News Flash (29th August 2020): Top 10 Stories Of The Day

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CLAT, CLAT 2020
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1. CLAT 2020 pushed forward to September 28 amid pandemic 

Common Law Admission Test ( CLAT ) conducted by the Executive Committee of the Consortium of National Law Universities, has postponed the examinations to September 28, given the escalating COVID-19 cases. CLAT is an entrance examination that students take to apply for undergraduate and postgraduate law courses offered by 22 National Law Universities. The exam was earlier scheduled to be conducted on September 7. 

2. Education Minister on university exams: Let’s keep politics away from education

Education Minister, CLAT 2020
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After the Supreme Court ruled that universities cannot promote students without holding final year exams, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Education Minister of India said that politics should be kept away from education. “Let’s keep politics away from education…educate our politics,” the minister tweeted.

3. Black Panther fame Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer at 43

Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
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After a four-year battle with colon cancer, American actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, passed away on Friday at the age of 43. He died at his home in Los Angeles in the presence of his wife and family. “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman”, sources close to the actor announced. 

4. 5 Indian athletes conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award
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5 Indian athletes which include cricketer Rohit Sharma, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, para-athlete Mariyappan Thangavelu, women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal, and paddler Manika Batra have been conferred with the country’s highest honour for sportspersons, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. The recipients of the award were connected to President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan via 9 different Sports Authority of India-designated locations. Rohit Sharma and Vinesh Phogat couldn’t attend the virtual ceremony. 

5. India’s ASTROSAT discovers a galaxy located 9.3 billion light-years away from Earth 

ASTROSAT
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AstroSat, India’s multi-wavelength orbiting telescope, has detected light from a galaxy, called AUDFs01, in the extreme-ultraviolet (UV) light. The galaxy scientists say, is 9.3 billion light-years away from Earth. This rare discovery was a fruit of international collaboration by astronomers from countries that include India, Switzerland, France, the USA, Japan, and the Netherlands. This discovery was led by Dr. Kanak Saha, associate professor of astronomy at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune. 

6. Elon Musk shows his startup’s brain implant working in a pig

Neuralink, Elon Musk, Brain Implant
Image Credits: India TV News

Musk’s neuroscience startup Neuralink revealed a pig with a coin-sized computer chip in its brain. Co-founded by Elon Musk in the year 2016, the startup named Neuralink is working towards implanting wireless brain-computer interfaces in humans to help cure neurological conditions. Elon Musk has described Neuralink’s implant as “a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires”.

7. China purchased a record amount of steel from India in April-July, doubling its export

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Between the months of April and July, India’s steel exports more than doubled to 4.64 million tonnes, the highest level hit in at least the past six years. Of this, Vietnam and China purchased 1.37 and 1.3 million tonnes of steel respectively. Since Indian sellers were in an attempt to get rid of the surplus generated during the lockdown, they had reduced the prices of the commodity. This is what drove the Chinese buyers to purchase steel in bulk from India. 

8. Japanese firm tests flying car with one person onboard, shares video

Japanese Firm, Flying Car
Image Credits: ET Auto

A flying car was recently put to test by a Japanese firm earlier this week with one person on board. The aircraft flew several feet off the ground and took a flight around the field for about four minutes. “The aircraft has been designed to be the world’s smallest electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) model,” the firm said in a statement.

9. Chinese minister warns Norway against giving Nobel Prize to Hong Kong protesters

Nobel Prize, Hong Kong Protestor
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While on a rare visit to Norway, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, has warned the nation against “politicizing” the Nobel Peace Prize by offering the award to Hong Kong protesters. “In the past, today, and in future, China will firmly reject any attempt by anyone to use the Nobel Peace Prize to interfere in China’s internal affairs,” the minister said.

10. Novak Djokovic says he will Nadal, Federer at US Open

Novak Djokovic, Nadal, Federer
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Novak Djokovic, a seventeen-time Grand Slam champion recently made a statement that he will surely miss Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the US Open. “They will be missed, no doubt, because they are legends of our sport,”  Djokovic stated. 

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