30 November 2020

British Actor David Prowse passes away.

British Actor David Prowse passes away.

British character actor David Prowse, best known for playing ‘Darth Vader’ in the original Star Wars trilogy, passed away in November 2020. 

He was a weightlifter-turned-actor, was selected to portray Darth Vader for his imposing physique of 6-foot-7 inch. He represented Commonwealth Games in the early 1960s before noting his career in Hollywood. 

However, the role was voiced by James Earl Jones. Prowse wore the black suit and helmet to play Darth Vader.

His other films includes 1972's "Minotaur" and 1977's "Jabberwocky" and he also appeared in many TV shows including "The Saint" and "The Benny Hill Show"

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Merriam-Webster's Top Word of 2020 "PANDEMIC".

Merriam-Webster's Top Word of 2020 "PANDEMIC".

Merriam-Webster on Monday 30 November 2020 announced "pandemic" as its 2020 word of the year.

Pandemic, with roots in Latin and Greek, is a combination of "pan," for all, and "demos," for people or population.

Pandemic, with roots in Latin and Greek, is a combination of "pan," for all, and "demos," for people or population. The latter is the same root of "democracy". The word pandemic dates to the mid-1600s, used broadly for "universal" and more specifically to disease in a medical text in the 1660s.

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Arab Gulf’s first coal-based power plant being developed in Dubai.

Arab Gulf’s first coal-based power plant being developed in Dubai.

The first coal-based power plant of Arab Gulf country is being developed in Saih Shuaib, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The 2,400MW Hassyan clean coal power station will be built at an estimated cost of $ 3.4 billion.

The project will comprise four units of 600MW each, which are expected to start operations in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 respectively. The power plant is expected to produce sufficient electricity to power approximately 250,000 households.

Hassyan Energy Company, which is a joint-venture (JV) between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA, 51%) and the consortium of ACWA Power, Harbin Electric, and the Silk Road Fund (49%), is the project developer.

The project supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which is aimed at producing environment-friendly energy. The programme aims to produce 25% of energy from solar power, 7% from nuclear power, 7% from clean coal, and the remaining 61% from gas by 2030.

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Virat Kohli becomes fastest to reach 22,000 international runs.


Virat Kohli becomes fastest to reach 22,000 international runs.

Virat Kohli completed 22,000 runs in his international career when he hit the score of 86 against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Kohli has become the 8th batsman in the history of cricket to reach 22,000 runs. Kohli now has 11,977 runs in ODIs, 7,240 in Tests, and 2,794 in T20Is, total  22,011 international runs.

Kohli took 418 matches and 462 innings to reach the landmark. Sachin Tendulkar currently heads the list with 34357 runs in 664 matches, followed by Kumar Sangakkar who has 28,016 runs.

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Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare - 30 November 2020.


Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare - 30 November 2020.

On November 30th each year, the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare pays tribute to victims of chemical warfare. The day also reaffirms the commitment to eliminate the threat of chemical war.

During WWI, chemical weapons killed more than 100,000 people. Chemical weapons also resulted in a million casualties. Chemical weapons contain toxic chemicals that cause death, injury, and sensory irritation. These weapons are usually deployed through a rocket or ballistic missile. Chemical weapons can cause mass destruction. This is one reason it is against the law to use them during armed conflict. Despite this law, many nations have active chemical weapons programs.

The Geneva Protocol, signed in 1925, sought to ban the use of chemical weapons. The United States did not join until 1975. Syria, the Islamic State, and North Korea have all been recently accused of using chemical weapons in the midst of conflict. Thousands of people died or were injured as a result.

On April 29, 1997, during the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was formed. The OPCW supports and verifies the destruction of chemical weapons. They also inspect facilities that formerly produced chemical weapons. In 2013, the OPCW received the Nobel Peace Prize. As of 2017, 68,000 metric tons of chemical weapons stockpiles have been destroyed. Additionally, 90 chemical weapons facilities have been destroyed or converted.

On November 11, 2005, the UN Officially recognized the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare. The day originally commemorated the date the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force on April 29, 1997. However, in 2015, the International Day for the Foundation of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Day was established on April 29th as well. The UN changed the observance for the Day of Remembrance to November 30th.

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29 November 2020

Burkina Faso incumbent Kabore wins presidential election.

Burkina Faso incumbent Kabore wins presidential election.

Roch Marc Christian Kabore will serve another 5-year term as president of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, according to provisional results. Opposition figures have said the election was not entirely fair.

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore won 58% of the vote to remain as president of Burkina Faso, the National Independent Electoral Commission announced on Thursday.

Kabore, who became president of the west African nation in 2015, beat out 12 opponents in the first round, receiving 1.6 million out of 3 million votes cast.

The landslide victory removes the need for a runoff ballot, which his opponent were hoping for.

