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News in Short - 18-February-2020

‘Sex and the City' actress Lynn Cohen dies

Date: 18 February 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Veteran screen and stage actress Lynn Cohen, who was best known for playing Magda in the hit TV series Sex and the City and its two film versions, has passed away. She was 86.
  • She had featured in many TV shows like Damages and Law & Order. She also made guest appearances in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, God Friended Me, Chicago Med and Master of None.
  • As for films, Cohen co-starred as Golda Meir in the Oscar-nominated Steven Spielberg film "Munich". She also appeared in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and more.

Telangana set to pass resolution against CAA

Date: 18 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Telangana government has decided to pass a resolution in the assembly against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
  • Five states, Kerala, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Union Territory Puducherry have already passed resolutions against the law.
  • It also requested Centre to abrogate the citizenship legislation as it will lead to discrimination on the basis of religion while granting citizenship and, thereby, jeopardise secularism envisaged in the Constitution.

Women can be given permanent commission in Army: Supreme court

Date: 18 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Supreme Court ruled that all women officers shall be considered for permanent commission and will also be eligible for command posting on par with male officers.
  • The court granted three months time to Centre to implement its order and slammed the Centre for denying equal opportunity to women officers by raising the ground of social norms, physiological limitations and family obligation associated with women.
  • The SC said that the arguments of the Centre raising the issue of physiological limitations and social norms to deny opportunity to women officers is disturbing and cannot be accepted as women officers have performed exceptionally well and brought laurels.

‘Queen of Katwe' actress Nikita Peal Waligwa dies

Date: 18 February 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Nikita Pearl Waligwa, a Ugandan student, who played a memorable role in a 2016 Disney film about a local chess prodigy, has died at the age of 15.
  • Queen of Katwe follows the rise of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi as a chess player amid grinding poverty in the Kampala slum of Katwe.
  • Waligwa played Gloria, a chess player younger than Phiona who memorably said in the movie that in the game of chess the small one can become the big one.

New species of Urban lizard found in Guwahati

Date: 18 February 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • Guwahati, the largest city in the Northeast, has yielded a new species of lizard, the urban bent-toed gecko.
  • The new species of lizard, zoologically named Cyrtodactylus urbanus, is markedly different in molecular structure, blotch and colour from the Cyrtodactylus guwahatiensis, or the Guwahati bent-toed gecko, that was discovered two years ago.
  • Guwahati is home to 26 species of amphibians, 57 species of reptiles, 214 species of birds and 36 species of mammals. The city provides that edge for urban biodiversity to thrive because it encompasses 18 hills, eight reserve forests, two wildlife sanctuaries and a Ramsar site (wetland) besides the Brahmaputra river.