RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
What’s in news?
Information and Broadcasting Ministry has decided to implement Accessibility Standards for Persons with Disabilities in television programmes for private TV channels from this Independence Day.
- The public broadcaster Doordarshan has been carrying the sign language interpretation of the address of President of India on the eve of Independence Day and Prime Minister’s address from the ramparts of Red Fort on Independence Day every year.
- This year too, President’s address and the entire function from Red Fort will be telecast live with sign language interpretation on DD Bharati channel.
- This is a major step towards implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act.
- In a significant beginning from this year’s Independence Day, the ministry has asked private satellite news TV channels also to telecast a short programme on Independence Day Celebrations, along with corresponding sign language interpretation, in the afternoon/evening of 15th August.
- The channels have been told that they may either make their own programme with sign language interpretation, or, if they wish, they may carry a bulletin prepared by DD News free of cost.
- Ministry of I&B was given Special Jury Award at this function for its path breaking work in making television accessible for people with hearing disabilities.
What’s in news?
U.S national oceanic and atmospheric Administration announced that July 2019 temperatures were the hottest ever recorded globally.
- The average global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees, making it the hottest July in the 140-year record
- The previous hottest month on record was July 2016.
- This summer has been marked globally by dangerous heat waves.
- A deadly heat wave gripped more than half of the U.S. in mid-July, causing at least six deaths across the country
- The record warmth also shrank artic and antartic sea ice to historic lows.
- Average artic sea ice meanwhile set a record low for July, at 1.9 million sq.km., 19.8% below average and surpassing the previous historic low of July 2012
- Average antartic sea ice was 6,75,000 sq.km., 4.3% below the 1981-2010 average.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
- NOAA is an American scientific agency that focuses on the conditions of the oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere.
- NOAA was officially formed in 1970.
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