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FIFA World rankings 2020.

FIFA World rankings 2020.

FIFA's World Rankings for November 2020 were published on November 27 at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

There is not so much change in the top 20 positions from October. Belgium who finished third at the World Cup 2018 in Russia are still top followed by champions France who defeated them in the semis, Brazil, England, Portugal, and Spain.

The full top ten is Belgium, France, Brazil, England, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, and Italy.

Senegal are the top African team in 20th place. England remains in 4th. Wales are 18th with the USA in 22nd spot. Australia are in 41st place; Japan are in 27th spot. Near neighbors South Korea are 38th in the list. Scotland are 48th. The Republic of Ireland occupies 42nd place, Northern Ireland are 45th.

Men's Top 10 Rankings

1. Belgium
2. France
3. Brazil
4. England
5. Portugal
6. Spain
7. Uruguay
8. Argentina
9. Mexico
10. Italy


Women's Top 10 Rankings

1.     USA
2.     Germany
3.     France
4.     Netherlands
5.     Sweden  
6.     England
7.     Australia  
8.     Brazil  
9.     Canada  
10.   Korea DPR


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Women's Big Bash League 2020 | Sydney Thunder beat Melbourne Stars.

Women's Big Bash League 2020 | Sydney Thunder beat Melbourne Stars.

Sydney Thunder on Saturday (November 28) were crowned the champions of the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) for the second time. The side achieved the feat by defeating Melbourne Stars by seven wickets here at the North Sydney Oval.

Melbourne Stars to just 86/9 in the allotted 20 overs. Thunder did not break a sweat in chasing down the total as the side achieved the target with 38 balls to spare. 

Bowling first, Shabnim Ismail and Sammy-Jo Johnson scalped two wickets while all the other bowlers chipped in with one wicket each as Thunder restricted Stars to under the 90-run mark. For Stars, Katherine Brunt was the top-scorer as she played an unbeaten inning of 22 runs.

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QS World University Rankings - 2021.

QS World University Rankings - 2021.

This year’s QS World University Rankings reveals the top 1,000 universities from around the world, covering 80 different locations. There are 47 new entrants in this year’s top 1,000 while over 5,500 universities were evaluated and considered for inclusion. For more information on this process, consult our methodology.

While the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) continues its record-breaking streak at number one - the ninth year in a row it’s achieved this feat - the big story this year is the impressive gains made by Asian universities. 26 institutions from the continent now feature in the global top 100, more than ever before.

Accordingly, top 10 Universities in the world. 

  • 1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - United States
  • 2. Stanford University - United States
  • 3. Harvard University - United States
  • 4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) - United States
  • 5. University of Oxford - United Kingdom
  • 6. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Switzerland
  • 7. University of Cambridge - United Kingdom
  • 8. Imperial College London - United Kingdom
  • 9. University of Chicago - United States
  • 10. UCL - United Kingdom


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International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People - 29 November.

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People - 29 November.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on or around 29 November each year, in accordance with General Assembly mandates contained in resolutions 32/40 B of 2 December 1977, 34/65 D of 12 December 1979, and subsequent resolutions adopted under agenda item “Question of Palestine.”

The date of 29 November was chosen because of its meaning and significance to the Palestinian people. On that day in 1947, the General Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II), which came to be known as the Partition Resolution. That resolution provided for the establishment in Palestine of a “Jewish State” and an “Arab State”, with Jerusalem as a corpus separatum under a special international regime. Of the two States to be created under this resolution, only one, Israel, has so far come into being.

The Palestinian people, who now number more than eight million, live primarily in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, including East Jerusalem; in Israel; in neighbouring Arab States; and in refugee camps in the region.

The International Day of Solidarity traditionally provides an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine remains unresolved and that the Palestinian people have yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property, from which they have been displaced.

Government officials, educators, and civil society organizations hold a variety of events demonstrating solidarity with the Palestinians on this day. These include the issuance of special messages, meetings, dissemination of publications, and film screenings. A special meeting is held each year at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The United Nations offices in Geneva and Vienna host meetings on this day.

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28 November 2020

US imposes sanctions on Russian, Chinese companies.

US imposes sanctions on Russian, Chinese companies.

The US has imposed sanctions on four companies from China and Russia for supporting Iran's missile programme that remains a "significant proliferation concern,"

The announcement was made as the US continues to take tough measures against Iran for continuing their activities related to nuclear arms.

The companies are Chengdu Best New Materials Co Ltd and Zibo Elim Trade Co, Ltd. in China and Nilco Group, which is also known as Nil Fam Khazar Company and Santers Holding and Joint Stock Company Elecon in Russia.

President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the landmark Iran nuclear deal in 2018.

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Israeli PM Netanyahu, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2021.

