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News in Short - 09-December-2021

Chief of Defence Staff Gen BipinRawat passes away

Date: 09 December 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General BipinRawat has passed away after meeting with a tragic helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu.
  • He was on board the chopper along with his wife MadhulikaRawat, Defence Assistant, security commandos and IAF pilots.
  • General Rawat was India’s first CDS, assuming office on January 1, 2020. Previously, he was the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee between September 27, 2019 and December 31, 2019, and the Chief of Army Staff between December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2019.

India becomes the top supplier of food to Arab nations

Date: 09 December 2021 Tags: World Economy
  • India has become the top food exporter to the 22-nation League of Arab States for the first time in 15 years, replacing Brazil.
  • India accounted for 8.25% of the total agribusiness products imported by the 22 Arab League members last year, higher than Brazil’s 8.15%, ending a 15-year advantage for Brazil.
  • India is now capable of shipping fruits, vegetables, sugar, grains and meat to the Arab nations in about a week’s time whereas Brazil’s shipments to Saudi Arabia now takes up to 60 days.

Nirmala Sitharaman among the Forbes' 100 most powerful women

Date: 09 December 2021 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • For the third time in a row, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman made it Forbes’ 100 most powerful women in the world.
  • This year, she is ranked at number 37, up from last year when she was placed at 41. She is also two spots ahead of her American counterpart Janet Yellen.
  • In 2020, Sitharaman was ranked at number 41 and in 2019, she held 34th spot. Sitharaman is the first full-time female finance minister of India.
  • The list also features a new number one for the first time in more than a decade, as philanthropist Mackenzie Scott replaced outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

India among most unequal countries

Date: 09 December 2021 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • India stands out as a poor and very unequal country, with the top 1% of the population holding more than one-fifth of the total national income in 2021 and the bottom half just 13%.
  • The report, titled ‘World Inequality Report 2022’, has been authored by Lucas Chancel, co-director of the World Inequality Lab.
  • The report pointed out that the average national income of the Indian adult population is ?2,04,200. While the bottom 50% earns ?53,610, the top 10% earns more than 20 times (?1,166,520).

Chile legalises same-sex marriage

Date: 09 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Lawmakers in Chile have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The law is being called a “step forward” for equality in the conservative Latin American country.
  • The passage of the law was lauded by rights groups, equal marriage rights advocates and same-sex couples.
  • The new law granting same-sex couples who wish to marry the same rights as heterosexual couples will come into effect 90 days after the bill is published in Chile’s official gazette.
  • It also means same-sex couples with children will see both parents receive full legal recognition.