Current Affairs: 12 September 2019

SC backs parents transferring property to ‘caring children’

If parents transfer property to an offspring who took care of them in old age, it cannot be assumed that the individual exerted undue influence on them to corner a bigger share of property and dispossessed his or her siblings, the Supreme Court has ruled in a dispute that goes back to 1970.

Adjudicating a property dispute among brothers, a bench of Justice Navin Sinha and Justice Indira Banerjee said drawing such conclusion without requisite evidence would have undesirable consequences as people who take care of aged parents will be at the receiving end from siblings who chose to be less dutiful. The court concluded that the offspring who receives a larger inheritance cannot be subjected to a “reverse burden of proof ” to establish that they looked after their parents only with the objective of extracting a large share of property and other valuables.

First exoplanet with water found

Scientists for the first time have detected water in the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet orbiting a distant star, evidence that a key ingredient for life exists beyond our solar system, according to a study. Water vapour was found in the atmosphere of K2-18b, one of hundreds of “super-Earths” documented in astronomy devoted to the exploration of so-called exoplanets elsewhere in our Milky Way galaxy.

Govt to ‘redevelop’ Rajpath, Parliament and secretariat

The Modi government has set the ball rolling for a massive redevelopment of New Delhi’s iconic central vista – the stretch from the gates of Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate that was designed by Edwin Lutyens – along with surrounding buildings spread over an area of approximately 4sq km.

The mega plan will explore options that include constructing a new Parliament building close to the present one or modernising the existing building to meet future needs; building a common central secretariat to accommodate most departments and upgrading the central vista to make it a major tourist attraction.

A truck fined Rs 2L in Delhi

Breaking the “record” created by a heavy goods vehicle, which attracted a challan of Rs 1.4 lakh in the capital last week, a truck overloaded with construction material was fined more than Rs 2 lakh by the transport department’s enforcement wing on Wednesday night.

Officials said the truck was not just overloaded, the driver didn’t have a driving license. Neither could he produce the vehicle’s registration certificate, fitness certificate, permit, insurance or pollution under control certificate. The truck was also fined for not covering the material it was transporting.

Indian employees most confident of being better than bosses

Indicating a disconnect between Indian employees and their bosses, a global survey revealed that the country’s workforce to be most confident worldwide to do a better job than their bosses.

The Global State of Managers survey by Kronos found that almost all (95%) of Indian employees said they could do a better job than their bosses “all of the time” (47%) or “some of the time” (48%). Indians emerged as most confident workers worldwide, as globally seven out of 10 employees said they can do their boss’s job better. Millennial (73%) and Gen-Z (70%) employees are the most confident in their abilities. At 59%, US workers feel the least confident that they could do their boss’s job better.

Australia’s Schutt first woman to claim two white ball hat-tricks

Australia fast bowler Megan Schutt scripted history be becoming the first woman to claim two hat-tricks in white ball cricket after she cleaned up the West Indies tail in the third ODI here. Schutt (3/24), thus, became the first Australian women to claim a hat-trick in ODIs. Her feat enabled Australia women to bowl out West Indies women for a paltry 180. Later beat the hosts by eight wickets in the third game of the five-match series on Wednesday. Schutt bowled an economical spell without a wicket through 9.3 overs before dismissing the trio of Chinelle Henry, Karishma Ramharack and Afy Fletcher in the final three deliveries of the West Indies’ innings. The 26-year-old Schutt had claimed her first hat-trick in a Twenty20 game against India last year.

Wahab takes indefinite break from Test cricket

Pakistan’s seasoned left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz announced taking indefinite break from the longest format of the game, saying he will concentrate on one-day and T20 cricket for the time being. Wahab said he will not play in the revamped Quaid-e-Azam Trophy first class tournament which kicks off from Saturday. He said he will be concentrating on the shorter formats of the game. He also said he may be returning to red-ball cricket at a later date. “After reviewing my past couple of years’ performances in red-ball cricket and the upcoming limited overs cricket, I have decided to take time off from first-class cricket,” Wahab said.

