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News in Short - 24-November-2020

Kerala government not to amend Kerala Police Act

Date: 24 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Kerala Government has decided not to implement the amended Kerala Police Act which mandates a jail term for any social media abuse or offensive cyber post.
  • The change in the government stand came after the intervention of the CPI (M) central leadership. Besides, other Left parties have also taken strong exception to the rule which is considered as draconian.
  • Even as announcing the decision to scrap the law, the Chief Minister urged everyone to desist from social media campaigns and posts which violate the individual freedom and dignity of the human spirit.

Copper plate inscriptions discovered in Halebelagola

Date: 24 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Copper plates belonging to the 8th and 9th century CE have been discovered in and around Halebelagola in Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan district.
  • The discovery has been described as significant by scholars as it adds to the corpus of information pertaining to the age and provides additional material evidence for the understanding of the social and economic conditions of the region.
  • This is reckoned to belong to the period of the Western Ganga king Sripurusha and is written in Sanskrit and Kannada and has Kannada characters of the 8th century CE. It records the gift of a village Sokanevadi as “Brahmamdeya” to a brahmin Sokanebhatta of Koushika gotra by Sripurusha.
  • Another inscription belonged to the Western Ganga king Rajamalla II and is dated to 879 CE. This also registers the gift of a village Agalivolal by the king for renovation and conducting of festivities in Satyavaka Jinalaya.

Chhattisgarh tribals facing respiratory problems due to mining pollution

Date: 24 November 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • Mining operations have put tribals in Chattisgarh’s Raigarh district at an increased risk of acute respiratory infection (ARI), according to a study commissioned by the Union Environment Ministry and conducted by the National Institute of Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH).
  • Nearby mining activities put the tribal population of Raigarh at increased risk of ARI, tuberculosis, road traffic accidents, etc. Apart from environmental health hazards, undernutrition increases the risk further for various diseases.
  • The National Scheduled Tribes Commission had directed the Ministry to assess the health, ascertain key risk factors as well as the quality of nutrition among the residents of Tamnar Block, Raigarh, Chhattisgarh.
  • Because the tribes in the block hadn’t been studied before, the studies would be useful to design specific health intervention and public policy.

India to host G20 summit in 2023

Date: 24 November 2020 Tags: International Organizations
  • India is set to host the G-20 summit in 2023, instead of 2022 — the 75th year of Independence. Indonesia will assume G-20 presidency in 2022 after a swap with India.
  • The order of the rotating presidency is decided among member states on the basis of consultations and mutual convenience.
  • In the latest declaration, the leaders of the G20 vowed to address the vulnerabilities revealed by this crisis, take the necessary steps to recover stronger, and work to ensure that future generations are safer than we have been.

Antony Blinken to be named secretary of state

Date: 24 November 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • President elect Joe Biden is likely to appoint senior diplomat Antony Blinken to the office of Secretary of State, one of the most important position in the government.
  • After Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to President Donald Trump, Blinken became one of the founders of WestExec Advisors, a Washington consultancy advising corporations on geopolitical risks.
  • He joined Democratic President Bill Clinton's White House as a speechwriter and became one of his national security aides. Under Obama, Blinken worked to limit most U.S. combat deployments to small numbers of troops.