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News in Short - 12-April-2020

Unusual mini ozone hole over Arctic

Date: 12 April 2020 Tags: Climate Change
  • The European Space Agency has revealed, a new unusual hole in the ozone layer has started to form over the Arctic.
  • According to ESA, the ozone layer over the North Pole has been depleted plenty of times in the past. Scientists using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have noticed a strong reduction of ozone concentrations over the Arctic.
  • Unusual atmospheric conditions, including freezing temperatures in the stratosphere, have led ozone levels to plummet—causing a ‘mini-hole' in the ozone layer.

Worldwide Coronavirus death rates cross 1 lakh

Date: 12 April 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • The number of deaths linked to the novel coronavirus reached 100,000, as the tally of cases passed 1.6 million.
  • The first death came in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on January 9. It took 83 days for the first 50,000 deaths to be recorded and just eight more for the toll to climb to 100,000.
  • The count has been accelerating at a daily rate of between 6% and 10% over the past week, and there were almost 7,300 deaths globally reported on Thursday.
  • The death count now compares with that of London's Great Plague in the mid-1660s, which killed an estimated 100,000 people, about a third of the city's population at the time.

Crime rates fall around the world

Date: 12 April 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • Chicago’s crime declined 10% after the pandemic struck, a trend playing out globally as cities report stunning crime drops in the weeks since measures were put into place to slow the spread of the virus.
  • Much of the decrease has taken place because of tougher security policies and gang truces. But the imposition of near-total limits on movement is likely driving it down further.
  • In South Africa, police reported a stunning decline during their first week of lockdown measures.
  • El Salvador reported an average of two killings a day last month, down from a peak of 600 a day a few years ago.

Retired judge V. Kanagaraj appointed Andhra Pradesh chief election commissioner

Date: 12 April 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Madras High Court retired judge V. Kanagaraj has been appointed as the State Election Commissioner (SEC) of Andhra Pradesh through the ordinance route.
  • Justice Kanagaraj served as Madras HC judge for nine years and had several landmark judgments to his credit particularly in cases related to the education sector and women and children safety.
  • The government issued ordinance No.5 of 2020, facilitating the appointment of a retired judge of High Court as SEC for three years and immediate removal of the incumbent Mr. Ramesh Kumar.

Cyclone tracker tool used for tracking COVID-19

Date: 12 April 2020 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • Geographic information system (GIS) used to track cyclones, floods and other natural disasters is now being used by some states to understand the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented challenges presented by it.
  • To tackle the pandemic, the company has created a special ArcGIS Hub coronavirus response template that can be plugged into its existing products like the ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro.
  • The ESRI template lets authorities create dashboards and interpret the data overlaying them on maps. On top of this, analytics can be run showing what is contributing, for instance, to higher rates of fatality.