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News in Short - 26-November-2019

Earth’s most inhabitable place

Date: 26 November 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Researchers have found an aquatic environment on the Earth with a complete absence of any forms of life.
  • The studyrevealed that any form of microbial life was absent in the hot, saline, hyperacid ponds of the Dallol geothermal field in Ethiopia.
  • It is said to be one of the most torrid environments on the planet with daily temperatures in winter exceeding 45 degrees Celsius.  The pH is said to hit even the negative ranges.
  • The study helps in understanding the limits of habitability and presents evidence that there are places even on the Earth's surface which are sterile though they contain liquid water.

Paytm raises $1 billion funding

Date: 26 November 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Digital payments major Paytm has raised $1 billion to bolster its merchant and financial services play in its latest financing round led by US-based asset management firm T Rowe Price.
  • The firm raised the latest financial round at a valuation of $16 billion, which will make it the most valuable startup in India since Flipkart (valued at $22 Bn) has already been acquired by US-based retailer Walmart.
  • Paytm will use the capital to push its merchant and financial services offerings like lending, insurance and neo banking. 

Cancer patients most likely to die of heart and blood vessel related problems

Date: 26 November 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Researchers have found that a lot of people diagnosed with cancer are more likely to die of heart and blood vessel problems, instead of the main disease.
  • This trend is even more, for cancers like those affecting breasts, prostate, endometrial, and thyroid.
  • Patients who were more likely to die from cancer than from CVD were those with the most aggressive and hard-to-treat cancers, such as cancer of the lung, liver, brain, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, oesophagus, ovary and multiple myeloma.

Hulimavu lake breach in Bengaluru

Date: 26 November 2019 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • Many houses and several streets in Bengaluru were left inundated after a lake flowing within city limits breached.
  • The incident occurred after the lake bund was damaged by an earth mover during pipe laying.
  • Hulimavu lake is one of several hundreds of lake that make up water source for Bengaluru city. With boom in construction activities several lakes have disappeared.