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- The River Periyar which provides drinking water to Kochi city in Kerala is again witnessing the decolourisation. The water turned pitch black in one stream, it was milky near the Pathalam regulator-cum-bridge. The pollution control Board (PCB) has attributed the change in colour to the poor quality of water as a result of eutrophication. PCB has stated that huge quantities of organic load in the form of sewage from nearby townships are regularly reaching the river system.
- The UK Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in association with Home Office have released the Online Harms White Paper which sets out a programme of action to tackle content or activity that harms individual users, particularly children, or threatens our way of life in the UK. Public consultation has been called on for the white paper.
- The All India Management Association (AIMA) Managing India Awards 2019 held on April 08, 2019 at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi. Azim H Premji, Chairman, Wipro Limited was awarded with Lifetime Contribution Award. Since its inception in 2010, these Awards have been conferred on leading icons from the Indian industry, media, sport and entertainment.
- India was positioned as the world’s top recipient of remittances with its diaspora sending USD 79 billion back home in 2018, according to the World Bank’s latest Migration and Development Brief. The remittances in 2018 grew by over 14 percent from USD 65.3 billion in 2017 in India, where natural disasters like Kerala floods likely boosted the financial help that migrants sent to their families. The remittances to low-and middle-income countries reached a record high of USD 529 billion in 2018, an increase of 9.6 percent from USD 483 billion in 2017.
- Hockey India on April 8, 2019 named Australia’s Graham Reid as the new chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team. India had been without a head coach ever since Harendra Singh was sacked after the men’s team exited the Hockey World Cup at home in the quarter-final following a 2-1 loss to the Netherlands. Reid will be in charge of the team during their next international assignment, which is the tour to Australia in May 2019.
- Dream11 has become the first Indian gaming company to be valued at over $1 billion. With this, it has entered India’s growing club of unicorns, or startups valued at over $1 billion. The firm, founded by Jain and Bhavit Sheth runs a fantasy league for cricket, kabaddi, football, among other sports, allowing users to create virtual teams and help them to organise matches based on statistical performance of players in the actual game.
- The Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi held that a woman, who fled her marital home due to cruelty of dowry harassment, can file a case of dowry harassment under Section 498 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against her husband and in-laws from the place where she took the shelter. This relaxed Section 177 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which mandates that criminal cases can be filed and tried only in courts within whose jurisdiction the crime occurred.
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