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News in Short - 03-September-2021

World’s highest motorable road inaugurated in Ladakh

Date: 03 September 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A strategically important road which connects Leh to the Pangong Lake was inaugurated in Ladakh. The stretch passing through Kela Pass at 18,600 ft will be the world’s highest motorable way.
  • The road, constructed by the 58 Engineer Regiment of the Indian Army, will reduce 41 km of travel from Leh (Zingral to Tangtse) to the picturesque Pangong Lake crossing the Kela Pass.
  • The road will be the world’s highest motorable road for the general public at a height of 18,600 feet. Up till now, the Khardungla Pass was the world’s highest motorable road for the general public at a height of 18,380 ft.

Ronaldo breaks goalscoring record

Date: 03 September 2021 Tags: Sports
  • Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 110th international goal to overtake Iran’s Ali Daei as the top men’s career international goal scorer.
  • Ronaldo drew level with Daei’s mark of 109 earlier this year at Euro 2020 with a two-goal performance in group-stage action against France.
  • The career international scoring record is held by Canada’s Christine Sinclair, who has 186 goals. Ronaldo became the first man to appear at five Euros, second overall only to Italy’s Carolina Morace who has appeared at six tournaments.

Ladakh appoints state animal and bird

Date: 03 September 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Ladakh adopted two endangered species, snow leopard and black-necked crane, as State animal and State bird, two years after it was carved out as a separate Union Territory (UT).
  • Black-necked crane, only found in Ladakh region, was the State bird of J&K before August 5, 2019. Black-necked cranes are only found in Ladakh’s Changthang region.
  • Snow leopard, whose numbers are dwindling wordwide, has been categorised as “vulnerable” in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.

Former Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra passes away

Date: 03 September 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Former Rajya Sabha MP and senior journalist Chandan Mitra passed away in Delhi. He was 65 years old.
  • The two-time Rajya Sabha MP was the Editor and Managing Director of The Pioneer. He had quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in July 2018 and joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
  • Chandan Mitra was a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha from August 2003 to 2009. In June 2010, the BJP got him elected to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh. His term ended in 2016.

TV actor Sidharth Shukla passes away

Date: 03 September 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Popular television and film actor Sidharth Shukla, best known for his role in the long-running TV show Balika Vadhu passed away in Mumbai due to heart attack. He was 40.
  • Sidharth was the winner of Bigg Boss 13 and a popular face of showbiz and has been a part of film Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.
  • The actor’s last screen outing was Ekta Kapoor’s popular show ‘Broken But Beautiful 3’ in which he played the role of Agastya.