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News in Short - 12-May-2020

National Technology Day

Date: 12 May 2020 Tags: Days & Dates
  • National Technology Day is celebrated on May 11. The day is observed to commemorate the achievements of the science fraternity.
  • It was on this day in 1998 when India had its breakthrough moment in the field of technology by successfully carrying out nuclear tests at Pokhran.
  • A virtual conference is being organised to celebrate this day. The theme of the conference is ‘Rebooting the Economy through Science, Technology and Research Translations titled RESTART’.

Zero turnout in Poland elections

Date: 12 May 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Poland's election day on May 10 will be one for the history books as polling stations remain closed and turnout will clock in at zero due to a political crisis set off by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The country has found itself in this bizarre "Twilight Zone" predicament in which the presidential ballot had formally neither been postponed nor cancelled, because the government and opposition were unable to agree on a constitutional and safe solution.
  • The president is the current frontrunner and could secure a second term in the first round with 50 percent of the vote, but his support would likely drop once the economic effects of the pandemic are felt.

Railways to resume passenger train service

Date: 12 May 2020 Tags: Railways
  • After a gap of over a month, Indian Railways said it will resume passenger train services in a phased manner from May 12, with online bookings starting Monday.
  • To begin with, the railways will run 15 pairs of trains, which will include 30 return journeys. These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi Station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.
  • The ministry further said that it will be mandatory for the passengers to wear face cover and will have to undergo screening at the departure. Besides, only asymptomatic passengers, with confirmed tickets will be allowed to board the train.

Skirmish between Indian and Chinese troops in Sikkim

Date: 12 May 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Troops of India and China were locked in a face-off and many of them sustained minor injuries in a physical combat near Naku La in North Sikkim sector along the Sino-India border.
  • In 2017, India and China were involved in a 73-day standoff after Chinese military undertook a road construction in Doklam near Trijunction of India-China-Bhutan border.
  • That standoff had caused a deep stress on relations between India and China before it was resolved through the diplomatic channel and after the Chinese army stopped the road construction, following which, India withdrew its troops.

New species of fish found in Western Ghats

Date: 12 May 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • Scientists from the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, have unravelled the diversity in the filament barbs of the Western Ghats.
  • Filament barbs are a group of small freshwater fishes found in the rivers of peninsular India and Sri Lanka, where nine species are known under the genus Dawkinsia.
  • The research has also helped to stabilise the identity of Dawkinsiaassimilis and Dawkinsialepida, the species of filament barbs described by British ichthyologists in the 1800s.