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News in Short - 14-January-2022

S Somanath appointed chairman of ISRO

Date: 14 January 2022 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Eminent rocket scientist S. Somanath has been appointed as the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Space Secretary.
  • He joined the VSSC in the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) project in 1985, after obtaining his B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, and a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from IISc, Bangalore.
  • Dr.Somanath has played a major role in the development of the PSLV and the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk-III (GSLV Mk-III).

Kathak dancer PanditMunna Shukla passes away

Date: 14 January 2022 Tags: Obituaries
  • A doyen of the Lucknowgharana of Kathak, Pt Munna Shukla passed away in his Delhi home on January 11, following a brief illness. He was 78.
  • Pt Munna Shukla’s most noted works include the dance-drama Shan-e-Mughal, Inder Sabha, Ameer Khusro, AngaMukti, Anvesha, Bahar, Tratak, KraunchBadh, Dhuni, among others.
  • His contribution to the world of dance was awarded with the SangeetNatak Akademi Award (2006), Sahitya Kala Parishad Award (2003) and the Saraswathi Samman (2011).

Chris Morris retires from international cricket

Date: 14 January 2022 Tags: Sports
  • South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris announced his retirement from all forms of cricket and is set to take up a coaching role with domestic side Titans.
  • He represented South Africa in four Tests, 42 ODIs and 23 T20 Internationals, picking up 48 and 34 wickets respectively.
  • Morris played for Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings franchises in the IPL.

President Biden imposes sanctions on North Korean missile programme

Date: 14 January 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Biden administration imposed its first sanctions over North Korea’s weapons programs following a series of North Korean missile launches.
  • The sanctions targeted six North Koreans, one Russian and a Russian firm Washington said were responsible for procuring goods for the programs from Russia and China.
  • The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has sought unsuccessfully to engage Pyongyang in dialogue to persuade it to give up its nuclear bombs and missiles since taking office in January.