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News in Short - 14-January-2021

Google uses quantum computing to develop medicines

Date: 14 January 2021 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers
  • Google’s Quantum AI division has partnered with German pharmaceutical company, Boehringer Ingelheim, to develop new drugs using quantum computing.
  • While Boehringer Ingelheim will focus on computer-aided drug design and in silico modelling, Google will supply quantum computers and algorithms.
  • The idea is to use quantum computing to solve complex challenges during the early stages of pharmaceutical R&D, which today’s computers are unable to resolve.
  • Quantum computing has the potential to accurately simulate and compare much larger molecules than currently possible. This will create new opportunities for pharmaceutical innovation and therapies for a range of diseases.

Tesla sets up office in India

Date: 14 January 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Elon Musk's Tesla has set up its office in Bengaluru, ending speculations of whether or not it would come to India and where in the country.
  • The Registrar of Companies (RoC) shows that the company is registered in the name of Tesla India Motors and Energy Private Limited at an address on Lavelle Road in Bengaluru's Central Business District (CBD).
  • According to the RoC, the entity is registered as an unlisted private company with an authorised capital of ? 15 lakh and paid-up capital of ? 1 lakh.

China withdraws troops from Ladakh

Date: 14 January 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has pulled back at least 10,000 soldiers from depth areas in the Ladakh theatre to rear positions amidst the ongoing border standoff between India and China.
  • But despite withdrawing around 10,000 troops, the PLA’s frontline deployments remain unchanged. The withdrawal of troops appears to be linked to extreme weather conditions in the sector.
  • The reduction of 10,000 troops has happened over the last week to 10 days. The Indian army is closely monitoring the developments in the Ladakh theatre as a re-induction of troops by the PLA in the sector cannot be ruled out.

US puts Cuba in state sponsor of terrorism list

Date: 14 January 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The US State Department put Cuba back on a blacklist designating it a “state sponsor of terrorism”. The US believes Cuba is harbouring US fugitives as well as its support for Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.
  • Cuba was removed from the list in 2015 by then-president Barack Obama as he moved to normalize relations with the country.
  • The reinstated sanctions also include major restrictions barring most travel between the US and Cuba.
  • The sanctions also curb money transfers between the two countries, hitting hard the incomes of Cubans who have relatives in the US.
  • Only three other countries are currently on the “state sponsor of terrorism” list, including North Korea, Syria, and Iran.

Supreme court forms panel to study farm laws

Date: 14 January 2021 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The centre has temporarily suspended the implementation of the three farm laws citing opposition from a section of farmers.
  • The laws whose implementation has been suspended are the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm.
  • The stay means the Centre cannot, for the time being, proceed with any executive action to enforce the three laws.
  • The court formed a four-member committee of experts to listen to the grievances of the farmers on the farm laws and the views of the government and make recommendations.
  • The committee consists of Bhupinder Singh Mann, National President, Bhartiya Kisan Union, and All India Kisan Coordination Committee; Parmod Kumar Joshi, agricultural economist, Director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute; Ashok Gulati, agricultural economist and former chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices; and Anil Ghanwat, President, Shetkari Sanghatana.