- Country’s first coronavirus infection confirmed in Kerala
- EU’s concerns on CAA: Interfering into sovereign matters
- Hot January in Bengaluru: Urbanization and global warming
- Andhra Pradesh flags off country’s first fruit train
COUNTRY’S FIRST CORONAVIRUS INFECTION CONFIRMED IN KERALA
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- India reported its first positive case of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) from Kerala with a student, who was studying in Wuhan University and had travelled to India, testing positive for the virus.
- “India till date has screened 234 flights and 43,346 passengers. Worldwide we have a total of 7,711 confirmed cases and 170 deaths,” a senior Health Ministry official said
EU’S CONCERNS ON CAA: INTERFERING INTO SOVEREIGN MATTERS
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Envoy of the United Kingdom said that India should address the concerns regarding the new citizenship law.
Came even as the External Affairs Ministry maintained that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019, is an internal matter of the country
The EU Parliament had discussed a joint motion against the CAA. Voting on the resolution, however, has been shifted to the end of March in view of the March 13 visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Brussels for the EU India summit.
HOT JANUARY IN BENGALURU: URBANIZATION AND GLOBAL WARMING
- It has been rather warm first month of the year for Bengaluru
- Temperature hovering around 31 c which is around 2 degree higher than the normal
- Global warming and urban heat island
- The expansion of city is only adding to the existing urban heat island
ANDHRA PRADESH FLAGS OFF COUNTRY’S FIRST FRUIT TRAIN
- A ‘fruit train’, said to be the first of its kind in the country, was flagged off from Tadipatri Railway Station in Anantapur district carrying a load of 980 metric tonnes of locally grown bananas to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai, from where the consignment will be exported to Iran.
- This is the first time in India that an entire train is being sent to the gateway port (JNPT) for export. This helps save both time and fuel as 150 trucks would have been required to send a consignment of this size by road to JNPT, which is over 900 km away, before the temperature-controlled containers are loaded on ships
- The bananas are being exported under the brand name ‘Happy Bananas’. Farmers from Putlur region in Anantapur and Pulivendula in Kadapa district are exporting ‘Green Cavendish’ bananas to many international markets.