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News in Short - 17-August-2021

Deshbhakti curriculum launched in Delhi schools

Date: 17 August 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Delhi government has decided that a Deshbhakti curriculum will be he schools across the national capital, to instil patriotism in young minds.
  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made the announcement of the implementation of the curriculum. He has also presented a copy of the Deshbhakti Curriculum Framework to initiate its roll-out.
  • The Deshbhakti Curriculum will help realise the dreams of freedom fighters and the celebration of Independence Day will cease to be symbolic in schools but will now have substantive meaning.
  • The Deshbhakti Curriculum Committee submitted the framework which was approved by the Governing Council of SCERT on August 6. It aims to develop a deep sense of respect towards constitutional values and seeks to bridge the gap between values and action.

Israel condemns Poland restitution law

Date: 17 August 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Israel has condemned Poland’s approval of a law that restricts the rights of Holocaust survivors or their descendants to reclaim property seized by the country’s former communist regime.
  • The move ignited a diplomatic crisis between Israel’s government and the nationalist conservative government in Poland.
  • After years of close ties under former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s new government,  has taken a far more confrontational approach.
  • Polish President had earlier signed the law, which addresses appropriations done by the communist government that ruled Poland from the end of Second World War until 1989
  • The law itself says nothing about the Holocaust or Second World War. Instead it establishes that any administrative decision issued 30 years ago or more can no longer be challenged, meaning that property owners who had their homes or business seized in the communist era can no longer get compensation.

President Ashraf Ghani flees country

Date: 17 August 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Taliban fighters entered Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed, signalling the end of a 20-year West-backed government in Afghanistan.
  • The Taliban took control of the presidential palace. The Taliban also said it had taken control of most of the districts around the outskirts of the capital.
  • The city was gripped by panic. Several other Western missions also prepared to pull their people out.
  • Afghans fearing that the Taliban could reimpose the kind of brutal rule that all but eliminated women’s rights rushed to leave the country, lining up at cash machines to withdraw their life savings.

Home minister of Meghalaya resigns

Date: 17 August 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Home Minister of Meghalaya, Lahkmen Rymbui submitted his resignation and called for a judicial probe “to bring out the truth” behind the killing of a surrendered militant of the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC).
  • Rymbui’s resignation came hours after the state government banned mobile and data internet services for 48 hours in four districts, and imposed a curfew in the capital Shillong.
  • The accused was allegedly involved in an IED blast that injured two in Shillong last week, and was killed in “retaliatory firing” in the early hours of August.

German football legend Gerd Mueller dies

Date: 17 August 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Germany great Gerd Mueller, widely regarded as one of the game’s greatest goalscorers and nicknamed “Bomber der Nation”, has died at the age of 75.
  • Mueller scored 68 goals in 62 international matches for West Germany, winning the World Cup in 1974, and is third in the all-time list of most goals in the competition with 14 goals behind Ronaldo (15) and Miroslav Klose (16).
  • He also set a record of 365 goals in the Bundesliga in a trophy-laden career that included four league titles and three European Cups with Bayern.