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News in Short - 31-August-2020

Albert Roca set to resign as Hyderabad FC coach

Date: 31 August 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Indian Super League (ISL) side Hyderabad FC has announced the parting of ways with head coach Albert Roca who will join struggling Spanish giants FC Barcelona as fitness coach.
  • The 57-year-old Roca, who took charge of Hyderabad FC in June, had put in a request to be relieved of his duties after the newly appointed FC Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman expressed his desire to have him in his support staff.
  • Roca, who was with Bengaluru FC as head coach from 2016-18, will link up with Koeman at FC Barcelona. He had earlier served as FC Barcelona assistant coach for five years.

Proposal to widen Kaniyanapura elephant corridor

Date: 31 August 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Forest Department has submitted a proposal to the State government to purchase 106 acres of land around Bandipur Tiger Reserve from farmers of the region who are keen to sell it in a bid to avoid recurring conflict and crop loss due to depredation.
  • If approved, it will help widen Kaniyanapura elephant corridor and pave way for the smooth passage of elephants from Bandipur to Mudumalai without disturbance.
  • The proposal to the State government to acquire 106 acres of land in and around Kaniyanapura was made early this month. The acquisition will be a win-win situation for both farmers and elephants.
  • The farmers of the region have offered to surrender nearly 300 acres of land of which records pertaining to 106 acres are in order. The Forest Department requires about 500 to 600 acres of land for expanding the existing corridor.

Reliance buys stake in Future Group

Date: 31 August 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries on Saturday announced acquisition of Future Group for ? 24,713 crore to bolster its fast growing retail business.
  • Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd (RRVL), subsidiary of Reliance Industries, will acquire the retail and wholesale business and the logistics and warehousing business from the Future Group.
  • Through the deal, Reliance will acquire Future Retail that owns the BigBazaar that sells everything from groceries to cosmetics and apparel, and Future Lifestyle Fashions Ltd that operates fashion discount chain Brand Factory.
  • While Reliance will takeover Future Consumer Ltd, which sells food, home, and personal care products, Future Group's financial and insurance business is not part of the deal.

Butterflies in South India migrating early

Date: 31 August 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • In a departure from the past, the annual migration of butterflies from the hill ranges of the Eastern Ghats towards the Western Ghats is an early phenomenon this year.
  • Usually, butterfly migration in south India begins in October-November, with the onset of the northeast monsoon, from the plains to the Ghats, and in April-June, just before the advent of the southwest monsoon, from the Ghats to the plains.
  • The southwest monsoon is the season for the breeding of butterflies, especially milkweed butterflies, in plains of south India, after which they migrate.
  • The change in rainfall pattern and a considerable increase in the number of sunny days may be the major reasons for the earlier migration.

Arsenal win FA community cup shield

Date: 31 August 2020 Tags: Sports
  • Arsenal added the 16th shield to their cabinet when they defeated Liverpool 5-4 on penalties to win the FA Community Shield at the Wembley Stadium.
  • FA Community Shield is an annual football match played between the winners of the previous season's Premier League winner and the previous season's FA Cup winners.
  • Liverpool had won the 2019-20 Premier League title while Arsenal had won the FA Cup after defeating Chelsea in the finals.