The Hindu Notes 06th Aug,2017

Venkaiah sweeps V-P polls with 516 votes 17 to 20 MPs cross voted to ensure historic victory •M. Venkaiah Naidu was elected the 13th Vice-President of India on Saturday. The polling was held earlier in the day, and results were declared in the evening. •Mr. Naidu polled a massive 516 of the total 760 votes, aided by cross-voting by Opposition MPs in the 15th vice-presidential elections, NDA Ministers said. Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi polled 244 votes. The elections saw the highest polling percentage at 98.12%, with 14 MPs failing to turn up to vote. Unprecedented •While the result of the contest was a foregone conclusion, the margin of Mr. Naidu’s… Read More

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The Hindu Notes 05th Aug,2017

ISRO set to launch satellite with corrected clocks The move became imperative after all three rubidium atomic clocks on IRNSS-1A failed in mid-2016 •Indian Space Research Organisation will soon launch a replacement navigation satellite fitted with corrected atomic clocks to make up for the crippled satellite, IRNSS-1A. •The upcoming IRNSS-1H will be sent up towards the end of August and a date is yet to be fixed, ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said. Its launch became imperative after all three rubidium atomic clocks on IRNSS-1A failed in mid-2016, Mr. Kumar told The Hindu . Three more clocks failed later across the fleet of seven satellites, which together had 21 atomic… Read More

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The Hindu Notes 04th Aug,2017

End face-off peacefully: Sushma We should be prepared for war, but it is not a solution, she tells Rajya Sabha •External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that “war was not a solution,” referring to the ongoing standoff with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army at Doklam, adding that “wisdom was to resolve issues diplomatically.” •Ms. Swaraj said “patience” was the need of the hour and India was not going to use any “aggressive language” in its response to the standoff at the Bhutan-India-China tri-junction. •The Chinese Foreign Ministry has, in the past month, issued strong statements and warned India not to have any “impractical illusions,” adding… Read More

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The Hindu Notes 03rd Aug,2017

Seven species of grasshoppers found Discoveries made in Chhattisgarh in a span of 20 months •A small-granulated dark black and brown coloured pygmy grasshopper measuring about 9.07 mm revealed itself to the world in the forests of Chhattisgarh last month. Collected from moist deciduous forests in Korba district, the species was named Coptotettix korbensis. Scientists from the Zoological Survey of India, Sunil Kumar Gupta and Kailash Chandra, have published the details of the new species in international science journals Zootaxa and Annales de la Societe Entomologique de France . •A few months ago another paper published in Halteres by the same authors brought to light a species of the short-horned… Read More

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The Hindu Notes 02nd Aug.,2017

Rising temperatures drive up farmer suicides in India: U.S. study Researchers say that a warmer climate reduces crop yields, aggravates distress •Climate change may have led to over 59,000 farmer suicides over the last 30 years in India, argues a research report from the University of California, Berkeley in US. •Even a 1°C increase in temperature above 20° C in a single day during the crop growing season results in about 70 suicides on average. •The increase in temperature during the cropping season reduces crop yields, resulting in increased suicides, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . •The study was carried… Read More

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The Hindu Notes 01st Aug,2017

Drug-smuggling route reveals itself again Intelligence agencies say cartels have been exploiting vast seas off India and Pakistan •One of the world’s biggest drug smuggling routes, spread across Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Indian Ocean, with recipients spread in several countries, has revealed itself yet again with the seizure of 1,500 kg of heroin worth over Rs. 3,500 crore off Gujarat coast on Saturday. •For the past many years there have been several intercepts, occasional seizures and significant suspicious boat movements to reaffirm the intelligence assessment about the massive flow of drugs from Afghanistan into the Indian Ocean, and its distribution to the rest of the world.According to Indian intelligence agencies,… Read More

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The Hindu Notes 31st July,2017

SC summons officials on firecracker pollution Industries have to adhere to safety standards, says court •The Supreme Court has pointed out a lack of clarity on the pollutive impact of explosive substances used in firecrackers and ordered officials from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Firework Research and Development Centre at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu to be present in court. •“We are concerned with air pollution. Dussehra and Diwali are coming. Somebody has to regulate these industries. PESO [Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation] is saying they have some standards. Firecrackers industries have to adhere to it,” a Bench led by Justice Madan B. Lokur observed. •The court asked the… Read More

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The Hindu Notes 30th July,2017

