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News in Short - 08-July-2020

China’s new claim in Bhutan

Date: 08 July 2020 Tags: India & World
  • China has refused to let go of its claim in far-eastern Bhutan. China has included Bhutan’s “eastern sectors” in the boundary dispute between the two countries for the first time.
  • Beijing made this claim while objecting to a request to develop the Sakteng wildlife sanctuary in eastern Bhutan’s Trashigang district.
  • The sanctuary, located in the easternmost part of Bhutan, covers 650 sq km, and has not been disputed by China in the past.
  • There hasn’t been any meeting between the two countries since 2017 when the Doklam border stand-off put it off.

Legendary musician Ennio Morricone passes away

Date: 08 July 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Ennio Morricone, one of the world's best-known and most prolific film composers, died in Rome at the age of 91.
  • He composed the music for about 500 films, including his old childhood friend Sergio Leone's 1966 spaghetti western The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, and Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight for which he won an Oscar in 2016.
  • His film career began in 1961, with a collaboration with director Luciano Salce in Mission Ultra-secrete before going to gain fame with the score for A Fistful Of Dollars starring Clint Eastwood in 1964.

Kuwait approves expat quota bill

Date: 08 July 2020 Tags: India & World
  • Lakhs Indians may be forced to leave Kuwait as its National Assembly committee has approved a draft expat quota bill seeking to reduce the number of foreign workers in the Gulf country.
  • The National Assembly's legal and legislative committee has determined that the expat quota bill is constitutional.
  • According to the bill, Indians should not exceed 15 percent of the population. This could result in 800,000 Indians leaving Kuwait, as the Indian community constitutes the largest expat community in the country, totaling 1.45 million.
  • Last month, Kuwait's Prime minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah proposed reducing the number of expats from 70 percent to 30 percent of the population.

Gagandeep Kang quits top research institute

Date: 08 July 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Gagandeep Kang, Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, resigned from her position at the institute.
  • She is the first Indian woman to be elected as Fellow, Royal Society, London, and was instrumental in the development of Rotavac.
  • Dr. Kang is also vice-chairperson, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness, a global consortium involved with facilitating promising vaccine candidates for COVID-19.
  • She was the head of a group constituted by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and the National COVID-19 taskforce to look at prospective indigenous vaccine candidates out of India.

US to withdraw visas for foreign students whose classes shift online

Date: 08 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The United States said it would not allow foreign students to remain in the country if all of their classes are moved online in the fall over the coronavirus crisis.
  • The State Department said it will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will US Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.
  • A number of schools are looking at a hybrid model of in-person and online instruction but some, including Harvard University, have said all classes will be conducted online.