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News in Short - 03-January-2022

Quinton de Kock retires from Test cricket

Date: 03 January 2022 Tags: Sports
  • South Africa’s star wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock on December 30 announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect.
  • A former Test captain, De Kock is only 29 and it is believed that he will continue playing in the white-ball formats for the Proteas, with a lot of focus on franchise-based T20 leagues.
  • De Kock made his Proteas Test debut against Australia in Gqeberha in 2014. In 54 matches, he scored 3300 runs with a highest score of 141 not out, at an average of 38.82 and strike rate of 70.93.

Wang Yi to visit Sri Lanka and Maldives

Date: 03 January 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit five littoral countries in the Indian Ocean Region including Maldives and Sri Lanka.
  • Wang would on January 4 begin his five-nation trip in eastern Africa, visiting Eritrea and Kenya, before travelling to the island nation of Comoros, followed by Maldives and Sri Lanka.
  • The visit would focus on ongoing projects and investments, while Colombo and Beijing try to iron out some differences.

MIT engineers to build flying saucer

Date: 03 January 2022 Tags: Space
  • Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States have made a concept hovering rover that could levitate on the surface of the Moon and other asteroids.
  • Using the surface charge of the airless space bodies and beam of ions that the levitator emits through its nozzles, the vehicle could defy gravity using electrostatic force.
  • In the absence of an atmosphere, the Moon and other airless bodies like asteroids can accumulate electric fields, thanks to the constant exposure to the sun and its solar wind.

Iran announces new space launch

Date: 03 January 2022 Tags: Space
  • Iran announced it had carried out a new space launch, in a move likely to irk Western powers amid tough talks on reviving a 2015 nuclear deal.
  • Western governments worry that satellite launch systems incorporate technologies interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.
  • Iran insists its space programme is for civilian and defence purposes only, and does not breach the nuclear deal or any other international agreement.

China to officially rename places in Arunachal Pradesh

Date: 03 January 2022 Tags: India & World
  • China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs announced that it had standardised the names of 15 places in Zangnan, the Chinese name for Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Among the official names of the 15 places, which were given precise coordinates, eight are residential areas, four are mountains, two are rivers, and one is a mountain pass.
  • This is the second batch of standardised names of places in Arunachal Pradesh given by China. The first batch of the standardised names of six places was released in 2017.