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News in Short - 19-April-2021

Turkey bans use of cryptocurrencies for payments

Date: 19 April 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Turkey's central bank has banned the use of cryptocurrencies and crypto assets to purchase goods and services.
  • The Central Bank of Turkey (CBRT) said cryptocurrencies and other such digital assets based on distributed ledger technology could not be used, directly or indirectly, as an instrument of payment.
  • A growing boom in Turkey's crypto market had gained further pace recently, with investors hoping to both gain from bitcoin's rally and shelter against inflation.
  • A weaker Turkish lira and inflation pressures also have driven up demand for the cryptocurrency.

IMD predicts normal monsoon this year

Date: 19 April 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted overall ‘normal’ monsoon rainfall during June-September period across the country.
  • It said the probability of the 2021 monsoon being ‘normal’ was 40% while there was 21% chance of it being ‘above normal’.
  • The IMD’s forecast shows that the 2021 monsoon will be the third consecutive year (2019-2021) of good rainfall. India had earlier three consecutive years of rainfall in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
  • Skymet Weather has also predicted ‘normal’ monsoon this year. It had, however, predicted that the upcoming monsoon was expected to be “healthy normal” to the tune of 103% (with an error margin of +/- 5%) of the LPA. It had said there was 60% probability of the monsoon rainfall to be ‘normal’ this year.
  • The IMD has this year adopted the most advanced and comprehensive system to arrive at its forecast, keeping in view demands from different users and government authorities.

Pakistan temporarily suspends all social media platform

Date: 19 April 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Pakistan has temporarily suspended the services of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp to stop their use to organise demonstrations.
  • The government banned Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) following three days of violent protest by it to force the government to expel the French ambassador over a blasphemous caricature published in France last year.
  • The reason for the suspension of the services was not stated but it was feared that protesters could use social media to organise demonstrations.
  • Suspension of internet and mobile phone services is a common practice in Pakistan to forestall protests and acts of terrorism.

Peaky Blinders actress Helen McCrory passes away

Date: 19 April 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • British actress Helen McCrory, who starred in the television show Peaky Blinders and the Harry Potter movies, has died. She was 52.
  • Helen McCrory was one of Britain’s most respected actors, making her mark by playing a succession of formidable and sometimes fearsome women.
  • She played the matriarch of a crime family on Peaky Blinders and the Voldemort ally Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies.
  • McCrory also starred as a human rights lawyer in the TV thriller Fearless, played lawyer Cherie Blair in the 2006 movie The Queen, and had roles in Martin Scorsese’s film Hugo and the James Bond thriller Skyfall.

Tamil actor Vivekpasses away

Date: 19 April 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Tamil actor Vivek passed away in a Chennai hospital following a cardiac arrest. He was 59 and known for his role in movies such as Sivaji.
  • Vivek was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital after he suffered a heart attack. He underwent emergency coronary angiogram followed by angioplasty.
  • Vivek made his mark as a comedian and was known to infuse social themes and messages in his comic roles. He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, in 2009.