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News in Short - 21-April-2022

IMF cuts India’s growth prediction

Date: 21 April 2022 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut its growth forecast for India for FY23 by 80 basis points to 8.2 percent.
  • Although the IMF’s growth forecast for India for the current financial year has been cut sharply, it remains significantly higher than local projections.
  • As per the statistics ministry’s second advance estimate, India will likely clock a GDP growth of 8.9 percent in FY22.

Russian players barred from Wimbledon

Date: 21 April 2022 Tags: Sports
  • Russian players will not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon this year due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said it was in talks with the British government on the participation of players from Russia and Belarus.
  • A ban on Russian players would prevent world number two Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, ranked eighth, from competing in the men’s draw. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is 15th in the women’s rankings.

Ceasefire agreements with Naga groups extended

Date: 21 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Centre has extended the ceasefire agreement with three different Naga groups for one more year.
  • The groups are National Socialist Council of Nagaland/NK (NSCN/NK), National Socialist Council of Nagaland/ Reformation (NSCN/R) and National Socialist Council of Nagaland/K-Khango (NSCN/K-Khango).
  • All three groups are breakaway factions of NSCN IM and NSCN K and have signed ceasefire agreements with the government over the years.

China and Solomon Islands signs defence pact

Date: 21 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • China has signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands, a first-of-its-kind arrangement that could pave the way for further Chinese security deals overseas.
  • Amid concern from Australia, New Zealand and the U.S., the Solomon Islands said there was no agreement for a Chinese military base.
  • Chinese military experts have spoken of the need for further facilities to project power as well as service China’s fast expanding navy.

Shanti Sethi appointed Defence advisor to Kamala Harris

Date: 21 April 2022 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Shanti Sethihas joined US Vice President Kamala Harris’s office as her executive secretary and defence advisor.
  • In her new role, Sethi coordinates National Security Advisor documentation across the Office of the Vice President.
  • Sethi commanded the guided-missile destroyer, USS Decatur, from December 2010 to May 2012. She was also the first female commander of a US naval vessel to visit India.