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News in Short - 07-May-2022

Karine Jean-Pierre named White House Press secretary

Date: 07 May 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • US President Joe Biden named Karine Jean-Pierre as the next White House press secretary, the first Black person to hold the high-profile post.
  • Jean-Pierre, who will also be the first openly LGBTQ+ person in the role, will replace Jen Psaki, under whom she served as deputy, from May 13.
  • Jean-Pierre worked on both of former president Barack Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012 and then on Biden’s campaign in 2020.

Use of loudspeakers in mosques not fundamental right

Date: 07 May 2022 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The Allahabad High Court has dismissed a petition that sought the installation of loudspeakers in mosques, saying it is “not a fundamental right”.
  • The controversy over the use of loudspeakers at religious places sparked across several states, including Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
  • Recently, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the sound from loudspeakers at religious places should not be heard outside the premises.

Collegium recommends two names for supreme court judge

Date: 07 May 2022 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Gujarat High Court judge Justice JamshedBurjorPardiwala for appointment as apex court judges.
  • If appointed as apex court judge, Justice Pardiwala will be in line for appointment as Chief Justice of India and have a tenure of about two years and three months.
  • He would be the first from a minority community to be elevated to the Supreme Court in five years. Justice S. Abdul Nazeer was elevated to the Supreme Court in February 2017.

Hangzhou Asian Games 2022 postponed

Date: 07 May 2022 Tags: Sports
  • The Asian Games, which were to be held from September 10-25 in Hangzhou, have been postponed due to the pandemic.
  • The decision comes at a time when China is experiencing its biggest Covid-19 outbreak. The country is battling a record number of daily cases in Shanghai.
  • The decision is likely to have a bearing on the Paris Olympics qualification system, especially in sports such as hockey where Asian Games gold medalists were to be awarded a direct berth.

Government asks VPN companies to harvest user data

Date: 07 May 2022 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers
  • The Union government has directed companies offering Virtual Private Network, or VPN services, to collect and store information of Indian users for up to five years.
  • Virtual Private Networks allow users to mask their location and browse the internet without divulging their search history to the internet service providers.
  • VPN providers in India now need to store names, addresses, contact numbers, period of subscription, email and IP address, and the client’s purpose of using their service.