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News in Short - 03-August-2020

Ministerial panel recommends uplifting ban on ventilator exports

Date: 03 August 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) has recommended that India lift the ban on the export of ventilators.
  • India's “low case fatality rate” as well as “substantial growth” in the domestic manufacturing capacity were reasons for the ban to be lifted, the document notes. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) had banned the export of ventilators on March 24.
  • The number of COVID-19 patients who had succumbed to the disease stood at 2.15% of the total confirmed cases. Only 0.22% of the active cases were on ventilators across the country and there were more than 20 domestic manufacturers for ventilators.
  • Now with the export of ventilators having been allowed, it is hoped that domestic ventilators would be in a position to find new markets for Indian ventilators in foreign countries.

UAE to launch Arab world’s first nuclear reactor

Date: 03 August 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The United Arab Emirates has announced the start-up of its Barakah nuclear power plant, scoring another first for the Arab world.
  • The announcement comes hot on the heels of the UAE’s launch of the Arab world’s first probe to Mars. Barakah was built by a consortium led by the Korea Electric Power Corporation at a cost of some $24.4 billion.
  • The UAE started loading fuel rods into the reactor at Barakah in February, after regulators gave the green light for the first of the plant’s four reactors, opening the way for commercial operations.

Nepal to send updated map to UN

Date: 03 August 2020 Tags: India & World
  • Nepal government intends to send its recently revised map to India, Google, and the international community by the middle of August.
  • The Ministry has asked the Department of Measurement to print 4,000 copies of the updated version of Nepal's map in the English language and send it to the international community.
  • The Nepal government on May 20 had released the revised political and administrative map incorporating Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh, and Kalapani.
  • India has said that the move is contrary to the bilateral understanding to resolve the outstanding boundary issues through diplomatic dialogue and such artificial enlargement of territorial claims will not be accepted by India.

Uttar Pradesh minister Kamal Rani Varun dies

Date: 03 August 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • UP’s Cabinet minister for Technical Education Kamal Rani Varun succumbed to COVID-19 at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences,Lucknow.
  • Kamal Rani is the first minister in Uttar Pradesh to die after contracting coronavirus. She was 62.
  • Currently, Kamal Rani was MLA from Ghatampur in Kanpur. In the past, she was also a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha twice.

Former Rajya Sabha MP and SP leader Amar Singh passes away

Date: 03 August 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Former Samajwadi Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh passed away after a prolonged illness in Singapore. He was 64.
  • Amar, a one-time loyalist of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, was expelled from the party for the second time in 2017.
  • During his first stint of 14 years from 1996 to 2010, Amar had networked extensively for the party and was often seen with celebrities from Anil Ambani to Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, from Sanjay Dutt to Subrata Roy.
  • He floated his own Rashtriya Lok Manch in 2011 and fielded over 300 candidates in the 2012 UP polls but won none.
  • He then briefly joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal and contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Fatehpur Sikri, and lost. Six years after his expulsion, the SP mended fences and nominated him to the Rajya Sabha in May 2016.