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    1st Sep, 2023
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Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

After Hindenburg, the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has again made allegations of stock manipulation against the Adani Group.

About the Organization:

  • The OCCRP network first opened an office in Sarajevo.
  • Over the years, the OCCRP has grown from six journalists working in five countries to more than 150 journalists in 30 countries.
  • The idea is to have a global network of journalists with easy communication and information-sharing so that global networks of corruption and crime can be better understood and exposed.
  • The OCCRP also collaborates with regional partners, including Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), Centro Latino Americano de Investigacion Periodistica (CLIP), and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). It is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network as well.
  • The organisation has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for its work “contributing to peace by unmasking political corruption and organized crime”.

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  • Oncologist Ravi Kannan, a recipient of India’s fourth-highest civilian award Padma Shri and the director of Assam’s Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (CCHRC), has been named one of the four winners of the 2023 Ramon Magsaysay Award.
  • Ravi Kannan’s contribution:
    • He got this award for Strong devotion to his medical profession, focusing on what medicine is truly for: pro-health and people-centred treatment.
  • About the award:
    • The Ramon Magsaysay Award is often called the 'Nobel Prize of Asia'.
    • This year, in the ceremony's 65th edition, four Asians were given the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
  • The award carries a certificate, a medallion bearing the likeness of the late President, and a cash prize of USD 50,000.

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Backward evolution

The Ulas family in Turkey's Hatay has baffled scientists for quite a long time because some of its members walk on using all hands and legs. Turkish scientists have called the family as proof of 'backward evolution'.

What is backward evolution?

  • Devolution, de-evolution, or backward evolution is the notion that species can revert to supposedly more primitive forms over time.
  • One of the examples of this is Penguins, as their ancestors were able to fly, but they lost that ability quickly after the demise of the large dinosaurs.
  • Research shows that, the increased evolution of selfless traits -- such as sharing food and keeping watch for one another -- is mathematically equivalent to the decreased evolution of individually beneficial traits.
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