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News in Short - 22-December-2019

India has highest number of data users per phone

Date: 22 December 2019 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • At almost 10 GB per month, Indians now use the most data in the world per smartphone, according to Nokia and Ericsson.
  • The country is estimated to have 500 million Web users, behind just China (850 million users), and far ahead of the US (300 million).
  • While India comprises 25% of Asia-Pacific’s Internet users, in 2017, it accounted for only 8.6% of its data centre growth.

UP government seals rioters properties

Date: 22 December 2019 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The administration in several districts of the state started proceedings by identifying and sealing properties of the accused.
  • The SC had passed a stringent order for state governments on October 1, 2018 that those responsible for damage to public property be made liable to compensate victims and reimburse the loss.
  • This step is expected to act as deterrent against any future act of vandalism of government owned properties.

Ebola vaccine approved by US FDA

Date: 22 December 2019 Tags: Biotechnology
  • The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first vaccine for the prevention of Ebola caused by the deadly Zaire strain of the virus.
  • The vaccine called Ervebo from Merck & Co is for individuals 18 and older.
  • It is administered as a single-dose injection, and is a live, attenuated vaccine that has been genetically engineered to contain a p

Earth’s Inner core covered by 'iron snow'

Date: 22 December 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Earth's inner core could be covered by "snow" made of tiny particles of iron which are much heavier than any snowflake on Earth's surface, says a study.
  • These particles fall from the molten outer core and pile on top of the inner core, creating piles up to 200 miles thick that cover the inner core.
  • The researchers point to the accumulated snow pack as the cause of the seismic aberrations. The slurry-like composition slows the seismic waves.

Former Kerala minister Thomas Chandy passes away

Date: 22 December 2019 Tags: Obituaries
  • Thomas Chandy, a former minister in the Pinarayi Vijayan government and MLA representing the Kuttanad constituency in Alappuzha, passed away in Kochi.
  • He belonged to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)— an ally of the ruling Left Democratic Front in Kerala, Thomas Chandy was the state president of the party.
  • Thomas Chandy was in the news allegedly for violating norms to build his private resort in Kuttanad.