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Daily News Digest:24 March 2019

Indian Forest Act Amendment

In an attempt to address contemporary challenges to India’s forests, the government is amending the Indian Forest Act, 1927.

The proposed amendment will increase the powers of Forest offices which include the power to issue search warrant, investigation of the lands falling in their jurisdiction.

Forest officers such as Ranger will have power to hold an inquiry into forest offences under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

Italy set to join BRI

Italy is all set to become first G7 country to join ‘Belt and Road’ initiative.

Italy’s decision to get closer to Beijing has caused concern amongst its Western allies — notably in Washington, where the White House National Security Council urged Rome not to give” legitimacy to China’s infrastructure vanity project”.

Home Ministry bans Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF)

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has banned separatist Yasin Malik’s Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) under the anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA).

The move comes days after the Centre banned Jamat-e-Islami (JeI-J&K) under Section 3(1) of the UAPA.

Geostorm offers Northern US rare chance to see aurora borealis

Geostorm offers Northern US and Canada a rare chance to see aurora borealis.

An Aurora is a display of light in the sky predominantly seen in the high latitude regions (Arctic and Antarctic). It is also known as a Polar light.

While usually a milky greenish color, auroras can also show red, blue, violet, pink, and white. These colors appear in a variety of continuously changing shapes.

PRISMA Earth observation satellite

A European Vega rocket has put PRISM- a new Earth-observation satellite into orbit for the Italian Space Agency.

PRISMA:

PRISMA (an Italian acronym for Hyperspectral Precursor of the Application Mission) is designed to provide information about environmental monitoring, resources management, pollution and crop health.

The satellite includes a medium resolution camera that can view across all visual wavelengths, as well as a hyperspectral imager that can capture a wider range of wavelengths between 400 and 2500 nanometers.

Martyr's Day: 23rd March

7 Indians Marked In “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy for 2019”

World Tuberculosis Day: 24th March

Each year, World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is commemorated on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. 

India Clinch SAFF Women’s Championship For 5th Time

India has lifted South Asian Football Federation SAFF Women's Championship 5th time in a row.

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