are registered afreshwill be assigned an identifier “VA” in the registration number.
  • Vintage vehicles will neither be permitted on roads for regular purposes, nor will they be used for commercial purposes. They will be allowed only during exhibitions.

China begins carbon trading

Date: 19 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • China's long-awaited national carbon emission trading scheme (ETS) made its debut with 4.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide quotas worth $32 million.
  • It is the largest carbon market in the world by volume with more than 2000 power plants, responsible for more than 4 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
  • The establishment of the scheme was first pledged by President Xi Jinping ahead of the signing of the Paris climate accord at the end of 2015.
  • China's central government is working with industrial associations to collect data from the steel, non-ferrous metals, chemicals and other sectors with the aim of expanding carbon trading.

Pulitzer prize winner photojournalist Danish Siddiquidies

Date: 19 July 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who won global accolades including the Pulitzer Prize in 2018, was killed in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. He was 38.
  • Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan in Spin Boldak.
  • Siddiqui was embedded with Afghan special forces in southern Kandahar province since earlier this week and was reporting on fighting between Afghan commandos and Taliban fighters.

Prehistoric paintings discovered in Faridabad

Date: 19 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Archaeologists have discovered cave paintings in a rocky and forested corner of Haryana that they believe belong to the Upper Palaeolithic age.
  • The caves are nestled amid a maze of quartzite rocks in the Aravalli mountain ranges, just outside the national capital, and a stone’s throw from the region’s only surviving patch of primary forest, a holy grove called MangarBani.
  • The team encountered cave paintings comprising images of human figurines, animals, foliage, and geometric, some that have paled over time, but others that are still very visible.