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News in Short - 09-September-2020

Typhoon Haishen in Japan

Date: 09 September 2020 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated out of the path of a powerful typhoon that made a landfall in south-western Japan.
  • It's the second powerful storm to hit the region in a week. Typhoon Maysak, the equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane, followed a similar path to Haishen.
  • Haishen hit the Ryukyu Islands off Japan's south-westerncoat, bringing strong winds and heavy rain to the region and knocking out power to thousands of homes.
  • The storm is currently near Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima prefecture and will track north toward the west coast of Kyushu Island .
  • The storm is then expected to continue on its path north and impact the Korean Peninsula in the next 36 hours.

Russian vaccine to be tested in India

Date: 09 September 2020 Tags: Biotechnology
  • Clinical trials for the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will be held in India this month, the chief of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said in an interview.
  • Besides India, clinical trials will also begin this month in Saudi Arabia, UAE, the Philippines, and Brazil and the preliminary results of this phase (Phase 3) will be published in October-November.
  • The RDIF CEO denied Russia had stolen the vaccine and claimed Gamaleya Center had modified an existing platform developed in 2015 for Ebola fever, which went through all phases of clinical trials and was successfully used in Africa in 2017.

UK threatens to undercutBrexit pact

Date: 09 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government was reportedly planning new legislation to override parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement it signed in January.
  • That could potentially jeopardise the whole treaty and create frictions in British-ruled Northern Ireland where special arrangements had been made to avoid a hard border with Ireland to the south that could be detrimental to a peace agreement.
  • Britain left the EU on January 31 but talks on a new trade deal before the end of a status-quo transition arrangement in December have snagged on state aid rules and fishing.

Former chairman of Ashok Leyland, Ram Shahaney passes away

Date: 09 September 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Ram J Shahaney (89), who played a major role in the growth of Ashok Leyland Ltd during his more than three-decade stint, passed away in Chennai.
  • Under his stewardship, Ashok Leyland grew manifold in scale and scope into a multi-location truck and bus behemoth in India.
  • Shahaney, who came from Jessop & Co in Kolkata, took charge as the first Indian Managing Director of Ashok Leyland in 1978.
  • Shahaney was credited to have sowed the seeds for technology at Ashok Leyland as the commercial vehicle company successfully introduced products and services that have become industry norms.

Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy passes away

Date: 09 September 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy passed away in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh after suffering a massive cardiac arrest. He was 74.
  • Reddy made his silver screen debut when he was in his 40s. He was working as a sub-inspector of police when he got an opportunity to act in Venkatesh’s 1988 film Brahma Puthrudu.
  • Even as he became a most sought-after actor to play villainous roles in Telugu cinema, he was also equally good at doing comedy roles.