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News in Short - 04-July-2020

C. Rangarajan honoured with Mahalanobis prize

Date: 04 July 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Former Reserve Bank of India Governor C. Rangarajan has been conferred the P.C. Mahalanobis Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to official statistics.
  • Dr. Rangarajan had held the posts of Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, and Chairman, Madras School of Economics.
  • The Mahalanobis International Award is sponsored by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation of the Government of India. The award recognizes an individual for lifetime achievements in statistics in developing country or region.

Doctor’s prescription not compulsory for Covid test

Date: 04 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Centre has advised the states and union territories to do away with the mandatory requirement of a prescription from a government doctor to undergo Covid-19 test.
  • It has even advised them to use mobile vans and set up camps in areas of higher incidence of disease to collect samples.
  • The government has called “test-track-trace” a key strategy for early detection and containment of the pandemic, and stressed that it is the only way to detect the infection early and prevent the spread.

West Indies cricket legend Everton Weekes dies

Date: 04 July 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Everton Weekes, one of the famous three ‘Ws’ of West Indian cricket, passed away at the age of 95. Weekes was the third oldest surviving men's Test cricketer, after South African John Watkins and England's Don Smith.
  • The Barbadian, who made his Test debut against England in 1948, retired in 1958 and received a knighthood in 1995.
  • Weekes compiled 4,455 runs in 48 Tests with 15 hundreds before a thigh injury prompted a premature international retirement in 1958 when still only in his early 30s. His batting average of 58.61 is the second-highest for the West Indies after George Headley.

New freshwater fish species discovered in Western Ghats

Date: 04 July 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • A team of scientists from Maharashtra and Kerala has discovered a new species of freshwater fish found in the Western Ghats and named it after a well-known professor.
  • The new fish genus is called ‘Waikhomia hira’. ‘Waikhomia’ is derived from the surname of Professor Waikhom Vishwanath, a well-known taxonomist.
  • The journal reported that the population of ‘Waikhomia’ was recorded from several tributaries of the east-flowing Krishna river system, including in the upstream regions of the Venna river -- the type locality of Waikhomia sahyadriensis -- and the Koyna river in Maharashtra.
  • The Tunga river near Kudremukh in Karnataka, and from the other independent west-flowing rivers such as Sharavati, Aghanashini and the Kali – the type locality of ‘Waikhomia hira’ has been discovered.

Choreographer Saroj Khan passes away

Date: 04 July 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan, who mentored generations of actors and was fondly known as "Masterji", passed away. She was 71.
  • Saroj Khan, who has won three National Awards for Best Choreography for her work in Devdas, Jab We Met and the 2007 Tamil film Shringaram, is credited with choreographing more than 2,000 songs.
  • Saroj Khan shot to fame in the late eighties, choreographing Sridevi superhits such as 'Main naagin tu sapera' ('Nagina') and 'Hawaa hawaai' ('Mr India').