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16 November 2014 National: Poisonous chemical found in medicines According to a preliminary enquiry conducted by Chhat...

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16 November 2014


Poisonous chemical found in medicines
According to a preliminary enquiry conducted by Chhattisgarh health department, Zinc Phosphide, a poisonous chemical was found in the medicines given to the women after sterilisation in Bilaspur district of the state which resulted in 12 deaths. Preliminary inquiry suggests that Zinc Phosphide which is a poisonous chemical may have been used in the medicines administered to the women after family planning camp in Pendhri area of Bilaspur on November 8. Zinc Phosphide is used as rodenticide and used to make rat poison.

India’s first nesting site of white-bellied heron found
A nesting site of the extremely rare white-bellied heron has been discovered in a remote part of the Namdapha Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh. It is estimated that there are only 250 white-bellied herons ( Ardea insignis ) left in the world and only about 50 left in India. This is the first nesting site of the white- bellied heron to be discovered in India. Before the discovery of this site, Bhutan was (thought to be) the only country in the world to have a breeding population of the white-bellied heron. According to Mr Maheswaran, who has spent years in the wilderness looking for rare birds, there are very few people in the country who have encountered the white-bellied heron. Declared a critically endangered species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), it is an “extremely shy” bird which feeds on fish in clear fast flowing rivers. The confluence of Noa-Dihing and Namdapha rivers in the Namdapha Tiger Reserve supports a few individuals of white-bellied heron by providing them with freshwater fish.

14-year-old CEO aims higher than Google
At just 14, S. Arjun is one of the youngest CEOs in the country. His company LateraLogics, a technology company that develops mobile apps to make everyday life simple, which he intends to make bigger than Google. Arjun, a Class IX student of Velammal Vidyashram School in Chennai, is a whiz kid. He was one of the 20 children who received the ‘National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement’ on Children’s Day by President Pranab Mukherjee. Arjun is now focused on developing an app called ‘iRobot’, which will allow the user to manage robots with mobile phones. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States, has awarded him the first prize in the ‘App Inventor Contest in 2013’ for his ‘Ez School Bus Locator’ app. Arjun also won first prize in the MIT’s App inventor bug finding contest in 2014.


Knighthood for Daniel Day-Lewis
Actor Daniel Day-Lewis has been honoured with a knighthood by the Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony held in Buckingham Palace. The 57-year-old was honoured for his acting career which has seen him become the only person to win the Academy Award for best actor three times. He was named during the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List in June, after which he said he was “entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure”. Day-Lewis won Oscars for his performances in My Left Foot , There Will be Blood and Lincoln.

Historical thriller bags top honours at Hollywood Film Awards
Historical thriller The Imitation Game and Oscar-winner Ben Affleck-starrer Gone Girl took home top honours at the Hollywood Film Awards. Gone Girl was announced as the best film and received the award for best screenwriter (Gillian Flynn). The Imitation Game , a drama on the life of British mathematician and logician Alan Turing, bagged three trophies, including, best actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), best director (Morten Tyldum) and best supporting actress (Keira Knightley). Julianne Moore took home the best actress award for Still Alice , while Guardians of the Galaxy bagged the Hollywood Blockbuster Award.

Business & Economy:

India’s GDP to grow at 6.3 per cent in 2015
India would have the fastest economic expansion among Asian countries and its gross domestic product is expected to grow by 6.3 per cent in 2015, according to Morgan Stanley forecasts of global economies. The Indian rupee’s exchange rate to USD would be at Rs 62.2 by end of year 2015 compared to Rs 62 in the current quarter (Q4 this year). It is seen at Rs 62.5 in the first two quarters of year 2015 and Rs 62.3 in the third quarter of year 2015. Comparative to other Asian GDP growths, India would have the fastest economic expansion. India’s gross domestic product is expected to grow by 6.3 per cent in 2015, up from 5.3 in year 2014.

Inflation falls to 5-year low of 1.77 pct in October
Continuing decline in food prices, including vegetables, pulled wholesale price inflation to a five year low of 1.77 per cent in October. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation was at 2.38 per cent in September and 7.24 per cent in October 2013. As per data released by the government, the food inflation fell to a nearly two-and-half year low of 2.7 per cent. Food inflation is on decline since May. The sharp drop in WPI inflation, which fell for the fifth month in a row, came at the back of retail inflation declining to a record low of 5.52 per cent in October.


McIlroy wins 2014 Race to Dubai crown
World number one Rory McIlroy was assured of capturing the 2014 Race to Dubai crown, rewarding the top European PGA Tour golfer of the year. The Northern Irishman was not playing this week in the season's penultimate tournament in Belek, Turkey, but made it past the post anyway when none of his nearest challengers were able to win. McIlroy first captured the Harry Vardon Trophy, awarded to the player who finishes the season as Europe's Number One, in 2012 after winning both the PGA Championship and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. In the process, the 25 year old became the third youngest player in history - after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods - to win three of golf's four major Championships.

Dhumatkar sets record in National Aquatic Championship

Maharashtra girl Aditi Dhumatkar set the national record in the women's 100m freestyle to help Maharashtra end Kanataka's 23-year reign and emerge overall champions in the 68th senior National Aquatic Championship. Aditi grabbed the limelight on the last day when she clocked 58.81 to erase an 11-year-old record held by Shikha Tandon as Maharashtra finished overall champions with 215 points. Karnataka finished with 175 points. Maharashtra also clinched the team championship in the women's section with 141 points, while Railways bagged the men's team title with 215.