Kotla now Arun Jaitley Stadium

The Capital’s iconic Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium will now be known as the Arun Jaitley Stadium. The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) renamed the stadium after the former finance minister who died last month after a series of health-related issues. Jaitley served as DDCA president from 1999 to 2013.

The DDCA also named the pavilion stand of the stadium after Indian captain Virat Kohli at a glitzy ceremony held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium’s weightlifting auditorium. Interestingly, the ground where all the action takes place will retain the name of Ferozeshah Kotla ground.

Tennis: Ex-world No. 1 Clijsters announces comeback

Belgium’s former world number one Kim Clijsters announced on Thursday her return to competitive tennis in 2020, seven years after retiring to become a stay-at-home mum of three children. The 36-year-old four-time singles Grand Slam champion said she loved being a mum but missed the adrenalin of the tennis world tour. “These last seven years I’ve been a full-time mum. And I love it, I really do. But I also loved being a professional tennis player. And honestly I miss that feeling,” she said on Twitter.

Semenya to finally get her gold medal from 2011 worlds

Caster Semenya is finally getting her gold medal from the 2011 world championships after Russian runner Maria Savinova was stripped of the title for doping. But Semenya won’t attend a medal reallocation ceremony at the upcoming world championships in Doha, Qatar, South Africa’s track federation said.

Semenya was barred from defending her latest 800-meter world title in Doha because she has refused to follow new IAAF rules requiring her to medically reduce her natural testosterone level to be allowed to compete in certain races, including her favorite event.

Tarundeep, Ganesh among nine others in fray for Padma awards

Archer Tarundeep Rai and hockey Olympian MP Ganesh were on Thursday recommended for the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour in India, alongside seven women sportspersons by the Sports Ministry. Besides Rai and Ganesh, seven women in this year’s list of recommendations for the Padma Shri award are wrestler Vinesh Phogat, Manika Batra (table tennis), cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur, national women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal, former shooter Suma Shirur and mountaineer twin sisters Tashi and Nungshi Malik.

India joins global antimicrobial resistance research hub

India has joined the Global Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research and Development (R&D) hub as a new member. Making the announcement, Department of Biotechnology said that this would expand the global partnership working to address challenges and improve coordination and collaboration in global AMR research and development to 16 countries, the European Commission, two philanthropic foundations and four international organisations as observers. AMR is the ability of a microbe to resist the effects of medication that once could successfully treat the microbe.

St. Vincent and Grenadines, 79th country to join India-led International Solar Alliance

Saint Vincent and Grenadines became the 79th country to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA) soon, an initiative by India aimed at combating the threats of climate change and global warming. Countries which have signed the agreement until now include Bolivia, Palau, France, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Japan, amongst others. The agreement was opened for signature during the COP22 at Marrakech on November 15, 2016.

The International Solar Alliance is a group of 121 solar resource-rich countries with headquarters in Gurugram, India. The organisation aims to deploy over 1,000 gigawatts of solar energy and mobilise more than 41,000 billion into solar power by 2030, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

DRDO successfully tests third-generation anti-tank missile

The indigenously-developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) was successfully tested by the Defence Research Development Organization in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool. The test was the third stage of successful testing of the MPATGM, a low-weight fire-and-forget missile.

The missile was launched from a man portable tripod launcher and the target was mimicking a functional tank in the Kurnool ranges. The missile hit the target in top attack mode and destroyed it with precision.

India, Thailand joint military exercise from September 16

MAITREE, the joint military exercise between India and Thailand, will be conducted at Foreign Training Node, Umroi, in Meghalaya, from September 16 to 29. Indian and Royal Thailand Army (RTA) contingents comprising 50 soldiers each will participate in the exercise with an aim to share experience gained during various counter-terrorism operations. MAITREE is an annual training event which is being conducted alternatively in Thailand and India since 2006.

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