Israeli PM Netanyahu, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2021.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed have been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

The former first minister of Northern Ireland Trimble won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 for his endeavors to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland. As Trimble himself is the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, he holds the privilege to nominate others for the prize. Meanwhile, the Nobel Prize Committee will review Natanyahu's and Al Nahyan's nominations.

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Quarantine’ named Cambridge Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2020.

Quarantine’ named Cambridge Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2020.

Cambridge Dictionary has named ‘quarantine’ as Word of the Year 2020. The word has been named the word of the year based on data that showed that it was one of the most highly searched words on the Cambridge Dictionary this year. Cambridge editors have noticed that people are using the word in a new way this year describing a “general period of time in which people are not allowed to leave their homes or travel freely so that they do not catch or spread a disease.” This new sense of quarantine has now been added to the Cambridge Dictionary.

Quarantine was the only word to rank in the top five for both search spikes and overall views (more than 183,000 by early November), with the largest spike in searches (28,545) seen in the week of March 18-24, when many countries around the world went into lockdown as a result of current pandemic.

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264 projects to ensure more efficient water supply by next year.


264 projects to ensure more efficient water supply by next year.

All arrangements have been made to commence 264 projects in the country to make the water supply activities more efficient by next year, the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Water Supply has said.

The Ministry has thus planned to launch one part of the projects in 2021 and the other in the following year.

Addressing the Committee chaired by Minister of Water Supply Vasudeva Nanayakkara yesterday (27 November 2020), Secretary to the Ministry of Water Supply Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrema stated that he hopes to increase the water supply coverage in the country from the current 40% to 78%.

It will also increase the current water production per day from 2.07 cubic meters to 4.47 cubic meters.

All these projects are expected to be designed by engineers of the Water Board carried out by local contractors using local funds.

Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara emphasized that water supply alone is not his objective and that he aims to provide quality water to the people.

Furthermore, the Minister said that the Water Board, the Water Supply Board and the Department of National Community Water Supply under his Ministry are working efficiently for this purpose.

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Prime Minister Modi Inaugurates 3rd global renewable energy event “RE-INVEST” 2020.

Prime Minister Modi Inaugurates 3rd global renewable energy event “RE-INVEST” 2020.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-Invest 2020) through video conferencing. The summit is organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The theme for RE-Invest 2020 is ‘Innovations for Sustainable Energy Transition’. The first two editions of RE-Invest were held in 2015 and 2018.

The two day virtual programme will provide an international forum for investment promotion in renewable energy sector and an opportunity to various countries, states, business houses & organizations to showcase their strategies, achievements and expectations. It must be noted that India has set an ambitious target of having 175GW of renewable energy by 2022 and 450GW by 2030.

As noted by the PM of India, India's renwable power capacity is the 4th largest in the world and it is growing at the fastest speed accross all major countries. The current renewable energy capacity in India is 136GW. It is about 36 percentof the country's total capacity. 

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Russia Test-Fires ‘Tsirkon’ Hypersonic Missile.


Russia Test-Fires ‘Tsirkon’ Hypersonic Missile.

Russia successfully test-fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile in the Arctic, the country's Defence Ministry has announced.

The frigate Admiral Gorshkov in the White Sea fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile, hitting a naval target 450 km away in the Barents Sea at a speed of over Mach 8.

In early January 2020, the same frigate test-fired a Tsirkon missile for the first time, striking a ground target over 500 km away.

Last month, the warship deployed in the White Sea destroyed a naval target in the Barents Sea with a Tsirkon missile.

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Father of Indian IT industry FC Kohli passes away at age 96.

Father of Indian IT industry FC Kohli passes away at age 96.

Founder of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Faqir Chand Kohli, better known as the "Father of the Indian IT industry", passed away. Besides being the founder, he was also the first CEO of TCS.

Kohli also worked as the deputy general manager of Tata Power Company and was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of College of Engineering, Pune.  As the first CEO of TCS, he pioneered India’s IT revolution and helped the country build the $190-billion IT industry.  A visionary and pioneer by nature, he was a recipient of Padma Bhushan from the Government of India.

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27 November 2020

James D. Wolfensohn, Former World Bank Chief, Dies at Age 86.

James D. Wolfensohn, Former World Bank Chief, Dies at Age 86.

Australian-American lawyer, investment banker, and economist James Wolfensohn, who served as the President of the World Bank for 10 years, passed away. On June 1, 1995, Wolfensohn became the ninth president of the World Bank, replacing Lewis Preston, who retired because of ill health.

