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News in Short - 15-April-2021

St Vincent’s volcano explodes

Date: 15 April 2021 Tags: Geography & Environment
  • La Soufriere volcano on the Caribbean island of St Vincent has erupted in another huge explosion, sending sulphuric gas and ash causing concerns about the safety of residents who have not evacuated.
  • The latest eruption sent fast-moving flows of hot gas and volcanic material down the south and southwest flanks of the volcano.
  • The government had ordered about 16,000 people who live in communities close to the volcano to evacuate on April 9, after the island was put on red alert due to a shift in volcanic activity at the crater of La Soufriere.

Adani ports removed from S&P index

Date: 15 April 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • S&P Dow Jones Indices said it has removed India's Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd from its sustainability index due to the firm's business ties with Myanmar's military.
  • India's largest private multi-port operator is building a $290 million port in Yangon on land leased from the military-backed Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC).
  • Adani Group said it would consult authorities and stakeholders on the project after human rights groups reported that its ports unit had an agreement to pay millions of dollars in rent to MEC.

Court actor Vira Sathidar dies

Date: 15 April 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Actor Vira Sathidar, best known for his performance in the National Award-winning film Court, died due to COVID-19 related complications in Nagpur.
  • Vira Sathidar, who was also an activist, was undergoing treatment at AIIMS Nagpur after he was diagnosed with the coronavirus.
  • Vira Sathidar became popular after he featured in Court, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 2015.
  • In the film, he played the role of a protest singer named Narayan Kamble, who is accused of inciting a sewage worker's suicide through one of his folk songs.

Sunni Waqf board moves Allahabad HC against Varanasi Court order

Date: 15 April 2021 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The Uttar Pradesh Central Sunni Waqf Board has filed an application in the Allahabad High Court seeking to stop proceedings in a Varanasi court that directed survey of the disputed Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque complex.
  • The Varanasi court had ordered a survey by ASI to find out whether the religious structure standing at present at the disputed site is a superimposition, alteration or addition or there is a structural overlapping.
  • The miscellaneous application filed by the Board was part of a writ petition being heard over the dispute in the Allahabad High Court, which had reserved the order in the matter on March 15, after arguments in the matter were completed.

Kerala minister K T Jaleel resigns

Date: 15 April 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Kerala higher education minister KT Jaleel has resigned from the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet after the Lokayukta found him guilty of abuse of power and favouritism.
  • The term of the present Kerala government will end soon after the results of the assembly elections held on April 6 are announced on May 2. Jaleel contested the polls from Thavanoor seat in Malappuram this time.
  • The case dates back to 2018, when Jaleel appointed his second cousin K T Adeeb as the general manager of the Kerala State Minorities Development Finance Corporation Limited, flouting all norms.