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News in Short - 11-March-2021

Adarsh Gourav nominated for BAFTA award

Date: 11 March 2021 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Indian actor Adarsh Gourav has bagged the leading actor BAFTA nomination for his performance in the Netflix film “The White Tiger”.
  • The movie is an adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s Booker Prize winning novel of the same name and marks the first lead role for Gourav, known for his appearance in “My Name is Khan”, “Mom” and Netflix series “Leila”.
  • Gourav will compete against award season favourites Riz Ahmed for “Sound Of Metal” and late Chadwick Boseman for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and Mads Mikkelsen for the Danish language film “Another Round”.

Amitabh Bachchan felicitated with FIAF award

Date: 11 March 2021 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured with an award by the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF).
  • The veteran actor will be the first Indian cinema personality to be bestowed with the FIAF Award for his dedication and contribution to the preservation of the world’s film heritage.
  • Hollywood filmmakers and previous recipients of the FIAF Award such as Martin Scorcese and Christopher Nolan will present the award to Bachchan during a virtual showcase scheduled to take place on March 19.
  • The FIAF is a worldwide organisation, comprising of film archives and museums from across the world.

India asks its oil refiners to diversify supplies

Date: 11 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • India has asked state refiners to speed up the diversification of oil imports to gradually cut their dependence on the Middle East.
  • India is the world’s third biggest oil importer and consumer and imports about 84% of its overall crude needs with over 60% of that coming from Middle Eastern countries, which are typically cheaper than those from the West.
  • Most of the OPEC+ producers, led by world’s top exporter Saudi Arabia, last week decided to extend most output curbs into April.
  • India has been hit hard by the soaring oil prices and has urged producers to ease output cuts and help the global economic recovery.
  • One plan is to import oil from new producer Guyana. Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has also renewed its oil import contract with Russia. India hopes to resume Iranian oil imports.
  • Iraq and Saudi Arabia are the two biggest oil suppliers to India. This year, Iraq has cut annual supply volumes while Kuwait has shortened the duration of contracts with Indian buyers to nine months.

Tirath Singh Rawat to be Chief minister of Uttarakhand

Date: 11 March 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Tirath Singh Rawat will be the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand after the resignation on Trivendra Singh Rawat.
  • His name was announced by outgoing chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat after the legislature party meeting, which lasted around 30 minutes.
  • Rawat is a BJP MP and was the party chief in Uttarakhand in 2013-15 and also an MLA from the state in the past.
  • Tirath Singh Rawat was the first education minister of the newly formed state Uttarakhand. In 2012, he was elected as legislative assembly member (MLA) and in 2013 he became Uttarakhand BJP Chief.

Pakistan to get Indian vaccine under GAVI

Date: 11 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Pakistan will be getting 45 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine, being manufactured in India, under the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi).
  • The international vaccine alliance, GAVI, will provide free Covishield vaccine doses to Pakistan. These Covid-19 vaccine doses are among those bought by GAVI, which works to increase access to immunisation in poor countries, from India.
  • Pakistan aims to tackle the Covid-19 challenge through herd immunity and donated vaccines.Pakistan would receive the first batch of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India by mid-March and the rest of it is expected to arrive by June.