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News in Short - 07-September-2021

Undersea cables have high risk of failure due to sun storms

Date: 07 September 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Powerful solar superstorms can destroy undersea cables leading to massive Internet disruption lasting for several months.
  • A solar storm is a directional ejection of a large mass of highly magnetised particles from the sun. These magnetised and charged solar particles will interact with the earth’s magnetic field and induce strong electric currents on the earth’s surface.
  • The research notes that undersea cables have a higher risk of failure compared to land cables due to their large lengths as current is proportional to the area of the loop formed by the two grounds and the cable.

Pakistan cricket coaches resign

Date: 07 September 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis resigned from their respective roles with the senior national team, citing bio-bubble fatigue.
  • The decision helps raise a few eyebrows as it comes with just a month to go for the T20 World Cup. Both Misbah and Waqar had a year left in their contracts after having been appointed in in September 2019.
  • Pakistan, meanwhile, appointed former spinner SaqlainMushtaq and former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq as interim coaches for the New Zealand series.

Taliban claims control over Panjshir valley

Date: 07 September 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Taliban claimed victory over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, declaring that it completed the takeover of Afghanistan.
  • The Taliban assured the ethnically distinct people of Panjshir that there would be no discriminatory act against them.
  • Ahmad Massoud leads a force drawn from remnants of regular Afghan army and special forces units as well as local militia fighters.  Massoud and former vice president Amrullah Saleh have escaped to neighbouring Tajikistan.

Former Union Health secretary KeshavDesiraju passes away

Date: 07 September 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Former Union health secretary KeshavDesiraju passed away in Chennai. He was the grandson of former President of India Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
  • Desiraju retired as the Union Secretary in the Department of Consumer Affairs and held several other positions in the Government of India, as well as other state governments.
  • He was a scholar and researcher and an advocate of prioritising mental health. Even after retirement, the IAS officer continued to serve in advisory boards of several organisations and contributed towards improving public health.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga resigns

Date: 07 September 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Japanese Prime Minister YoshihideSugahas announced he would step down, setting the stage for a new premier after a one-year tenure marred by an unpopular COVID-19 response and sinking public support.
  • Suga, who took over after Shinzo Abe resigned last September citing ill health, has seen his approval ratings drop below 30%.
  • His decision not to seek re-election as ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president this month means the party will choose a new leader, who will become prime minister.
  • There is no clear frontrunner, but the popular minister in charge of Japan’s vaccination rollout, Taro Kono, intends to run. Former foreign minister Fumio Kishida has already thrown his hat in the ring.