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News in Short - 07-April-2022

US F-18 fighter jets to be tested on INS Vikrant

Date: 07 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • US defence major Boeing will be sending two F-18 Super Hornet fighters to India to be tested for INS Vikrant.
  • INS Vikrant is under exhaustive sea trials and will be in action later this year with MiG-29K fighters on board for the time being.
  • The flight trials of the F-18 carrier capable fighter on the mock-up 928 feet deck of India’s sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya are expected around May 21.

Elon Musk to join Twitter board of directors

Date: 07 April 2022 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Elon Musk is joining Twitter’s board of directors a day after disclosing that the Tesla CEO took a 9% stake in the social media platform.
  • Musk, either alone or as a member of a group, won’t be allowed to own more than 14.9% of Twitter’s outstanding stock for as long as he’s a board member and for 90 days after.
  • Musk will remain on Twitter’s board until the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting in 2024. He had purchased the shares by spending $3 billion.

Israel government loses majority

Date: 07 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A lawmaker recently quit the government's wafer-thin ruling coalition over a religious dispute, throwing the fragile alliance into disarray without a majority in Parliament.
  • Mr. Bennett’s coalition of eight political parties now holds 60 seats in the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament.
  • The Knesset is currently in recess and it remains unclear if the Opposition will now have enough support to hold a no-confidence vote.

Sri Lanka to close embassy in Norway and Iraq

Date: 07 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Cash-strapped Sri Lanka has decided to temporarily shut its embassies in Norway and Iraq, as well as the country’s Consulate General in Sydney.
  • The decision of temporary closure came after careful deliberation and was part of a general restructuring of Sri Lanka’s diplomatic representation overseas.
  • The Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Sweden’s Stockholm will be concurrently accredited to Norway and the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi will be concurrently accredited to Iraq.

Ukraine alleges genocide by Russia in Bucha

Date: 07 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Ukraine accused Russia of genocide after mass graves were recovered from Bucha town on the outskirts of the capital city of Kyiv.
  • The allegations come amid the recovery of 57 bodies which were buried in a mass grave in the town outside the Ukrainian capital.
  • Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the European Union all called for those responsible to be brought to book at the international tribunal in The Hague.