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News in Short - 06-February-2021

The White Tiger nominated for BAFTA

Date: 06 February 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The British Academy has unveiled the longlist for 2021 BAFTA Awards and Priyanka Choprastarrer The White Tiger is in contention for nominations in seven categories.
  • The movie is among the 15 features vying for a spot in the final five for the best picture honour.
  • The film’s lead star, Adarsh Gourav, has made it to best actor longlist that also include Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal, late star Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
  • Chopra is in fray for best supporting actress nod. The list also include Maria Bakalova of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Ellen Burstyn of Pieces of a Woman, Glenn Close for Hillbilly Elegy, and Olivia Colman for The Father, among others.

4G services restored in J&K

Date: 06 February 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • After being suspended for almost two years, high speed 4G internet services have been restored in the entire Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The 4G internet services were snapped to prevent a backlash against the government's move to revoke the former state's special status by abrogating Article 370.
  • The move to restrict high-speed internet services was taken back then and though 2G services were restored in several places, high-speed services were not restored.
  • The Centre had reportedly cited separatists and Pakistan-based terrorism as the reason to restrict high-speed internet in J&K.

RBI keeps rates unchanged

Date: 06 February 2021 Tags: Monetary Policy & RBI
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided to keep key lending rates unchanged for fourth time in a row, in its February policy review meeting.
  • RBI has projected gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at a rate of 10.5 percent for the financial year 2021-22, on the back of recovery in economic activities.
  • The six-member monetary policy committee (MPC) kept repo rate unchanged at 4 percent, while maintaining accommodative stance. Consequently, the reverse repo rate will also continue to earn 3.35 percent for banks.
  • Repo rate is the rate at which the RBI lends to banks, while reverse repo rate is the rate at which it borrows from banks.

Iran conducts surgical strike in Pakistan

Date: 06 February 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) freed two of its soldiers in an intelligence operation inside Pakistan.
  • The IRGC Ground Force's Quds Base in South-eastern Iran freed border guards in a successful intelligence operation.
  • A Pakistan-based radical Wahhabi terrorist group 'Jaish ul-Adl' had on October 16, 2018, kidnapped 12 IRGC guards to the Pakistani territory in the city of Merkava in Sistan and Baluchestan Province on the border between the two countries.
  • Declared a terrorist organisation by Tehran, Jaish ul-Adl is pursuing an armed struggle against the Iranian government, claiming to defend the rights of Baloch Sunnis in Iran.