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News in Short - 05-April-2020

Astronauts 3D print meat in space

Date: 05 April 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station have printed meat in space for the first time. 
  • On September 25, the Israeli food-tech startup Aleph Farms loaded a spacecraft with vials of cow cells.
  • When the cells arrived at the space station, cosmonauts fed them into a 3D printer, which produced thin steaks.
  • The experiment is a sign that meat could be grown in harsh environments on Earth.

India’s growth may be lowest in post reform era

Date: 05 April 2020 Tags: Basics of Economics
  • Indian economy, which was already in slowdown phase for last six quarters, could register the lowest growth in the post-reform period in 2020-21 despite strong monetary and fiscal stimulus measures.
  • Assuming that the situation could improve in a quarter, in 2020-21, the Indian economy could register the lowest growth that was experienced in the post-reform period (since 1991).
  • Moody's Investor Service last month also slashed its estimate for India's GDP growth during 2020 calendar year to 2.5 per cent and said that coronavirus outbreak will cause unprecedented shock to the global economy.

FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup postponed

Date: 05 April 2020 Tags: Sports
  • The FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in India in November was postponed by football’s governing body due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic across the globe.
  • The women’s age group showpiece was to be held at five venues in the country- Kolkata, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad and Navi Mumbai — from November 2-21.
  • The tournament was to be competed among 16 teams, with hosts India being automatic qualifiers. It was to be India’s maiden appearance in the U-17 Women’s World Cup.

HRD ministry launches portal to address student concerns

Date: 05 April 2020 Tags: Education
  • The HRD Ministry has launched a helpline portal for students who are facing difficulties due to closure of schools and colleges in view of the nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak. 
  • The portal is essentially to connect those who are willing to provide help with those who need help. It is developed by two student interns at All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
  • The nature of support includes accommodation, food, on line classes, attendance, examinations, scholarships, health, transport and harassment of any kind.

Singer Bill Withers dies

Date: 05 April 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Bill Withers, a soulful singer best known for the 1970s hits 'Lean on Me', 'Lovely Day' and 'Ain't No Sunshine', has passed away at the age of 81.
  • His death comes as the public has drawn inspiration from his music during the coronavirus pandemic, with health care workers, choirs, artists and more posting their own renditions on Lean on Me to help get through the difficult times.
  • He was awarded Grammys as a songwriter for Ain’t No Sunshine in 1971 and for Just The Two Of Us in 1981.