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News in Short - 08-December-2021

Switzerland legalises euthanasia capsules

Date: 08 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Switzerland has legalised a ‘suicide machine’, named Sarco, that allows users to kill themselves relatively painlessly by inducing hypoxia.
  • Shaped like a coffin, the euthanasia device allows its occupant to bring the oxygen level inside the glass capsule down to a critical level with just the blink of an eye.
  • It is the latest example of advances in euthanasia machines, which are devices specifically engineered to allow an individual to die quickly with minimal pain in countries where voluntary euthanasia or assisted suicide is legal.

India and Russia decide to provide immediate assistance to Afghanistan

Date: 08 December 2021 Tags: India & World
  • India and Russia underlined that the Afghan soil should not be used for sheltering, training, planning or financing any terrorist groups including the ISIS, the Al-Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and decided to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin also pitched for the formation of a truly inclusive government in Kabul and reiterated their strong support for a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan.
  • The mentioning of LeT in the statement assumes significance as it reflects Russia’s understanding of India’s concerns over the possible risk that the Pakistan-based terror groups pose after the Taliban’s capture of power in Kabul.

India reclaims top spot on ICC test rankings

Date: 08 December 2021 Tags: Sports
  • India dethroned New Zealand in the latest ICC Test championships rankings and climbed to the top spot after winning the second Test and the series.
  • India now has 124 rating points, while New Zealand lost three points and remains with 121 points. India registered their 14th consecutive series win at home. Kohli became the first player with 50 international wins in each format of the game.
  • On the WTC table, India are third with 42 points and win percentage of 58.33.  Sri Lanka lead the standings with two wins in as many games and Pakistan are second with win percentage of 66.66.

US plans diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Date: 08 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The U.S. will stage a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing to protest Chinese human rights abuses.
  • Human rights advocates and lawmakers in the U.S. who support a boycott say it is a necessary step. They cite China’s poor record on human rights as justification.
  • The dispatching of high-level delegations to each Olympics has long been a tradition among the U.S. and other leading nations.

India’s first female Psychiatrist Sarada Menon passes away

Date: 08 December 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Sarada Menon, the longest-serving head of the Institute of Mental Health, died in Chennai. She was 98.
  • She was a graduate of the Madras Medical College and did her psychiatry training at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences in Bengaluru.
  • She is the country’s first woman psychiatrist and was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1992. She founded the Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF India) in 1984 along with psychiatrist R. Thara.