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27th NOVEMBER 2019

<h3>JAMMU &amp; KASHMIR FARMERS SUFFERING DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE</h3>
Unseasonal weather has destroyed apples in Kashmir and paddy in Jammu
Destruction of 25 to 50 per cent of the apple crop in the region
In remote villages of Jammu, unseasonal rains damaged crops of basmati rice.
The abrogation of Article 370, resulting in a clampdown on all communication and transportation, also caused severe distress.
Earlier, they used to have only two pesticides. But these days, they are spraying at least 18 pesticides which has increased input cost
<h3>INDIA BEATS MANY IN HIGH GRADE ANTIBIOTICS ABUSE</h3>
India is one of the countries where the third and fourth lines of antibiotics are being used indiscriminately
antibiotics were being prescribed for treating upper respiratory infections (URI) the most among all diseases.
Ironically though, most URIs are self-limiting and do not require treatment with antibiotics at all,
Generally, these infections are viral in origin and are self-limiting in nature Viral infections, in fact, can’t be treated by antibiotic drugs at all
<h3>SC ASKS FOR REPORT ON AIR QUALITY INDEX</h3>
SC directed notices to be issued to all the states to give information on the air quality index in their various towns
and how cities were discharging their duties with respect to lifting of garbage and waste.
also asked the pollution control boards of the various states as well as the CPCB to submit data and material with respect to various rivers
Notice was also issued to states where stubble burning was taking place to submit reports on the steps taken to curb the problem.
<h3>RBI CONCERNED ABOUT GROWING STRESS IN MUDRA LOANS</h3>
There are concerns of growing non-performing assets (NPAs) in this segment
Mudra is a case in point; While such a massive push would have lifted many beneficiaries out of poverty
Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana(PMMY) was launched for providing loans up to ₹ 10 L to non-corporate, non-farm small/micro enterprises.
These advances are classified as Mudra loans and given by commercial banks, RRBs, small finance banks, cooperative banks, MFIs and NBFCs.
Introduction of goods and services tax (GST) has helped the informal economy in a significant manner.
<h3>INDIA’S PSLV-C47 SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED CARTOSAT-3</h3>
India’s PSLV-C47 successfully launched Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
Cartosat-3 satellite is a third generation agile advanced satellite having high resolution imaging capability.
13 Commercial Nanosatellites from USA were also successfully injected into designated orbit.
These satellites were launched under commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the commercial arm of ISRO.
<h3>NEARLY 8K MIGRATORY BIRDS REACHES KOLLERU</h3>
Atapaka Bird Sanctuary on the West Godavari-Krishna district border at Kaikaluru in Kolleru Lake has become the lone safe breeding ground
Painted Storks and Pelicans come home to roost in AP’s Kolleru Lake
Kolleru Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in India located in state of Andhra Pradesh ; largest shallow freshwater lake in Asia
Kolleru is located between Krishna and Godavari deltas
The lake is fed directly by water from the seasonal Budameru and Tammileru streams
<h3>NASA’s BRUIE</h3>
NASArecently displayed a new underwater robot for a mission that could one day search for life in ocean worlds beyond Earth.
It known as Buyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration (BRUIE), is being developed for underwater exploration in extra-terrestrial, icy waters
The underwater rover is NASA’s hope for exploring distant ocean worlds, such as Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus.
As these moons are believed to have liquid water oceans beneath thick crusts of ice
BRUIE is currently in the Antarctic, at Australia’s Casey Research Station.

November 27, 2019