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News in Short - 27-April-2020

Sanjay Kothari takes oath as CVC

Date: 27 April 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Retired bureaucrat Sanjay Kothari was sworn in as the next Central Vigilance Commissioner by President Ram Nath Kovind at an official oath-taking ceremony.
  • Mr. Kothari, a 1978 Haryana cadre IAS officer, has been formally appointed more than two months after a High Powered Committee (HPC) headed by Mr. Modi selected him as the next CVC.
  • The Congress leader in the Committee, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, had objected to Mr. Kothari’s appointment on the ground of ‘conflict of interest’. But the majority opinion in the HPC that also included Home Minister Amit Shah ruled in favour of Mr. Kothari.

Air pollution may carry Coronavirus over long distances

Date: 27 April 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • The novel coronavirus has been found on air pollution particles by scientists who are studying if this could allow the virus to advance longer distances.
  • The scientists employed standard techniques to procure outdoor air pollution samples at one urban and one industrial location. They recognised a gene particular to Covid-19 in several samples and this identification was established through blind testing.
  • Earlier studies have also revealed that particles of air pollution do hold on to microbes and that pollution probably carried other viruses causing bird flu, measles, etc. over long distances.

Neighborhood shops allowed to open

Date: 27 April 2020 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • A month after nationwide lockdown, the Centre has allowed all neighbourhood shops in the residential areas to open if they follow certain guidelines.
  • The relaxations will not be applicable to coronavirus hotspots and containment zones. Shops are allowed to remain functional only with 50% of the staff. Wearing masks is mandatory for all.
  • The ministry also added that sales by e-commerce companies like Amazon, Flipkart will continue to be restricted to essential goods only.

Yemen’s separatists claim control of Aden

Date: 27 April 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Yemen’s southern separatists broke a peace deal with the country’s internationally recognized government and claimed sole control of the regional capital of Aden, threatening to resume fighting between the two ostensible allies.
  • The separatists’ Southern Transitional Council, which is backed by the United Arab Emirates, declared a state of emergency and said it would “self-govern” the key southern port city and other southern provinces. The separatists accused Yemen’s government, which is supported by Saudi Arabia, of corruption and mismanagement.
  • The Houthis in 2014 overran major parts of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa, pushing out the internationally recognized government and ushering in a war that has killed tens of thousands of people.

Artist Zarina Hashmi passes away

Date: 27 April 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Indian-born American printmaker and sculptor Zarina Hashmi died in London. She was 83.
  • She was one of the very few women among the Indian artists of her time. Through her work ranging from minimal drawing to printmaking and sculpture, she explored the ideas of home and distances.
  • Partition, migration and the loss of home were all recurring themes in the artist’s works. Home is a Foreign Place, Tears of the Sea, Phool and Letters from Home are some of her best known works.