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News in Short - 28-January-2020

Nagoba Jatara

Date: 28 January 2020 Tags: Festivals
  • Nagoba Jatara , the tribal festival has commenced in Keslapur village in Adilabad district, Telangana.
  • It is the second biggest tribal carnival and celebrated by Mesaram clan of Gond tribes for 10 days.
  • Tribal people from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh belonging to the Mesram clan offer prayers at the festival.
  • Nagoba Jatara is the second largest Adivasi festival in Telangana after the Sammakka Sarakka Jatra, organised biennially in Medaram.
  • One of the most important part of the jatara, which follows the maha puja, is ‘bheting’ or introduction of the new brides in the clan to the clan god.

Living near highways linked to dementia risk

Date: 28 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Researchers have revealed that living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis (MS).
  • They found that living less than 50 metres from a major road or less than 150 metres from a highway is associated with a higher risk of developing neurological disorders, likely due to increased exposure to air pollution.
  • Little is known about the risk factors associated with neurological disorders, the majority of which are incurable and typically worsen over time.

Andhra Pradesh government abolishes Legislative Council

Date: 28 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Andhra Pradesh cabinet chaired by chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has passed a resolution to abolish the Legislative Council. The resolution will now be moved in the Assembly soon.
  • The state government has been contemplating to abolish the council for the past few days since it received a setback in the upper house which referred the three-capital cities bill and CRDA repeal bill to the select committee.
  • The resolution will be sent to Centre seeking introduction of a bill to dissolve the upper house. Only six states in the country have both the houses as majority of the states have abolished the Vidhan Parishad.

European Parliament to vote on Kashmir and CAA

Date: 28 January 2020 Tags: India & World
  • The European Parliament is set to debate and vote on a resolution tabled by some of its members against India's Citizenship Amendment Act.
  • The resolution, tabled by the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the Parliament earlier this week, is set to be debated 29 January and voted on 30 January.
  • A separate grouping, which represents 66 Members of European Parliament (MEPs), has moved a sixth resolution that supports the Act but calls for an impartial probe into excessive use of force by security forces against anti-CAA protesters.

NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

Date: 28 January 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Basketball and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California. The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist was 41.
  • Bryant, who retired as the NBA’s third-all-time leading scorer with 33,643 points, was expected to be inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.