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News in Short - 16-January-2021

Australia to kill pigeon that crossed Pacific

Date: 16 January 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A racing pigeon has survived an extraordinary 13,000-kilometer Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia. Now authorities consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it.
  • The had disappeared from a race in the U.S. state of Oregon on Oct. 29. Experts suspect the pigeon hitched a ride on a cargo ship to cross the Pacific.
  • The Agriculture Department said the pigeon was not permitted to remain in Australia because it could compromise Australia's food security and wild bird populations.
  • In 2015, the government threatened to euthanize two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, after they were smuggled into the country by Hollywood star Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Government seeks EC data for vaccine drive

Date: 16 January 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Election Commission (EC) has agreed to a request from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to share electoral roll data for identifying the age group targeted for the first phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive.
  • The vaccine will be offered first to healthcare workers, frontline workers, and those above 50 years of age, followed by those below 50 with associated comorbidities.
  • The priority group of above 50 may be further divided into those above 60 and those between 50 and 60 for a phased rollout.
  • The EC’s electoral roll data has been sought to identify people above the age of 50 in each polling station. The EC is now working on a format of sharing to protect elector privacy.
  • The Health Ministry wanted to understand the structure of the election machinery and how polls are conducted at the grassroots level.
  • This was done since the vaccination drive will be similar to the election process given the similarities in the scale of the two operations.

T Natarajan becomes first Indian Cricketer to debut in all three formats on a single tour

Date: 16 January 2021 Tags: Sports
  • Pacer Thangarasu Natarajan became the first Indian cricketer to make his international debut across all three formats during the same tour.
  • The 29-year-old Tamil Nadu player was one of the rookies named in the playing eleven of the Indian team against Australia in the fourth and final Test which started in Brisbane.
  • He made his international debut in the third ODI against Australia on December 2 in Canberra, which India won by 13 runs.
  • Natarajan then played his part in India’s 2-1 series win in the subsequent three-match T20 International rubber by taking six wickets during the series.

Dushyant Dave resigns as President of Supreme Court Bar Association

Date: 16 January 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave stepped down as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) with immediate effect.
  • Dave was elected to head the lawyers' body in December 2019. He said that the tenure of the SCBA Executive Committee had already ended and it may not be possible to hold meetings.
  • Dave has been a vocal critic of quite a few decisions of the Supreme Court.  He had written to the Supreme Court secretary general, seeking a reply on how a bail appeal filed by Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami was listed urgently for hearing.

Brazil to import covishield vaccine from India

Date: 16 January 2021 Tags: India & World
  • Brazil has bought two million doses of the coronavirus vaccine 'Covishield' which will to be picked up by a special flight flying to India.
  • This is not a Government-to-Government (G2G) deal but there is a component of bilateral aspect to the SII being allowed to ship the vaccine doses to Brazil.
  • It was taken into consideration after President Bolsonaro had written a letter to PM Narendra Modi requesting the vaccines.