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Daily Current Affairs : 12-Feb-2020

Major Topics Covered :


  1. AAP RETURNS TO POWER FOR 3RD CONSECUTIVE TERM IN DELHI

  2. THANATOTHERISTES

  3. WINTER RAINFALL IN EXCESS- MIZORAM TOP

  4. SAFER INTERNET DAY

  5. GENDER GAP IN SCIENCE

  6. CRR EXEMPTION FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS

  7. NIFM, FARIDABAD RENAMED AJNIFM

  8. DASUOPU GLACIER

  9. WORLD UNANI DAY: FEB 11

  10. ESCAPE CLAUSE



AAP RETURNS TO POWER FOR 3RD CONSECUTIVE TERM IN DELHI

Part of GS- 2 Polity and Governance


Why in news?

  • Aam Aadmi Party has come back to power in Delhi for the third term, winning Assembly elections with a thumping majority of 62 out of 70 assembly seats.


Highlights:

  • This is for the second time that the party has swept the election-winning more than two-third of the seats.

  • In 2015 the party had won 67 seats. Bhartiya Janata Party has won 8 seats, five more than the last assembly. However, the party managed to increase its vote share by over 6 percent from last elections. Point four-six percent voters pressed the NOTA button.

  • The Legislative Assembly of Delhi, also known as Delhi Vidhan Sabha, is a unicameral law making body of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, one of the eight union territories in India.

  • The Delhi Legislative Assembly was first constituted in 1952 under the Government of Part C States Act, 1951.

  • With enactment of States Reorganisation Act, 1956 Delhi was no longer a Part-C State and was made a Union Territory.

  • Delhi Legislative Assembly was re-established through the Constitution (Sixty-ninth Amendment) Act, 1991, followed by the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991 the Sixty-ninth Amendment to the Constitution of India.

  • It declared the Union Territory of Delhi to be formally known as National Capital Territory of Delhi and also supplements the constitutional provisions relating to the Legislative Assembly and the Council of Ministers and related matters.

  • The Legislative Assembly is selected for period of five years.


Source: AIR


THANATOTHERISTES

Part of GS-3 S&T


Why in news?

  • Scientists at the University of Calgary and Royal Tyrrell Museum have found that a dinosaur fossil, found in Alberta in Canada in 2010, belongs to a new species of tyrannosaur.


Highlights:

  • They have named it Thanatotheristes, which means “reaper of death”.

  • Tyrannosaurs were one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs to have ever lived, with very large and high skulls, and the best known among them is the Tyrannosaurus rex, celebrated in the Jurassic Park series.

  • The 79-million-year-old fossil that the researchers have found is the oldest tyrannosaur known from northern North America. In a statement issued by the University of Calgary, the study’s lead author Jared Voris, whose analysis has identified the new species, said the fossil specimen is important to understand the Late Cretaceous period, which is the period when tyrannosaurs roamed the Earth.

  • The scientists named the genus and species Thanatotheristes degrootorum, after John and Sandra de Groot who found the fossil in 2010.

  • They identified it from fragmentary fossil parts of the skull and the upper and lower jaw bones. Until last year, the specimen lay in a drawer at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.


Source: Indian Express


WINTER RAINFALL IN EXCESS- MIZORAM TOP

Part of GS- 1 Geography


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