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THE NATIONAL DIALOGUE QUARTET, DEMOCRACY GROUP IN TUNISIA, COLLECTS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, collected their award in Norway on Thursday, appealing for international cooperation to make the global fight against terrorism a top priority.
HARYANA: SC UPHOLDS MINIMUM QUALIFICATION CRITERION FOR PANCHAYAT POLLS; EC STARTS PREPARATION FOR ELECTIONS
The petition had challenged validity of Haryana’s Panchayati Raj (amendment) Act 2015 which fixes matriculation as essential qualification for general candidates contesting panchayat polls. As the matter was pending before the Supreme Court, the SEC had decided to put on hold all the activities in pursuant to Commission’s notification dated September 8 and all other notifications/orders issued subsequently.
NGT BANS PLASTIC FROM GAUMUKH-HARIDWAR, ALLOWS RAFTING IN RISHIKESH
The bench banned mechanised riverbed mining in Ganga up to Haridwar and put in place a complete prohibition on use of plastic in the 140-km belt between Gaumukh and Haridwar. This ban will come into effect from February 1 next year and its violation will attract a fine of Rs.5,000.
LONGEST HUMAN CHAIN FORMED ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
Urging for world peace on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, more than 25,000 students of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) stood holding each other’s hand along a 30-km-long stretch forming the longest human chain in the world by indigenous people here on Thursday.
GOLD-PLATED TEETH RECOVERED FROM NALANDA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
A team of Bihar Archaeological Directorate (BAD) has recovered five teeth of an adolescent dating back to seventh century from an excavation site of an ancient university at Telhara in Nalanda district, an official said today. During an excavation at the site of the Vishwavidyalaya Shripratham Shivpura Mahavira Bhikshu Sangh that existed in seventh century, a BAD team stumbled upon five gold-plated teeth of an individual aged between 16 to 20 years, who might have been a monk, BAD Director Atul Kumar Verma told PTI.
DELHI SAW 29 ‘RED ALERT’ DAYS IN NOV: GREENPEACE
The Capital’s air quality was so poor in November last that 29 of the 30 days in the month would have qualified as ‘red alert’ days, going by the pollution warning system China follows.On Monday, Beijing issued this season’s first red alert, which means that the level of coarse particulate matter (PM10) was more than 350 micrograms per cubic metre and was predicted to last for three consecutive days.As per an analysis of the National Air Quality Index by Greenpeace India, Delhi would have had 33 such days in the 91 days from September to November, with 29 of them in November alone. The levels of PM10 have peaked at a whopping 14 times the standard of 100 micrograms per cubic metre, with the Anand Vihar monitoring station recording 1,433 micrograms per cubic metre earlier this week.
150 BANK BRANCHES TO OPEN IN 8 NAXAL-HIT DISTRICTS
To improve the banking facilities in the Naxal-affected areas, 150 branches of nationalised banks will be opened in eight insurgency-hit districts of Chhattisgarh.The Bastar division comprises seven districts namely Bastar, Kanker, Kondagaon, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Dantewada and Sukma.Of the 150 branches, 54 will be established by 19 banks in the current financial year. Besides, five ATM booths will also be set up during the same period in these areas.
KERALA TO BE FIRST DIGITAL STATE
Kerala is expected to be declared the first digital State in the country shortly, on the strength of its digital infrastructure and e-governance initiatives. Discussions are on to get Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make the declaration, Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson said on Thursday.
GURPREET WINS 25M STANDARD PISTOL GOLD AT SHOOTING NATIONALS
Rio Olympics quota holder Gurpreet Singh won the men’s 25m standard pistol gold on day nine of the 59th National Shooting Championships here on Thursday. Army marksman Gurpreet, who has been a bit off-colour during the Nationals, came into his own in this non-Olympic event, shooting a score of 573, a clear two points ahead of second placed Mahaveer Singh of Rajasthan, to claim top honours.