Newsfeed 23-Sept ‘2016

India’s Diplomatic win Over Pakistan at U.N.

  • Pakistan’s long endorsed campaign to highlight Kashmir at the United Nations failed
  • Ministry of External Affairs stopped short of giving a definite answer on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plans to attend the SAARC summit in Islamabad to held in November.
  • Modi’s presence at SAARC continued to remain uncertain
  • India remained engrossed with consultations with Afghanistan and the U.S.
  • India strongly pushed Pakistan to shut down the infrastructure of terrorism which is affecting South Asia and the world.
  • MEA(Ministry of External Affairs) spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that SAARC stands for regional cooperation which is undermined by peace and stability. Whereas, Terrorism stands tall as  biggest threat to peace and stability. Coordination with Bangladesh, with Afghanistan -all victims of terrorism stand in solidarity.
  • India’s stand on solidarity among terror victims came after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif described slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani as a “young leader” in his UNGA speech. India had rebutted it by saying that the Pakistani leader had used the highest podium of the U.N. to “glorify” terrorism.
  • India’s comments were also supported by Afghan Vice-President Sarwar Danesh. He took on Pakistan and said: “The world knows where the Taliban lives.”
  • The India-Afghan common approach to regional terrorism was also motivated by the India-U.S.-Afghanistan trilateral. India-U.S.-Afghanistan trilateral was held on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York.

Cauvery row: Centre steps back from intervention

  • Governor Vajubhai Rudrabhai Vala has given the go-ahead
  • Karnataka is set to hold a day-long special session of the State legislature . This is being done to pass a resolution against releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu
  • The Supreme Court on September 20, has directed to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
  • Meanwhile, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti have told Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Delhi that the Centre “couldn’t do anything”. The Cauvery dispute is sub judice.
  • All political parties in the State have given their support to Chief Minister’s move to “defy” the apex court’s directive.
  • The resolution to be moved by the government is expected to get unanimous support in the legislature.
  • Legal experts suggest that this resolution would lead to a confrontation between the judiciary and the legislature.

Technology unlocks secrets of a Biblical scroll found 50 years ago

  • In an usual and miraculous development, archeologist have been able to unlock secrets of a biblical scroll found nearly half a century ago.
  • archaeologists found a charred ancient scroll in the ark of a synagogue on the western shore of the Dead Sea.
  • The lump of carbonised parchment could not be opened or read.
  • So the curators without doing much on it and  conserved it.
  • They relied on the hope that advanced technology might one day emerge to make the scroll legible.
  • Working with biblical scholars in Jerusalem, they have used a computer to unfold a digital image of the scroll. It holds a fragment identical to the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible. Nearly 2,000 years old, it is the earliest instance of the text.
  • The writing retrieved by the computer from the digital image of the unopened scroll is amazingly clear and legible, in contrast to the scroll’s blackened and beaten-up exterior.
  • Scholars are elated to have this remarkable new technique. This technology may make it possible to read other scrolls that are too brittle to be unrolled.
  • Along the content on the scroll , the first two chapters of the ‘Book of Leviticus’, has consonants — early Hebrew texts didn’t specify vowels .
  • This identical to the Masoretic text. Masoretic text is the authoritative version of the Hebrew Bible .This is  one that is often used as the basis for translations of the Old Testament in Protestant Bibles.
  • Experts say this new method may make it possible to read other ancient scrolls, including several Dead Sea scrolls and about 300 carbonised ones from Herculaneum, which were destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.
  • The feat of recovering the text was made possible by software programs developed by W. Brent Seales, a computer scientist at the University of Kentucky. Inspired by the hope of reading the many charred and unopenable scrolls found at Herculaneum, near Pompeii in Italy.
  • Seales has been working for the last 13 years on ways to read the text inside an ancient scroll.

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