Wolfensohn was a veteran of the Royal Australian Air Force and a member of the 1956 Australian Olympic fencing team. He was educated at the University of Sydney (B.A., 1954; LL.B., 1957) and Harvard University (M.B.A., 1959). During a distinguished career in investment banking, he oversaw the restructuring of the Chrysler Corp. while working at Salomon Brothers, and for 14 years he served as president and chief executive officer of James D. Wolfensohn, Inc., an investment company. A philanthropist as well as an accomplished cellist, Wolfensohn served as chairman (1980–91) of New York City’s Carnegie Hall, overseeing its remodeling, and as chairman (1990–95) of the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Wolfensohn became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1980.

Together with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Wolfensohn launched the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative in 1996, a program that eventually provided more than $53 billion in debt relief to 27 of the world’s poorest countries.

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Nobel Prize Established - 27 November.

Nobel Prize Established - 27 November.

On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace - the Nobel Prizes. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden's central bank) established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace were first awarded in 1901.

Nobel Prize

The Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway, while the other prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden. The Nobel Prize is widely regarded as the most prestigious award available in the fields of literature, medicine, physics, chemistry, peace, and economics.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awards the Nobel Prize in Physics, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; the Swedish Academy grants the Nobel Prize in Literature; and the Nobel Peace Prize is not awarded by a Swedish organisation but by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Each recipient, or laureate, receives a gold medal, a diploma, and a sum of money which is decided by Nobel Foundation yearly. As of 2012, each prize was worth 8 million SEK (c. US$1.2 million, €0.93 million). The prize is not awarded posthumously; however, if a person is awarded a prize and dies before receiving it, the prize may still be presented. Though the average number of laureates per prize increased substantially during the 20th century, a prize may not be shared among more than three people

Between 1901 and 2012, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 555 times. There have been a few years in which the Nobel Prize was not awarded, particularly during World War I and II. In the statutes of the Nobel Foundation it says: 'If none of the works under consideration is found to be of the importance indicated in the first paragraph, the prize money shall be reserved until the following year. If, even then, the prize cannot be awarded, the amount shall be added to the Foundation's restricted funds.'

839 Laureates and 24 organizations have been awarded the Nobel Prize between 1901 and 2012. Of them, 71 are Laureates in Economic Sciences. A small number of individuals and organizations have been honoured more than once, which means that 835 individuals and 21 unique organizations have received the Nobel Prize in total.

Between 1901 and 2012 the Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded 44 times to women.

The average age of all Nobel Laureates in all prize categories between 1901 and 2011 is 59 years.

The word 'Laureate' refers to being signified by the laurel wreath.

In Greek mythology, the god Apollo is represented wearing a laurel wreath on his head. A laureal wreath is a circular crown made of branches and leaves of the bay laurel (In latin: Laurus nobilis). In Ancient Greece, laurel wreaths were awarded to victors as a sign of honour - both in athletic competitions and in poetic meets.

Alfred Nobel

Alfred Nobel was born on 21 October 1833 in Stockholm, Sweden, into a family of engineers. He was a chemist, engineer, and inventor. In 1894, Nobel purchased the Bofors iron and steel mill, which he made into a major armaments manufacturer. Nobel also invented ballistite, a precursor to many smokeless military explosives, especially the British smokeless powder cordite. Nobel was even involved in a patent infringement lawsuit over cordite. Nobel amassed a fortune during his lifetime, with most of his wealth from his 355 inventions, of which dynamite is the most famous.

In 1888, Nobel was astonished to read his own obituary, titled The merchant of death is dead, in a French newspaper. As it was Alfred's brother Ludvig who had died, the obituary was eight years premature. The article disconcerted Nobel and made him apprehensive about how he would be remembered. This inspired him to change his will. On 10 December 1896, Alfred Nobel died in his villa in San Remo, Italy, from a cerebral haemorrhage. He was 63 years old.

Nobel wrote several wills during his lifetime. The last was written over a year before he died, signed at the Swedish–Norwegian Club in Paris on 27 November 1895. To widespread astonishment, Nobel's last will specified that his fortune be used to create a series of prizes for those who confer the 'greatest benefit on mankind' in physics, chemistry, peace, physiology or medicine, and literature. Nobel bequeathed 94% of his total assets, 31 million SEK (c. US$186 million, €150 million in 2008), to establish the five Nobel Prizes. Because of scepticism surrounding the will, it was not until 26 April 1897 that it was approved by the Storting in Norway. The executors of Nobel's will, Ragnar Sohlman and Rudolf Lilljequist, formed the Nobel Foundation to take care of Nobel's fortune and organise the award of prizes.

Nobel's instructions named a Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the Peace Prize, the members of whom were appointed shortly after the will was approved in April 1897. Soon thereafter, the other prize-awarding organisations were designated or established. These were the Karolinska Institutet on 7 June, the Swedish Academy on 9 June, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on 11 June. The Nobel Foundation reached an agreement on guidelines for how the prizes should be awarded; and, in 1900, the Nobel Foundation's newly created statutes were promulgated by King Oscar II. In 1905, the personal union between Sweden and Norway was dissolved. Thereafter, Norway's Nobel Committee was responsible for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize and the Swedish institutions retained responsibility for the other prizes.

