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News in Short - 14-December-2021

PM Modi inaugurates Kashi Vishwanath corridor

Date: 14 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Phase 1 of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor, constructed at a cost of around ?339 crore.
  • It will have an easily accessible pathway that will connect the Kashi Vishwanath Temple to the banks of the Ganga.
  • The project is spread over an area of about 5 lakh square feet. The project involved the purchase and acquisition of more than 300 properties around the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

Tornado destruction in United States

Date: 14 December 2021 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • A devastating swarm of tornadoes ripped through Kentucky and five other US states, killing dozens of people and leaving a trail of destroyed homes, factories and warehouses.
  • The reason for the tornado outbreak was a series of overnight thunderstorms, including a supercell storm that formed in northeast Arkansas. That storm moved from Arkansas and Missouri and into Tennessee and Kentucky.
  • President Biden signed an emergency declaration for Kentucky, allowing FEMA and other federal agencies to coordinate disaster relief efforts in the state.

Comet Leonard to make closest appearance towards Earth

Date: 14 December 2021 Tags: Space
  • Comet Leonard will make its closest approach to Earth, at a distance of about 35 million kilometres from our planet.
  • Currently, astronomers have observed over 3700 comets in our Solar System and Leonard is a typical comet going around the Sun at a speed of about 47 kilometres per second.
  • Comets are icy leftovers from the early phases of the formation of the outer planets. They orbit the Sun and when they move towards the inner Solar System, emit particles and gas.

Israeli prime minister starts first diplomatic visit to UAE

Date: 14 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett arrived in the United Arab Emirates, marking the first official visit by an Israeli premier, after they established diplomatic ties last year.
  • Bennett is expected to meet Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for talks on strengthening economic and commercial ties.
  • Israel and the UAE last year signed a normalization deal, brokered by the administration of former US President Donald Trump under the “Abraham Accords”.

Tiger spotted in Buxa tiger reserve

Date: 14 December 2021 Tags: National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • A Royal Bengal Tiger has been spotted in Buxa tiger reserve in Alipurduar, North Bengal, after at least 23 years.
  • A few days ago, a pugmark was found near the river bank in Buxa. But there was no hard evidence that it was that of a tiger, until a picture of a tiger was taken on a trap camera.
  • Last year, a report released by the Ministry of Environment said Buxa tiger reserve has no tiger. The infrastructure of the reserve forest was not up to the mark for tiger habitation.