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News in Short - 29-January-2021

UN rights chief demands sanctions against Sri Lankan generals

Date: 29 January 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The U.N. human rights chief has called for an International Criminal Court investigation into Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatist conflict and sanctions on military officials accused of war crimes.
  • Michelle Bachelet accused Sri Lanka of reneging on promises to ensure justice for thousands of civilians killed in the final stages of the 37-year separatist war that ended a decade ago.
  • The government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has reversed some advances made under previous administrations in protecting human rights.
  • Mr. Rajapaksa won a 2019 presidential election on a nationalist agenda which included a promise that troops who crushed Tamil rebels would not be prosecuted.
  • Mr. Rajapaksa was the top defence official when government forces crushed the guerrillas in a military campaign that ended in May 2009. His brother Mr. Mahinda was President then and is currently Prime Minister.

Identifying wildlife species using DNA

Date: 29 January 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A research has designed and standardised a DNA amplification technique that will allow researchers to identify the species and sex of tigers and leopards from scat and tissue samples.
  • The authors of the paper note that species authentication from scat and tissue samples is essential for detecting illegal wildlife trade and for formulating conservation strategies.
  • As DNA in old scat from tigers has a high chance of degradation, very short, specific, DNA sequences can be targeted to identify the species and sex of tigers and leopards.
  • Previous allele-specific (gene variant) methods at species identification targeted a specific nucleotide for amplification, but researchers at the GAC also altered a nucleotide, resulting in precise species and sex-specific amplification, making identification quick, and extremely efficient.

Anthony Blinken sworn in as Secretary of State

Date: 29 January 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Anthony Blinken was confirmed as the US secretary of State after his nomination was accepted by the US senate.
  • Blinken, a long-time Biden associate, was approved by the Senate with a vote of 78-22 earlier in the day.
  • With Blinken's confirmation, President Joe Biden now has a number of key members of his national security team in place.
  • In addition to national security adviser Jake Sullivan, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines was confirmed on Inauguration Day and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was confirmed later on.

Oscar winning actress Cloris Leachman dies

Date: 29 January 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Oscar winning actress Cloris Leachman passed away in California in her sleep. She was 94.
  • In her early television career, she appeared as Timmy's mother on the “Lassie” series. She played a frontier prostitute in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.
  • She also had an occasional role as Ida on “Malcolm in the Middle,” winning Emmys in 2002 and 2006 for that show.
  • In 2008, Leachman joined the ranks of contestants in “Dancing With the Stars”. She started out as Miss Chicago in the Miss America Pageant and willingly accepted unglamorous screen roles.
  • During the 1950s, Leachman became busy in live TV drama, demonstrating her versatility, including in roles that represented casting standards of that era.

Russian Parliament gives nod to New START treaty extension

Date: 29 January 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Russian lawmakers have quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-U.S. arms control treaty, just days before it’s due to expire.
  • Both houses of Parliament voted unanimously to extend the New START treaty for five years, a day after a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • The pact’s extension doesn’t require congressional approval in the U.S., but Russian lawmakers must ratify the move and Mr. Putin has to sign the relevant Bill into law.