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News in Short - 09-August-2020

Rajapaksa's SLLP secures victory in Sri Lanka polls

Date: 09 August 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Sri Lanka’s ruling party secured a two-thirds majority in the recent parliamentary election, giving the Rajapaksa brothers the power they sought to amend the Constitution.
  • The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) obtained nearly 60% of the total votes polled, almost equalling the Rajapaksa-led front’s biggest mandate yet in 2010, when it peaked in popularity on the heels of ending the civil war.
  • The SLPP, one of Sri Lanka’s newest parties founded by the Rajapaksas, won 145 seats in the 225-member legislature. With the assured support of at least five allies, the party can easily reach the 150-seat mark needed for two-thirds support.

US imposes sanctions on Hong Kong officials

Date: 09 August 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, and 10 other senior officials in Hong Kong and mainland China over their roles in cracking down on political dissent.
  • The move comes after China announced that it was imposing a national security law in Hong Kong to grant security agencies expansive powers.
  • The sanctions are the first against officials in Hong Kong and mainland China over suppression of pro-democracy protests and dissent in the territory. Last month, President Trump signed an executive order seeking to punish China for its repression in Hong Kong.

Mauritiusdeclares emergency for fuel leak

Date: 09 August 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius declared a "state of environmental emergency" after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel.
  • After the cracks in the hull were detected, a salvage team that had been working on the ship was evacuated. Some 400 sea booms have been deployed in an effort to contain the spill.
  • Government statements this week said the ship ran aground July 25 and the National Coast Guard received no distress call.A police inquiry has been opened into issues such as possible negligence.
  • In case of major spills, it said, assistance could be obtained from other Indian Ocean countries or from international oil spill response organizations.

First Kisan rail flagged off

Date: 09 August 2020 Tags: Railways
  • Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomarflagged off the country’s first Kisan Rail train from Deolali in Nashik to Danapur in Bihar, through video-conferencing.
  • Kisan Rail is a weekly service that will depart from Deolali every Friday at 11 a.m. and reach Danapur the next day at 6.45 p.m. On the return journey, the train will depart from Danapur every Sunday at 12 p.m. and reach Deolali at 7.45 p.m. the next day.
  • The Kisan Rail will provide good market to the farmers for their produce. Aggressive marketing is being done by the Central Railways in coordination with local farmers, businessmen, and the APMC to ensure farmers get maximum benefit.

Air India express flight from Dubai crashes in Kozhikode

Date: 09 August 2020 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • The Air India Express flight returning from Dubai overshot the runway of the Calicut International Airport in heavy rain.
  • The flight was carrying 190 passengers and crew. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DCGA) said the plane fell in to a valley and broke in to two after skidding off the end of the runway.
  • This was India's worst passenger aircraft accident since 2010. The flight was a repatriation flight operated by the government to bring citizens home due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DCGA) said the plane fell in to a valley and broke in to two after skidding off the end of the runway.