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News in Short - 09-March-2020

Rare organic molecules on Mars

Date: 09 March 2020 Tags: Space
  • Organic molecules called thiophenes were also recently discovered on Mars, and scientists think their presence would be consistent with the presence of early life on Mars.
  • Thiophenes are found on Earth in coal, crude oil and oddly enough, in white truffles. Thiophene molecules have four carbon atoms and a sulfur atom arranged in a ring, and both carbon and sulfur, are bio-essential elements. 
  • Meteor impacts provide one possible abiotic explanation. Thiophenes can also be created through thermochemical sulfate reduction, a process that involves a set of compounds being heated to 248 degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees Celsius) or more.

Australia wins ICC Women’s T20 cup

Date: 09 March 2020 Tags: Sports
  • Australia won the ICC Women’s T20 world cup by defeating India by 85 runs in finals held in Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia.
  • This was their 5th championship title and 2nd in a row.
  • Alyssa Healy was awarded the players of the match title for her 75 runs of 39 deliveries.

Chennaiyin FC enters finals of Indian Super League

Date: 09 March 2020 Tags: Sports
  • Chennaiyin FC reached the final of the Hero Indian Super League by defeating FC Goa on a 6-5 goals aggregate.
  • Chennaiyin, who won the first leg with 4-1 result could not replicate it in the second leg of the contest and lost 4-2. But a higher aggregate helped them to reach the final.
  • Chennaiyin, who won their first title in 2015, now await the winners of the second semi-final between ATK and Bengaluru FC.

Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor arrested by ED

Date: 09 March 2020 Tags: miscellaneous
  • The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Yes Bank’s former Chairman and founder Rana Kapoor on charges of money laundering.
  • The arrest, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, comes after 30 hours of intense questioning. Kapoor is accused of receiving kickbacks from various corporate entities on disbursal of loans.
  • The ED has alleged that Kapoor received ?600 crore from Dewan Housing Finance Limited (DHFL) in one of the family ventures in exchange of the bankrupt company not repaying its loans.

India joins Indian Ocean commission

Date: 09 March 2020 Tags: International Organizations
  • India was accepted as an observer in the Indian Ocean Commision, getting a seat at the table of the organization that handles maritime governance in the western Indian Ocean.
  • India’s entry is a consequence of its deepening strategic partnership with France as well as its expanding ties with the Vanilla Islands.
  • The Commission has four observers, China, EU, Malta and International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF). The Indian Ocean Commission consists of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion (French overseas territory) and Seychelles.