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News in Short - 15-February-2020

World’s largest subterranean fish in Meghalaya

Date: 15 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • In the deep, dark caves of Meghalaya, a new cave fish, presumably the largest in the world, has been discovered.
  • The creature is basically blind and eyeless, though it has some ability to sense light.
  • The subterranean fish was found in a small underground cavity in Um Ladaw Cave, more than 300 feet below the surface in East Khasi Hills.
  • Initial investigations indicate it is a close anatomical match to tor putitora but differs in its depigmentation, lack of eyes and in its subterranean habitat.

Five day week for Maharashtra state government employees

Date: 15 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • In a bid to increase efficiency and reduce costs, the Maharashtra State government has decided to implement a five-day week for its employees from the month-end. The State Cabinet also decided to increase the working hours by 45 minutes on weekdays.
  • The five-day week has so far been implemented in Rajasthan, Bihar, Punjab, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Maharashtra’s five-day week proposal will help the government save on electricity, water, diesel vehicles and petrol.
  • The move will also allow government employees to raise their living standards by spending more time with their families.

Ajeya Warrior 2020 exercise

Date: 15 February 2020 Tags: Military Exercises
  • Indian and British armed forces began their joint 'Ajeya Warrior' exercises in the Salisbury Plain of central southern England to train troops in counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations.
  • The aim of exercises, now in its fifth edition, is to conduct training of troops in counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in both urban and semi-urban areas.

Indian origin British MP Rishi Sunak appointed Finance minister of UK

Date: 15 February 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Indian-origin politician Rishi Sunak was appointed as the UK's new finance minister by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a Cabinet reshuffle.
  • Sunak, the son-in-law of Infosys Co-founder Narayana Murthy, will join Home secretary Priti Patel on the top government bench as the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  • He is set to move into No. 11 Downing Street, next door to the Prime Minister's Office as he takes charge of the second most important government position as the finance minister.

Former TERI chief Rajinder K Pachauri passes away

Date: 15 February 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Rajinder K Pachauri, former Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, passed away. He was 79.
  • Dr. Pachauri was the founder and chief executive of The Energy Resources Institute (TERI).
  • In 2002, he was elected Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, established by the World Meteorological Organisation and the United Nations Environment Programme in 1988.