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News in Short - 11-May-2022

Marcos Jr wins Philippines presidency

Date: 11 May 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The namesake son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos appeared to have been elected Philippine president by a landslide.
  • Marcos Jr has amassed a massive lead in the elections, ahead of rivals Vice President LeniRobredoand boxing great Manny Pacquiao.
  • The next president will also likely face demands to prosecute outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte for thousands of killings during his anti-drug crackdown.

Danish Siddiqui honoured with Pulitzer prize

Date: 11 May 2022 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Slain photojournalist Danish Siddiqui is among four Indians honoured with the prestigious Pulitzer Prize 2022 in the feature photography category.
  • Siddiqui and his colleagues Adnan Abidi, SannaIrshadMattoo and Amit Dave from the Reuters news agency won the award.
  • Siddiqui was on assignment in Afghanistan last year when he died.This is for the second time that Siddiqui has won the Pulitzer Prize.

Sri Lanka gives emergency powers to military and police

Date: 11 May 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Sri Lanka has granted its military and police emergency powers to arrest people without warrants after a day of violence that killed seven people.
  • As the Indian Ocean nation battles its worst economic crisis in history, thousands of protesters defied an nationwide curfew to continue protesting.
  • Shortages of fuel, food and medicine brought thousands onto the streets in more than a month of protests that had been mostly peaceful until this week.

India’s cotton textile exports touch $15.29 billion

Date: 11 May 2022 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • Cotton textile exports, including raw cotton, in 2021-22 were $15.29 billion, according to provisional data available.
  • All cotton textile and clothing products – yarn, fabrics, and madeups – had seen growth. Exports to countries such as Bangladesh, U.S., Portugal and Sri Lanka had seen a significant jump.
  • Yarn exports to China had increased and cotton textile exports to countries such as Egypt and Portugal had also increased. It indicated that Indian exporters were finding new markets.

Sitar maestro Pt Shivkumar Sharma passes away

Date: 11 May 2022 Tags: Obituaries
  • PanditShivkumar Sharma, Indian music composer and santoor player, passed away in Mumbai. He was 84.
  • Sharma gave santoor, once a little known instrument from Jammu and Kashmir, a classical status and used it along with other, more traditional and famous instruments such as sitar and sarod.
  • Shivkumar Sharma composed music for many Hindi films along with flute legend Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia.