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News in Short - 09-April-2020

Country folk singer John Prine dies of Coronavirus

Date: 09 April 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in 'Angel from Montgomery', 'Sam Stone', 'Hello in There' and scores of other indelible tunes, died at the age of 73.
  • A statement was released on his behalf to confirm John had been hospitalised after showing symptoms of Covid-19 on March 17 as his health deteriorated in the days afterwards.
  • Prine was never a major commercial success, but performed for more than four decades, often selling his records at club appearances where he mentored rising country and bluegrass musicians.

Pink supermoon

Date: 09 April 2020 Tags: Space
  • Super Pink Moon, this year's second, lit up the night skies, making it a spectacular sight to witness. This Super Pink Moon was also one of the brightest and the biggest full moons of 2020.
  • Super Pink Moon was the closest the Moon has ever got to the Earth. The average distance between the Moon and the Earth is 3,84,400 km whereas this Super Full Moon was only 35,035 km away from the Earth.
  • Supermoons aren't really super in size. They are called supermoons because compared to an average full Moon, supermoons appear around seven per cent bigger and 15 per cent brighter.

Trump threatens to freeze US funding for WHO

Date: 09 April 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut US funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO), accusing it of bias toward China during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Trump said that he was going to put a very powerful hold onfunding to WHO, the United Nations (UN) body whose biggest funding source is the United States.
  • China faces criticism in Washington, particularly from Republicans, over the way it handled the pandemic and Trump has expressed doubt over the accuracy of Chinese statistics for cases and deaths.

Pacific storm Harold moves to Fiji

Date: 09 April 2020 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • A deadly Pacific cyclone, Harold, bore down on Fiji after leaving a trail of destruction in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
  • The tropical Cyclone weakened slightly overnight from a scale-topping category five to a four, but was still lashing Fiji with winds of up to 240 kilometres per hour.
  • Despite the downgrade, Harold remains extremely dangerous and authorities have advised residents in the island’s south to shelter in churches, schools or other substantial buildings.

Indian students win MIT COVID-19 hackathon challenge

Date: 09 April 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • A team of three students from Manipal Institute of Technology which linked up with three professionals has won the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) COVID-19 Challenge event.
  • The team was declared as winner of its track – ‘Who to test and when’ under ‘How to protect vulnerable populations from the effects of COVID-19?’ There were a total of 10 tracks.
  • Throughout the hackathon, several mentors across the U.S. with diverse expertise were available to improve the idea and business proposal. The team will now have an opportunity to co-develop and implement the solution with the support of partners.