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GK Newsboard August 2020

 GK Newsboard August 2020
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1. Onam
Onam is celebrated at the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of the solar Malayalam calendar
(Kollavarsham). It falls in August or September each year.
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The festival is spread over 10 days and culminates with Thiruvonam, the most important day.
According to a popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit
Kerala at the time of Onam. It is also celebrated as the festival of paddy harvest.
2. Cultural heritage of Hyderabad
Ministry of Tourism recently organised the 50th webinar titled “Cultural heritage of Hyderabad”under
DekhoApnaDesh series.
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The Ministry of Tourism is organizing the DekhoApnaDesh webinars with an objective to create awareness
about and promote various tourism destinations of India – including the lesser known destinations and lesser
known facets of popular destinations.
 It also promotes spirit of Ek Bharat Sreshtha Bharat.

Hyderabad is popularly known as the “City of Pearls” and the “City of Nizams”, and has been the centre of a
vibrant historical legacy, ever since its inception by the QutubShahi dynasty.
 Muhammad QuliQutb Shah established Hyderabad in 1591 to extend the capital beyond the fortified Golconda.
3. Pakistan new Map
Pakistan released a new political map on August 4, 2020 laying claim to Indian territories J&K, Ladakh and
parts of Gujarat including Junagadh, Sir Creek and Manavadar. India rejected the claim, terming it as ‘political
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The Indian Government in an official statement said that the so-called new political map of Pakistan is an
exercise in political absurdity, laying untenable claims to territories in Gujarat and Union Territories of Jammu
& Kashmir and of Ladakh.
 India rejected the claim saying that the ridiculous assertions have neither legal validity nor international
 India slammed the move, saying that the new effort only confirms reality of Pakistan’s obsession with
territorial aggrandisement supported by cross-border terrorism.
4. Supreme Court verdict on Hindu women’s inheritance rights
Supreme Court has expanded on a Hindu woman’s right to be a joint legal heir and inherit ancestral property
on terms equal to male heirs.
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A Hindu woman’s right to be a joint heir to the ancestral property is by birth and does not depend on whether
her father was alive or not when the law was enacted in 2005.
The ruling now overrules the verdicts from 2015 and April 2018.
About the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005:
 It gave Hindu women the right to be coparceners or joint legal heirs in the same way a male heir does.
 The amended act made a daughter of a coparcener also a coparcener by birth “in her own right in the
same manner as the son”.
 The law also gave the daughter the same rights and liabilities “in the coparcenary property as she would
have had if she had been a son”.
 Applicability of the law: It applies to ancestral property and to intestate succession in personal property —

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