International Religious Freedom Report 2014 released

The International Religious Freedom Report 2014 was released by the US State Department. The Report attempts to give voice to those oppressed people and to document when and where the universal human right to religious freedom was violated. The report comprises almost 200 distinct reports on countries and territories. It details the actions of Non-State Actors who committed some of the most egregious human rights abuses and caused significant damage to the global status of respect for religious freedom. Anti-Semitism continued to be a major problem around the globe with increases in anti-Semitic incidents recorded in many countries. Other concerning trends over the year included increasing use of combating terrorism and extremism as an excuse for unreasonable religious restrictions.

Commemorative stamp released on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
Union Communications and IT Ministry has announced a release of a commemorative postal stamp on Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar in celebration of his 125th birth anniversary. The ministry will also come out with a coin in memory of Dr. Ambedkar. He was posthumously awarded the highest civilian award of Bharat Ratna in the 1990s. He passed away in 1956. He is credited with framing the Indian constitution.

Britain approves first womb transplant   
Britain has approved 10 womb transplant operations following the successful birth of a baby from the transplanted womb in Sweden recently. This is the first baby in the world born to a woman using the same womb from which she was herself born. Operation is perfect for those who do not have the chance of carrying their own baby due to lack of a viable womb.

Archaeologists excavate rare tomb dating to Jin Dynasty
Chinese archaeologists have excavated rare turtle shaped brick tomb which is 800 years old dates back to the mid to late Jin Dynasty (1115-1234). The tomb was discovered by a village person in Shangzhuang village of Shanxi Province. The tomb is constructed at the height of 4 metres and consists of an octagonal burial chamber as well as 5 small rooms. Design is turtle shaped and 7 sides of the chamber are embedded with 21 brick carvings, 3 on either side.

Missile Complex to be renamed after former President Kalam
Defence Ministry will be renaming Mission Complex DRDO as the Dr. A.P. J Abdul Kalam Missile Complex on the occasion of the 84th birth anniversary of the Missile Man on 15th October 2015. Dr. Kalam was part of the Missile Complex, DRDO for close to 20 years. Mission complex includes ASL/ Advanced Systems Lab, DRDL/Defence Research and Development Lab and RCI/Research Centre Imarat. Dr. Kalam was the founder director of RCI.

PM Modi releases Rs 125 coin.                                                                                                                                     Prime Minister Narendra Modi released two commemorative coins of Rs 125 and Rs 10 in the memory of
former President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Dr Radhakrishnan was the second President of India, educationist, teacher and philosopher, on the eve of his birth anniversary. Teachers’ Day is celebrated in his memory.

Satellite images show temple in Palmyra destroyed.                                                                                                 United Nations says a satellite image confirms that a temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra has been
destroyed. There had been earlier reports of an explosion at the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, which is held bymilitants from Islamic State. Syria’s antiquities said that the basic structure of the 2,000 year old site is intact. But UN satellite analysts say the image shows almost nothing remains.