✔ Delhi pollution tracker: Schools are shut till week-end, air quality worsens
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has said the air quality index (AQI) for Delhi on Wednesday was worse at 484. On Tuesday, it touched 448 in a scale of 500, entering the ‘severe’ category.
✔ Demonetisation anniversary: day sees protests and praises
The face-off between the BJP and the Congress-led Opposition on demonetisation peaked on Wednesday, the first anniversary of the note ban, with the ruling party at the Centre observing it as ‘anti-black money day’ and the latter as ’black day’.
✔ Suspect in killing of Gurugram school junior sent to 3-day CBI custody
The CBI on Wednesday said a senior student is believed to have murdered a seven-year-old a Class II student of Ryan International School in Gurugram on September 8 in a bid to postpone exams and a parent-teachers meeting scheduled for that day.
✔ Mary Kom strikes gold at Asian Women’s Boxing Championships
M.C. Mary Kom (48kg) notched up her fifth gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships, winning a fiercely contested summit clash in Vietnam on Wednesday. Up against North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi, the five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Indian prevailed in a unanimous 5-0 verdict to add another accolade to her already crowded cabinet.
✔ Top judicial appointments not meant for public hearings: CJI
Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, heading a three-judge Bench, on Wednesday openly disagreed with the decision of a two judge Bench to publicly hear, on the judicial side, the reasons for the government’s delay in finalising the norms for appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and High Courts, and appointment of regular High Court Chief Justices.
✔ Delhi court initiates process of declaring Vijay Mallya a proclaimed offender
A Delhi court on Wednesday initiated the process of declaring beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya as a proclaimed offender on the charge of evading summons in a FERA violation case. The court has now given him the last opportunity to appear before it by December 18.
✔ Tamil men report rape, torture under Sri Lankan government
He was barely a teenager when Sri Lanka’s civil war ended, spared by youth from witnessing its horrors. But last year, the brutal conflict caught up with Witness #205. Raped, branded and beaten, he is one of more than 50 men who say they were abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka’s current government. The men’s previously unpublished accounts conjure images of the bloody civil war that ended in 2009.
✔ Dalits urge California to delay nod for textbooks
School children in California will learn the Indus Valley civilisation as ‘Indus Saraswati’ civilisation; the Aryan migration to the subcontinent may not have happened at all, because the Vedas “do not make any mention” of it; and that the varna system was “based on an individual’s natural abilities”, if the State Board of Education (SBE) clears textbooks submitted for its approval.
✔ Who is Sitara Devi in today’s Google doodle?
Google on Wednesday marked the birth anniversary of Kathak exponent Sitara Devi with a colourful doodle. The legendary dancer, described by Rabindranath Tagore as ‘Nritya Samragini,’ was born in Kolkata on November 8, 1920. In her career spanning six decades, she performed at several well-known concerts including at the Royal Albert Hall, London and Carnegie Hall, New York introducing the dance form to a global audience.
✔ Picture of elephants ‘humiliated’ by fire in West Bengal receives top award
Biplab Hazra’s photograph titled “Hell is Here,” shot in West Bengal’s Bankura district won the Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards of the year on Wednesday.