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News in Short - 19-October-2020

Movie star Rhonda Fleming passes away

Date: 19 October 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Rhonda Fleming, a film star in the 1940s and 50s known as the "Queen of Technicolor," has died. She was 97.
  • Fleming was discovered by an agent while running to school, with her first top-featured role being in Alfred Hitchcock's "Spellbound." This role led to her starring in "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" with Bing Crosby. She went on to star in more than 40 films during Hollywood's Golden Age of filmmaking.
  • Fleming also sang, releasing two albums. The first was with the 1950s gospel singing group The Four Girls with Jane Russell, Connie Haines and Beryl Davis. The second is was a collection of classic love songs titled "Rhonda."

Tectonic fault line through Ladakh not inactive

Date: 19 October 2020 Tags: Geography & Environment
  • A recent survey has found that a tectonic fault line that runs through Ladakh, all along the Indus river, is not inactive as was previously thought and is, in fact, moving northward.
  • While the frontal and central parts of the Himalayas are still known to be active and moving, the current understanding about the Ladakh region is that it was locked.
  • A suture zone is a linear belt of intense deformation, where distinct terranes, or tectonic units with different plate tectonic, metamorphic, and paleogeographic histories, join together.

Pakistani fast bowler Umar Gul retires from International cricket

Date: 19 October 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Pakistan speedster Umar Gul announced he will retire from all forms of cricket after the end of the ongoing National T20 Cup.
  • The Peshawar-born Gul made his international debut in an ODI in 2003. He played his first Test that year itself. His last Test was against South Africa in 2013.
  • From 47 Test matches, Gul took 163 wickets at an average of 34.06. He also claimed 179 wickets from 130 ODIs, besides 85 wickets from 60 T20Is.

Ex-NIA DIG Sanjeev Singh passes away

Date: 19 October 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Retired IPS officer Sanjeev Kumar Singh, who led the probe into the 2016 terrorist attack on the Pathankot Air Force base while serving in the NIA, has died. He was 61.
  • Singh was a 1987-batch Indian Police Service officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre. The officer had retired from service in February.
  • He last served with the Border Security Force as an ADG (eastern command) based in Kolkata, looking after the deployment of the force along the India-Bangladesh international border.
  • He has also served as ADG (Naxal operations) in Madhya Pradesh after his deputation with the NIA ended.

Jacinda Ardern wins elections in New Zealand

Date: 19 October 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term in office in an election landslide of historic proportions.
  • With most votes counted, Ardern's liberal Labour Party was winning 49% of the vote compared to 27% for its main challenger, the conservative National Party.
  • Labour was on target to win an outright majority of the seats in Parliament, something that hasn't happened since New Zealand implemented a proportional voting system 24 years ago.