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1. Legislative Council Abolished in J&K

What is Legislative Council?

  • It is the upper house of the State Legislature also called Vidhan

Parishad

  • Currently, six states have Legislative Councils(UP, Bihar, Telangana,

Andhra, Karnataka and Maharashtra). Jammu and Kashmir too had

one, until the state was bifurcated into the Union Territories of J&K

and Ladakh.

  • As per Article 171(1) of the Indian Constitution, the total number of

members in the legislative council of a state shall not exceed one

third of the total number of the members in the legislative Assembly

of that state and the total number of members in the legislative

council of a state shall in no case be less than 40.

  • Legislative Councils are Permanent Houses, and like Rajya

Sabha, one-third of their members retire every two years.

  • Under Article 169 of the constitution, Parliament may by law create

or abolish the second chamber in a state if the Legislative Assembly

of that state passes a resolution to that effect by a special majority.

2. Who is stopping us from Amending History

VINAYAK DAMODAR SAVARKAR

  • In 1908, brought out an authentic informative researched work on The Great

Indian Revolt, which the British termed as “Sepoy Mutiny” of 1857. The book

was called “The Indian War of Independence 1857”.

  • In Pune, Savarkar founded the “Abhinav Bharat Society”.
  • He was also involved in the Swadeshi movement and later joined

Tilak’s Swaraj Party. His instigating patriotic speeches and activities incensed

the British Government.

  • He founded the Free India Society. The Society celebrated important dates on

the Indian calendar including festivals, freedom movement landmarks, and

was dedicated to furthering discussion about Indian freedom.

  • He was sentenced to 50 years and was sent to the Cellular Jail in the

Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1911. He was released in 1921. Savarkar was

arrested in 1910 for his connections with revolutionary group India House

  • In 1923, he founded the word “Hindutva” and said that India belonged to only

those who had it as their holy land and their fatherland.

 

3. Scaling Kilimanjaro with a will of steel

Mt Kilimanjaro

  • Also known as Mount Kibo.
  • It stands alone, not a part of mountain

range.

  • Africa’s highest peak located in Tanzania.
  • An example of extinct volcanoes.
  • Coffee is grown on the slopes of

Kilimanjaro.

  • Just 322 km from the equator, mountain

peaks covered with perpetual snow

throughout the year.

 

4. TB cases see a decrease in India

 

As per WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2019 the TB Incidence

Rate in India has decreased by almost 50,000 patients over

past one year.(27.4 lakh to 26.9 lakh)

  • Incidence per 1 lakh population has reduced from 204 in 2017

to 199 in 2018.

  • According to the report, TB remains the top infectious killer in

the world claiming over 4000 lives a day.

  • To keep a track of the TB patients across the country, the

Government of India has introduced a system called NIKSHAY.

The main aim of NIKSHAY is to create a Tuberculosis Free

Nation.

  • NIKSHAY covers various aspects of controlling TB using

technological innovations. Apart from web based technology,

SMS services have been used effectively

 

5. Greening the powerhouses

Climate change is not an integral part of city planning in many

countries including India

  • Cities really have no choice, since too many national governments

have come under the influence of special interests, and are no longer

willing to lead.

  • The mayors at the summit were keen, because their cities represent

an estimated 70% of global carbon dioxide emissions.

  • They also realize that nearly 90% of urban areas are at high risk from

extreme climate events such as storms, because they are situated

along coastlines.

  • Many cities of the world are ill equipped to handle air pollution,

floods and heat waves.

  • As per IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degree

celsius, urbanization will remain a strong trend in this century.

  • This means mayors of cities worldwide, and State governments in

India, must prepare for difficult times with action plans for urban centres

 

Possible Solutions (INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY, FINANCING)

  1. All planning of cities must be climate centric in future
  2. Retrofitting of buildings for energy efficiency
  3. Shift transport infrastructure to greener options.

EX: Electric Buses, Public Bicycle Sharing System, Smart Bus service

  1. Keeping trucks confined to centralized terminals
  2. New drainage tunnels to reuse rainwater and grow biodiversity
  3. Carbon tax and aggressive ban on diesel vehicles
  • Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal informed the delegates that the national capital was cutting emissions by:
  1. Inducting 1,000 electric buses
  2. planting trees on a massive scale,
  3. eliminating the use of dangerous industrial chemicals.
  • In 2020, the Paris framework will enter its active phase of implementation, and fast-growing countries will be expected to demonstrate their efforts at greening their economies. This is an opportunity, and not a threat. India’s urbanization should move to a trajectory of low emissions, reflected in urban governance that incentivizes eco-friendly design. It should be friendly to people, and rely on the right technology, materials and energy systems.

 

6. The Secondary Monsoon

India’s most torrential monsoon in a quarter century officially ended on

Wednesday. This has been the most delayed withdrawal of the monsoon

since 1961

  • While the South West Monsoon has been aggressively studied for a long

time but there has been very less study carried out on North East(NE)

Monsoons

  • The NE Monsoons contribute to about 20% of the total annual rainfall

and span from October to December

  • At best, meteorologists have now progressed to giving a broad outlook of

how the rains could pan out over the next few months.

  • This year monsoons in South India have been 15% above normal

Ex: In Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu,

where the Central Water Commission monitors over 30 reservoirs, their water

levels were 44.2 billion cubic metres, or 84% of their total live capacity, and

much higher than the 10-year average of 66%.

  • It has also been seen that intense rainfall is concentrated over short spells

and pockets and in some places there have been long periods of droughts.

EL NINO

  1. It is linked to abnormal warming of the Equatorial waters off the

Central and Eastern Pacific

  1. It has generally led to the failure of South West Monsoons in Indian

Subcontinent.

  1. But it has an opposite effect on North East Monsoons leading to more

voluminous showers in South India mainly in Winters

  1. This summer, the IMD, along with other meteorological agencies

around the world, bet that monsoon rains would be on the lower side

due to the possible emergence of an El Niño

  1. Conditions in the Indian Ocean turned favorable and led to the

excessive monsoon activity this year.

  1. This shows that there is a paucity in understanding the behavior of the

Indian Ocean and its influence on the monsoons.

  • India needs to step up research to improve the performance of these

monsoons by giving MORE IMPORTANCE TO VAGARIES OF NE

MONSOON