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News in Short - 29-November-2019

Reliance group to sell news business to times group

Date: 29 November 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Reliance group chairman, Mukesh Ambani is in talks to sell his news media assets to India’s Times Group, in order to get rid of bleeding businesses.
  • Ambani is considering various options, ranging from an outright exit to a stake sale.
  • Reliance Industries had recently unveiled a digital-services holding company that would eventually provide services from e-commerce to entertainment on a telecommunications network built over the last few years with about $50 billion in investment.

Drinking coffee reduces blood pressure risk

Date: 29 November 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Drinking up to four coffees a day can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure which are part of metabolic syndrome, according to a study.
  • The benefit is lost if more than four cups of coffee are consumed.
  • A metabolic syndrome is a number of conditions that often occur together and increase the risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
  • The main components of metabolic syndrome include obesity, high blood pressure, high blood triglycerides, low levels of HDL cholesterol and insulin resistance.

Carbon dioxide eating bacteria

Date: 29 November 2019 Tags: Biotechnology
  • Israeli researchers have developed bacteria fed only with carbon dioxide.
  • These bacteria, which build the entire biomass of their body from the carbon in the air, may help to develop future technologies to reduce greenhouse gas accumulation in the atmosphere and in the fight against global warming.
  • The researchers mapped the genes that are essential to this process and added some of them to the bacteria genome in their lab.
  • In addition, they have inserted the bacteria a gene that allows them to receive energy from a substance called formate.

Uddhav Thackeray sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Date: 29 November 2019 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Shiv Sena party chief, Uddhav Thackeray has been sworn-in as the chief minister of Maharashtra state.
  • The development comes days after BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis resigned from the position after failing to get required numbers for proving majority.
  • In the recently held elections, Sena had won 56 seats and will be forming the government with the help of NCP and Congress party.
  • The Shiv Sena, which had a pre-poll alliance with BJP had quit the coalition to go with the new partners.

Australia writer and TV critic Clive James passes away

Date: 29 November 2019 Tags: Obituaries
  • Clive James, the Australian writer and broadcaster known around the world for his hosting,  died at the age of 80.
  • He was famously known for his shows such as Clive James On Television.
  • The show saw him introduce amusing and off-beat TV clips from around the world, most famously from Japanese game show Endurance.