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News in Short - 19-May-2021

WPI inflation hits high of 10.5 %

Date: 19 May 2021 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • Inflation under the Wholesale Price Index quickened to a record high of 10.5% in April, from 7.4% in March and 4.8% recorded in February.
  • Wholesale inflation in fuel and power more than doubled to 20.94% in April 2021 from 10.25% in March 2021, while manufactured goods recorded inflation of 9%.
  • Food prices also hardened to record 7.6% inflation in April from 3.6% in February and 5.3% in March. Retail inflation for April had moderated to a three-month low of 4.29% from over 5.5% in March.

ICMR drops plasma therapy from Covid-19 treatment norms

Date: 19 May 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The use of convalescent plasma has been dropped from the recommended treatment guidelines for COVID-19, based on the advisory from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
  • The National Task Force of the ICMR, along with experts from the Health Ministry, periodically updates guidelines on recommended modes of treatment.
  • ICMR had conducted a trial called the PLACID trial that had found no significant benefit from the use of plasma, but it continued to find a place in the recommended guidelines.
  • Several other international trials had also found no benefit from plasma therapy. Some experts have said the use of such plasma may have even played a role in the facilitating new worrisome mutations to the virus.

Andrea Meza crowned Miss Universe

Date: 19 May 2021 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Andrea Meza of Mexico has been crowned Miss Universe. Meza overcame challenge from Julia Gama of Brazil to win the coveted title.
  • Miss Peru, Janick Maceta Del Castillo, secured the third position, among 73 other women representing different countries.
  • Meza was presented the crown by her predecessor Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, United States.
  • India was represented by Adline Castelino, a model and beauty pageant titleholder, and came fourth. She was crowned as Miss Diva Universe 2020.

Iran to develop Farzad B gas filed domestically

Date: 19 May 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Iran has given the Farzad B gas field to Petropars, a domestic gas producer. This is a setback for India’s energy ties with Iran as ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) was a designated partner.
  • The OVL had discovered the Farzad B gas field in the Farsi region, which is located between the Iranian and Saudi territories.
  • The development in Iran comes despite India’s long-standing cooperation regarding the gas field and is indicative of the impact of the U.S. sanctions on India-Iran energy cooperation.

Shiv Sunder Das appointed India women’s cricket team’s batting coach

Date: 19 May 2021 Tags: Sports
  • India opener Shiv Sunder Das has been appointed the batting coach of the Indian women’s team for the tour of England.
  • Das has played 23 Tests between 2000-02, has a decent average of near 35 with more than 1300 runs, including two hundreds and nine half centuries.
  • He has been a batting coach at the National Cricket Academy. Das was a part of the Indian team that toured England under Ganguly in 2002 and scored 250 in a first-class tour game.