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News in Short - 10-October-2020

French court upholds order for Google to pay News companies

Date: 10 October 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A French appeals court has upheld an order for Google to pay media companies to show their news content in search results.
  • The Paris Court of Appeal rejected a challenge by the U.S. tech company, which had refused to comply with an order by France’s competition authority to negotiate with publishers and press agencies for payments to display their material.
  • The court rejected Google’s argument that the competition watchdog overstepped its authority in its April decision.

Mexican Nobel laureate Mario Molina passes away

Date: 10 October 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Mexican scientist Mario Molina, who became his country's first winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on the threat to the ozone layer from chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), died at the age of 77.
  • One of Mexico's most eminent scientists, Molina conducted some of his first experiments at a tender age in his childhood home before becoming a global authority on climate change.
  • In 2008, he was appointed a scientific adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama and also advised authorities in the Mexican capital on their efforts to reduce smog and air pollution, a chronic problem in the metropolis.
  • In 1995, Molina, Frank Sherwood Rowland, and Paul Crutzen were awarded the Nobel Prize for their work showing how CFCs used in spray cans were destroying the ozone layer.

Nobel prize for literature

Date: 10 October 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • American poet Louise Gluck won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature for works exploring family and childhood.
  • A professor of English at Yale University, Gluck first rose to critical acclaim with her 1968 collection of poems entitled "Firstborn", and went on to become one of the most celebrated poets and essayists in contemporary America.
  • Gluck becomes the 16th woman to win the literary world's most prestigious distinction since the Nobel prizes were launched more than a century ago.

Former governor of Nagaland Ashwini Kumar passes away

Date: 10 October 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director and former governor of Nagaland Ashwani Kumar passed away in Shimla. He was 69.
  • A former Director-General of Police (DGP) of Himachal Pradesh Kumar allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence.
  • He had joined the Indian Police Service in 1973 and took over the office of the Director-General of Police (DGP) of Himachal Pradesh in August 2006, a post he held till July 2008.

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan passes away

Date: 10 October 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Union minister of consumer affairs, food, and public distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan passed away at 74. He recently underwent heart surgery in a Delhi hospital and was long hospitalized.
  • During his over five-decade long career, Paswan has served as a Union minister under several prime ministers and his party has been a member of all national coalitions.
  • An eighth time Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha, Paswan was one of the country's most noted Dalit leaders.
  • He began his political career as a member of Samyukta Socialist Party (SSP). Paswan became a member of Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1969.