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News in Short - 25-November-2020

Netflix drama Delhi Crime wins top award at International Emmy awards 2020

Date: 25 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Netflix’s India Original series “Delhi Crime” has bagged the best drama series honour at the 48th International Emmy Awards.
  • The series deconstructs the case of the 23-year-old physiotherapy intern who was abducted and gangraped in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012 before she was abandoned on a Delhi road.
  • The show, released in 2019, received massive acclaim for its sensitive retelling of a horrific crime that shook the entire nation.
  • Two other Emmy nominations from India included Amazon Prime Video’s “Four More Shots” and Arjun Mathur for his role in drama “Made in Heaven” in the best comedy and actor categories respectively. Both couldn’t register wins.

Elon Musk overtakes Bill Gates to become second richest person

Date: 25 November 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Elon Musk has become the second richest person in the world as his net worth soared from $7.2 billion to $127.9 billion, driven by a surge in the company's shares.
  • According to a report, Elon Musk's wealth ranks have largely been driven by Tesla i.e., about three-quarters. His net worth is mostly comprised of Tesla shares that are valued more than four times his stake in SpaceX.
  • Bill Gates held the top ranking for years before being overtaken by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos in 2017. Bill Gates's net worth is $127.7 billion.

Tamil actor Thavasi passes away

Date: 25 November 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Tamil actor Thavasi passed away after suffering from oesophageal cancer at Madurai. Thavasi was best known for his supporting roles in Tamil movies.
  • The 60-year-old actor is known for playing supporting roles in films like Sundarapandian, Varuthapadadha Valibar Sangam, Rajini Murugan, and others.
  • Thavasi's last film was Rajinikanth's Annaatthe, which is yet to hit the screens. He was also a part of the TV show Rasathi.

ALS bucket challenge co-founder Pat Quinnpasses away

Date: 25 November 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Pat Quinn, co-founder of the viral ice bucket video challenge, has died at the age of 37 after a seven-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often called Lou Gehrig's disease.
  • ALS is a motor neurone disease which affects the brain’s nerve cells and spinal cord which eventually leads to loss of muscle control. It was also named Lou Gehrig's disease after the baseball player who was diagnosed with it.
  • Quinn was also nominated as the 'Person of the Year' by Time magazine along with his co-creator of Ice Bucket Challenge Peter Frates who passed away due to ALS in 2019.

Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi passes away

Date: 25 November 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Three-time former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi passed away due to multiple organ failure at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Guwahati. He was 84.
  • Mr Gogoi represented the Congress as an MP from Assam six times and led the party to a record three straight electoral victories. He was Chief Minister from 2001 to 2016 and is credited with having tamed insurgency that ravaged the State.
  • He was first elected to the Parliament in 1971 from the Jorhat seat in eastern Assam. In 1976, he was elected the joint secretary of the All India Congress Committee.
  • Later, he served as the party’s general secretary from 1985 to 1990). He was appointed a minister in the Cabinet of former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao in 1991.
  • Mr. Gogoi also served as the president of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (1986-90) and was an MLA for four terms.