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News in Short - 08-January-2021

India’s elderly population to triple by 2050

Date: 08 January 2021 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • There will be over 319 million elderly by 2050, triple the number identified by the Census in 2011, according to the Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI).
  • In 2011 census, the 60+ population accounted for 8.6% of population, accounting for 103 million elderly people.
  • Elderly population is expected to grow 3% annually and the number will rise to 319 million in 2050. While 75% of them suffer from one or the other chronic disease, 40% have one or the other disability and 20% have issues related to mental health.
  • It is India’s first and the world’s largest-ever survey that provides a longitudinal database for designing policies and programmes for the older population in the broad domains of social, health and economic well-being.

Claire Polosak becomes first woman to officiate in Men’s test cricket

Date: 08 January 2021 Tags: Sports
  • After 144 years of Test-match cricket, Australian Claire Polosak has become the first woman to officiate in the men's game as she took her role as fourth umpire for the match between Australia and India.
  • Polosak was already the first woman to officiate on-field in a men's One-Day International when Namibia hosted Oman at Windhoek in April 2019.
  • She was also the first woman umpire to stand in an Australian men's domestic fixture after officiating a one-day match between New South Wales and a Cricket Australia XI in 2017.

New Zealand achieves first rank in ICC test rankings

Date: 08 January 2021 Tags: Sports
  • New Zealand grabbed the number one position in the ICC Test rankings for the first time in history after defeating Pakistan by an innings and 176 runs in the second Test in Christchurch.
  • The comfortable victory pushed the Kiwis to top of the list as they became the sixth country in the past 10 years to be ranked number one in Test cricket.
  • Overall, they are the seventh side in the world to hold the number one spot. New Zealand came close to reaching the summit in the last couple of years but stayed second on the table.
  • They now have 118 points, two more than Australia and four clear of third-placed India. The Black Caps are also inching closer to the top two spots in the ICC World Test Championship standings.

Fashion designer Satya Paul passes away

Date: 08 January 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • The founder of the acclaimed Indian fashion clothing brand, Satya Paul passed away in Coimbatore in the Isha Yoga Centre. He was 78.
  • The designer credited for reinventing sarees in the contemporary age reportedly died of natural causes. He had suffered a stroke and was recovering in a hospital.
  • Born in 1942, Paul founded the eponymous label 'Satya Paul' in 1985. The brand, known for its unique prints, is present across the country.

Indian American becomes first Army CIO

Date: 08 January 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Indian-American Dr. Raj Iyer has taken over as the first Chief Information Officer of the US Army, after the Pentagon created the position in July 2020.
  • Mr. Iyer holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Army and directs representation of the secretary in matters relating to information management/information technology (IT).
  • Mr. Iyer will direct the execution of policies and programmes to modernise the US Army to achieve digital overmatch against near peer adversaries such as China and Russia.
  • Previously, Mr. Iyer was partner and managing director at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where he led multiple technology programs supporting government clients.