Daily News Summary – April 14, 2017


U.S. hits Afghan IS base with ‘largest’ bomb

The U.S. dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb in eastern Afghanistan on 13 April 2017 evening on a series of caves used by Islamic State militants, the military said. It is the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat. Also known as “mother of all bombs”, the GBU-43 is a 21,600 pound (9,797 kg) GPS-guided munition, and was first tested in March 2003. The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. forces conducting clearing operations in the Achin area, close to the Pakistan border “while maximizing the destruction” of IS fighters and facilities. IS has been using improvised explosive devices, bunkers and tunnels to strengthen its defences.


Uttar Pradesh to get 24X7 electricity

The Uttar Pradesh government and the Centre entered into an agreement which promises to provide 24×7 power supply to all the households in the state. The ‘Power for All’ pact was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power Piyush Goyal at 5 Kalidas Marg, the official residence of UP Chief Minister. Energy efficient bulbs, tubelights and fans would also be distributed to the consumers at cheaper rates.


“Hemamalini drinks everyday, but doesn’t commit suicide”, Maharahstra MLA.

Bachu Kadu, an independent MLA from Maharashtra, stoked controversy after he made unfavorful comments againsts Bollywood actress and BJP MP, Hema malini. Kadu was responding to farmers suicide deaths. “75% MLAs, MPs, journalists drink.. even Hema Malini drinks heavily.. but have they committed suicide?”, he asked. He said we should not wait until farmers die of suicide, mentioning lack of money are the primary reason behind farmers suicides. Controversies are not new to the MLA. Last year, Kadu was arrested for allegedly attacking a government officer. Responding to the farmers’ loan waivers, CM Fadnavis said he would study the UP model.


Services charges at restaurants not compulsory

Union Government mulls on issuing advisory asserting service charges are not mandatory at restaurants. “Service tax is not compulsory”, mentioned Minister for Food and Consumer Affairs, Ramvilas Paswan. However, customers are welcome to pay tips for the service. Per Consumer Protection Act, 1986, the ministry had said a consumer can make a complaint to the appropriate consumer forum against unfair trade practices.


Possible life on Saturn

“There could be possible life on one of the moons of Saturn”, mentioned NASA. All of the necessary things to support life have been found on one of the moons that orbits Saturn. Cassini spacecraft, which flew through a huge plume of water that was being shot out of the surface of Enceladus produced these findings. During this process, the spacecraft took readings of the water and sent them back to Earth for further study. Three ingredients are needed for life on a planet: water, organic molecules and a source of energy. The first two have been detected on Enceladus before, but the new discovery means that all three key components are there, with the addition of a fuel source for keeping that life alive.

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