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News in Short - 13-February-2020

Low Vitamin D during pregnancy can result in APHD in offspring

Date: 13 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Prenatal factors such as vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy, can influence the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), say researchers.
  • The findings demonstrated an association between low maternal vitamin D level in early to mid-pregnancy and an elevated risk for diagnosed ADHD in the offspring.
  • In the study, the researchers used the exceptionally comprehensive Finnish Maternity Cohort (FMC) consisting of approximately 2 million serum specimens collected during the first and early second trimester of pregnancy.

Mysterious radio signals from deep space

Date: 13 February 2020 Tags: Space
  • Scientists claim to have found a radio signal from deep space that repeats every 16 days.
  • Known as the Fast Radio Burst (FRB), it sends the radio wave bursts for four days, stops for 12 days, and then repeats the cycle.
  • The study also claims that this pattern is a first such detected periodicity of any kind in an FRB source. 
  • The FRB has been traced to a galaxy called SDSS J015800.28+654253.0, which is 500 million light-years away from Earth. In spite of the distance, it is the closest FRB detected so far.

MakeMyTrip founder Deep Kalra resigns as CEO

Date: 13 February 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Deep Kalra, group chief executive of Nasdaq-listed MakeMyTrip, has stepped down, with co-founder Rajesh Magow, who was heading its India business, taking over Kalra’s role.
  • Kalra, a St Stephen’s College and IIM-Ahmedabad alumni, will now serve as executive chairman.
  • The company, founded by Kalra in 2000, was among the earliest cohort of Indian consumer internet companies to go public when it made its $70 million debut on the Nasdaq in 2010.

Iran fails to launch satellite successfully

Date: 13 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Iranian government officials admitted that an attempt to place a small Earth-imaging satellite into orbit was unsuccessful, the fourth consecutive launch failure for the country’s space program.
  • A Simorgh rocket was launched from the Imam Khomeini Spaceport, located in Semnan province in the north-central part of the country.
  • But the Simorgh booster did not place its payload, an Earth observation satellite named Zafar 1,  into orbit as planned.

Hornbill festival in Tripura

Date: 13 February 2020 Tags: Festivals
  • In a bid to boost tourism, Tripura government inaugurated the state’s first-ever Hornbill Festival at Baramura Eco Park.
  • Baramura was renamed as ‘Hathai Kotor’, literally translating to a big hill in Kokborok. The hill is known for its Oriental Pied Hornbills, commonly found in Nagaland.
  • While Nagaland’s Kisama village is known for conserving hornbill birds, the local community of Tripura’s Baramura Hills also has a traditional culture of conserving these birds.