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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (8th November)

Dear aspirants, following are the links of various articles taken from various newspapers. Click the link to read further. To get notification, follow the blog. Thank you!

1. Andaman’s new taste is sweet-and-sour

Edible wild banana species discovered, the second such on the island in two years.

Q.  Recently, our scientists have discovered a new and distinct species of banana plant which attains a height of about 11 metres and has orange-coloured fruit pulp. In which part of India has it been discovered? (UPSC PRELIMS 2016)
(a) Andaman Islands
(b) Anaimalai Forests
(c) Maikala Hills
(d) Tropical rain forests of northeast

Hint: 2015, October the Hindu: Scientists at the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have discovered a new species of banana from a remote tropical rain forest on the Little Andaman islands. The new species is about 11 metres high, whereas as the usual banana species is about three to four metres high. The fruit pulp is orange in colour, distinctive from the white and yellow colour of regular bananas.

2. Smog-hit Delhi turns ‘gas chamber’

Air pollution in the Capital reached severe levels on Tuesday, forcing the implementation of stringent emission control measures and health precautions, including closure of primary schools on Wednesday.

Q. Why is Delhi becoming ‘gas chamber’ but on the other hand other coastal cities like Mumbai and Kolkata are not facing such problem? Enumerate solutions to contain air pollution in Indian cities.

3. ‘Regime change cannot be imposed by foreign powers’

Tunisia’s Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui on bilateral trade, the fight against terrorism and the learning from ‘Arab Spring’.

Just read interview to understand middle east issues from horse mouth.

4. Discordant notes

A year after demonetisation, its effects have still not been quantified.

5. Spirit of Paris

The 23rd conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change under way in Bonn faces the challenge of raising the ambition of the world’s leaders, and giving practical form to the provisions of the Paris Agreement.

6. Breach in the pact

On the 70th anniversary (October 30) of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the multilateral system faces a challenge to its very foundations – from its chief architect.

7. ‘One ought to have a ‘learn-it-all’ culture’

Read interview.

8. Quad is a good idea, not Quad-plus

The resumption of the quadrilateral dialogue is a good idea, but it isn’t necessary at this stage to involve Britain and France.

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