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News in Short - 11-February-2022

UK scientists smash Fusion energy records

Date: 11 February 2022 Tags: Energy
  • Scientists in the United Kingdom have achieved a new milestone in producing nuclear fusion energy, or imitating the way energy is produced in the Sun.
  • Energy by nuclear fusion is one of mankind’s long standing quests as it promises to be low carbon, safer than how nuclear energy is now produced and, with an efficiency that can technically exceed a 100%.
  • A team at the Joint European Torus (JET) facility near Oxford in central England generated 59 megajoules of sustained energy during an experiment in December, more than doubling a 1997 record.

Haryana cabinet gives nod to Anti conversion bill

Date: 11 February 2022 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • The Haryana Cabinet approved the draft of The Haryana Prevention of Unlawful Conversion of Religious Bill, 2022.
  • The bill is aimed at prohibiting religious conversions which are affected through misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means or by marriage or for marriage by making it an offense.
  • The Bill provides for greater punishment for such conversions in respect of minor, women, Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.

Joe Biden aims to end Nord Stream 2 project if Russia invades Ukraine

Date: 11 February 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • US President Joe Biden said that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline would be halted if Russia invades Ukraine.
  • Whether the United States and Germany are on the same page over the $11 billion project has become a crucial question as the two major democracies lead NATO allies in pushback against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Germany uses Russian gas to cover half its needs. It delayed approval of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline until at least the second half of 2022.

India to help Sri Lanka to set up its own version of Aadhar

Date: 11 February 2022 Tags: India & World
  • India has agreed to provide a grant to Sri Lanka to implement a ‘Unitary Digital Identity framework’, apparently modelled on the Aadhaar card.
  • While India has confirmed support for Sri Lanka’s effort to transition to a digital identity system, there is no clarity whether it would include technological support or training.
  • This is not the first time that Sri Lanka is attempting to digitise its citizens’ identities. Just a few years ago, the predecessor administrationmooted a similar Electronic-National Identity Card — or E-NIC.

Starlink satellites fall after solar storm

Date: 11 February 2022 Tags: Space
  • Spacex’s newest fleet of satellites is tumbling out of orbit after being struck by a solar storm.
  • Up to 40 of the 49 small satellites have either reentered the atmosphere and burned up, or are on the verge of doing so.
  • SpaceX made the atmosphere denser, which increased the drag on the Starlink satellites, effectively dooming them.
  • SpaceX still has close to 2,000 Starlink satellites orbiting Earth and providing internet service to remote corners of the world.