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News in Short - 12-April-2021

NASA to land first person of colour on moon

Date: 12 April 2021 Tags: Space
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will land the first person of colour on the moon as part of an international spaceflight program called Artemis.
  • Taking a giant step for diversity, the Biden-Harris Administration seeks to land the first woman and the next man on the lunar South Pole by 2024.
  • While the first cadre of astronauts for the Artemis program was announced in December, the first two crew members for Artemis III in 2024 have yet to be announced.
  • The initial group of 18 represents a diverse team of astronauts, including those new to NASA and veterans of spaceflight. The Artemis astronauts also include Indian American Raja Chari.

Chinese regulator fines Alibaba for anti-monopoly violations

Date: 12 April 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Chinese regulators have fined Alibaba Group Holding Ltd 18 billion yuan ($2.75billion) for violating anti-monopoly rules and abusing its dominant market position.
  • The penalty comes amid an unprecedented regulatory crackdown on the home-grown technology conglomerates in the last few months that have weighed on company shares.
  • Alibaba's billionaire founder Jack Ma's business empire has been particularly put under intense scrutiny after his stinging criticism of China's regulatory system in late October.
  • China's State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) announced it launched an antitrust probe into the company. That came after authorities halted a planned $37 billion IPO from Ant Group, Alibaba's internet finance arm.

American rapper-actorDMX dies

Date: 12 April 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Famous rapper and artist DMX passed away after cardiac arrest. He was 50. He was suffering from drug abuse.
  • He first appeared in the 1998 film Belly and appeared in 2000′s Romeo Must Die with Jet Li and Aaliyah. DMX and Aaliyah teamed up for Come Back in One Piece on the film’s soundtrack.
  • The rapper also starred in 2001′s Exit Wounds with Steven Seagal and 2003′s Cradle 2 the Grave with Li.

Archaeologists discover pharaonic city in Egypt

Date: 12 April 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed a 3000-year-old lost city, complete with mud-brick houses, artefacts, and tools from pharaonic times.
  • The Egyptian mission had discovered the mortuary city in the southern province of Luxor. It dates back to what is considered a golden era of ancient Egypt, the period under King Amenhotep III of the 18th dynasty.
  • The city is built on the western bank of the Nile River and was once the largest administrative and industrial settlement of the pharaonic empire.
  • The city is 3000 years old, dates to the reign of Amenhotep III, and continued to be used by Tutankhamun and Ay.

Prince Philip of UK passes away

Date: 12 April 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Prince Philip, the longest serving royal consort in British history who was a constant presence at Queen Elizabeth II’s side for decades, died aged 99.
  • The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is a profound loss for the 94-year-old monarch, who once described him as her “strength and stay all these years”.
  • The former Navy commander devoted much of his life as the Queen’s husband to charity work.
  • Flags were lowered to half-mast on royal and government buildings and a notice announcing his death pinned to the gates of Buckingham Palace.