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News in Short - 19-May-2022

InSight lander to run out of power

Date: 19 May 2022 Tags: Space
  • The InSight lander is losing power because of all the dust on its solar panels. NASA will keep using the spacecraft’s seismometer to register marsquakes until the power runs out.
  • It will be NASA’s second Mars lander lost to dust: A global dust storm took out Opportunity in 2018. InSight currently is generating one-tenth of the power from the sun.
  • NASA’s two other functioning spacecraft on the Martian surface — rovers Curiosity and Perseverance — are still going strong thanks to nuclear power.

Inflation in United Kingdom rises to 40 year high

Date: 19 May 2022 Tags: World Economy
  • U.K. inflation soared to a 40-year high of 9% in April as food and energy prices spiraled, escalating the country’s cost-of-living crisis.
  • The 9% rise in the consumer price index is the highest since records began in their current form in 1989, outstripping the 8.4% annual rise posted in March 1992.
  • From April 1, the U.K. energy regulator increased the household energy price cap by 54% following a surge in wholesale energy prices, including a record rise in global gas prices.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict AG Perarivalanreleased

Date: 19 May 2022 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The Supreme Court ordered the release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict A G Perarivalan, exercising its powers under Article 142 of the Constitution.
  • It said that any delay on the part of the Governor to decide on the exercise of powers under Article 161 to grant pardon, remission of sentence etc is subject to judicial review.
  • Perarivalan was sentenced to death in May 1999 after being convicted for purchasing the 8-volt battery that was used by the assassins to trigger the belt bomb that killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Indian Navy tests Naval anti-shipmissile

Date: 19 May 2022 Tags: Military
  • The Indian Navy successfully carried out the maiden test firing of the first indigenously developed naval anti-ship missile from a Seaking helicopter.
  • The test was conducted at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Odisha’s Balasore.The Indian Navy carried out the test in association with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The test-firing of the new missile came over a month after an anti-ship version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired jointly by the Indian Navy and the Andaman and Nicobar Command.

Hero of Longewala Col Dharamvir passes away

Date: 19 May 2022 Tags: Obituaries
  • Colonel Dharamvir, the hero of the battle of Longewala in the 1971 war with Pakistan, passed away in Gurugram.
  • Colonel Dharamvir was a young officer during the 1971 war. During a border patrol on December 4 from Longewala post, he heard sound of Pakistani tanks moving towards India and alerted his seniors.
  • Colonel Dharamvir was the first soldier who gave information to the army about Pakistan's attack to then Major Chandpuri.