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Former Niger President Mamadou Tandja Dies At Age 82.

Former Niger President Mamadou Tandja Dies At Age 82.

The West African nation of Niger is observing three days of national mourning following the death of former President Mamadou Tandja at the age of 82.   

The government said Tandja died in the capital, Niamey, but no cause of death was given.  

Tandja was twice elected president of Niger starting 1999 to 2010 before he was overthrown in a coup for attempting to change the constitution to hold onto power.  

Tandja’s ouster paved the way for Issoufou Mahamadou to become president in the 2011 election. Tandja’s death came just over a month before Niger's presidential election. 

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Scotland first in the world to make sanitary products free.

Scotland first in the world to make sanitary products free.

Scotland made sanitary products free to all women, becoming the first nation in the world to take such a step against “period poverty”.

The measure makes tampons and sanitary pads available at designated public places such as community centres, youth clubs and pharmacies, at an estimated annual cost to taxpayers of 24 million pounds ($32m).

The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill passed unanimously, and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon called it “an important policy for women and girls”.

The bill was proposed by Scottish Labour Member of Parliament Monica Lennon. 

In 2018, Scotland became the first country to provide free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.

Some 10 percent of girls in the UK have been unable to afford sanitary products, according to a survey by the children’s charity Plan International in 2017, with campaigners warning many skip classes as a consequence.

Sanitary products in the United Kingdom are taxed at 5 percent.

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Malayalam film ‘Jallikattu’ is India’s official entry for the Oscars.

Malayalam film ‘Jallikattu’ is India’s official entry for the Oscars.

Malayalam film Jallikattu, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, has been selected as India’s official entry for the Best International Feature Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards. Jallikattu is the third Malayalam film after Guru (1997) and Adaminte Makan Abu (2011) to be chosen as the country’s official entry for the Oscars.

Jallikattu premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, garnering praise from critics. It was later screened at the Busan International Film Festival and a host of other major venues.

In 2019, Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, was India’s entry to the Oscars.

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New Zealand’s Greg Barclay elected new ICC Chairman.

New Zealand’s Greg Barclay elected new ICC Chairman.

Auckland-based commercial lawyer and director of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) since 2012, Greg Barclay has been elected as the new chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), after the second round of voting.

Barclay succeeds India’s Shashank Manohar who stepped down in July 2020 and will replace Imran Khwaja, who is currently the interim chairman. He was serving as NZC’s representative on the board of the International Cricket Council and had also served as the director of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015.

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UK will ban new petrol cars by 2030 on road to net zero emissions.

UK will ban new petrol cars by 2030 on road to net zero emissions.

The United Kingdom will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030, five years earlier than previously planned, as part of what Prime Minister Boris Johnson is casting as a “green revolution” to cut emissions to net-zero by 2050.

The United Kingdom last year became the first G7 country to set in law a net-zero emission target by 2050, which will require wholesale changes in the way Britons travel, use energy and eat.

In total, the plan would mobilise 12 billion pounds ($16bn) of government money, with as much as three times that amount coming from the private sector, and create and support 250,000 highly skilled green jobs by 2030, Johnson said.

The new date for a ban on new petrol and diesel cars is five years earlier than the 2035 pledge made by Johnson in February.

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26 November 2020

French rugby legend Christophe Dominici died.

French rugby legend Christophe Dominici died.

Former French rugby international Christophe Dominici has been found dead at the age of 48 in a park near Paris.

Dominici, who played 67 times for France, was 1.72m and 82kg scored 25 tries in 67 Tests for France, including eight tries across three World Cups. 

He had a deceptive change of pace and a shimmy that could lose and confuse defenders.

His most celebrated moment came in the 1999 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand when his second-half try, grabbing a bouncing ball one-handed and then skating down the left touchline, put the French ahead as they reached the final with a remarkable comeback. 

After he retired, then-national coach Bernard Laporte gave Dominici a coaching role. He also worked as a media pundit.

The French Rugby Federation said Dominici had "left his imprint on an entire generation of rugby".

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Taiwan starts construction of first locally built submarines.

Taiwan starts construction of first locally built submarines.

Taiwan started construction work on its first locally made submarines on November 24, 2020. The latest move by the self-ruled island is to bolster its defence against threats from Beijing. The project aims to deliver eight new submarines, with the first expected in 2025.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen vowed to defend the democratic island’s sovereignty with the construction of a new fleet of domestically-developed submarines, a key project supported by the United States to counter neighbouring China.

