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News in Short - 02-April-2020

Star Wars actor Andrew Jack dies

Date: 02 April 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Actor Andrew Jack, best known for playing Major Ematt in the Stars Wars films, has died of coronavirus complications at the age of 76.
  • Jack starred as Major Ematt in “Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi” and “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens”.
  • He also worked with Hollywood star Christian Bale on his voice for “Batman Begins” (2008) and was going to work with Robert Pattinson on “The Batman”, the DC film to be directed by Matt Reeves.

Wuhan begins to lift lockdown

Date: 02 April 2020 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged, began lifting a two-month lockdown by restarting some metro services and reopening borders.
  • Wuhan accounts for about 60% of China’s coronavirus cases, but they have fallen sharply in recent weeks, a sign that the measures are working.
  • With the United States, Italy and Spain and other countries now battling soaring infections, China is focussing on the risk posed by imported cases, most of them Chinese returning home.

Turkmenistan bans use of word ' Coronavirus'

Date: 02 April 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Turkmenistan, which has reported zero cases of the novel coronavirus has banned the media from using word “coronavirus.”
  • Ranked last in the group’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, the ex-Soviet nation of Turkmenistan is one of the world’s most closed countries.
  • Paris-based reporters without borders said people wearing face masks or talking about the coronavirus are liable to be arrested by plainclothes police.

Nobel laureate Philip Anderson dies

Date: 02 April 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Philip Anderson, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who expanded the world’s understanding of magnetism and superconductivity, has died at 96.
  • Anderson graduated from Harvard in 1949 and then worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories until he began teaching at Princeton and the University of Cambridge.
  • During his career in academia, Anderson advised another Nobel Prize winner, F. Duncan Haldane, who won the 2016 prize in physics.

Virologist Gita Ramjee dies

Date: 02 April 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • World-renowned virologist Gita Ramjee has become the first Indian-origin South African to have died after contracting the novel coronavirus. She was 50.
  • Ramjee was the Clinical Trials Unit Principal Investigator and Unit Director of the HIV Prevention Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) offices in Durban.
  • In 2018, Ramjee was presented with the Outstanding Female Scientist Award in Lisbon by the European Development Clinical Trials Partnerships (EDCTP) for her lifetime commitment to finding new HIV prevention methods.