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News in Short - 22-February-2021

Hoshangabad in MP to be re-named as Narmadapuram

Date: 22 February 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that Hoshangabad city in the state would be renamed as Narmadapuram and a proposal to that effect would be sent to the Centre.
  • He made the announcement during the Narmada Jayanti programme held in Hoshangabad.
  • The state government will not allow “cement-concrete structures” to be built along the Narmada river. Sewage treatment plants are also being constructed in the cities located on its banks.
  • Protem Assembly Speaker Rameshwar Sharma has expressed happiness over Chouhan’s announcement. Sharma had earlier made the demand to change the name of Hoshangabad.

Thai PM survives no-confidence motion

Date: 22 February 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament amid allegations that his government mismanaged the economy.
  • It marked the second no-confidence test the Prayuth's government has faced since taking office in July 2019, following a contested election.
  • In the latest motion, his government was also criticised for misusing its power to promote police officials and for establishing a cyber unit to attack government critics on social media, among other complaints.
  • But a more serious allegation was that Mr. Prayuth has deepened divisions in society by using the monarchy as a shield against criticism of his government.
  • A student-led protest movement has campaigned since last year for Prayuth and his government to step down. They want the constitution to be amended to make it more democratic, and for the monarchy to be reformed to make it more accountable.

Indian American Swati Mohan involved in NASA’s Mars 2020 mission

Date: 22 February 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Indian-American scientist Swati Mohan was the person behind the guidance, navigation, and control operations of the Mars 2020 mission.
  • Ms Mohan completed her bachelor's degree from Cornell University in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, and her M.S. and Ph.D from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Aeronautics/Astronautics.
  • Over the course of her career with NASA, Ms. Mohan has worked on the Cassini mission to Saturn and GRAIL — a pair of formation flown spacecraft to the Moon, and has been a mainstay with the Mars 2020 mission since its beginning in 2013.

Andhra Pradesh CM demands for Special Category Status for the state

Date: 22 February 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy reiterated that the Central government was obliged to grant Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradeshas per the commitment given in Parliament as a precondition to bifurcation.
  • Mr. Reddy said in spite of his government’s commitment to providing a business-friendly environment, industrialisation in the State has not gained the required growth momentum due to several constraints.
  • He pointed out that bifurcation deprived the State of Tier-I cities, infrastructure, employment opportunities, and financial resources. The SCS and certain other support measures would help the State in overcoming the crisis to a large extent.

Naomi Osaka wins Australian open

Date: 22 February 2021 Tags: Sports
  • Naomi Osaka took her Grand Slam tally up to four after she beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the women’s singles final of the 2021 Australian Open.
  • Osaka extended her perfect record in a major final with a resounding win over the first-time finalist. She trumped over the likes of Serena Williams, Garbine Muguruza, Ons Jabeur, and Hsieh Su-wei during her title run.
  • Brady, a 25-year-old American, was making her first appearance in a Grand Slam final, about five months after losing to Osaka in a hard-fought semifinal at the U.S. Open.