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News in Short - 12-December-2020

Antoine Griezmann cuts ties withHuawei citing exploitation of Uighur Muslims

Date: 12 December 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • France and Barcelona footballer Antoine Griezmann, who has been an ambassador for tech giant Huawei Technologies, has cut commercial ties with the company, citing China's treatment of Uighur Muslims.
  • The United Nations estimates that more than a million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims have been detained in China's Xinjiang province. China has denied any abuses and says its camps in the region provide vocational training and help fight extremism.
  • The striker's decision followed a report that alleged that Huawei had tested software capable of sending automated alerts when surveillance cameras recognised members of the mainly Muslim minority Uighur group.

Indian- American Raja Chari among potential Mars mission astronauts

Date: 12 December 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • NASA has named a team of 18 astronauts, who were shortlisted for Artemis mission of NASA, a manned moon exploration mission.
  • Raja Jon Vurputoor Chari, 43, a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, MIT, and US Naval Test Pilot School, is the only Indian-American in the list.
  • He was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. He reported for duty in August 2017 and having completed the initial astronaut candidate training is now eligible for a mission assignment.
  • The agency's modern lunar exploration programme will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 and establish a sustainable human lunar presence by the end of the decade.

Israel and Morocco to normalise ties

Date: 12 December 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Morocco has become the fourth Arab nation this year to recognise the Jewish-majority state, a deal brokered by US.
  • Morocco has now become the fourth Arab nation to resume ties with Israel. The development comes as the US is expanding the number of countries under the “Abraham Accords”, as part of which the United Arab Emirates and Israel resumed bilateral ties earlier in the year, with a series of trade and technology agreements.
  • Bahrain and Sudan have followed the UAE, becoming the second and third Arab countries respectively to resume ties with Israel.

Pramila Jayapal elected as chair of US Congressional Progressive Caucus

Date: 12 December 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has been elected as the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), making her one of the most powerful US lawmakers for the 117th Congress.
  • Ms. Jayapal has said that the caucus is going to advance racial justice, tackle poverty and inequality, and help transform the country.
  • The Executive Board of CPC is made up of 26 members — one Chair, one Deputy Chair, one Whip, two Chair Emeriti, two Special Order Hour Conveners, ten Vice Chairs, one Executive Board Member At-Large, and eight Deputy Whips.
  • The CPC Executive Board is representative of the diversity within the caucus — more than half of Executive Board members are people of colour and more than half are women.

Italy’s World Cup hero Paolo Rossi passes away

Date: 12 December 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Paolo Rossi, Italy's goalscoring hero from their victorious 1982 World Cup campaign, has died at the age of 64.
  • He was banned for three years for his part in the betting scandal, but returned to win the World Cup in Spain and the Ballon D'Or the same year.
  • Rossi scored 20 goals in 48 appearances for Italy, and more than 100 Serie A goals with Italian clubs including Juventus, Milan, and Verona. In the 1982 World Cup he was top scorer with six goals.