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News in Short - 31-January-2020

Increasing screen time can make children physically inactive

Date: 31 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Researchers have found that children who spend more time looking at tablets or television screens as infants are likely to be less physically active as they enter school age.
  • The studysuggests that adhering to the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines to limit screen time to one hour per day or less among children aged two to five years may promote healthier behaviours in later life.
  • Screen viewing is increasingly prevalent but excessive screen time in childhood has been linked to a range of health problems, including increased risk of obesity and reduced cognitive development.

EU abandons vote on CAA

Date: 31 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The European Parliament has deferred voting on a resolution against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act, which can be termed as a major diplomatic victory.
  • The Parliament was expected to vote on a final joint resolution on the Citizenship Amendment Act, put forward by some 560 of its 751 members from five different groups.
  • The move was opposed by India on the grounds of internal matter, which was adopted in a constitutional manner.

Bengaluru tops world’s worst traffic list

Date: 31 January 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • Bengaluru emerged as the worst traffic congested city globally in the TomTom Traffic Index of 2019.
  • Apart from Bengaluru, three other Indian cities are in the top 10 of the traffic index. These include Mumbai (65%), Pune (59%) and New Delhi (56%) at the fourth, fifth and eight position, respectively.
  • The other global cities featured among the top 10 include Manila from The Philippines, Bogota from Colombia, Moscow from Russia, Lima from Peru, Istanbul from Turkey, and Jakarta from Indonesia.

Missing persons and vehicle databases to go public

Date: 31 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Citizens all over the country can now search for missing persons and check police records of any vehicle from a countrywide database.
  • The citizen-centric services were launched by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) platform.
  • The two citizen services, namely ‘Missing Person Search’ and ‘Generate Vehicle NOC’ (No Objection Certificate) will now be available online to citizens.