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News in Short - 19-March-2021

Indian army set to procure MINT system

Date: 19 March 2021 Tags: Military
  • Indian Army is set to procure 'Made in India' Mobile Integrated Network Terminal (MINT) systems to enhance its operational communication capability under the 'Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan'.
  • The system is envisaged as a lightweight, portable, state of art integrated communication solution with satellite backhaul and wireless access system to support voice, video and data.
  • The projects under industry-funded 'Make-II' category involve prototype development of equipment, system, platform or their upgrades or their sub-systems/ sub-assembly/assemblies/ components, with a focus on import substitution.

US overtakes Saudi Arabia to become India’s second biggest oil supplier

Date: 19 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The United States overtook Saudi Arabia as India's second biggest oil supplier as refiners boosted cheaper US crude purchases to record levels to offset OPEC+ supply cuts.
  • India's imports from the United States rose 48 per cent in February from the prior month, accounting for 14 per cent of India's overall imports.
  • In contrast, February imports from Saudi Arabia fell by 42 per cent from the previous month. Saudi Arabia slipped to No. 4 for the first time since at least January 2006.
  • Iraq continued to be the top oil seller to India despite a 23 per cent decline in purchases to a five-month low. Iraq has reduced annual supplies of oil to several Indian refiners to meet its obligations under the group's production deal.

Government notifies vehicle recall policy

Date: 19 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Road Transport and Highways Ministry has notified on March 12 the vehicle recall policy for manufacturers which will come into effect from April 1.
  • Depending on the number and types of vehicles (two-wheelers, three-wheelers, four-wheelers, among others) that have to be recalled, the Government can impose fine of up to ?10 lakh, ?20 lakh, ?50 lakh or ?100 lakh.
  • The Ministry had issued draft notification for vehicle recall policy mid-last year. A portal will be up and running for such vehicle recalls where consumers can lodge their complaints related to various issues.

Tanzanian president John Magufuli dies

Date: 19 March 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Tanzania's President John Magufuli, one of Africa's most prominent coronavirus sceptics, has died aged 61.
  • Magufuli, had not been seen in public since Feb. 27, sparking rumours that he had contracted Covid-19. He was Tanzania's is the first president to die while in office.
  • Magufuli was Nicknamed "The Bulldozer" because of his reputation for pushing through policies despite opposition,
  • He had mocked coronavirus tests, denounced vaccines as part of a Western conspiracy to take Africa's wealth, and opposed mask-wearing and social distancing.