News Flash (25th November 2020): Top 10 Stories Of The Day

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UP cabinet clears ordinance against unlawful religious conversions

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet cleared an ordinance against unlawful religious conversions. ‘’ The Ordinance provides for a jail term of 1-5 years with Rs 15,000 penalty for forceful religious conversions. For conversions of minors and women of SC/ST community, there will be a jail term of 3-10 years with Rs. 25,000 penalty’’, said State Cabinet Minister Sidharth Nath Singh.

Air quality of Delhi deteriorates from ‘very poor’ to ‘severe’

On Saturday, the air quality of Delhi shrunk down to “severe” from ‘very poor’ after a stubble caught fir and bursting of firecrackers, said the Central Pollution Control Board. As per the air quality index or AQI, any reading above 100 on a scale of 500 is considered hazardous for health. The AQI in Delhi was at 423, which indicates “severe” conditions can cause severe respiratory problems. 

Viral message claiming that citizens will get Rs.1.3L COVID funding fake: Govt

A viral message circulating on WhatsApp claims that the government has ordered the payment of Rs.1,30,000 as COVID-19 fund to citizens above 18 years of age is fake, tweeted PIB Fact Check. The tweet read, ‘’No such announcement has been made by the government.’’ The viral message also contains a link which tells users to click on it to verify their eligibility.

ICC announces women’s cricketer of the decade award nominees

Mithali Raj, Indian Women ODI captain is the only Indian among nominees for ICC’s Women’s Cricketer of the Decade award. Other nominees include Australia’s Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates, West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor and England’s Sarah Taylor. Mithali has also been nominated for the women’s ODI player of the Decade award along with compatriot Jhulan Goswami.

“Women are animals with rights”: Israeli PM in a speech against domestic violence

In a speech against domestic violence, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that ‘women are animals with rights’’. He added, ‘’A woman isn’t an animal you can beat, and nowadays we say don’t hit animals. We have compassion for animals, women are animals, children are animals, with rights.’’ He further added, ‘’Animals have insight and there’s intelligence and cognition and animals have feelings’’.

Legal definition of ‘Love jihad’ needs to be decided first: Shiv Sena

In an editorial in ‘Saamana’, Shiv Sena said the legal definition of ‘love jihad’ needed to be decided first. The editorial said, ‘’BJP leaders should come out of the illusion that they can trouble the Maharashtra government by harping on the issue of ‘love jihad’.’’ However, Devendra Fadnavis had said that laws against ‘love jihad’ were justified.

Transsexual doctor helped by police after she found begging in Tamil Nadu

A transsexual doctor was found begging in Tamil Nadu, after she was sacked from a hospital and casre-out by her family for undergoing sex transformation to become a woman. Police are now helping her open a clinic. An officer said, ‘’At first, i didn’t believe that she was a doctor, she broke down and insisted she possessed a medical degree.’’

Metal Monolith spotted by helicopter in the middle of the desert in US

A team of biologists discovered a mental monolith in the middle of the desert in US’ Utah. The monolith was spotted while the biologists were flying in the helicopter to count bighorn sheep in southeastern Utah. ‘’It’s between 10 and 12 feet high and appeared to be planted in the ground’’, added by a helicopter pilot.

Right to choose partner, fundamental to right to life: Allahabad HC

Stating that right of two adults to stay together cannot be interrupted upon by the state, Allahabad High court said, ”Right to live with a person of his/her choice irrespective of religion is intrinsic to right to life and personal liberty.’’ And it said the matter of religious conversion is irrelevant if both parties are adults and in accepting relationship.

Starship of SpaceX to be sent 15km from Earth’s surface in first major test

Elon-Musk’s SpaceX is soon to conduct the first major test of its Starship rocket which is fully reusable, sending it 15 Kilometres above the surface of the Earth. The first-ever uncrewed Starship mission to Mars is most likely to take place by 2024, Musk declared. 

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