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News in Short - 28-July-2020

Railways to end daak messenger system

Date: 28 July 2020 Tags: Railways
  • The Railway Board has urged officials to stop the use of Dak messengers, a practice dating back to the colonial era, and instead use video conferencing for any communication.
  • With train operations suspended, the Railways saw its revenue slide by nearly 58 percent in May. The allowances of the hand-picked personal and dak messengers, apart from their salaries, were a major burden on establishment cost.
  • Dak messenger and personal messenger are picked from office peons to play what was considered a crucial role up until recently of ferrying “secret” and “confidential” messages within the Railways, between departments, and up and down the hierarchy.

Karishma Tanna wins Khatron ke Khiladi show

Date: 28 July 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Karishma Tanna has been declared the winner of a reality contest show Khatron Ke Khiladi season 10, which was pending since lockdown.
  • Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 was shot in Bulgaria last year on a 40-day schedule. While it started airing from February 22, it went off the air after shoots were restricted following the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
  • Apart from Karishma Tanna, Karan Patel, Dharmesh Yelande, and Balraj, the other contestants this season were Shivin Narang, Tejasswi Prakash, Adaa Khan, RJ Malishka, Rani Chatterjee and Amruta Khanvilkar.

Gone with the wind star Olivia de Havilland dies

Date: 28 July 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • 'Gone With the Wind' star Olivia de Havilland, considered the last surviving actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood, passed away at the age of 104.
  • De Havilland's acting career included two Academy Awards, a victory over Hollywood's studio system and a long-running feud with sister Joan Fontaine that was worthy of a screenplay.
  • She first drew attention by playing opposite swashbuckling Errol Flynn in a series of films starting in the 1930s and made an enduring impression as the demure Southern belle Melanie in "Gone With the Wind" in 1939.

Chinese investments wait for Home Ministry clearance

Date: 28 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • About 200 investment proposals from China are awaiting security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) after new rules were notified in April.
  • The new regulations makes prior government approval mandatory for foreign direct investments (FDI) from countries which share a land border with India.
  • As FDI is allowed in non-critical sectors through the automatic route, earlier these proposals would have been cleared without the MHA’s nod.

US evacuates its consulate in Chengdu

Date: 28 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The US has been forced to close its consulate in Chengdu in the Sichuan province of China after the US ordered closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston.
  • Consulate closures in Houston and Chengdu have escalated a sharp deterioration in ties between the world’s two biggest economies.
  • The issue has found itself in the limelight of international politics as China and the US exchanged tit-for-tat orders last week to close each other's consulates in the two heartland cities.