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News in Short - 06-October-2020

Fashion designer Kenzo Takada passes away

Date: 06 October 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada, better known as Kenzo, who created his label in Paris in the 1970s, died on Sunday aged 81.
  • Known for his colourful motifs and original silhouettes, which mixed inspirations from Japan, such as the kimono, with other cuts, Takada also branched into perfumes and skincare lines, helping his business boom.
  • He had retired from his eponymous label several decades ago, after selling it to LVMH, the world's biggest luxury group, in the early 1990s.

Dubai to unveilworld’s largest fountain

Date: 06 October 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • In a bid to make a Guinness World Record, Dubai is all set to unveil the world’s largest fountain on October 22.
  • The fountain will be located at the Pointe, a lifestyle and dining destination, and will be spread over 14,000 sq ft of sea water while its super shooter will be 105-metre tall and have over 3,000 LED lights.
  • The Palm Fountain will have 20 bespoke shows with five different shows running daily between sunset and midnight (7 p.m. to 12 a.m.) while swaying to an array of popular songs including Khaleeji, pop, classic, international and more. Each show will last three minutes and will be performed every 30 minutes.

Nilgiri flora taken over by invasive species

Date: 06 October 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • Iconic flora native to the Nilgiris, including more than 30 species of Strobilanthes, could be under threat of being displaced with the continuing advance of invasive flora such as Cestrum aurantiacum and Lantana camara, experts warn.
  • The mass blooming of the Strobilanthes kunthiana, known commonly as the neelakurinji, gave the Nilgiris (the blue mountains) its iconic name as the slopes were covered once in 12 years by the mass blooming of the shrub.
  • Recently, the blooming of the Strobilanthes foliosa has been reported in parts of the Nilgiris. While the habitat of the Strobilanthes plants in the upper Nilgiris is being eroded by the Cestrum aurantiacum, they are threatened by other invasive species like Lantana camara in the lower slopes.

Egypt unveils 59 archaeological coffins

Date: 06 October 2020 Tags:
  • Archaeologists in Egypt have announced the discovery of 59 well-preserved and sealed wooden coffins that were buried more than 2,500 years ago.
  • The dramatic find was unearthed south of Cairo in the sprawling burial ground of Saqqara, the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The coffins, sealed more than 2,500 years ago, date back to the Late Period of ancient Egypt, from about the sixth or seventh century BC.

NASA spacecraft named after Kalpana Chawla lifts off

Date: 06 October 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • A commercial cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS) launched on Thursday night carrying the name of deceased NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla.
  • The 'SS Kalpana Chawla' launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
  • The spacecraft, a Northrop Grumman Cygnus, will arrive at and be attached to the space station two days later. On the NG-14 mission, the S.S. Kalpana Chawla will deliver approximately 3,630 kilograms of cargo to the station.
  • Research flying aboard the Cygnus includes the test of a biologic drug that could be used for the treatment of leukemia, a plant growth study that will cultivate radishes as a model for future crops in space, a compact toilet for astronauts to use on deep-space exploration missions.