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News in Short - 05-November-2020

Actor Faraaz Khan passes away

Date: 05 November 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Actor Faraaz Khan has passed away. Faraaz was being treated at a hospital in Bengaluru for a neurological disorder. He was admitted in the ICU.
  • Faraz Khan had acted in films like Mehndi (1998), Fareb (1996), Dulhan Banoo Main Teri (1999), and Chand Bujh Gaya (2005) among others.
  • A few weeks ago, his brother Fahmaan Khan had shared details about the actor’s health and had requested financial help for the treatment.

Marlon Samuels retires from all forms of cricket

Date: 05 November 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Former West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has retired from professional cricket after a long career that saw him part of team two world cup winning T20 teams
  • The 39-year-old played 71 Tests, 207 ODIs, and 67 T20Is for the West Indies. He scored over 11,000 international runs and also picked over 150 wickets.
  • Samuels was always a man for the big occasion, as he proved in both of West Indies' title wins in two T20 World Cups. In 2012, he scored 78 off 56 balls against Sri Lanka in the finals while four years later, he played a brilliant knock of 85 not out which helped Windies seal a four-wicket win against England at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
  • Samuels represented several T20 franchises around the world in his career, including Pune Warriors, Delhi Daredevils, Melbourne Renegades, and Peshawar Zalmi. He played 15 matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in which he could score 161 runs and scalped nine wickets.

20 million years old palm fossils discovered in Ladakh

Date: 05 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Geoologists have discovered a 20 million-year-old, four-foot-long fossil of palm leaves from the fragile rocks of Ladakh — a finding that reinforces the theory that Himalayas have emerged from the Tethys ocean.
  • The reason behind believing the Tethys ocean theory was because the present-day Himalayas were not formed 20 million years ago.
  • The fossil would have to be protected as it represented the near-coastal environment of Ladakh millions of years ago. The plant was not found anywhere in the Himalayas.
  • Tethys was once separating India from Tibet in geological history till 20 million years ago. The presence of fossils of palm from the sediments of Indus molasse in Ladakh clearly shows Ladakh Himalayas were once below the sea.
  • The large size of the actual specimens of fossils showed that conditions at the time of deposition would have been hot and humid, similar to equatorial climatic conditions.

Kerala cabinet withdraws general consent for CBI

Date: 05 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Kerala has joined the list of non-BJP-ruled states of West Bengal, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Maharashtra to withdraw its general consent given to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
  • The decision was finalised in the Cabinet meeting. From now on, the probe agency will have to seek prior permission from the state government before registering a case in the state.
  • CBI comes under the DSPE Act and it requires states to give the agency a general consent to act against central government employees within a state as public order and police come under the state governments, which routinely renew this permission.

Karnataka aims to make law on forceful conversion

Date: 05 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The government in Karnataka is set to follow the example of Uttar Pradesh by declaring that the State will enact a law banning religious conversions for the sake of marriage.
  • The government was referring to the order by the Allahabad High Court in which it had dismissed a writ petition by a married couple seeking police protection, by pointing out that the girl, who was a Muslim by birth, had converted to Hindu religion just a month before their marriage.
  • The Court had observed that the religious conversion had taken place only for the purpose of marriage. The court had observed that “conversion just for the purpose of marriage is unacceptable”.