Oldest recorded solar eclipse occurred 3200 years ago
Cambridge University researchers have discovered that the oldest recorded solar eclipse occurred on 30 October 1207 BC, as mentioned in the Bible. The findings were published in the journal Astronomy & Geophysics on 1 October 2017.
This solar eclipse has its reference in the biblical text from the Old Testament book of Joshua. The eclipse occurred after Joshua led the people of Israel into Canaan, a region that covered modern-day Israel and Palestine.
Occurred around 3200 years ago, this solar eclipse helped historians to date Egyptian pharaohs, the monarchs of ancient Egypt.
World Cities Day 2017 observed globally
The World Cities Day was observed across the world on 31 October 2017 with the theme 'Innovative Governance, Open Cities'. While, the general theme of World Cities Day is 'Better City, Better Life'.
Every year, a different sub-theme to celebrate the day is selected to promote successes of urbanization and to address specific challenges resulting from urbanization.
This year's sub-theme Innovative Governance, Open Cities highlights the important role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion.
SC to form Constitutional bench to hear petitions against Aadhaar
The Supreme Court on 30 October 2017 decided to form a constitutional bench to hear petitions against Union Government’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing various services and government welfare schemes.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud announced that a larger bench would be formed to hear these petitions.
On 24 August 2017, a nine-judge Constitution bench held that the Right of Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution. Petitioners are challenging the validity of Aadhaar raising the issue that the scheme violates right to privacy.