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News in Short - 09-May-2022

Tripura tribal attire Risa to get GI tag

Date: 09 May 2022 Tags: Handicrafts
  • Risa, a traditional handwoven cloth used by the Tripura's indigenous communities, would soon get the Geographical Indication (GI) tag
  • Woven in colourful designs and worn as an upper garment, risa also has a host of crucial, social and religious utilities.
  • It is common in almost all 19 indigenous tribal communities of Tripura but each community has its own designs.

Archana Gulati appointed Google India’s new policy head

Date: 09 May 2022 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Alphabet Inc’s Google has hired a new public policy head in India, Archana Gulati, who previously worked at NitiAayog.
  • A number of Indian government officials have been hired by Big Tech companies which are battling tighter data and privacy regulation.
  • Gulati is a long-term Indian government employee, having worked until March 2021 as a joint secretary for digital communications.

Avinash Sable smashes 5000m record in US

Date: 09 May 2022 Tags: Sports
  • In the Running Track meet in San Juan Capistrano, California, USA,  Olympian Avinash Sable broke Bahadur Prasad’s 30-year-old 5000m national record.
  • Now Avinash holds the national record in three separate disciplines — 5000m, half-marathon and 3000m steeplechase.
  • Bahadur Prasad’s national record has not been broken since 1992 when he clocked 13:29.70in 5,000m.

Sri Lankan President imposes emergency

Date: 09 May 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • President Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency amid growing countrywide anti-government protests over the unprecedented economic crisis.
  • The state of emergency gives the police and the security forces sweeping power to arbitrarily arrest and detain people.
  • Sri Lanka is currently in the throes of unprecedented economic turmoil since its independence from Britain in 1948. The crisis is caused in part by a lack of foreign currency.

Nicholas Pooran named West Indies ODI and T20I captain

Date: 09 May 2022 Tags: Sports
  • Nicholas Pooran has been named the new West Indies captain for one-day internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
  • Pooran earlier served as vice-captain when all-rounder Pollard captained the side in both limited-overs forms.
  • He has already led the team in Pollard’s absence, a home T20 series win against Australia last year. His first assignment will in the Netherlands at the end of this month for three ODIs.