Live-in partners can adopt
- Individuals in a live-in relationship will once again be able to adopt children from and within India, which was earlier barred by CARA circular issued on May 31.
- Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) is a statutory body of Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India.
- It functions as the nodal body for the adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate in-country and inter-country adoptions.
- India’s nodal adoption agency decided to withdraw a circular issued earlier this year disallowing them from doing so.
- India has ratified the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption 1993 in 2003.
271 mn Indians moved out of poverty: UN
- Over 270 million people in India moved out of poverty between 2005-06 and 2015-16.
- It is according to the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index released by United Nations.
- The Report stated that India’s poverty rate came down to 27.5% from 54.7% during the period.
- In South Asia 546 million people (31% of the population) are multidimensionally poor, the report claimed.
Parker Solar Probe beamed first-light data
- NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has beamed back the first-light data from each of its four instrument suites.
- Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe’s (WISPR) is the only imager on the probe to take the first images during its journey to the Sun.
- Over the next month, it will fly towards Venus, performing its first Venus gravity assist in early October.
- The Parker Solar Probe’s first close approach to the Sun will be in November.
- It will perform the closest-ever observations of the Sun’s outer atmosphere, called the corona.
- The mission may also ascertain why the Sun occasionally emits high-energy particles that are a danger to unprotected astronauts and spacecraft.
- The probe is named after Eugene Parker, a solar physicist, who first predicted the existence of the solar wind.
India-Pakistan Foreign Minister Meet Cancelled
- India cancelled the meeting it had announced just the day before between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in New York.
- The meet was to be held on the sidelines of 73rd Session of UNGA
- The reason of cancelled meeting was the brutal killing of security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postage stamps by the neighbouring country “glorifying a terrorist and terrorism”.
- E-commerce firms from 1 October 2018, will have to deduct 1% tax collected at source (TCS) under GST, before making payments to their suppliers.
- The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lifted a ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency, RUSADA, this paved the way for Russian athletes to return to compete in all sports.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the much-awaited Jharsuguda Airport in Odisha.