Date: 2/20/2019

 
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  • Namvar Singh, one of contemporary Hindi literature's greatest writers and critics, has died after prolonged illness, family sources said on 20th feb. He was 92.
  • Singh, who was not keeping well for a month and was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, breathed his last on 19th feb, his family said.
  • The last rites will be performed at 3 pm on 20th feb at the Lodhi Road crematorium. Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was a towering figure of Hindi literature and gave it new direction through his literary criticism.
  • Born on July 28, 1926 in Varanasi's village Jiyanpur (now in Chandauli), Singh completed his MA and PhD in Hindi literature from the Banaras Hindu University. Singh shaped literary criticism in Hindi.
  • His notable writings include "Chhayavaad", "Itihas Aur Alochana", "Kahaani Nayi Kahaani", "Kavita Ke Naye Pratimaan", "Dusri Parampara Ki Khoj".
  • He also worked as a professor in his alma mater BHU as well as Jodhpur University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Singh served as the editor of two Hindi magazines, Janyug and Alochana.
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  • The Supreme Court on 20th feb. held Reliance Communications (RCom) chairman Anil Ambani guilty of contempt of court for wilfully violating its order and not paying its dues of 550 crore rupees to Telecom equipment maker Ericsson.
  • The apex court held that the RCom chairman and Reliance Telecom chairman Satish Seth and Reliance Infratel chairperson Chhaya Virani breached the undertaking given to the court and the related orders.
  • The court said the RCom chairman and others will have to purge the contempt by paying 453 crore rupees to Ericsson in 4 weeks.
  • A bench comprising Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Saran said if the contemnor failed to make the payments within the specified period, they will undergo a jail term of three months.
  • The court also directed Reliance Telecom and Reliance Infratel to pay 1 crore rupees each in four weeks to the apex court's registry or the chairman will have to undergo an additional jail term of one month.
  • It directed that the 118 crore rupees already deposited by Reliance Group in the apex court's registry be disbursed to Ericsson.
  • The Supreme Court specified that any unconditional apology given by Reliance needs to be rejected as they have breached the undertaking and order.
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  • Hike around the natural habitats of San Diego County and it becomes abundantly clear that honey bees, foreign to the area, are everywhere.
  • In a study published last year, researchers at the University of California San Diego found that honey bees are the most widespread and abundant pollinators of wild plants in the world, with the San Diego region having exceptionally high honey bee visitation on native plants roughly three-quarters of all observed pollinators.
  • New research from the same team found that honey bees focus their foraging on the most abundantly flowering native plant species, where they often account for more than 90 percent of pollinators observed visiting flowers.
  • The new study by Keng-Lou James Hung, Jennifer Kingston, Adrienne Lee, David Holway and Joshua Kohn of UC San Diego's Division of Biological Sciences is published on Feb. 20 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
  • "To have a non-native species that removes the lion's share of pollen and nectar in a diverse ecosystem such as ours is stunning" said Kohn, a professor in the Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution. "Think about if we had an invasive plant that covered 75 percent of the region's land area it's similar to that level."
  • The honey bees' monopoly over the most abundantly blooming plant species may strongly affect the ecology and evolution of species that are foundational to the stability of the region's plant-pollinator interactions, the researchers said.

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