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News in Short - 19-June-2020

Annular Solar eclipse

Date: 19 June 2020 Tags: Space
  • India will witness its “deepest” annular solar eclipse of this century this Sunday (June 21), with the Sun appearing as a necklace of pearls for around 30 seconds during the maximum phase.
  • An annular solar eclipse occurs when the apparent size of the Moon is slightly less than that of the Sun, which leaves the outer rim of the latter uncovered, giving the appearance of a “ring of fire”.
  • There’s a possibility that the Sun’s corona, an ethereal white halo around the solar disc, will be visible during this eclipse. Many global eclipse chasers were expected to watch it from India but the Covid-19 pandemic dashed those plans.

Swiss company develops mask capable of killing Coronavirus

Date: 19 June 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A Switzerland-based hygiene company has claimed that its technology for disinfecting textiles has, been observed to also destroy the novel coronavirus.
  • The underlying principle is to empower the surface of the textile with a strong positive charge. When microbes come in contact with fabric, the microbial cell, which is negatively charged, is destroyed, leading to permanent destruction of the micro organism.
  • The technology makes the fabric reusable, allowing users to use the mask up to 210 times with no compromise on safety or efficacy.

FIR against TV anchor Amish Devgan

Date: 19 June 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Authorities have registered an FIR against television news anchor Amish Devgan for hurting religious sentiments by referring to Sufi saint Moinuddin Chisti in derogatory terms during a programme.
  • Mr. Devgan tendered an apology on Twitter, saying that he was actually referring to Mughal ruler Alauddin Khilji but instead ended up naming Chisti, also known as Khwaja Gareeb Nawaaz.
  • The police have booked Mr. Devgan for deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony under the Indian Penal Code.

Trump signs bill pressurising China over plight of Uighur Muslims

Date: 19 June 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • US President Donald Trump signed legislation that calls for him to impose sanctions on Chinese officials for Beijing's crackdown on the minority Muslim Uighur ethnic group.
  • The House of Representatives and Senate sent the bill, formally entitled the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020, to the President in May.
  • The bill seeks to punish individuals accused of human rights violation, including torture, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, prolonged detention without charges and a trial, abduction, and other flagrant denial of the right to life, liberty or the security of persons.

India gets elected to UNSC

Date: 19 June 2020 Tags: International Organizations
  • India has been elected to the UN Security Council as non-permanent member with 184 of the 192 votes for a two-year term starting January 1, 2021.
  • India will begin its eighth two-year term on January 1, hoping to use it to further bolster its claim to a promotion to the permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council.
  • India expects to use its eighth term to further build its case for a permanent seat in a reformed Security Council, along with other claimants such as Japan, Germany and Brazil — the G-4 — calling the current council outdated and out of sync with the changed global realities.