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  • 18-Feb-2020
  • Indian-origin minister Alok Sharma to lead UN climate summit

    Indian-origin Alok Sharma was named the new UK Minister in charge of the crunch UN climate talks to be hosted by Britain. He has been promoted to the post of Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle. He will take charge of the crucial summit ‘COP26′ as its former president was removed amid controversy.

  • 14-Feb-2020
  • Mobile World Congress cancelled over coronavirus fears

    Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest congregation for the tech industry, has been cancelled over the concerns centring Coronavrius epidemic. The Global System for Mobile Communications, popularly known as GSMA, announced on Wednesday that the tech exhibit had to be called off, mainly because major tech companies pulled out of MWC 2020 as a preventive measure amid the outbreak. The decision comes a day ahead of the meeting that was scheduled for February 14 by GSMA to observe the situation for MWC to take place this year. The Mobile World Congress was slated to run between February 24 and February 27.

  • UK’s start-up launches 1st big batch of satellites

    The UK-based OneWeb company has sent 34 satellites into orbit on a single Soyuz rocket, from Baikonur port, Kazakhstan. The aims are to have the full network in operation by the end of 2021. This is the 50th Soyuz mission conducted by Arianespace, as the company plans to perform 19 more medium-lift Soyuz from three spaceports by 2021. Its mission was to drop its satellite batch into one of 12 planes planned for the constellation.

  • 13-Feb-2020
  • WHO officially names Coronavirus disease as “Covid-19”

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially named the disease caused by the new coronavirus as “Covid-2019“. The new name “Covid-2019” has been taken from the words “corona”, “virus” and “disease”, with 2019 representing the year in which it emerged. The word coronavirus refers to the group of viruses it belongs to. The naming of the disease was done as the researchers were calling for an official name of the disease to avoid confusion and stigmatisation of any group or country.

    The virus was also designated as SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.

  • 11-Feb-2020
  • ADB approves the funding of $2 million to combat Novel Coronavirus

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved the funding of USD 2 million to combat the spread of novel coronavirus (nCoV). The funds will support the efforts to stop the outspread of novel coronavirus (nCoV) by supplementing ongoing regional technical assistance and strengthening response capacity in China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar. The funds will also help in boosting the supply of diagnostic and laboratory equipment for rapid testing to help in fight against the outbreak.

    The assistance will fund the development of recommendations for improved outbreak investigation and surveillance, including in rural areas, and the strengthening of health systems’ resilience and capacity for epidemic response.

    ADB in collaboration with World Health Organisation and other regional experts will also recognize the areas for coordinated responses as well as possible further financial assistance to improve the situation caused by nCoV.

  • 10-Feb-2020
  • NASA’s Astronaut Christina Koch comes back to Earth after record stay in space

    After spending 328 days on the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Christina Koch returned back to Earth yesterday after completing the longest ever single spaceflight by a woman.

    Koch arrived in space in March 2019 alongside European astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov. During the 11 month mission, Koch performed various experiments including studying the effects of microgravity on Mizuna mustard greens, combustion, bioprinting, and kidney diseases. In addition, Koch herself was a research subject to determine the long-term effects of spaceflight on the human body.

  • 26-Nov-2019
  • Ocean Dance Festival 2019 starts in Cox Bazar

    The  Ocean Dance Festival 2019 kicked off in Cox Bazar of Bangladesh. Ocean Dance Festival is the largest international dance festival of Bangladesh in which more than 200 dancers, choreographers and scholars from 15 countries are participating.

    The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Bridging the distance’ or Durotter Shetubandhan. The dances performed at the event will show the idea of bridging cultural and economic distances. The festival is being organised by the Nrityajog which is the Bangladesh wing of World Dance Alliance (WDA). The festival aims to expand cultural tourism in Bangladesh. It also features seminars and discussion apart from the dance performances by the artists.

  • 19-Nov-2019
  • Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka Presidential election

    Sri Lanka’s former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has won the Presidential election. He is the brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Gotabaya got 52.25 per cent of the total valid votes.

    According to the final vote count released by the country’s Election commission, he received around 6.9 million votes against his main rival, Sajith Premadasa who got around 5.56 million votes. Gotabaya served as the Defence Secretary during the end of the LTTE War.

  • 15-Nov-2019
  • Sri Lanka becomes 1st South Asian country to call match fixing a crime

    Sri Lanka has become the first South Asian nation to criminalise several offences related to match-fixing

    The newest legislation covers all sports and it is believed that the recent investigation by Anti Corruption Unit

    Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Harin Fernando presented the bill in the parliament

  • 14-Nov-2019
  • Pravind Jugnauth sworn in as Mauritius PM

    Mauritius's incumbent Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth was sworn in for a five-year term after elections in which his coalition consolidated its grip on parliament.

    Mr Jugnauth's swearing-in took place at the residence of President Barlen Vyapoory. He immediately proposed a new cabinet of 23 members. It includes three women, including newcomer Kalpana Koonjoo-Shah, who will take over the gender equality Ministry.

    The Morisian Alliance claimed 42 of 70 seats in parliament, trouncing the centre-left National Alliance of Navin Ramgoolam, which got 17 seats, and the Mauritian Militant Movement of Paul Berenger, which garnered nine seats. Since attaining independence from Britain in 1968, Mauritius has become one of the most stable democracies in Africa.

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