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News in Short - 06-June-2020

Google pledges funds to fight racism

Date: 06 June 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Google has pledged $37 million to fight racism in the wake of a nationwide protest in the U.S. against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd.
  • The company would be giving $12 million in funding to organisations working to address racial inequities and $25 million in AdGrants to help organisations fighting racial injustice provide critical information.
  • The U.S. is in the midst of the biggest civic unrest in the country’s history following the death of 46-year-old Floyd when a white police officer pinned him down and kneeled on his neck as he gasped for breath.

Lockdown improved coastal ecosystem of Gulf of Mannar

Date: 06 June 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • The COVID-19 lockdown has had a positive impact on the coastal ecosystems of the Gulf of Mannar along Thoothukudi district.
  • Limited industrial activities and human interference has reduced the levels of pollution, increased the number of fish species and density and has improved the overall quality of marine water.
  • Generally, fish tend to migrate in the summer due to high temperatures. But, despite the high water temperature due to climate changes and subsequent coral bleaching this summer, the fish population has increased, thanks to less human disturbance during the lockdown period.

ATK-Mohun Bagan, FC Goa and Bengaluru FC to represent India in AFC Asian Competition

Date: 06 June 2020 Tags: Sports
  • ATK Mohun Bagan, FC Goa, and Bengaluru FC are all set to represent India in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) competitions in 2021.
  • FC Goa goes through as a direct entrant in the group stage of the AFC Champions League after winning the ISL league phase for season 2019-20.
  • ATK Mohun Bagan gets a direct entry in the group stage of the AFC Cup on the virtue of being winners of the I-League 2019-20.
  • The AFC Cup play-off slot goes to Bengaluru FC who finished third in the ISL league phase in 2019-20.

Mubadala to buy 1.85% stake in Reliance Jio platform

Date: 06 June 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Abu Dhabi-based sovereign investor Mubadala Investment Company will buy 1.85 per cent stake in Jio Platforms for ? 9,093.6 crore.
  • With this investment, Jio Platforms has raised ? 87,655.35 crore from leading global technology and growth investors, including Facebook, Silver Lake, Vista Equity Partners, General Atlantic, KKR and Mubadala, in less than six weeks.
  • RIL subsidiary Jio Platforms is a next-generation technology platform focused on providing high-quality and affordable digital services across India.

Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passes away

Date: 06 June 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, known for his middle-of-the-road cinema and films such as "Chhoti Si Baat" and "Rajnigandha", passed away. He was 93.
  • During the early Doordarshan days, Basu Chatterjee also helmed two hit TV serials – Byomkesh Bakshi and Rajani. In 1992, he was awarded National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare for his film Durga.
  • Basu Chatterjee, along with filmmakers like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Bhattacharya, were pioneers of middle-of-the-road cinema.