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News in Short - 08-December-2019

Actor Ron Leibman passes away

Date: 08 December 2019 Tags: Obituaries
  • Actor Ron Leibman, who appeared in movies, theatre and television passed away at 82 years.
  • Leibman played a huge variety of roles both dramatic and comic. He won an Emmy award in 1979 on the CBS series “Kaz.”
  • He was perhaps best known on television for his role on “Friends,” in which he played Dr. Leonard Green, the father of Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston.

Tripura becomes first north-eastern state to implement intra-state ration card portability

Date: 08 December 2019 Tags: Society
  • Tripura has become the first among the northeast states, and the third in the country, to operationalise intra-state ration card portability for consumers using the Public Distribution System (PDS).
  • This allows residents to use their ration cards at any fair price shop in the state.
  • Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are the two other states that have already rolled out the intra-state ration card portability scheme.

Rajya sabha discusses bill to scrap limit on poll spending

Date: 08 December 2019 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • The Rajya Sabha has discussed two private members’ Bills to do away with the cap on election spending by candidates.
  • The amendment concerns to the Representation of the People Act, 1951, which talks about doing away with the spending limit of ?70 lakh per candidate.

India one of the only two countries to reduce Malaria burden

Date: 08 December 2019 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • India was one of only two countries to reduce malaria cases between 2017 and 2018, achieving a 28 per cent reduction in such cases, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report.
  • While India had 2.6 million fewer malaria cases in 2018, Uganda had 1.5 million fewer cases last year, compared to the previous year, according to the report titled "World Malaria Report 2019".
  • In 2016, India introduced its first National Framework for Malaria Elimination (2016-2030) and has sustained progress toward defeating malaria since the plan's launch.

Air pollution can degrade health quality

Date: 08 December 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A recent study states that reduction in air pollution yields a fast and dramatic impact on health outcomes and also decreases the causes of morbidity.
  • The findings indicate almost immediate and substantial effects on health outcomes followed by reduced exposure to air pollution.
  • When emissions of the major pollutants like particulate matter (PM), sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and lead were reduced by 73% , the US gross domestic product grew by more than 250 per cent, indicating link between pollution and economy.