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News in Short - 04-June-2021

Asia University Rankings 2021

Date: 04 June 2021 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • In the latest Times Higher Education Asia university rankings 2021, IISc Bangalore, IIT Ropar and IIT Indore have secured rank among the top 100 universities in Asia.
  • Like last year, not a single Indian varsity made it to the elite top 10. IISc Bangalore ranked at 37th position.
  • Tsinghua University, China has gained the first position in the Asia university rankings 2021. The second place is also secured by China’s Peking University.
  • The third and fifth ranks has been secured by Singapore varsities. Whereas, University of Hong Kong is at fourth rank. 
  • Last year, 7 IITs including Delhi, Bombay and Madras, had decided to boycott the ranking due to lack of “transparency” in the ranking parameters.

Ranjitsinh Disale appointed as World Bank Education advisor

Date: 04 June 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Ranjitsinh Disale, the first Indian teacher to receive the Global Teacher Award has been appointed by the World Bank as an Advisor to the World Bank.
  • The World Bank has appointed 12 advisors from world over and Mr. Disale is one of them representing India.
  • World Bank has recently launched the Global Coach Program, a new initiative focused on accelerating learning by helping countries improve in-service teacher professional development (TPD) programs and systems.
  • The Coach program focuses on helping countries transform their TPD programs and policies to ones that adhere to a set of four key principles that have been shown to be linked to improved teaching quality.

India to vote for Maldives as UNGA head

Date: 04 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • India will vote in support of Maldives’ Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid at the election for the President of the General Assembly (PGA) in the United Nations next week.
  • The decision will disappoint another close neighbour, Afghanistan, which has former Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul in the running.
  • The Afghanistan government had formally requested India to vote for Mr. Rassoul, and was still hopeful of securing support. However, India has made it clear that it cannot vote for Afghanistan as it had committed support for the Maldives.

Isaac Herzog elected as Israel president

Date: 04 June 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Veteran politician Isaac Herzog has been elected Israel’s 11th president in a secret ballot in the Knesset (parliament).
  • The 60-year-old former Labor leader will be the first Israeli President who is the son of a former president. His father Chaim Herzog served as Israel’s Head of State between 1983 and 1993.
  • Herzog won the support of an overwhelming 87 lawmakers in the 120-member house defeating his rival Miriam Peretz with a comfortable margin.
  • He will officially replace outgoing President Reuven Rivlin next month, with his seven-year term beginning on July 9.

David Diop wins International Booker prize

Date: 04 June 2021 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • “At Night All Blood is Black” by French writer David Diop beat five other finalists to take the 50,000-pound ($70,000) Booker prize, which is open to fiction in any language that has been translated into English.
  • The novel is narrated by Alfa Ndiaye, a Senegalese soldier fighting for the then-imperial power France during World War I, and charts his descent into madness on the battlefield.
  • Born in France and raised in Senegal, Diop teaches 18th-century literature at the University of Pau in southern France.
  • He is the first French author to win the prize, a counterpart to the prestigious Booker Prize for English-language fiction.