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News in Short - 11-November-2020

Turkish Finance minister quits

Date: 11 November 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Turkey’s finance minister announced his resignation from his position over escalating fallout over the country’s collapsing economy and plunging currency.
  • Albayrak is married to Erdogan’s elder daughter Esra and has been finance minister since 2018. He was energy minister before that between 2015 and 2018.
  • Albayrak has presided over a rough period in the Turkish economy. The country was recovering from a currency crisis in 2018 when the coronavirus pandemic hit and Albayrak’s stewardship.

Vivek Murthy named co-chair of Joe Biden's Covid-19 task force

Date: 11 November 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Indian-American physician Dr Vivek Murthy today named co-chair of the COVID-19 Advisory Board that will guide US President on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Biden has set up this coronavirus task force in a bid to counter the ongoing virus crisis in the country, whereby the highest number of fatalities across the world have been inducted.
  • Dr Vivek Murthy along with two other co-chairs would lead a team of leading public health experts. Vivek Hallegere Murthy is a physician and former vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps who served as the nineteenth Surgeon General of the United States.

Donald Trump removes defence secretary Mark Esper

Date: 11 November 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Donald Trump has fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper, further unsettling a government facing uncertainty over the US president's refusal to concede election defeat to Democrat Joe Biden.
  • Esper was Trump's fourth defense chief in four years, and his removal capped a stormy relationship between the Pentagon and the president.
  • Trump has named Christopher Miller, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center as acting defense secretary.

Microsoft includes Hindi in Text analytics service

Date: 11 November 2020 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers
  • Microsoft has added Hindi as the latest language to its Text Analytics service to help businesses strengthen customer support and analyse their feedback in Hindi.
  • This will help businesses to understand what hindi-speaking customers think about their products, services, broaden user's feedback reach, and deepen trust between brands and customers in India.
  • The Text Analytics service is powered by Microsoft Azure and uses the latest AI models. Some of the functions it provides include sentiment analysis, opinion mining, key phrase extraction, and language detection.
  • Sentiment Analysis feature evaluates text and gives confidence scores for positive, neutral, and negative sentiment in each document and sentences within a document.

Mahabali frog may become official amphibian of Kerala

Date: 11 November 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • The purple frog, one of the rarest frog species endemic to the Western Ghats, would soon be declared as Kerala’s official amphibian.
  • The purple frog, which remains underground most of the year, is found mostly in the Kerala part of the Western Ghats. It is one of the oldest surviving species of amphibians.
  • The purple frog, scientifically called Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis is listed as endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as its “Extent of Occurrence” is less than 5,000 km, in Cardamom hills.