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News in Short - 20-October-2019

Fat found in lungs of overweight people

Date: 20 October 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Researchers have shown that fat can accumulate in the lungs of people, particularly those who are overweight or obese.
  • The deposited fatty tissue alters the structure of people’s airways and this could be one reason behind the increased risk of asthma.
  • The link might be explained by the direct pressure of excess weight on the lungs or by a general increase in inflammation created by excess weight.

Halley's comet to make its appearance

Date: 20 October 2019 Tags: Space
  • The Halley's comet is expected to make its presence felt when Earth will move through the particles shed by the Halley's comet in 1986.
  • As the particles hit the Earth’s atmosphere they glow for a short period of time to form a meteoroid shower known as 'Orionid meteor shower'.
  • Halley's Comet was discovered by Edmund Halley in 1705 but is believed to have been recognized for millennia. The comet returns about every 75 years and was last seen from Earth in 1986. It will next be seen in 2061.

Hussain Sagar dam termed Jai Sriram sagar

Date: 20 October 2019 Tags: Geography & Environment
  • Online miscreants have altered the name of Hussain Sagar dam in Hyderabad to Jai Sriram dam, attracting concerns from citizens.
  • The famous Salar Jung bridge has also been altered and named as Chhatrapati Shivaji bridge.
  • The Hussain Sagar dam is constructed on the Musi river, which is a tributary of the Krishna river. The dam provides drinking water facility to the inhabitants of Hyderabad city.

International bird counting survey

Date: 20 October 2019 Tags: Biodiversity
  • The Cornell University’s Ornithology Lab, has launched a massive bird count survey across the globe to identify and record large number of indigenous and rare birds.
  • The institute has allowed common citizens to participate in the survey by launching an app known as eBird and Merlin bird app, which contains large databases of rare birds, which will make their identification easy.

Vehicle registration witnesses fall

Date: 20 October 2019 Tags: Industries
  • Auto registrations in September fell 12.9% to 1,375,314 units from 1,579,191 units in a year ago according to Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA).
  • The steepest fall was recorded in the passenger vehicle segment where it fell 20.1% in comparison to last year.
  • Commercial vehicles also registered an 18.5% drop, followed by two-wheelers, which fell by 12.1%.
  • Only the three-wheeler segment saw growth, with registrations going up by 1.8%.