The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 [09 Oct 2020]
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 to the World Food Programme (WFP). The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security. In 2019, the WFP provided assistance to close to 100 million people in 88 countries who are victims of acute food insecurity and hunger.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2020 [08 Oct 2020]
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2020 is awarded to the American poet Louise Glück “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal”. Louise Glück made her debut in 1968 with Firstborn, and was soon acclaimed as one of the most prominent poets in American contemporary literature.
TCS surpasses Accenture in m-cap to become world's most-valuable IT company [08 Oct 2020]
India's largest software exporter Tata Consultancy Services became the most-valuable information technology (IT) company globally as it surpassed rival Accenture for the first time in terms of market capitalisation.
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 [07 Oct 2020]
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 with one half to Roger Penrose(Affiliation at the time of the award: University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom ) “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity" and and the other half jointly to Reinhard Genzel(Affiliation at the time of the award: University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany) and Andrea Ghez(Affiliation at the time of the award: University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA) "for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy".
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry [07 Oct 2020]
The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna “for the development of a method for genome editing”. Since Charpentier and Doudna discovered the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors in 2012 their use has exploded. The genetic scissors have taken the life sciences into a new epoch and, in many ways, are bringing the greatest benefit to humankind. This technology has had a revolutionary impact on the life sciences, is contributing to new cancer therapies and may make the dream of curing inherited diseases come true.
Govt appoints M Rajeshwar Rao as new deputy governor of RBI [07 Oct 2020]
The Govt appointed M Rajeshwar Rao as the new deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India. He is currently an executive director at the banking regulator. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment as the search for the incumbent was on since August.
Bhimaraya Metri takes charge as a director of IIM Nagpur [07 Oct 2020]
Dr Bhimaraya Metri has taken over charge as a director at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Nagpur. Dr Metri has taken over from L S Murty, who was the director of IIM Nagpur from 2017 to 2020. Prior to joining IIM Nagpur, Dr Metri served as the director of IIM Trichy, following stints at the L&T Institute of Project Management Vadodara, MDI Gurgaon, IMI New Delhi, and BITS Pilani.
Dinesh Kumar Khara Appointed New SBI Chairman [07 Oct 2020]
The government appointed senior banker Dinesh Kumar Khara as chairman of the State Bank Of India. He replaces Rajnish Kumar, who completed his three-year term. The Banks Board Bureau (BBB) had recommended Khara as the next chairman of SBI.
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2020 [06 Oct 2020]
The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice “for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus”. They have made a decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis, a major global health problem that causes cirrhosis and liver cancer in people around the world. The Nobel Laureates’ discovery of Hepatitis C virus is a landmark achievement in the ongoing battle against viral diseases.
Prime Minister dedicates to the Nation the Atal Tunnel [03 Oct 2020]
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the World’s longest Highway tunnel – Atal Tunnel at its south portal in Manali. The 9.02 Km long tunnel connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley throughout the year. Earlier the valley was cut off for about 6 months each year owing to heavy snowfall. The Tunnel is built with ultra-modern specifications in the Pir Panjal range of Himalayas at an altitude of 3000 Mtrs (10,000 Feet) from the Mean Sea Level (MSL). The tunnel reduces the road distance by 46 Kms between Manali and Leh and the time by about 4 to 5 hours. It has state of the art electromechanical systems including semi transverse ventilation, SCADA controlled fire fighting, illumination and monitoring systems. The Tunnel has ample safety features built into it.