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News in Short - 10-March-2020

Britain’s nuclear fusion program at risk

Date: 10 March 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A question mark is hanging over the future of a pioneering, British-led project to build a nuclear fusion reactor, with no guarantee of ongoing funding after the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.
  • An Australian startup company called HB11 claims to have perfected a method which would revolutionise current nuclear fusion technology with the prize of creating atomic energy without any of the risks associated with traditional nuclear power stations.
  • This is currently the only experiment which can operate with the deuterium-tritium fuel mix which will be used for commercial fusion power.

Safety zone protects giant moons from fatal plunge

Date: 10 March 2020 Tags: Space
  • Researchers have found that dust in the circumplanetary disk can create a "safety zone," which keeps the moon from falling into the planet as the system evolves.
  • Astronomers believe that many of the moons we see in the Solar System, especially large moons, formed along with the parent planet.
  • Simulations show that there is a "safety zone" where a moon is pushed away from the planet. In this area, warmer gas inside the orbit pushes the satellite outward and prevents it from falling into the planet.

Women’s participation in workforce sees decline

Date: 10 March 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • The latest National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) data for 2017-18, yet to be officially released, shows female participation in the workforce has dec­lined further to 23.3 per cent.
  • The new data raises questions on why women are not participating in the workforce in greater numbers when in most examinations for higher studies or even competitive jobs they seem to outscore male counterparts.
  • Though the number of women in employment has risen, a rec­ent trend is that a larger number don’t ret­urn to work after taking maternity leave. Aro­und 40 per cent opt to quit, bringing down their share.

Former J&K minister Altaf Bukhari launches political party

Date: 10 March 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Former PDP leader Altaf Bukhari launched the Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP), as he vowed to work towards restoring J&K's statehood and ensure domicile rights of people in jobs and education.
  • Bukhari said that the party will also seek dignified return of Kashmiri Pandits, empowerment of youths and women, and achieving sustained and regionally balanced economic growth.
  • Among the prominent politicians set to join Bukhari are Vijay Bakaya, Rafi Mir (PDP), Usman Majid (former Congress MLA), Ghulam Hassan Mir (former PDP leader), Javed Hussain Beg, Dilawar Mir, Noor Mohammed, Zaffar Manhas, Abdul Majid Paddar, Abdul Rahim Rather (PDP), Gagan Bhagat (BJP) and Manjeet Singh and Vikram Malhotra from the Congress.

Former Union Law minister Hansraj Bharadwaj passes away

Date: 10 March 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Former Union Law Minister and Congress veteran Hans Raj Bhardwaj died after a cardiac arrest. He was 83. 
  • He was the Law Minister for 14 years and served under the prime ministership of Rajiv Gandhi, Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh.
  • During his stint as the Governor of Karnataka between 2009 and 2014, he sternly dealt with the mining mafia active in the state.