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News in Short - 26-October-2019

SC asks centre’s opinion on entry for women in mosques

Date: 26 October 2019 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The Supreme Court has sought the response of the Centre on a PIL seeking entry of Muslim women in all mosques of the country.
  • The plea was filed for issuance of direction to government authorities and Muslim bodies like Wakf Board to allow women into mosques on grounds that denial amounted to violation of various fundamental rights.

Kartarpur pact signed

Date: 26 October 2019 Tags: International Events
  • India and Pakistan have signed a landmark agreement to operationalise the historic Kartarpur Corridor to allow Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.
  • The corridor will connect the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India's Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur, just about four km from the international border, located at Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province.
  • Under the agreement, Indian pilgrims of all faiths and persons of Indian origin can use the corridor. The travel will be Visa Free. Pilgrims need to carry only a valid passport.

More years in education can reduce alcohol dependency

Date: 26 October 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • According to a study Spending years in education not only adds to one's wisdom and knowledge but might have an impact on an individual's drinking behaviour. It may also reduce their risk of alcohol dependence.
  • Researchers used data from a total of approximately 780,000 study participants, and found that genetic variants associated with an additional 3.61 years of schooling were associated with an approximately 50 per cent reduced risk of alcohol dependence.
  • The presence of genetic variants associated with educational attainment also affected the pattern of alcohol use and type of alcoholic beverage people consumed.

Brazil plans for visa-free entry for Indians

Date: 26 October 2019 Tags: India & World
  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has announced that the South American nation will drop its requirement that visiting Chinese and Indian tourists or business people obtain visas.
  • Bolsonaro had earlier removed visa barrier for the developed countries including the US but the announcement, made during an official visit to China, is the first he has made expanding that policy to the developing world.

Cyclone Kyarr

Date: 26 October 2019 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • An intense cyclonic storm Kyarr is brewing over the east Arabian Sea leading to heavy rains and rough sea conditions along the western coast in north Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.
  • It will intensify into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during the subsequent 24 hours, according to the latest forecast.
  • According to the IMD, it may not make a landfall on the Indian coast, but there could be heavy rainfall at isolated places over coastal districts of Karnataka, Goa and south Konkan.