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News in Short - 12-June-2021

Kulbhushan Jadhav to get right to appeal

Date: 12 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Pakistan government has rushed through the National Assembly a bill to provide the right of appeal to Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav.
  • The lower house of Parliament passed the ICJ (Review and Re-consideration) Bill, 2020. The bill is aimed at allowing Jadhav to have consular access in line with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict.
  • Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.
  • India approached the ICJ against Pakistan for denial of consular access to Jadhav and challenging the death sentence.

Suu Kyi charged with corruption

Date: 12 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Myanmar's military junta has levelled new corruption charges against deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other former officials from her government.
  • The accusations are related to the misuse of land for the charitable Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, which she chaired, as well as earlier accusations of accepting money and gold.
  • Suu Kyi is already facing cases ranging from the illegal possession of walkie-talkie radios to breaking the Official Secrets Act.
  • The cases are the latest of a series brought against the elected leader, who was overthrown by the army on February 1 in a coup.

US to provide vaccine to India under COVAX

Date: 12 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • India will be receiving a share of the 80 million unused COVID-19 vaccines through the UN-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing programme that President Joe Biden has announced.
  • President Biden announced that the US will allocate 75 per cent of unused COVID-19 vaccines from its stockpile through the UN-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing programme to countries in South and Southeast Asia as well as Africa.
  • COVID-19 Vaccines Global Accessis a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the World Health Organisation.

CHIME telescope gives new results

Date: 12 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Scientists with the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) Collaboration have assembled the largest collection of fast radio bursts (FRBs) in the telescope’s first FRB catalogue.
  • Catching sight of an FRB is considered a rare thing in the field of radio astronomy. Radio astronomers had only caught sight of around 140 bursts in their scopes since the first FRB was spotted in 2007.
  • FRBs are oddly bright flashes of light, registering in the radio band of the electromagnetic spectrum, which blaze for a few milliseconds before vanishing without a trace.
  • These brief and mysterious beacons have been spotted in various and distant parts of the universe, as well as in our own galaxy. Their origins are unknown and their appearance is highly unpredictable.

Maharashtra plans to protect heritage trees

Date: 12 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Maharashtra Cabinet has passed an action plan to protect and preserve trees older than 50 years in urban areas by terming them heritage trees.
  • The State will also bring about amendments in the Maharashtra (Urban Area) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act.
  • As per the plan, trees older than 50 will be termed heritage trees. The Environment and Climate Change Department will issue guidelines in consultation with the State Forest Department based on the existing methods.
  • Compensatory plantation will include planting the number of trees equivalent to the age of trees to be cut. The option of monetary compensation has also been given, instead of compensatory plantation.