News Flash (26th November 2020): Top 10 Stories Of The Day

Cyclone Nivar
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Cyclone Nivar weakens, heavy rainfall in Puducherry, Tamil Nadu

Extremely harsh cyclonic storm Nivar reached landfall near Puducherry in the initial hours of Thursday, bringing massive rains to the union territory and neighbouring Tamil Nadu, India Meteorological Department (IMD) authority said. It faded into a critical cyclonic storm later it passed the coast near Puducherry.

At a 39% bribery rate, India is Asia’s most corrupt country

A recent survey by Transparency International declares that India is the most corrupt nation in Asia. Describing how pervasive the difficulty is across Asia, a record published by Forbes – Asia’s Five Most Corrupt Countries – states that India beats Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan and Myanmar when it reaches bribery rate.

International passengers’ flight to remain suspended till Dec 31

International commercial traveller flights remain suspended till December 31. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), country’s aviation safety regulator, on Thursday increased the delay of scheduled international commercial passenger flights to December 31. 

Centre launches online portal for the transgender community to get identity certificate 

On Wednesday, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot launched a nationwide portal to support transgender society members for applying for a certificate and an identity card online. Gehlot stated applicants could get their I-cards without any physical interface and without having to revisit any department.

US on 26/11 Anniversary, “We stand with India in fight against Terrorism”

Washington, Declaring that it stands with India and remains constant in the battle toward terrorism, the US stated it is committed to holding the perpetrators of the atrocious 26/11 terror attacks accountable to ensure justice for the victims. November 26 indicates the 12th anniversary of the terrorist shootings in Mumbai.

Scotland becomes the first country to provide free menstrual products for all

Scotland has become the first country to pass a bill making period products such as tampons and pads free to all who need them. The bill named, The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill, has directed local authorities to ensure that period products are provided free of charge. Schools and colleges too must ensure students are provided period products for free. This new decision of the Scottish government is going to cost the nation 24 million pounds a year – about $32 million, the government officials announced.

New Zealand couple donates 900 hectares of and worth millions to the nation

A New Zealand agriculture family has gifted 900 hectares of natural land by the edge of Lake Wakatipu to the crown, saying it is “the right thing to do”. The reach of land at the foot of the Remarkables range will become accessible to everyone in 2022, after being given over to the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust for “the benefit and enjoyment of all New Zealanders”.

Canada asks its people to not let moose lick their vehicles

The Candian authorities have warned the citizens to not let Moose lick their vehicles. This is specifically happening in Jasper, a town in Canada’s Alberta province. “They’re obsessed with salt, it’s one of the things they need for the minerals in their body. They usually get it from salt lakes in the park, but now they realized they can also get road salt that splashes onto cars,” Jasper National Park spokesman Steve Young told CNN as reported by The Hindustan Times.

The blue light produced by tide spotted along Maharashtra beaches

A fluorescent tide made its way to the Juhu beach of Mumbai and Devgad beach in Sindhudurg along Maharashtra’s coastline on Tuesday night. It is the tide that produces a fluorescent blue hue known as bioluminescence. It has now started becoming an annual occurrence along the west coast since 2016 between November and December. The cause of the fluorescent colour is the emission of light produced by phytoplanktons (microscopic marine plants), commonly known as dinoflagellates. 

Delhi police use trucks filled with sand to stop farmers tractors 

To stop the farmers’ tractors at Singhu Border, the Delhi Police have placed barricades and trucks filled with sand to stop the farmers coming from Punjab and Haryana. Moreover, the police have also increased the deployment at the borders. Thousands of farmers are marching towards Delhi to protest against the Centre’s farm laws. 


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