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China is the largest lender to Sri Lanka.

China is the largest lender to Sri Lanka.

The Government has made arrangements to mobilize foreign financing of US$ 742.8 million by entering into 11 agreements with foreign development partners and lending agencies from January 01 to August 31, 2020, to support the public investment program, the fiscal  management report 2020-21  released by the Finance Ministry said.

This consists of US$ 500.0 million of Foreign Currency Term Financing Facility extended by the China Development Bank for budget support purposes and US$ 128.6 million extended by the World Bank to be utilized for current pandemic Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness project plus grants extended by Japan (US$ 7.6 million), Germany (US$ 12.5 million), the Asian Development Bank (US$ 3.0 million) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (US$ 0.02 million).

The performance of mobilizing foreign financing during the period was adversely affected by current pandemic.

Total foreign financing disbursements made during the period from January 01, to August, 31, 2020 amounted to US$ 1,352.2 million, of which, US$ 1,320.9 million was disbursed as loans while US$ 31.3 million was disbursed by way of grants.

The majority of the disbursements were from the loan agreements signed with China, which is almost 50 percent, followed by World Bank (15 percent), Asian Development Bank (14 percent), and Japan (9 percent).

Other than the US$ 500 million obtained as a budget support loan, the majority of the disbursements was in lieu of the projects implemented under the roads & bridges sector accounting for almost 17 percent of the total disbursements, followed by the ground transport sector at 11 percent, water supply and sanitation sector at 9 percent, and disaster management (4 percent).

As at August 31, 2020, the total undisbursed balance of foreign financing available from already committed loans that are to be utilized in next 3–5 years, was US$ 8,737 million. China has the majority of the balance to be disbursed followed by Asian Development Bank, Japan and the World Bank respectively.

Almost 25 percent of the CUB to be utilized in roads and bridges sector whereas 18 percent is for water supply and sanitation and 14 percent for ground transport sector.

By the end of August 2020, total outstanding external debt of the Government was US$ 35.3 billion. Total debt service payments from January 01, to August 31, 2020 amounted to US$ 2,292.7 million. of which, US$ 1,348.6 million was in lieu of principal repayments and the balance US$ 944.1 million for the payment of interest.

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Asian Development Bank (ADB) approves $165mn loan to support current pandemic-affected SMEs in Sri Lanka.

ADB approves $165mn loan to support current pandemic-affected SMEs in Sri Lanka.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $165 million loan to Sri Lanka to provide immediate financing support for small and medium-enterprises (SMEs), which have been severely affected by the current pandemic, and long-term financing to underserved SMEs, including businesses led by women and tea smallholders.

Current pandemic has gravely hit Sri Lanka’s economy due to the decline in demand and supply chain disruption in export-oriented industries, which has led to an economic slowdown that gradually spread across other sectors. Financial support is critical for SMEs to revive their businesses, which account for over 45% of total employment and 52% of gross domestic product of Sri Lanka.

The new financing will build on the ongoing Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Line of Credit Project, which ADB approved in 2016 to strengthen SMEs’ access to finance. The project is cofinanced with a grant from the G20-led Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) since 2018 to promote women entrepreneurship.

“Through the efficient credit delivery mechanism of the ongoing project, we will swiftly provide affordable working capital loans through 10 local banks for severely affected SMEs in response to current pandemic,” said ADB Financial Sector Specialist for South Asia Takuya Hoshino. “This new loan together with the existing We-Fi grant will further encourage banks to expand their outreach to businesses led by women, to boost long-term economic growth and transformation in the context of a steadily aging population and expected future labor shortage.”

The new loan will introduce a new credit line, cofinanced with a $1.25 million grant from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR), to promote capital investment by tea smallholders. A supplemental $1.75 million technical assistance grant from JFPR will build tea smallholders’ financial literacy and capacity to access financial services and develop policies to promote value chain development for the Sri Lankan tea industry to strengthen its international competitiveness.

ADB approved a $20 billion expanded assistance package in April to support its developing members’ current pandemic response.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.

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First DoubleTree by Hilton Resort Opens in Weerawila, Sri Lanka

First DoubleTree by Hilton Resort Opens in Weerawila, Sri Lanka.

78-room DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort opens to guests in the heart of the idyllic Bird Sanctuary of Weerawila

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort, a new three-story, 78-room modern resort in Weerawila, Sri Lanka. The newly-built resort is owned by KDU Adventures (Private) Limited and joins Hilton Colombo and Hilton Colombo Residences as the third hotel to be managed by Hilton in the country.

Located amongst lush bird sanctuaries and in the midst of three of Asia’s most visited wildlife parks, the resort is set apart by an exquisite ballroom, nature-inspired meeting spaces, stunning restaurants and bars, which makes DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort a natural choice for business and leisure travelers alike.

