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News in Short - 20-September-2021

SarabanandaSonowal and L Murugan named BJP candidates for Rajya Sabha seats

Date: 20 September 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • The BJP named Union ministers SarbanandaSonowal and L. Murugan as its candidates for the Rajya Sabha bypolls in Assam and Madhya Pradesh respectively.
  • Both leaders were recently inducted into his Council of Ministers by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, necessitating their elections to Parliament in six months.
  • Their election to the Rajya Sabha is all but certain as the BJP has a majority in the both state assemblies.
  • In Assam, a Rajya Sabha seat fell vacant after BiswajitDaimary resigned to become the assembly speaker.
  • In Madhya Pradesh, the vacancy emerged after the then Union minister ThaawarchandGehlot resigned following his appointment as Karnataka governor.

PadmakumarMadhavan Nair to be appointed MD and CEO of NARCL

Date: 20 September 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • PadmakumarMadhavan Nair, chief general manager with State Bank of India, has been chosen to spearhead the newly formed National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL).
  • A career banker with SBI, he has been with the bank’s stressed asset resolution group (SARG) for four years, three as a general manager and, since April 2020, as chief general manager.
  • A postgraduate in commerce, Nair is also expected to bring to the table rich experience and knowledge about many sectors and industries plus a strong grounding in corporate credit, wholesale banking, international banking and capital markets.

Tamenglong oranges and Hathei chillies of Manipur get GI tag

Date: 20 September 2021 Tags: Agriculture
  • Manipur’s Tamenglong orange, a species of the mandarin family, along with Hathei, a special chilli variety, have acquired the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
  • The GI status is an indication that identifies goods as produced from a particular area which has special quality attributable to its geographical origin.
  • Tamenglong orange is a unique fruit crop found mostly in Tamenglong district which contributes over 50% of the state’s annual production. It is famous especially for its well blended sweetness and acidic taste.
  • On the other hand, Hathei chilli, one of the best varieties of chillies with a distinct flavour and colour, grows in Sirarakhong village in Ukhrul district.

Moroccan cave gives oldest clues about human clothing

Date: 20 September 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Scientists have unearthed artefacts in a cave in Morocco dating back as far as 120,000 years ago indicate that humans were making specialized bone tools, skinning animals and then using tools to process these skins for fur and leather.
  • The items from Contrebandiers Cave, near the Atlantic coastline in the town of Temara, appear to be the oldest-known evidence for clothing in the archaeological record.
  • The scientists found 62 tools made from animal bones and also identified a pattern of cut marks on the bones of fox, jackal and wildcat – indicating they had been skinned for fur, not processed for meat.
  • Antelope and wild cattle bones suggested that the skins of these animals may have been used to make leather, while the meat was eaten.

France recalls envoys from US and Australia

Date: 20 September 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • France has recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra for consultations, in a diplomatic protest against the new Australia-UK-US security pact.
  • France is particularly incensed at being excluded from the deal because it has had close military co-operation with each of the three countries involved in the new strategic arrangement, including anti-terrorist operations in the Sahel and Afghanistan.
  • Australia had said it would scrap a $40 billion deal signed in 2016 for France’s Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and would instead build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology.