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News in Short - 14-May-2021

Former Tennis player Chandrasekar passes away

Date: 14 May 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Three-time National table tennis champion and former International paddler V. Chandrasekar passed away due to COVID-related complications.
  • Chandrasekar is a 1982 Arjuna Award winner. He has groomed many top-level players such as S. Raman, Arul Selvi, Chetan Baboor, N.R. Indu, M.S. Mythili and G. Sathiyan.
  • At the International level, Chandra had some success. He reached the semifinals and bagged a singles bronze in the 1982 Commonwealth Championships in Mumbai, and was instrumental in guiding the Indian men’s team from Group II to I in the 1983 World championships in Tokyo.

BJP MLAs resigns from West Bengal assembly

Date: 14 May 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha MPs Jagannath Sarkar and Nisith Pramanik who recently elected as MLAs tendered their resignation as members of the West Bengal assembly.
  • Jagannath Sarkar was elected as the MLA of Santipur constituency in the West Bengal polls this year, while Nisith Pramanik was elected from the Dinhata constituency.
  • Sarkar is a Lok Sabha MP from Ranaghat while Pramanik was elected to Lok Sabha from Cooch Behar. The BJP won 77 seats in the recently concluded state Assembly elections.

Inflation eases to 4.29% this quarter

Date: 14 May 2021 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • India’s retail inflation slowed to a three-month low of 4.29% in April, from 5.52% in March, helped by softer food prices as well as a base effect.
  • Retail food inflation eased to 2.02% in April, from 4.87% in the preceding month, with rural India recording a mere 1.45% food inflation compared with almost 4% in March.
  • Overall rural retail inflation was 3.82%, slower than the 4.77% pace averaged in urban areas.
  • The March IIP data showed manufacturing grew by 25.8% and electricity generation by 22.5% over the year-earlier period, when industrial activity had collapsed 18.7% in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Bangladesh rebuffs China on Quad warning

Date: 14 May 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Bangladesh’s government has asked foreign envoys in Dhaka to maintain decency and decorum after public remarks from China’s Ambassador to the country provoked a sharp response.
  • The statement from Bangladesh’s Foreign Ministry followed remarks by China’s envoy in Dhaka, Li Jiming, who warned Bangladesh to not consider joining the Quad grouping.
  • While the informal India-Australia-United States-Japan framework has no plans as yet to expand, Mr. Li’s remarks were seen as an advance warning.

Martin Griffiths appointed as UN humanitarian chief

Date: 14 May 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • The United Nations chief has appointed veteran British diplomat Martin Griffiths, a seasoned negotiator with wide global experience, as the new UN humanitarian chief.
  • The UN's top humanitarian post has traditionally gone to someone from Britain, part of an unofficial division of top UN posts among the five permanent Security Council nations.
  • From 1999 to 2010, he was the founding director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. He focused on developing political dialogue between governments and insurgents in a range of countries across Asia, Africa and Europe.
  • Mr. Griffiths served as the first executive director of the European Institute of Peace from 2014-2018 and he served as special adviser to three UN special envoys for Syria and as deputy head of the UN mission in Syria from 2012-2014.