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News in Short - 21-August-2020

Bayern Munich beats Lyon to enter Champions league finals

Date: 21 August 2020 Tags: Sports
  • Bayern Munich battled past a stubborn Lyon side to set up Champions League final showdown against Paris Saint-Germain.
  • It's the first time in 22 years that the final will feature two teams who qualified as domestic league champions.
  • Serge Gnabry netted twice before Robert Lewandowski added a later header, giving that duo a combined 24 Champions League goals this season.

Cancer burden likely to increase by 12%

Date: 21 August 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • Cancer cases in the country are likely to increase to 15.6 lakhs by 2025 — a 12% increase from current estimated cases, according to the National Cancer Registry Programme Report 2020.
  • The figures were released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Centre for Disease Informatics & Research (NCDIR), Bengaluru.
  • The report also found that in 2020, tobacco-related cancers are estimated to contribute to 27.1% of the total cancer burden, and highest in the north-eastern region of the country. The other common cancers included gastrointestinal tract cancers and breast cancer.
  • Cancers of the lung, mouth, stomach and oesophagus were the most common cancers among men. Cancers of the breast and cervix uteri were the most common cancers among women.

Joe Biden officially nominated as Democratic party candidate for President

Date: 21 August 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Democratic Party nominated Joe Biden as their presidential candidate for the November election, making his challenge to incumbent President Donald Trump official.
  • The moment marked a political high point for Biden, who had sought the presidency twice before. He tweeted to say it is the “honour of his life”
  • The nomination came on the second day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) which saw a line-up of past and present Democratic leaders and speakers who supported Biden’s candidature.
  • The Democrats have made the case that Biden has the experience and energy to repair chaos that Trump has created at home and abroad.

Centre withdraws additional troops from Jammu and Kashmir

Date: 21 August 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Centre has ordered withdrawal of 10,000 paramilitary personnel from Jammu and Kashmir, the single-biggest reduction of troops from the Union territory since their presence was stepped up around August 5 last year
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the CRPF, BSF, CISF, and SSB to cumulatively withdraw 100 companies. The development comes even as militant activity continues in the Valley, with forces regularly coming under attack
  • In the run-up to the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status last year, and in the days ahead, the Centre had dispatched more than 700 companies (70,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces to Kashmir. These were in addition to the over 60,000 paramilitary personnel stationed in the Valley all year round.

Jitan Ram Manjhi likely to return to NDA

Date: 21 August 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Former chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi may soon announce his return to the NDA.
  • Manjhi, who had long been asking the RJD to form a coordination committee to discuss seat-sharing among Grand Alliance partners, was upset over his demands not being met.
  • The HAM(S) may either merge with the JD(U) or have an alliance with the party in the Bihar Assembly polls.
  • Manjhi had fallen out with Nitish Kumar after he was made to quit the CM post in early 2015. He walked out of the NDA after a poor show in the 2015 Assembly polls.