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She-toilets opened at railway stations


  • Women-friendly e-toilets named She-toilets
  • set up in various railway stations by Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation (KSWDC)
  • have been thrown open to users.

CO2 in oceans leads to ice age every 100,000 years


  • A study has found that Oceans may be responsible for making the Earth move in and out of ice ages every 100,000 years.
  • According to a paper published in the journal Geology , oceans sucking carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere may have triggered this phenomena.

Four Pakistan Army pickets destroyed, casualties inflicted


  • In the wake of the mutilation of the body of a soldier and the killing of a BSF jawan in Kupwara’s Keran sector, the Army stepped up its counter-offensive.
  • According to an Army spokesman, at least four Pakistan Army pickets were targeted and destroyed since Saturday evening.

India Wins ODI series


  • New Zealand’s hopes of winning its first-ever one-day series in India went up in smoke as a dream spell by leg-spinner Amit Mishra who got 5 wickets triggered the Indian Victory easily.
  • There were five ‘ducks’ in the Kiwis’ scorecard!

Wildlife populations plunge almost 60 per cent since 1970


  • The WWF conservation group said that Worldwide populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have plunged by almost 60 per cent since 1970 as human activities overwhelm the environment.
  • The WWF said in a report that An index compiled with data from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to measure the abundance of biodiversity was down 58 per cent from 1970 to 2012 and would fall 67 per cent by 2020 based on current trends.

Countries agreed world’s largest marine reserve in Antarctica


  • There will be a blanket ban on commercial fishing across three-quarters of the marine protected area covering 1.6 million sq kms.
  • The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world’s largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.
  • The agreement comes after years of diplomatic wrangling and high-level talks between the U.S. and Russia, which had rejected the idea in the past.

SC expressed anger over DND toll company


  • Deflating DND flyway toll company’s claims of having constructed the “best road in the country”, the Supreme Court on Friday did not stay the Allahabad High Court verdict to stop charging toll on commuters.
  • “You claim credit as if you have constructed a road to the Moon. Fine, you have done a good job. People are travelling on it… but don’t keep patting yourself on the back for it,” Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, heading a three-judge Bench, told the toll company.

Modi to visit Japan in November


  • The Ministry of External Affairs announced  that In a bid to strengthen bilateral ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Japan from November 11 to 12.
  • The visit is significant as it is likely to give both sides a new opportunity to take up the civil nuclear deal which has been pending clearance from the Japanese side.

National Anthem: Supreme Court issues notice to govt


  • Supreme court has issued a notice to central government on a PIL received regarding national anthem.
  • Key Points of the PIL:- The Anthem should not be sung at entertainment programmes. Neither should there be any interruption of the singing of the Anthem.- Neither should there be any profit derived from the Anthem nor should it be printed on objectionable items.- The petition sought the National Anthem to be played in cinema halls across the country before the screening of films- Also asked for issuing a protocol for the playing or singing of the Anthem at functions where constitutional dignitaries are in attendance.

CBSE asks schools to share details of amenities, fees


  • Schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will now have to disclose key details including fees, infrastructure, safety measures and educational qualification of their teaching staff.
  • This information has to be uploaded on both, the school as well as the CBSE board’s websites. In a circular issued by the Deputy Secretary Affiliation, schools have been asked to upload this information by the end of November.

Samajwadi MP’s aide was spying for Pakistan: Police


  • Farhat Khan assistant of Samajwadi MP was arrested on Saturday in connection with the espionage racket.
  • Reports revealed that he was in touch with Pakistani intelligence operatives for the last 18 years and was leaking sensitive documents and information, police said.

Scientists identify gene mutation that ups risk of breast cancer in men


  • Researchers of the Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI) and the University of Calcutta, Department of Anthropology, have found that changes in a particular gene, called the BRCA2 gene, can increase the risk of breast cancer in men.
  • A two-year study, which ended earlier this year, identified certain ‘novel mutations’ in the BRCA2 gene (BRCA refers to breast cancer), which makes men more susceptible to the disease.

UN lights up for Diwali for the first time


  • Diwali was commemorated for the first time at the United Nations, with the world body’s imposing headquarters in New York lit up especially on the occasion of the Indian festival of lights.
  • The facade of the U.N. headquarters was lit in bright hues and the words ‘Happy Diwali’, along with the image of a traditional diya, projected onto the building.

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