“We are thrilled to launch our first DoubleTree by Hilton resort in Sri Lanka with the opening of this stunning property which joins our Hilton portfolio in the country. The unique features of the resort, coupled with its location in the heart of Weerawila, makes it a prime choice for domestic and international travelers alike. I am confident DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort will be top of mind for those who are looking for an idyllic getaway while seeking the comfort of a well-recognized hotel brand that consistently delivers service that is authentic, reliable and straight from the heart,” said Paul Hutton, Vice President Operations South East Asia for Hilton.

DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort is located 25 kilometers from Mattala Rajapakse International Airport – a convenient 28-minute drive away – and just over a half hour drive from Hambantota Port district, an up and coming commercial zone in the south of the country. The resort is also uniquely situated within the Weerawila Bird Sanctuary which is home to over 400 species of birds and just minutes away from popular tourist attractions such as Kataragama Sacred City, Bundala and Yala National Parks.

“DoubleTree by Hilton is one of our fastest growing brands with a presence of more than 600 upscale hotels across 47 countries. Over the past decade, the brand has experienced exponential growth, close to quadrupling in size to accommodate the world’s thriving economic and business centers and growing tourism industries,” said Shawn McAteer, global brand head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “We are delighted to welcome this great new addition to our portfolio which is ideal for travelers seeking an unrivaled retreat underscored by superior service and hospitality.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort is located at Weerawila Watta, Weerawila, 82632, Sri Lanka.

For more information, or to make a reservation, travelers may visit www.DoubleTreeWeerawila.com or call +94 47 2030 100.

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Sri Lanka and China discuss consolidating bilateral relations at the 11th session of the Diplomatic Consultations.

Sri Lanka and China discuss consolidating bilateral relations at the 11th session of the Diplomatic Consultations.

Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage together with Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Luo Zhaohui, chaired the 11th session of the diplomatic consultations between Sri Lanka and China virtually on 23 November 2020.

While expressing satisfaction at the ongoing multifaceted partnership between Sri Lanka and China, both sides held extensive discussions on strengthening high level exchanges, fight against current pandemic, economic recovery efforts, people-to-people exchanges and cooperation on international and regional issues. The two countries agreed to expedite the implementation of the ongoing development cooperation projects, increase trade and investment with a special focus on poverty alleviation and uplifting the livelihoods of the people. The two sides also identified new avenues for mutual cooperation to further elevate the Strategic Cooperative Partnership between Sri Lanka and China.

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing, the Embassy of China in Colombo and senior officials from the two Foreign Ministries joined the virtual meeting.

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Korean entrepreneur wins business rights for cable car project in Kandy.

Korean entrepreneur wins business rights for cable car project in Kandy.

A Korean entrepreneur has won the business rights to a cable car project in Sri Lanka’s Kandy – home of the Temple of the Tooth Relic, which is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world.

The entrepreneur is 71-year-old Sky Asia Chairman Yoo Sun-ha.

Despite the current pandemic, the construction will begin next year and the cable car is expected to open by the end of 2022. It will connect 2.2 km from downtown Kandy and Hanthana Mountain. A total of $ 35 million will be invested in the project.

The Sri Lankan officials offered Yoo Sun-ha multiple places to invest in Sri Lanka, including Kandy. At the time, he was in charge of setting up Korea’s first maritime cable car in the southern port city of Yeosu.

“The most important thing in the cable car business is the number of tourists,” Yoo said. “How many tourists annually visit where I want to build a cable car and how do the number of visitors vary each month? It has to be over at least 2.5 million (a year).”

Located in the middle of Sri Lanka, Kandy is one of the biggest tourist cities in the South Asian country. The entire city was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1988. It sees an average of five million visitors per year.

The number of visitors to Kandy’s most famous tourist attraction, the Royal Botanical Gardens, is around two million in a year. The proportion of foreign tourists is measured at only 12%, according to Yoo’s on-site research. That is why the Sky Asia Chairman is not fazed by the current pandemic.

“Buddhism is Sri Lanka’s biggest religion and Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy is one of the must-visit sites in Buddhism,” he said. “Vitalising Sri Lanka’s domestic economy runs through the sacred places of Buddhism.”

Asked what the secret was to his business success, the Korean cable car pioneer emphasised one thing – “personal network”. 

“It is simple. When I was working at Kolon, I built my personal network and background,” he said. “I tell people ‘Make 10 friends, 10 good friends when you are abroad. Do not worry about other things like the income. That personal network will be able to help you when you are out of job’. I have always lived in that way for my entire life.”

Since his first cable car project in Yeosu, Yoo has worked with French lift manufacturer Poma. He also successfully completed Myanmar’s first cable car in Mon State in 2017.

