Podcast Episode 6: Weekly News Update

Episode 6: Weekly News Update


October 1 – October 7

Listen more on Nobel Prize winners, Paytm mini app store, Atal Tunnel and much more in the weekly update.

Hello, Aaditya here and welcome to the weekly news update

The Noble Prize for the year 2020 have started their announcement on October 5th and will go till October 12. The award for Medicine and Physics was announced on Oct 5th and oct 6th respectively.

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded jointly to Harvey J. AlterMichael Houghton, and Charles M. Rice “for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus”.

Approximately 400,000 deaths occur in a year due to Hepatitis C. For the first time in history, the disease can now be cured, raising hopes of eradicating Hepatitis C virus from the world population.

The Nobel prize 2020 for physics goes to Roger Penrose “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity” and to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy”

More Nobel Prize will be announced in the coming days. Will be updating the same in the next podcast or you can check news4children.com

Paytm, announced the launch of the new Andriod Mini App Store for Indian developers. Local India’s app store aims to drive the Atmanirbhar Bharat mission while keeping the digital consumer spends within India.

Recently, Google had banned Paytm for a day from Google play store citing Paytm having violated the gambling policy. Further, Google had brought in the policy of imposing 30 percent mobile app store tax for apps selling digital goods, which drew tremendous criticism by Indian app owners.

These developments indeed questioned the control of Indian business by a foreign entity. This mini Paytm App Store seems like a sharp response to Google’s move.

Paytm Mini Apps Store is a custom-built mobile website that gives users app-like experience without having to download them. In google play store, one needs to download the app to use them. This occupies storage in the phone. Whereas, with the Paytm Mini Apps store, users can open and use the apps in the play store without downloading it. This would save up on phone memory.

Atal Tunnel: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Atal Tunnel at Rohtang, Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of above 3000 metres.

The 9.02 km long tunnel is the world’s longest tunnel at an altitude above 3,000 metres. The nearest in comparison to the Atal Tunnel is the Anzob Tunnel in Tajikistan – length 5 km, at an altitude of 3,372 metres.

The Atal Tunnel reduces the distance between Manali and Leh by 45 kilometres and also reduces the travel time by 3-5 hours. With Atal Tunnel the road can be accessed during winter too.

Donald Trump, President of the United States of America was tested positive with Covid19. He received treatment and he is also back to white house too.

In India, with coronavirus cases continue to rise, the Unlock 5 announced on September 30, allowed the graded opening of school across India from October 15th onwards. However, Karnataka is yet to take a call on the same.

Under the famous celebrity birthday column, we have Vladimir Putin, President of Russia. He was born on October 7, 1952, in Leningrad, Russia. He is presently serving as President of Russia for the second term since 2012. He studied law at Leningrad State University, graduating in 1975. Putin worked as a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years. He resigned in 1991 to begin a political career in Saint Petersburg.

Handling the coronavirus, President Putin also announced that Russia is the first country to register a vaccine for covid19. Named Sputnik V, the vaccine could be available for mass use soon. However, the problem with Sputnik V, is they have not followed clinical trial protocols.

Well, that’s it for today.. see you again next week. For more check out news4children.com. The podcasts are available in Spotify. Do not forget to follow us in Spotify.

Thank you

Source: Nobelprize.org, blog.paytm.com, Wikipedia

News4children, a news portal on current affairs tapered especially for children with academic input. Every article is written in simple language with full background information, so children can understand the news better. Most of the articles include academic input, activities and vocabulary as well.


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