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News in Short - 30-August-2020

Noor Inayat Khan to get memorial plaque in London

Date: 30 August 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Britain's World War II spy, Noor Inayat Khan, became the first Indian-origin woman to be honoured with a memorial Blue Plaque at her former family home in central London.
  • The Blue Plaque scheme, run by the English Heritage charity, honours notable people and organisations who were connected with particular buildings across London.
  • Khan's plaque has gone up at 4 Taviton Street in Bloomsbury, where she lived before she left for Nazi-occupied France in 1943 as an undercover radio operator for Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE).
  • Noor, the descendant of the 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan, went on to be killed at Dachau concentration camp in 1944.

China to unveil statue of Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis

Date: 30 August 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • A bronze statue of Indian doctor Dwarkanath Kotnis would be unveiled outside a medical school in North China.
  • Kotnis, who hailed from Sholapur in Maharashtra came to China in 1938 as part of a five-member team of doctors sent by the Indian National Congress to help the Chinese during World War II. He joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1942.
  • The bronze statue of Kotnis, known in China as KeDihua, would be formally unveiled at the medical school at Shijiazhuang in September.
  • Kotnis’ medical assistance during the difficult days of the Chinese revolution was praised by Chinese leader Mao Zedong. His statues and memorials were also set in some of the Chinese cities in recognition of his services.

Rajnath Singh to attend SCO defence minister’s meet in Russia

Date: 30 August 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Defence minister Rajnath Singh will visit Russia next week for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Defence Minister's meet.
  • Russia is the chair of BRICS and SCO grouping for this year which means it will host all related meetings throughout the year.
  • This will be Singh's second visit to Russia, he had visited Moscow earlier this year in June for the Victory Day parade. Back then an Indian Tri-Service contingent took part in the Victory Day parade at Moscow's Red Square.
  • Russia on September 10 will host SCO Foreign Minister's meet and India's External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar is expected to visit Russia then.

Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe resigns

Date: 30 August 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Shinzo Abe, the longest-serving Japanese prime minister in history, has resigned, citing health reasons.
  • Abe suffers from colitis, a non-curable inflammatory bowel disease, which was also a factor in his sudden resignation as prime minister in 2007, ending his first term after just over a year in office.
  • Following his previous resignation in 2007, Abe was re-elected in 2012. Since then he has been the dominant force in Japanese politics, winning a landslide third term in 2017 and a fourth in 2019, despite multiple scandals and plummeting popularity.

Hollywood actor Chadwick Boseman passes away

Date: 30 August 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died of cancer. He was 43.
  • Chadwick Boseman, shot to fame after playing the character of King T'Challa who was also a superhero in the Marvel film Black Panther.
  • In a career that spanned performances as baseball legend Jackie Robinson in 42, soul superstar James Brown, future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Boseman was most recently seen in Spike Lee’s Vietnam drama Da 5 Bloods.