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News in Short - 04-March-2020

Daytime sleepiness may indicate cancer risk among elderly

Date: 04 March 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Older people who experience daytime sleepiness even after having adequate sleep at night may be at the risk of developing new medical conditions, including diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure, says a study.
  • The condition called hypersomnolence is defined as excessive daytime sleepiness even after having seven or more hours of sleep.
  • It can be debilitating for some people, affecting the way that they perform at work and in other daily activities.

Muhyiddin Yassin appointed Malaysian PM

Date: 04 March 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in as Malaysia's prime minister. He replaced Mahathir Mohamad, who had resigned owing to lack of support.
  • The announcement sparked anger among some Malaysians who felt their democratic rights as voters were being undermined.
  • Muhyiddin was deputy prime minister under Najib Razak until he was sacked in 2015, amid a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal at state fund 1MDB.

Eurasian Otter found in Chilika Lake

Date: 04 March 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • Researchers conducting a study in Odisha’s Chilika Lake have found the presence of a viable, breeding population of a fishing cat in the brackish water lagoon.
  • It is a globally endangered species that is elusive and found in very few places in south and south-east Asia.
  • These species are supposed to enjoy conservation measures of the highest accord in India according to the country’s laws, much like the tiger and elephant.

Jack Welch , former CEO of General Electric dies

Date: 04 March 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Jack Welch, who led General Electric through 20 years of its greatest financial success, has died. He was 84.
  • Welch became CEO of GE in 1981 and led it until his retirement in 2001.
  • Welch, who was named "Manager of the Century" by Fortune magazine in 1999, massively increased the scope and financial might of GE (GE) during his time at the top of the company.

Indonesia’s most active volcano erupts

Date: 04 March 2020 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • Mount Merapi, the most active volcano in Indonesia erupted, spewing a column of thick ash which prompted authorities to issue flight alerts.
  • Mount Merapi is located about 30km from Yogyakarta city centre on Java island. The eruption of Merapi in the main island of Java was detected 2 km from the crater.
  • Mount Merapi last erupted on Feb 13 this year and has been on the Watch alert, the third highest in a four-level volcanic monitoring system, since May 21, 2018.