 Centre plans to remote-map canals •The Centre plans to link all canals via a geographical information system that would allow them to be remotely mapped. V.K. Vohra, Commissioner (Irrigation) said that 99 projects, identified as a part of the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme, would have canals under satellite scrutiny to ensure that they be completed on time. •The Central government has earmarked Rs. 77,595 crore to states to complete a range of irrigation projects that have been stuck for decades owing to lack of funds, with the water ministry committed to ensuring that 99 such projects would be completed by 2020. Twenty-three would be completed by 2016-17 and 31 by… Read More

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The Hindu Notes 29th July 2017

Scientists set sail to unlock secrets of lost continent Investigation of samples taken by drilling into rock will help discover how Zealandia has behaved over millions of years •Scientists are attempting to unlock the secrets of the “lost continent” of Zealandia, setting sail on Friday to investigate the huge underwater landmass east of Australia that has never been properly studied. •Zealandia, which is mostly submerged beneath the South Pacific, was once part of the Gondwana super-continent but broke away some 75 million years ago. •In a paper published in the Geological Society of America’s Journal GSA Today in February, researchers made the case that it should be considered a new… Read More

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The Hindu Notes July 28, 2017

Two C-130J aircraft arrive at Bengal IAF station Part of eastern squadron and not linked to Doklam: officials •While the standoff with China continues in Doklam, the Air Force Station at Panagarh in Bardhaman district of West Bengal has got its first set of the U.S.-made C-130J Super Hercules multi-skilled transport aircraft. •Two of these aircraft manufactured by Lockheed Martin have arrived recently, while the station — named after Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh — is awaiting the arrival of four more within a month. The six medium-lift capability C-130Js will complete the first squadron of such aircraft in eastern India. •Senior Defence Ministry officials did not want to… Read More

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The Hindu Notes 27th July,2017

‘Privacy a fundamental but wholly qualified right’ Nine-judge Bench prods AG to make govt. stand clear •The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that privacy was indeed a fundamental right, but a “wholly qualified” one. •This led a nine-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar on Wednesday to sum up Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal’s submission thus: “You are saying that right to privacy is a fundamental right. But not every aspect of it [privacy] is a fundamental right. It depends on a case-to-case basis.” Mr. Venugopal agreed to the court’s interpretation of the government stand. •The acknowledgement from the Centre came after several hours of walking… Read More

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The Hindu Notes 26th July,2017

China remains a threat: Army It is expanding its influence in the region, says Vice-Chief of Staff Sarath Chand •China, with its growing influence in the region, will remain a threat for India in the future, said Lt. Gen. Sarath Chand, Vice-Chief of Army Staff, on Tuesday even as he defended the comment of the Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, on a “two-and-a-half front war”. •His comments come in the backdrop of the continuing standoff between the two Armies at Doklam which began on June 16 after Chinese troops tried to build a road in the disputed territory. •“China is expanding its influence across the Himalayas into our neighbourhood. Despite… Read More

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The Hindu Notes 25th July,2017

Don’t harbour unrealistic illusions, China tells India Will safeguard security at any cost, says Defence Ministry •China said on Monday that it will safeguard its security interests at “any cost” as its sovereignty was “indomitable”, amid a standoff with India in the Sikkim sector. •Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian made this assertion ahead of this week’s National Security Advisers’ (NSA) talks to resolve the standoff. •Maintaining China’s hardline stance on the issue, Mr. Wu told a media briefing that “India should not leave things to luck and not harbour any unrealistic illusions.” ‘Correct your mistake’ •Commenting on the over a month-long standoff between the troops of the two countries… Read More

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The Hindu Notes 24th July,2017

Once hero, now ‘white elephant’ Decommissioned submarine Vagli lies idle in Chennai port after plan to convert it into a museum fails •She served the Indian Navy and the nation for over 36 years and could have become only the second submarine museum of the country. But since her decommissioning in 2010, the Russia-designed submarine INS Vagli has taken a tedious and uncertain course. She currently lies idle at the Chennai port. •The submarine, which was to be the centrepiece of the maritime heritage museum planned by the Tamil Nadu government in the tourist town of Mamallapuram, was expected to be displayed on a 30-acre stretch of land near the… Read More

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The Hindu Notes July 23, 2017

A Sunderbans denizen staves off extinction The Northern river terrapin has clung on tenaciously •A critically endangered resident of the Sunderbans is set to get a new home, beginning a slow journey to recovery from a disastrous decline in the wild. It is more threatened than the Bengal tiger, but far less known. •Before winter this year, three fresh water ponds in the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve will house the rare Northern river terrapin ( Batagur baska ), whose presence in the wild in West Bengal and Odisha had declined to undetectable levels a decade ago. •Batagur baska , the 60-cm-long turtle that is presumed extinct in several Southeast Asian countries,… Read More

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