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News in Short - 26-January-2021

Hollywood screenwriter Walter Bernstein passes away

Date: 26 January 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Famous Hollywood screenwriter Walter Bernstein, who gained popularity for his work as a blacklisted personality, passed away. He was 101.
  • Bernstein formally joined the Communist Party while attending Dartmouth College. This was known as a reason for his blacklisting.
  • He was blacklisted in 1950 while working as a television writer, and his name did not appear in any credits of a film until 1958 or a TV show until 1961.
  • Bernstein also adapted Eugene Burdick's novel for Sidney Lumet's nuclear-disaster film Fail-Safe (1964) and Dan Jenkins' book for the Burt Reynolds football romp Semi-Tough (1977), and he wrote the John Schlesinger war drama Yanks (1979), starring Richard Gere.
  • After nearly a decade on the blacklist, Bernstein had finally gotten his name on a screenplay for the 1959 Loren film That Kind of Woman, directed by Lumet.

TV host Larry King dies

Date: 26 January 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Larry King, the longtime CNN host who became an icon through his interviews with countless newsmakers and his sartorial sensibilities, has died. He was 87.
  • King hosted "Larry King Live" on CNN for over 25 years, interviewing presidential candidates, celebrities, athletes, movie stars, and everyday people. He retired in 2010 after taping more than 6,000 episodes of the show.
  • He battled a number of health problems over the years, suffering several heart attacks. In 1987, he underwent quintuple bypass surgery, inspiring him to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to provide assistance to those without insurance.

Nepali PM Oli expelled from Nepal Communist Party

Date: 26 January 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The ruling Nepal Communist Party led by leaders Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal expelled Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli from the party.
  • The decision divided the party into two groups and sparked a dispute over the party symbol but the Election Commission has declined to recognise either faction as the official party.
  • The main faction led by the rebels had gone to the Election Commissioner immediately after the dissolution of the Pratinidhi Sabha seeking recognition as the official party.
  • The situation is being described as an intense constitutional crisis as the Caretaker Prime Minister is left without any party affiliation because of the EC’s decision.

Parakram Diwas

Date: 26 January 2021 Tags: Days & Dates
  • Government of India has decided to celebrate the birthday of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, on 23rd January, as 'Parakram Diwas' every year.
  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was born in Cuttack on 23rd January. Bose was an active part of the youth wing of Indian National Congress before becoming the Congress President back in 1938.
  • Bose travelled to Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and Imperial Germany when the Second World War broke out in order to find a way through which he could free India from British rule.

National voters day

Date: 26 January 2021 Tags: Days & Dates
  • National Voters' Day is observed annually on 25 January in order to encourage more young voters to take part in the polling process.
  • The day is observed to spread awareness about the importance of voting in a democracy and it also educates people about their voting rights.
  • The day has been observed on January 25 every year since 2011 to mark the foundation day of the Election Commission of India. The main objective of the day is to educate and encourage young voters to vote during elections.
  • The Election Commission of India is observing the 11th National Voters' Day with the theme ‘Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed.’
  • The President of India will launch ECI's Web Radio: ‘Hello Voters' and also confer national awards for the year 2020-21. In addition, the national award for the Best Electoral Practices will also be conferred on state and district level officers.