GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENT
1) E- CIGARETTES – Still, the evidence so far indicates that e-cigarettes are safer than combustible cigarettes. Because they heat a liquid to generate a nicotine-containing aerosol, instead of burning tobacco, they do not produce toxic tars.
That doesn’t mean they are completely safe.
At high temperatures, e-cigarettes produce carcinogens such as formaldehyde, although these are fewer in number compared to regular cigarettes.
They also increase the odds of lung disease and myocardial infarction, but to a lesser extent than normal cigarettes do.
2) Panmunjeom –
The building where the armistice was signed still stands.
Its name is often used as a metonym for the nearby Joint Security Area (JSA), where discussions between North and South Korea still take place in blue buildings that straddle the Military Demarcation Line.
As such, it is considered one of the last vestiges of the Cold War.
3) Vehicles to sport colour stickers
The MoRTH told a Supreme Court Bench led by Justice Madan B. Lokur that hologram-based sticker of light blue colour will be used for petrol and CNG-run vehicles while similar sticker of orange colour would be placed on diesel vehicles.
The apex court also asked Additional Solicitor General A.N.S. Nadkarni, who was representing the MoRTH, to consider having green number plates for electric and hybrid vehicles.
These issues had cropped up when the court was hearing a petition on air pollution in NCR.
4) Water level in Mullaiperiyar dam rising –
Water will be discharged into the Periyar on the upstream of Idukki reservoir.
to donate water eastwards to the Madras Presidency area (present-day Tamil Nadu).
The dam’s entire catchment area lies in Kerala.
On 18 February 2010, the Supreme Court decided to constitute a five-member empowered committee headed by Justice A.S.Anand to study all the issues of Mullaperiyar Dam and seek a report from it within six months.
Why Indonesia’s capital Jakarta will be nearly submerged by 2050
Jakarta is sinking because its residents are pumping out groundwater for everyday use.
As water is extracted, the land’s surface sinks due to the vacuum created.
POLITY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
- Korea to host third Kim-Moon meet in Sept.
Officials from both sides meeting in the truce village of Panmunjom, in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas, reached an agreement on a September summit between the
countries’ leaders in the North’s capital of Pyongyang.
China blames “ulterior motives” for criticism of its Xinjiang policies
In the crackdown, the government has banned religious education for young people in mosques, ordered that the call to prayer over loudspeakers be silenced in some places, and sought to stamp out what it sees as Arab elements in mosques, after a U.N. panel aired accusations that a million ethnic Uighurs may be held in internment camps there.
China has said Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists who plot attacks and stir up tension between the mostly Muslim Uighur minority who call the region home and the ethnic Han Chinese majority.
TIMES OF INDIA
Iran unveils next generation missile:
The name of the missile is Fateh Mobin and it is a short range ballistic missile.
It is completely made domestically in Iran and is agile, tactical and precision guided.
Iran’s missile programme is a major bone of contention, particularly with the United States and its allies.
A selloff in Turkey’s lira spread to other emerging market currencies, with the rupee losing the most since September 2013
The same day the rupee hit a record low of 69.9337 against the dollar, keeping its position as Asia’s worst-performing currency this year intact.
A weaker currency complicates the Reserve Bank of India’s job of keeping prices in check.The monetary policy committee led by Governor Urjit Patel increased interest rates twice since June to curb rising price pressures, while the RBI depleted $23 billion in foreign reserves to check currency volatility.
Curiously, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had mentioned in its last credit policy that trade wars were a major concern.
The present problem has been caused ostensibly due to the imbroglio in the diplomatic issues involving Turkey vis-à-vis USA.
The fact is that the USA is using the concept of higher tariffs or ban on imports as a way of controlling not just economic but also political concerns.
Hence, sanctions on Iran or the present disenchantment with Turkey (an American pastor is imprisoned in Turkey) has been settled on the basis of sanctions and tariffs.
2) PayPal partners with HDFC Bank to drive incremental digital spends
- HDFC Bank has more than 35 million credit and debit cards issued in India, while PayPal is available in more than 200 markets
- HDFC cards will be presented as a payment option during enrollment and subsequent payments, with the ability for consumers to easily open PayPal accounts and set it as their preferred payment
Pune tops Ease of Living Index =
Three cities in Maharashtra — Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai — top the first Ease of Living Index brought out by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
Kolkata did not participate in the survey.The three cities at the bottom of the rankings are Rampur, Kohima and Patna.
NEW DELHI IS RANKED AT 65TH PLACE. TOTAL 111 CITIES PARTICIPATED.