Thursday, 08 December @ 00:00

Mamata Banerjee asks PM Modi what's on his mind? Kejriwal calls demonetisation biggest scam since 1947

Addressing a rally of traders, farmers and labourers at Delhi's Azadpur Mandi on 17 November, Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal took a dig at Priime Minister Narendra Modi for his demonetisation inititative to curb black money and counter terrorism.

Mamata Banerjee went on to criticise Shantikanta Das' new demonetisation rule of bringing down the withdrawal limit from banks back to Rs 2000 from Rs 4500, said, "Iske dimaag mein kya hain? (What is on his mind?)."

Commenting on the fall of the GDP, Mamata said this initiative has incurred a great loss to the present GDP and "aage toh chhodo, desh ko peecha kar diya. (Forget about taking it ahead, he has taken the country behind)".

All petitions challenging demonetisation should be stayed: Mukul Rohatgi urges SC

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, on 17 November, urged the Supreme Court that all petitions pending in various courts in connection with the demonetisation issue should be stayed and that the court should intervene by staying all the petitions pending across the country.

Rohatgi made a plea before a division bench headed by Justice Anil R Dave and comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar that all petitions pending across the country pertaining to demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 should be stayed.

Chief Justice of India Tirath Singh Thakur is likely to hear the matter on Friday.

Major air accident averted as drone comes in close range with passenger plane over London

A major air accident was averted when a drone came in close range of a passenger plane, which flew over central London with around 165 passengers.

The A320 aircraft nearly collided with a remote control drone while on its final approach to Heathrow airport, London, reported Daily Mail.

The pilot spotted the drone, which measured roughly 20 inches across, out of a cockpit window as the aircraft passed just 650ft to the east of the Shard skyscraper.

Preschool education can prevent future academic failure, says study

Childhood education lays the foundation of good careers and can prevent future academic failure, states a new study on early childhood education. Children, who complete preschool education, have a significant improvement in alphabet recognition skills as compared to those have just begun preschool, the study adds.

The study, by University of Missouri College of Education, points out the importance of pre-school years for children's educational development and preparation for success in school. Conducted by Francis Huang, an assistant professor of educational, school, and counseling psychology at MU, the study examines data of over 20,000 children who attended state-funded Virginia Pre-school Initiative.

Thursday, 08 December @ 00:00

I'm not there: Bob Dylan to skip Nobel ceremony

The latest recipient of the Nobel prize for literature, Bob Dylan, today announced that he would not be travelling to Stockholm for the awards ceremony.

The Swedish Academy revealed that Dylan had written them a letter in which he expressed his inability to attend the Nobel Prize ceremony in December due to pre-existing commitments.

However, Dylan did reiterate that he felt honoured to have been awarded the prize. The academy also used the announcement to politely remind Dylan that he had six months to deliver his Nobel lecture, the only requirement of laureates.

Pluto could have as much water as Earth

Thursday, 08 December @ 00:00

Shift to renewables not fast enough to counter climate change

With Donald Trump making all the wrong noises when it comes to climate change, a new report is adding to the gloom with its findings.

At the COP 22 conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, the Climate Change Performance Index 2017 showed that no country among the 50 that account for 90% of global emissions was shifting to renewables fast enough to meet the 2 degree target that's imperative to curb global warming.

"The necessary energy revolution is still happening too slowly," stated the report.

While France was at the top of the index, followed by Sweden and Britain, Australia, Japan and Canada found themselves at the bottom of the barrel.

 
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