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News in Short - 16-November-2020

EAM S Jaishankar participates in East Asia summit

Date: 16 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar participated in the East Asia summit held virtually. He stressed importance of respecting territorial integrity.
  • The summit was chaired by Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc in his capacity as chair of the ASEAN and all the EAS member nations attended it. India is generally represented at the summit by the Prime Minister.
  • The East Asia Summit is a premier forum in the Asia-Pacific region dealing with issues relating to security and defence. Since its inception in 2005, it has been playing a significant role in the strategic, geopolitical, and economic evolution of East Asia.
  • Apart from the 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member states, East Asia Summit includes India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States, and Russia.

Senior PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig quits party

Date: 16 November 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Founder member of PDP Muzaffar Hussain Baig resigned from the party following a disagreement over seat sharing for the forthcoming District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Baig has served as Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state, which was split into two Union Territories and its special status abrogated by the Centre on August 5 last year.
  • Baig had faced flak from his own party members after he said that abrogation of Article 370 was a result of hollowness displayed by his own party by challenging authorities.

Nobel Laureate Masatoshi Koshiba dies

Date: 16 November 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Japanese astrophysicist Masatoshi Koshiba, a co-winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in physics for confirming the existence of elementary particles called neutrinos, has died. He was 94.
  • Koshiba devised the construction of giant underground chambers to detect neutrinos, elusive particles that stream from the sun.
  • Neutrinos offer a unique view of the sun’s inner workings because they are produced in its heart by the same process that causes the sun to shine.
  • Koshiba’s contribution led to subsequent discoveries. His student, TakaakiKajita, won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2015 for research at the Super-Kamiokande facility that found neutrinos have mass.

Lonar lake declared a Ramsar site

Date: 16 November 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • The meteor lake at Lonar in Buldhana district has been declared a Ramsar site, a conservation status conferred by International Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
  • The lake is part of Lonar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is the second Ramsar site in the state after Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary in Nashik district, which was declared a Ramsar site in January.
  • The Lonar lake, situated in the Deccan Plateau’s volcanic basalt rock, was created by the impact of a meteor 35,000 to 50,000 years ago. The water in the lake is highly saline and alkaline, containing special microorganisms like anaerobes, Cyanobacteria and phytoplankton.

WHO to set up centre for traditional medicine in India

Date: 16 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The World Health Organisation announced that it will set up a Global Centre for Traditional Medicine at two centres in India.
  • The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA), Jamnagar (Gujarat) and the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur (Rajasthan) are both premier institutions of Ayurveda in the country.
  • This new centre will support WHO’s efforts to implement the WHO traditional medicine strategy 2014-2023 which aims to support countries in developing policies and action plans to strengthen the role of traditional medicine.