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News in Short - 15-September-2020

Shane Warne appointed as Brand ambassador and mentor of Rajasthan Royals

Date: 15 September 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Spin legend Shane Warne is back at Rajasthan Royals as the team's brand ambassador and mentor.
  • He will be joining the team in the United Arab Emirates soon, ahead of the Indian Premier League - which begins on September 19. As a team mentor, Warne will work alongside head coach Andrew McDonald. 
  • He will also be reunited with Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket at Rajasthan Royals, who was with Warne during the inaugural season and together won the tournament back in 2008.

Special Security Force in Uttar Pradesh

Date: 15 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Uttar Pradesh government said that a special security force will be constituted, which will have the powers to search without any warrant.
  • This comes after an Allahabad High Court expressed its displeasure over the security at civil courts in December 2019.
  • Members of this force can arrest any person without the orders of a magistrate or a warrant.Five battalions will be constituted in the first phase, and will be headed by an additional director general (ADG)-ranked officer.
  • The basis of this force is an order of the High Court, which had expressed that there should be a specialised force for civil courts.

Turkish coffee in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list

Date: 15 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Turkish Coffee, which made it to the UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013, is celebrated in literature and songs and is an important part of ceremonies and festivals.
  • It is traditionally served in individual porcelain cups called kahvefinjan?. Sometimes the coffee may be flavoured with cardamom or other spices and served with a small piece of Turkish delight.
  • To make Turkish Coffee, Arabica beans are ground manually and boiled with water and sugar in a special pot called cezve in Turkey and ibrik elsewhere.

Oracle wins bid to partner with TikTok in US

Date: 15 September 2020 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers
  • Microsoft lost a bid to acquire TikTok in the US after the Chinese owner of the video-sharing platform chose Oracle to be its technology partner for its American operations.
  •  US President Donald Trump had said that the popular app will be banned in the US if it isn’t sold to an American company before September 20.
  • It was unclear whether TikTok choosing Oracle as a technology partner would mean that the multinational computer technology corporation would also take a majority ownership stake of the social media app.

Dominic Thiem wins US open title

Date: 15 September 2020 Tags: Sports
  • Austrian Dominic Thiem produced a historic comeback to beat Alexander Zverev in a nervy five-setter and win the US Open for his first Grand Slam title.
  • It marked the first time in the US Open's Open era history that a player had recovered from losing the opening two sets to win the title. It was also the first time the final had been settled by a tie-break.
  • The title is the 27-year-old Thiem's maiden Grand Slam trophy after three previous defeats in finals of tennis majors. Thiem was runner-up at the Australian Open earlier this year and also lost in the last-two showdowns at the French Open in 2018 and 2019.