Current Affairs, News & Facts of 29 Nov 2013

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  • Central laws to prevail over state rules on sand mining: National Green Tribunal  
    • Central law mandates environmental clearance (EC) to be granted exclusively by Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) and any deviation from this is considered illegal.
    • The ruling came in the wake of dismissing Madhya Pradesh government’s plea to treat district level environmental committees as competent authority for grant of clearance for such activities.
  • Acclaimed Dalit writer 'Omprakash Valmiki' passes away aged 63. He was best known for his autobiography "Joothan" (1997) which is regarded as a milestone in Dalit Hindi literature.
  • "National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities" is to be presented to 44 individuals/organizations in 14 different categories this year (2013). The awards are conferred annually by the President on the ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ which falls on December 3. - read more cat
  • Italian Senate expels former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from parliament over his conviction in a tax fraud case.
  • "International Heavy Minerals Conference 2013" with theme "Overcoming New Challenges" concludes in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The 9th edition of this biennial event took place for the first time in India
    • The Minerals with a density greater than 2.9 g/cm3 are called as heavy minerals. The few of them are: Garnet, Tourmaline, Topaz, magnetite, hematite, Glauconite. 
  • 4 new species of freshwater catfish have been discovered from the Manimala river in Kerala. They are: Horabagrus melanosoma, Mystus heoki, Mystus indicus and Mystus menoni.
  • India’s first State-of-the-art Styrene Butadiene Rubber Plant comes up at Panipat, Haryana.  

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