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News in Short - 05-December-2020

Roshni Nadar tops India’s richest women list

Date: 05 December 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • HCL Technologies chairperson Roshni Nadar Malhotra, with a net worth of ?54,850 crore, tops the Kotak Wealth Hurun list of India’s wealthiest women.
  • Trailing her is Biocon’s Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw with a net worth of ?36,600 crore. In the third spot is Leena Gandhi Tewari of the Mumbai-headquartered pharmaceuticals firm USV, with a net worth of ?21,340 crore.
  • Six women entrepreneurs from the start-up ecosystem feature on the list, of which two have built their companies into Unicorns – Falguni Nayar of Nykaa and Divya Gokulnath of Byju’s (Think & Learn). Nineteen women are aged 40 or below.

Maharashtra teacher wins Global Teacher’s Prize

Date: 05 December 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • A primary school teacher has been named the winner of the USD 1-million annual Global Teacher Prize 2020 in recognition of his efforts to promote girls’ education and trigger a quick-response (QR) coded textbook revolution in India.
  • Ranjitsinh Disale from Paritewadi village in Maharashtra’s Solapur district, emerged the winner from 10 finalists from across the world for the annual prize founded by the Varkey Foundation in 2014 to recognise an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.
  • Disale has announced that he will be sharing 50 percent of his prize money with his fellow finalists to support their incredible work.
  • In another first, the Global Teacher Prize 2020 winner’s announcement was made at a virtual ceremony broadcast from the Natural History Museum in London by British actor-broadcaster Stephen Fry.

US bans cotton from China

Date: 05 December 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Trump administration expanded economic pressure on China's western region of Xinjiang by banning cotton imports from a powerful Chinese quasi-military organization for using forced labour of detained Uighur Muslims.
  • The targeting of XPCC, which produced 30% of China's cotton in 2015, follows a Treasury Department ban in July on all dollar transactions with the sprawling business-and-paramilitary entity, founded in 1954 to settle China's far west.
  • The United Nations cites what it says are credible reports that 1 million Muslims held in camps have been put to work. China denies mistreating Uighurs and says the camps are vocational training centres needed to fight extremism.

Naval Day 2020

Date: 05 December 2020 Tags: Days & Dates
  • India celebrates Navy Day on December 4 every year to commemorate the achievements of Indian Navy and remember the valour of bravehearts who launched a naval strike on Karachi harbour during 1971's Indo-Pakistan war under Operation Trident.
  • It was on this day nearly five decades ago that the Indian Navy sank four Pakistani vessels including PNS Khaibar as part of the Operation Trident in the Indo-Pak war, killing hundreds of Pakistani Navy personnel.
  • On Navy Day, various events are organised by the Indian Navy to reach out to citizens through various mass contact programmes. The Indian Navy warships and aircraft are open to visitors, especially school children every year.

Police station in Manipur chosen as best in country

Date: 05 December 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Nongpok Sekmai police station in Manipur’s Thoubal district has been selected as the best police station in the country, according to fresh rankings for 2020 announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
  • The other nine top police stations are AWPS-Suramangalam in Tamil Nadu’s Salem city, Kharsang in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang, Jhilmili (Bhaiya Thana) at Surajpur in Chhattisgarh, Sanguem in South Goa, Kalighat in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Pakyong in Sikkim’s East District, Kanth in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district, Khanvel in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Jammikunta Town police station in Telangana’s Karimnagar district.
  • The number of police stations selected initially from each State comprised three from States with more than 750 police stations, two from all other States and Delhi and one each from Union Territories.