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News in Short - 11-December-2021

Farmers' agitation called off

Date: 11 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Thousands of protesting farmers camped out on the borders of Delhi for 380 days are set to go home, after marking a ‘vijaydiwas’ to celebrate the achievement of most of their demands.
  • The SamyuktKisanMorcha announced that it had accepted the Central government’s proposal to resolve pending demands and called off the year-long agitation.
  • The unions will meet again on January 15 in the capital to monitor and review whether the government has kept its promises.

NeeliBendapudi becomes first woman President of Pennsylvania State University

Date: 11 December 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Indian-origin professor NeeliBendapudi has created history as the first woman and person of colour to be named as the president of America’s prestigious Pennsylvania State University.
  • Bendapudi, who was born in Visakhapatnam and came to the US in 1986 for higher studies, is currently serving as the president and professor of marketing at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
  • She has been unanimously named Penn State’s next president by the Penn State Board of Trustees. She begins her appointment as Penn State’s 19th president in spring 2022.

BalkrishnaDoshi wins Royal Gold Medal 2022

Date: 11 December 2021 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • BalkrishnaDoshi will receive the Royal Gold Medal 2022 by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the world’s highest honour for architecture.
  • Doshi is being recognised for his career spanning seven decades, with over 100 built projects, across India.
  • The Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence on the advancement of architecture.

New Zealand bans cigarette sales for future generations

Date: 11 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • New Zealand plans to ban young people from ever buying cigarettes in their lifetime in one of the world’s toughest crackdowns on the tobacco industry.
  • People aged 14 and under in 2027 will never be allowed to purchase cigarettes in the country, as part of proposals that will also curb the number of retailers authorised to sell tobacco and cut nicotine levels in all products.
  • Currently, 11.6% of all New Zealanders aged over 15 smoke, a proportion that rises to 29% among indigenous Maori adults.

Nicaragua cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

Date: 11 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Nicaragua has become the latest country to cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favour of China.
  • The decision was praised by China, which demands that any country that wants diplomatic relations with it must cut existing ties with Taipei.
  • Beijing sees Taiwan as a breakaway province to be reunified with the mainland one day. However, Taiwan sees itself as a democratically-governed, independent country.
  • Taiwan’s list of international allies has dwindled from 21 down to 14 since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in May 2016.