- Haryana’s 6th deficient monsoon in 10 years
- Even as India experienced its wettest monsoon in 25 years, situation is grim in Haryana, which received 42% rainfall below normal in June-September this year. Rainfall up to 19% above or below the average is taken as normal and rainfall 20-59% below the average is classified as deficient by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
- Out of the 21 districts (IMD includes Charkhi Dadri in Bhiwani) in Haryana, 16 had deficient rainfall and three had large deficient (more than 60% below normal) rainfall. Only two districts — Yamunanagar and Sirsa — had normal rainfall. The deficiency was the highest in Rohtak at 72% below the normal and the rain was 63% and 62% deficient in Fatehabad and Panipat districts, respectively. Panchkula and Jhajjar recorded 57% deficiency in rainfall each.
- In the given period, Punjab has had 35 deficient monsoon (more than 20% to 59% below the normal precipitation in the June-September period) rainfall years while Haryana witnessed 37 deficient monsoon rainfall years.
· World food day is observed on 16 October
- World Food Dayis observed on 16 October every year. The day is observed every year by people from around the world. The day aims totackle global hunger. On this day, people reaffirm their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger for a lifetime.
- The theme for 2019 is Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets for A #ZeroHunger World. The diet and eating habits of the people have changed because of urbanization and income growth. It causes obesity and other related diseases among the people. The theme focuses on creating awareness about a healthy and nutritional diet.
· Eliud Kipchoge First in World To Run A Marathon In Under 2 Hours
- Kenya’s Eliud Kipchogemade history busting the mythical two-hour barrier marathon on a specially prepared course in a huge Vienna park. The unofficial time completed by him was 1hr 59min 40.2sec.
- The world marathon record has, for the past 16 years, been contested uniquely between athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia. The two nations are also fierce rivals for distance medals on the track.
· CBIC to launch new scheme to attract investment
ð The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) launched a new scheme to promote investments in India. The scheme also aims to enhance the ease of doing business.
ð The scheme will enable the Make in India programme. The investment will encourage exports, repair & refurbishment operations, create hubs for electronics assembly, inward and outward processing, facilitate global e-commerce hubs etc.
- CBIC partnered with Invest Indiato launch a dedicated microsite to providing information. Also, the partnership will promote the scheme and facilitate the investors.
· Tenth edition of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is celebrated in Maharashtra
- The10th edition of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsavwas inaugurated by Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Lalji Tandon. The festival aims to celebrate India’s plural traditions and culture under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Matrix.
- The aim is to celebrate World culture history and praise India, which has retained its culture even after several invasions and attempts at colonization.
- Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is hosted in Madhya Pradesh, as it is the cultural capital of India.
- A week-long diversified cultural carnival is celebrated in the cities of Jabalpur, Sagar, and Rewaof Madhya Pradesh from 14th October to 21st October 2019.
- Craftsmen-artists-culture practitioners from different states of India will be participating in the festival.
- Scientists to conduct the largest DNA barcoding of spiders in India
- Scientists from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) undertook a barcode of at least 100 species of spiders based on their DNA. It is the largest exercise on DNA barcoding of spiders from India.
- DNA barcoding is a method used to quickly identify any species based on extracting a DNA sequence from a tiny tissue sample of any organism. In other words, it is the molecular signature of a species based on its genes.
- Centre to amend the Indian Arms Act
- Union Home Ministry proposed amendments to the Indian Arms Act, 1959. The Ministry also submitted the draft for the act. The draft Arms (Amendment) Act 2019 was aimed at curtailing the proliferation of arms and ammunition.
- The ministry proposed a new section, 25 (6) for the prohibition of firearms or ammunition by members of an organised crime syndicate.
- The penalty includes a minimum punishment of 10 years in prison and maximum punishment of life imprisonment till death.
- The draft of the proposed law covers five new areas namely illegal trafficking of arms, tracking arms and their components from manufacturers to end-users, organized crime, organized crime syndicates, and celebratory firing. The punishment for these offences differs accordingly.
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