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Daily News Digest:23 April 2019

Ukraine comedian Zelensky wins presidency

Mount Agung Volcano Erupts

PAN-India Single Emergency Helpline Number 112 joined by 20 states

20 states and Union Territories have so far joined a pan-India network of single emergency helpline number '112' on which immediate assistance can be sought by anyone in distress.

The '112' helpline is an integration of police (100), fire (101) and women (1090) helpline numbers, and the project is being implemented under the central government's Nirbhaya Fund.

The single number for emergency services is similar to '911' in the United States.

The 20 states and UTs include Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Jammu and Kashmir and Nagaland.

Reliance retail became 1st Indian retail company to cross Rs 1 lakh crore in annual revenues

India’s most valued firm by market capitalisation Reliance Industries achieved several milestones in 2018, one of them being Reliance Retail becoming the first Indian retail company to top Rs 1 lakh crore revenue in FY19.

The retail-arm of billionaire Mukesh Ambani Reliance Industries reported a total income of Rs 1,30,556 crore for 2018-19, 89% more than the previous year’s Rs 69,198 crore.

UN agency listed Bhopal gas tragedy among the world’s major industrial accidents in the last century

The 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy which killed thousands of people is among the world's "major industrial accidents" of the 20th century, a UN report has said, warning that 2.78 million workers die from occupational accidents and work-related diseases each year.

The report released by the the UN labour agency International Labour Organization (ILO) said in 1984, at least 30 tons of methyl isocyanate gas, which was released from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in the Madhya Pradesh capital, affected more than 600,000 workers and nearby inhabitants.

Indian Foreign Secretary’s visit of China

Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale was on a visit to China to discuss several bilateral issues.

The talks were taking place at a time when prickly differences have emerged in bilateral ties despite the bonhomie generated during the informal summit between Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping at the central Chinese city of Wuhan a year ago.

Key issues such as coordinating the positions of the two sides at international forums and the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist are on the agenda of the visit.

The Indian foreign secretary is visiting Beijing days ahead of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), which India will skip because of concerns over territorial sovereignty related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

GK of the day: How Chief Justice of India can be impeached?

The Constitution lays down the procedure for the removal of a judge of Supreme Court, which is applicable in the case of the Chief Justice of India as well.

The Chief Justice of India remains in the office until the age of 65 years, unless he or she is impeached on grounds of misbehaviour or incapacity.

The Constitution, along with the Judges (Inquiry) Act, 1968 and the Judges (Inquiry) Rules, 1969, provides for the entire process of Impeachment.

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