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Last Updated Thursday January 18 2018 05:34 PM IST

Tiny Bytes: First space cat, Aadhaar for bank transactions, FIFA U-17 and more

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Welcome to Tiny Bytes, a look at some of the top news for little minds.

First ever space cat to get a statue

How many of you know the name of the first dog which was sent to space? You are right- Laika. Now, how many of you know the name of the first ever cat that was sent to space? It is called Felicette. Unlike Laika, the pioneering space pussycat never got he limelight and attention it deserved. Thanks to Matthew Serge Guy, Felicette is now in news as the a British advertising executive has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $52,439 for erecting a statue in her honor in Paris, France.

Malayalam film director IV Sasi dies at 69

Renowned Malayalam film director I.V. Sasi is no more. He was suffering from cancer. The veteran director is credited with making the most number of films in Malayalam. He shares the honor with J Sasikumar.

In 1982, he won the National Award for the best feature film on national integration for his movie Aroodam. He had twice won the state award for best direction. He was a recipient of J. C. Daniel Award in 2015. Click here to read the full story

Aadhaar mandatory for bank accounts, transactions over Rs 50,000

The government has made it mandatory for banks and financial institutions to check the original identification documents of individuals dealing in cash above the prescribed threshold, to weed out the use of forged or fake copies.

Biometric identification number Aadhaar and other official documents are required to be obtained by the reporting entities from anyone opening a bank account as well as for any financial transaction of Rs 50,000 and above. Click here to read the full story

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Spain take on Mali in battle of contrasting styles

A battle of contrasting styles of football will be on view when classical Spain crosses swords with a robust Mali in the semifinal of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Wednesday. The contest at the D.Y. Patil Stadium is expected to produce top-drawer football with European champions Spain adopting their tiki-taka style of play in trying to overcome the free-flowing and attacking manner of play by African champions Mali. Click to read full story

That’s it for today, kids. Thank you for listening. I hope you’ll watch out for me tomorrow again at 5 pm. Remember it’s so important to know what’s going on in the world around you.

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