Indore is the most Swachh city, Gonda the dirtiest
a) Indore and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh have emerged as the cleanest cities in the country as per a massive cleanliness survey commissioned by the Union Urban Development Ministry. The dirtiest city, according to the survey, is Gonda in Uttar Pradesh.
b) The top 10 cleanest cities are Indore, Bhopal, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru, Tiruchi, Delhi’s New Delhi Municipal Council area, Navi Mumbai, Tirupati and Vadodara, respectively.
2. Haryana house passes motion for separate High Court
a) Haryana Assembly unanimously passed a resolution, urging the Parliament to effect an appropriate amendment in the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966 to provide for the creation of a separate High Court for the State in Chandigarh.
3. U.S., Germany slam India for NGO funding norms
a)The UN’s Human Rights Council members on Thursday recommended a revision in India’s Foreign Contribution Regulatory Act (FCRA), a repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, decriminalisation of homosexuality and the inclusion of marital rape in Indian laws on sexual violence.
b) The attack on the FCRA act came from nearly a dozen countries, mostly from Europe. The charge was led by the U.S. and Germany, who called the Act and the government’s actions “arbitrary”. “India must defend the right to freedom of association, which includes the ability of civil society organisations to access foreign funding, and protect human rights defenders effectively against harassment and intimidation,” the German Ambassador to the UN mission in Geneva said.
4. Time for biodegradable electronics
a) Scientists at the University of Stanford have developed a new ultra thin, flexible electronic device that is biodegradable, an advance that may help tackle the problem of mounting electronic waste. “This is the first example of a semiconductive polymer that can decompose.”
5. Dalai Lama’s Arunachal Visit: China said no to Foreign Minister’s meet in Delhi
a) UPSET WITH the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, especially Tawang, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi refused to come to Delhi to attend the Russia-India-China foreign ministers’ trilateral meeting in April.
b) “Tibet-related issues involve China’s core interest. China’s standpoint on this issue is consistent and clear. India does not care about China’s concern and negotiation and has purposely arranged the visit to a disputed area of China-India boundary. India’s invitation to the Dalai Lama to the disputed border region will severely damage peace and stability along border areas and hurt ties between the two countries,” Hua had said.