Hindu Notes from General Studies-02
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Former ministers can’t overstay in official bungalows-Supreme Court
- SC held that Former ministers have no business overstaying in official bungalows.
- A minister who has demitted office cannot cling on to public largesse, amicus curiaeGopal Subramanium submitted in the Supreme Court .
- The apex court is examining a provision in a Uttar Pradesh law that allows ex-ministers to stay on in official bungalows.
- Uttar Pradesh-based NGO Lok Prahari has sought action against the authorities for acting in contempt of a Supreme Court verdict in August 2016, directing them to ensure that the former chief ministers vacate the bungalows.
- Appearing before a Bench of Justices asked whether Article 14 (fundamental right to equality) of the Constitution allows ex-ministers to retain their official bungalows indefinitely.
- In August 2016, the court held that former chief ministers should hand over possession of the bungalows occupied by them.
- Except former Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Prime Ministers in the “evening of their lives,” no dignitary, even former Chief Ministers, can be provided government bungalows for their lifetime unless backed by a specific statutory provision, the Supreme Court had held.
The court had observed that the public bungalows were maintained at a great cost to the exchequer and not meant to be “frittered away.” Allowing former chief ministers and their families to stay on indefinitely in public properties was a “largesse.”
Dalits stage protests in Belagavi against violence in Bhima-Koregaon
- Several Dalit organisations staged protests in Belagavi in Karnataka , against the violence in Maharashtra after the observation of the Bhima-Koregaon battle bicentenary.
Why its important?
It makes koregaon event of 1818 significant.
- They were shouting slogans against the Maharashtra government for failing to control violence.
- They claimed that Brahminical forces had tried to wipe away memories of the victory of the Mahar regiment against the Peshwa forces in 1818 in Bhima-Koregaon.
Hindu Notes from General Studies-03
It’s dust particles, not alien spacecraft, that cause dimming of Tabby’s star
- A press release from Louisiana State University says that the mysterious dimming of Tabby’s star is caused by dust particles and not (as some believed) by alien spacecraft orbiting it.
- Tabby’s star or Boyajian’s star is the “most mysterious star in the universe” as it kept dimming and brightening irregularly, following no pattern.
- Officially called KIC 8462852, the star is 1,000 light years away from the Earth and 1,000 degrees hotter than the Sun.
- The recent report compiled by 133 scientists, shows that the dimming is caused by ordinary dust particles, the majority of them at a size less than one micrometre.
- The new data shows that different colors of light are being blocked at different intensities.
Cookstoves in India more polluting than thought: study
A study has found that traditional cookstoves, widely used in the rural parts of India, may be producing much higher levels of particulate emissions than previously estimated, causing a detrimental impact on the country’s environment and health of residents.
The research, published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, was the c ulmination of field studies conducted in India.
In December 2015, the researchers spent 20 days running a series of tests in Raipur, a city in central India where more than three-quarters of the families use cookstoves to prepare their meals.
The scientists burned a wide variety of biofuels (fuel wood, agricultural residue, and dung) acquired from different parts of India, cooked different meals in a number of varying ventilation situations and recorded the resulting emission levels using high- tech particle measurement devices.
The scientists say that the newly developed low-cost pollution sensor can allow to eventually determine the regions of hot spots and locations that would have high concentrations of emissions.