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News in Short - 15-December-2021

NC MPs to attend J&K delimitation panel meeting

Date: 15 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Members of Parliament of the Farooq Abdullah-led National Conference (NC) are likely to attend the next meeting of the Delimitation Commission scheduled on December 20.
  • The three NC parliamentarians — Farooq Abdullah, Hasnain Masoodi and Akbar Lone – who are associate members of the delimitation panel had stayed away from the earlier meeting held in February this year.
  • The party had then written to the panel expressing the inability of its MPs to associate with it arguing that The J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019, “is under judicial scrutiny” in the Supreme Court of India.

India votes against UNSC draft regulation on climate change

Date: 15 December 2021 Tags: India & World
  • India voted against a UN Security Council draft resolution that linked climate change with global security challenges.
  • The resolution was sponsored by Ireland and Niger, and it did not pass, with 12 UNSC members voting for it, India and Russia voting against it and China abstaining.
  • The draft resolution would undermine progress made at Glasgow, where the latest round of talks under the UNFCCC, the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26).

Dubai becomes World’s first government to be completely paperless

Date: 15 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Dubai has become the world’s first government to turn 100 per cent paperless, the Emirate’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has announced.
  • The complete digital transformation in the Dubai government will enrich the smart city experience for all residents, entirely removing the need for paper transactions and documents.
  • The US, UK, Europe and Canada have expressed plans to digitise government operation on a larger scale, which encompass government procedures and citizen identifications.

SC allows double lane of Char Dhamroad

Date: 15 December 2021 Tags: Infrastructure
  • Supreme Court allowed the Central government to construct three double-lane strategic highways for the Char Dham road project in Uttarakhand.
  • The court was hearing the Centre’s plea seeking modification of a order, which had asked the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to follow the 2018 circular stipulating carriageway width of 5.5 metre on the ambitious Chardham highway project,
  • The strategic 900-km-long Chardham project worth ?12,000 crore aims to provide all-weather connectivity to four holy towns – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath – in Uttarakhand.

Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 2021

Date: 15 December 2021 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • India’s Harnaaz Sandhu is the new Miss Universe, 21 years after Lara Dutta won the title in 2000.
  • Ms Sandhu represented India at the 70th Miss Universe 2021, held in Eilat, Israel.
  • The 21-year-old from Punjab claimed the crown edging out Paraguay’s Nadia Ferreira and South Africa’s LalelaMswane.
  • Sandhu started her journey in pageantry at the age of 17, and has previously been crowned Miss Diva 2021, Femina Miss India Punjab 2019 and was even placed in the Top 12 at Femina Miss India 2019.