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News in Short - 13-December-2021

Magnus Carlsen wins World Chess Championship

Date: 13 December 2021 Tags: miscellaneous
  • Norway’s Magnus Carlsen claimed his fifth world chess crown in Dubai with a crushing 7.5-3.5 victory against Ian Nepomniachtch.
  • Carlsen benefited from a blunder by his Russian challenger to win his fourth game of the match, with the black pieces, to take an unassailable lead in the best-of-14 contest.
  • This was the fourth time Carlsen defended the world title he first won from Viswanathan Anand in 2013. He overcame the challenges of Anand (2014), Sergey Karjakin (2016) and Fabiano Caruana (2018).

Catherine Russell to head UNICEF

Date: 13 December 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Catherine Russell, an assistant to U.S. President Joe Biden, as the next head of the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF.
  • Ms. Russell also heads the White House Office of Presidential Personnel and served as the State Department’s Ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues from 2013 to 2017.
  • She has worked on Capitol Hill and at the White House and State Department during the eight years that Barack Obama was President and Mr. Biden was Vice-President.

Centre looking to use stubble as biofuels

Date: 13 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Union government was working on a plan to use stubble as a biofuel and manure as a part of an effort to deal with stubble burning.
  • The National Thermal Power Corporation had procured 3,000 tonnes of stubble to be used as bio-fuel and would study the results.
  • A sum of ? 700 crore had been allocated get rid of stubble and about one lakh acres in Punjab and Haryana have used manure/compost from stubble, while Uttar Pradesh used six lakh acres.

US wins Julian Assange extradition appeal

Date: 13 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The United States government has won an appeal at Britain’s High Court over the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
  • Assange may now be closer to being sent from London’s high-security Belmarsh prison to the US, where he would face spying charges over WikiLeaks’ publication of secret military documents a decade ago.
  • The UK court said that US assurances were enough to guarantee Assange would be treated humanely and directed a lower court judge to send the extradition request to the home secretary.

Saudi Arabia bans TablighiJamaat

Date: 13 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The government of Saudi Arabia has banned TablighiJamaat, the Sunni Islamic organisation, in the country and also called it “one of the gates of terrorism.”
  • The government has directed the mosque preachers to allocate a sermon next Friday to warn people against TablighiJamaat.
  • Originated in India in 1926, TablighiJamaat (Society for Spreading Faith) is a Sunni Islamic missionary movement that urges Muslims to return to a pure form of Sunni Islam and be religiously observant.