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GS 2 Rajapaksa underlines need to sustain Delhi-Colombo ties Calling for strong people-to-people relations, he said the civil services of the two countries — not just the Foreign Ministries — must have institutional mechanisms to foster better bilateral ties. India rebuts China on Modi’s visit to Arunachal China had objected to Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the state saying that Beijing “firmly” opposed the trip. A Spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry had said that China does not recognise the state. Push for generous rehab scheme for Naga cadres A Parliamentary panel has recommended the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) prepare a detailed and generous rehabilitation-cum-settlement scheme for the cadres of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), the group that signed a Naga Framework Agreement with the Centre in 2015. GS 3 As new cases rise, leprosy in spotlight The rise in the number of recorded leprosy cases from 86,147 (in 2013-14) to 90,709 (2017-18), reported a decade and a half after India was declared leprosy-free in 2005, has turned the spotlight on the hotspots for the disease. ‘Road traffic injuries are a growing health issue’ Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey released communication material comprising first aid module for community and handbook on prevention of accidents and awareness of first aid earlier this week on the occasion of ‘30th Road Safety Week’. Why are quakes happening at Palghar? The epicentres of the current swarms haven’t seen such activity in the past. Why it is occurring now is a mystery. However, swarms are common in peninsular India and mostly harmless because of their low magnitude. In Northeast, air links shrinking The day Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for the first civilian airport in Arunachal Pradesh, Jet Airways operated its last flight on the Guwahati-Aizawl route. Moving continents created new centipede species Fossils and advanced genetic methods to study relationships between species now tell an intriguing story about a group of tropical centipedes.