Although he declined to be called as the living legend of Korean cable cars, Yoo said: “I can say it with confidence that I am a Korean pioneer in winning business rights for cable cars in foreign countries.”

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Fantastic Beasts: Mads Mikkelsen replaces Johnny Depp.

Fantastic Beasts: Mads Mikkelsen replaces Johnny Depp.

Mads Mikkelson is to replace Johnny Depp as rogue wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts series, Warner Bros have announced.

Depp left the franchise earlier this month after losing a libel case over a 2018 newspaper article which called him a “wife beater”.

Mikkelson, a Danish actor, has previously starred in films including Rogue One and Doctor Strange.

The third instalment of the series is due to be released in summer 2022.

The announcement came after Depp was denied permission to appeal against the High Court’s ruling, which concluded that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard.

The actor has also been ordered to make an initial payment to the publisher of the Sun, News Group Newspapers of almost £630,000 for its legal fees.

Depp made a brief appearance as Grindelwald in 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and reprised his role in 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The films also star Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law and are prequels to the eight Harry Potter films, which were based on the novels by JK Rowling.

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Grammy Awards 2021: Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa Lead Nominations.

Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa lead 2021 Grammy nominations.

Beyoncé leads the field, with nine nominations overall, including four for Black Parade, a protest anthem released at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests this summer.

Swift, with six nods, could win album of the year for a record-breaking third time with her lockdown album Folklore.

Dua Lipa also picked up six nominations for the disco-tinged Future Nostalgia.

Here is a list of nominees in the major categories for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, which will be handed out on January 31, 2021.

Album of the Year

  • Jhene Aiko, "Chilombo"
  • Black Pumas, "Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition)" 
  • Coldplay, "Everyday Life"
  • Jacob Collier, "Djesse Vol. 3" 
  • Haim, "Women In Music Pt. III"
  • Dua Lipa, "Future Nostalgia"
  • Post Malone, "Hollywood's Bleeding"
  • Taylor Swift, "Folklore"

Record of the Year, recognizing overall performance on a song 

  • Beyonce, "Black Parade"
  • Black Pumas, "Colors" 
  • DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch, "Rockstar" 
  • Doja Cat, "Say So"
  • Billie Eilish, "Everything I Wanted"
  • Dua Lipa, "Don't Start Now"
  • Post Malone, "Circles"
  • Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce, "Savage"

Song of the Year, recognizing songwriting

  • Beyonce, Denisia Andrews, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim "Kaydence" Krysiuk and Rickie "Caso" Tice, "Black Parade" 
  • Roddy Ricch and Samuel Gloade, "The Box"
  • Taylor Swift and Aaron Dessner, "Cardigan"
  • Post Malone, Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk and Billy Walsh, "Circles"
  • Dua Lipa, Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa and Emily Warren, "Don't Start Now" 
  • Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, "Everything I Wanted" 
  • H.E.R., Dernst Emile II and Tiara Thomas, "I Can't Breathe"
  • Julia Michaels and JP Saxe, "If The World Was Ending"

Best New Artist 

  • Ingrid Andress
  • Phoebe Bridgers
  • Chika
  • Noah Cyrus
  • D Smoke
  • Doja Cat
  • Kaytranada
  • Megan Thee Stallion

Best Music Video 

  • Beyonce, "Brown Skin Girl"
  • Future featuring Drake, "Life Is Good"
  • Anderson .Paak, "Lockdown"
  • Harry Styles, "Adore You"
  • Woodkid, "Goliath"

Best Rap Album 

  • D Smoke, "Black Habits"
  • Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist, "Alfredo"
  • Jay Electronica, "A Written Testimony"
  • Nas, "King's Disease"
  • Royce Da 5'9", "The Allegory"

Best Rock Album 

  • Fontaines DC, "A Hero's Death"
  • Michael Kiwanuka, "Kiwanuka"
  • Grace Potter, "Daylight"
  • Sturgill Simpson, "Sound & Fury"
  • The Strokes, "The New Abnormal"

Best Pop Vocal Album 

  • Justin Bieber, "Changes"
  • Lady Gaga, "Chromatica"
  • Dua Lipa, "Future Nostalgia"
  • Harry Styles, "Fine Line"
  • Taylor Swift, "Folklore"

Best Alternative Music Album 

  • Fiona Apple, "Fetch the Bolt Cutters"
  • Beck, "Hyperspace"
  • Phoebe Bridgers, "Punisher"
  • Brittany Howard, "Jaime"
  • Tame Impala, "The Slow Rush"

Best Global Music Album 

  • Antibalas, "Fu Chronicles"
  • Burna Boy, "Twice as Tall"
  • Bebel Gilberto, "Agora"
  • Anoushka Shankar, "Love Letters"
  • Tinariwen, "Amadjar"

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