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News in Short - 08-September-2020

Government suspends FCRA of 6 Christian groups

Date: 08 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Union Home Ministry has suspended license of 6 NGOs for violating rules under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act.
  • An FCRA licence is mandatory for a non-profit organisation to receive foreign funds. At least two U.S.-based Christian donors are also under the Ministry’s scanner for funding NGOs and groups.
  • The Bajrang Dal had alleged that the NGOs were performing religious conversion under the guise of philanthropy and had complained to the authorities.

Prehistoric megashark with large fin

Date: 08 September 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • The entire size of a prehistoric mega-shark made famous in Hollywood films has been revealed in a new study.
  • Previously only the length of the megalodon had been estimated, but a team of researchers have determined the size of the rest of its body including fins as large as an entire adult human.
  • The great white shark, depicted in 1975 movie hit Jaws, is a distant descendant of the megalodon and often measures more than six metres in length.
  • This means an adult human could stand on the back of the shark and be about the same height as the dorsal fin.

Russian vaccine shows signs of immune response

Date: 08 September 2020 Tags: Biotechnology
  • Russian scientists have belatedly published first results from early trials into the experimental Sputnik V vaccine, which received government approval last month
  • Developers of the vaccine said it appeared to be safe and to prompt an antibody response in all 40 people tested in the second phase of the study within three weeks.
  • However, the authors noted that participants were only followed for 42 days, the study sample was small and there was no placebo or control vaccine used.
  • One part of the safety trial included only men and the study mostly involved people in their 20s and 30s, so it is unclear how the vaccine might work in older populations most at risk of the more severe complications of COVID-19.

Moplah rioters removed from list of freedom fighters

Date: 08 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A report submitted to the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) in 2016 had recommended the de-listing of Wagon Tragedy victims and Malabar Rebellion leaders Ali Musliyar, Variamkunnath Ahmad Haji, and the latter’s two brothers from a book on martyrs of India’s freedom struggle.
  • C.I. Issac, an ICHR member, had submitted the 2016 report to the council when the fifth volume covering martyrs of freedom struggle from south India came up for review.
  • The report describes Haji as the “notorious Moplah Riot leader” and a “hardcore criminal,” who killed innumerable innocent Hindu men, women, and children during the 1921 Moplah Riot, and deposited their bodies in a well.
  • The review report becomes relevant since the ICHR recently constituted a three-member committee, including Mr. Issac, to review the entries in the dictionary, including those of Haji and Ali Musliyar.

Germany threatens Russia with sanctions

Date: 08 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany was planning to discuss possible sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
  • Germany, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, is under pressure to act strictly with Russia over Navalny's poisoning. Navalny fell ill on a flight last month and was treated in a Siberian hospital before being evacuated to Berlin.
  • Earlier this week, the German government announced that Navalny had been poisoned with the military-grade nerve agent Novichok, the same chemical weapon British authorities say was used against Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in 2018.