MALUKA IAS Date: 24th November Sr. No. Topics Points to remember Why in news…??? 1. Kartarpur Sahib
- That demand had gathered pace in 1995, when Pakistan renovated the Kartarpur gurdwara, situated on the site on the bank of the Ravi where the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, spent his last 18 years. Given its easy logistics, the 4-km-long Kartarpur corridor is a low-hanging fruit as a meaningful confidence-building measure. The announcement now is particularly timely, with the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak falling in November 2019.
- The initiative can also become a template for cross-border exchanges based on faith, which could provide a balm for many communities such as Kashmiri Pandits, who have long asked for access to visit the Sharda Peeth in the Neelum Valley in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir; Sufis in Pakistan who wish to visit the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, Rajasthan; and Sikhs in India and Pakistan wanting to visit important shrines on both sides of the border.
- The announcement by India and Pakistan of plans to operationalize a visa-free corridor between Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab and Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan’s Punjab heeds a longstanding plea of Sikh pilgrims.
2. New script for Constitution
- The Construction will be made available in Braille for the first time ahead of the Constitution Day on November 26.
- In a joint project under taken by the Buddhist Association for the blind along with Saavi Foundation and Swagat Thorat, who started India’s first Braille newsletter Sparshadnyan, the Constitution will be made available in five parts in Braille for the benefit of visually challenged individuals.
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- Three major science administrators in India — The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Indian Council for Medical Research and the Department of Biotechnolgy — are getting together to promote research in herbal drugs, some of which involve deriving new drugs from marijuana.
- Marijuana (or hemp), more formally parts of the cannabis super family, is illegal for commercial cultivation though it grows as weed in several parts of the country. Uttarakhand, Jammu and as of this month Uttar Pradesh have allowed restricted cultivation of the plant for medical research.