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News in Short - 23-November-2020

India set to double oil refining capacity by 5 years

Date: 23 November 2020 Tags: Infrastructure
  • India plans to nearly double its oil refining capacity in the next five years, offering a much more aggressive timeline than previously despite the coronavirus pandemic blighting the economy.
  • India's oil refining capacity could jump to 450-500 million tonnes in 10 years from the current level of about 250 million tonnes.
  • India was also aiming to raise the share of natural gas in its energy-consumption mix by up to four times. The cleaner-burning fuel currently accounts for about 6% of the energy consumed in the country.
  • India would achieve its targets of increasing renewable energy capacity to 175 gigawatts by 2022 and 450 gigawatts by 2030 ahead of schedule.

Byju's to raise $200 million through evaluation

Date: 23 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Nearly two months after it raised $500 million, online education start-up Byju’s is close to raising another $200 million in a fresh funding round from American investment firms.
  • With these latest investments, the Bengaluru-based edtech firm has earned the decacorn status - startups that are valued at more than $10 billion.
  • Earlier in January 2020, Byju's raised a $200 million in equity funding from New York-based hedge fund Tiger Global Management, after which its valuation rose to around $8 billion.

Delhi to experience coldest winter due to La Nina

Date: 23 November 2020 Tags: Climate Change
  • The national capital is likely to witness a colder winter season than usual in 2020, as per the India Meteorological Department scientists.
  • They cited a Pacific Ocean weather phenomenon known as La Nina, which leads to a cascading impact on global weather in winter months.
  • During La Nina, the temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean dips below normal levels leading to wind patterns that can influence temperatures in faraway regions. Reportedly, this phenomenon has been linked to colder than usual winters in northwest India.

Government gives nod for Ayurvedic doctors to perform surgeries

Date: 23 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The government has brought out a notification that will allow Ayurveda doctors to be trained and legally allowed to perform a variety of general surgical, ENT, ophthalmology, ortho, and dental procedures.
  • The notification listed the procedures that will be included in the PG training of Ayurveda doctors by amending the Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations, 2016. It stated that the amendments were being made with the sanction of the central government.
  • During the period of study, post-graduate scholars of Shalya tantra (general surgery) and Shalakya tantra (surgeries of the ear, nose, throat, head and eye) will be practically trained to perform various surgical procedures independently.
  • General surgical procedures include amputation of gangrene, skin grafting, laparotomy (opening up of the abdomen), many advanced gastro-intestinal surgeries.

Kerala to make online abuse punishable

Date: 23 November 2020 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • The Kerala government has decided to amend the Kerala Police Act to check increasing abuse on social media and cybercrime.
  • The cabinet has decided to recommend to the Governor to issue an Ordinance to incorporate a new Section 118(A) into the Act to punish any person who creates or sends any information that is offensive or is intended to offend or threaten another person, through any means of communication, with an imprisonment of five years or a fine of ? 10,000 or both.
  • The Kerala High Court had earlier directed the state police to take steps against hate campaigns and attacks through social media. The time of the coronavirus pandemic has seen a spurt in attacks and hate campaigns on social media.
  • In 2015, the Supreme Court had struck down Section 66A of The Information Technology Act, which was being used by police to arrest people on charges of posting objectionable content on the Internet.