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News in Short - 13-March-2020

Karnataka declares Coronavirus as State epidemic

Date: 13 March 2020 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • The Karnataka government issued a notification with temporary regulations regarding the novel coronavirus, naming it 'The Karnataka Epidemic Diseases, Covid-19 regulations 2020.'
  • The state government asked the public to take special measures to prevent outbreak of the disease. It also decided to postpone all international conferences in the state with immediate effect till further notice.
  • This decision by the government comes on the day when a 76-year-old lost his life in a suspected case of coronavirus, which, if confirmed, would make him the first in the country to die to succumb to the infection.

Iron raining exoplanet

Date: 13 March 2020 Tags: Space
  • Astronomers have found an ultra-hot gas giant exoplanet where droplets of iron rain from the sky at night.
  • The exoplanet is known as WASP-76b and it was found orbiting a star in the Pisces constellation 640 light-years away from Earth. It's blasted by thousands of times the radiation that Earth receives from the sun.
  • Astronomers used the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope and its ESPRESSO instrument, a ground-based telescope in Chile's Atacama Desert, to observe the exoplanet and peer into its atmosphere.

Javelin thrower Shivpal qualifies for Olympics

Date: 13 March 2020 Tags: Sports
  • Indian javelinthrower Shivpal Singh has qualified for his maiden Olympic Games in Tokyo this year by breaching the qualification mark at an event in Potchefstroom in South Africa.
  • Shivpal became the second Indianjavelin thrower after star athlete Neeraj Chopra to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
  • The 24-year-old Shivpal crossed the qualifying standard of 85m by hurling the spear to a distance of 85.47m in his fifth attempt to win gold in the ACNW Meeting.

Veteran Bengali actor Santu Mukhopadhyay passes away

Date: 13 March 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Veteran Bengali actor Santu Mukhopadhyay who was known for his works in films such as 'Sansar Simante' and 'Bhalobasa Bhalobasa' died in Kolkata. He was 69.
  • Mukhopadhyay showed his class when he was in early 20s in films like 'Sansar Simante' and 'Raja' by Tarun Majumder and Tapan Sinha respectively.
  • His other memorable works spanning a period of over four decades included 'Bhalobasa Bhalobasa', 'Hemanter Pakhi', 'Dadamoni', 'Baikunther Will'.

Congress party appoints new state chiefs

Date: 13 March 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Congress party has appointed new state party chief for Karnataka and Delhi. Senior leader D K Shivakumar has been appointed Chief of Karnataka Congress committee and former Delhi MLA Anil Chaudhary as chief of Delhi unit.
  • Mr. Shivakumar replaces Dinesh Gundu Rao as the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee chief. This ends a long-drawn power tussle between him and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
  • In Delhi, Mr. Chaudhary will lead the party now. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Subash Chopra had resigned after the party scored a zero in the recent Assembly elections.