The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances was observed across the world on 30 August 2017. On 21 December 2010, by its resolution 65/209 the UN General Assembly expressed its deep concern about the increase in enforced or involuntary disappearances in various regions of the world, including arrest, detention and abduction.
The assembly also expressed its concern over the growing number of reports concerning harassment, ill-treatment and intimidation of witnesses of disappearances or relatives of persons who have disappeared.
Government has issued moderate flood warnings in eleven States in view of heavy to very heavy rainfall forecast by Met Department in the next 48 to 72 hours. The states are Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Met Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy fall in East Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Konkan, Goa Coastal and Ghat areas of South Interior Karnataka.
Gobindobhog rice of West Bengal has received the Geographical Indication (GI) status from the Geographical Indications Registry (GIR). The state government had applied for the GI status for Gobindobhog rice on 24 August 2015.
The Gobindobhog rice is mainly cultivated in east Burdwan district, located in the southern basin of the Damodar River in the Raina 1, Raina 2 and Khandaghosh blocks.
The Gobindobhog rice is a specialty from Burdwan district of West Bengal. The region of Burdwan (now divided into the districts of east and west Burdwan) is known as the rice bowl of Bengal.
The Sri Lankan selection panel led by Sanath Jayasurya resigned from the office on 29 August 2017. The resignation came after the disastrous performance of the national team in Test and ODI series against India.
In the test series, Sri Lankan team was whitewashed 3-0 by India and in ODI series they are trailing 0-3 in the five-match one-day international (ODI) series. The panel will discontinue their roles from 7 September 2017, the day after the last game in the bilateral series against India.
The Allahabad High Court has expressed strong dissatisfaction over possible felling of trees for the construction of Ramdev’s food park in Noida. The court also showed dissatisfaction over Uttar Pradesh government’s offer of adequate compensation to the Noida resident, on whose land the proposed park is likely to be created.
The issue was brought up while a division bench comprising justices Tarun Agarwala was hearing a petition filed by Asaf of Gautam Buddh Nagar district, who challenged the allotment of 4500 acres of land to the Sansthan.