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News in Short - 23-March-2022

US to declare Myanmar Rohingya killings as genocide

Date: 23 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The U.S. government has determined the attacks by Myanmar’s military against the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority, constituted genocide and crimes against humanity.
  • The legal determination comes nearly five years after the brutal violence killed approximately 9,000 Rohingya and drove nearly 1 million from country across the border into Bangladesh.
  • The determination is only the eighth such one made by the State Department in the decades since the Holocaust, including in Bosnia and Rwanda, by ISIS and the Chinese government.

Pushkar Singh Dhami and PramodSawant selected as Chief Ministers

Date: 23 March 2022 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Pushkar Singh Dhami and PramodSawant will be the chief ministers of Uttarakhand and Goa for a second successive term.
  • BJP lawmakers of the two states met in Dehradun and Panaji, and elected Dhamiand Sawant as their leaders.
  • Dhami was elected leader despite him losing his own seat. Sawantwas retained in the position despite questions about his leadership.

IIT- Madras to set up centre to study human brain

Date: 23 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Indian Institute of Technology Madras has launched a centre to generate and study human brain data.
  • The centre plans to focus on high-resolution brain imaging and has an ambitious project to map human brain at the cellular and connectivity level.
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Institute would be trained on cutting-edge tech in neuroscience and computing, and machine learning techniques.

N Biren Singh takes oath as Manipur chief minister

Date: 23 March 2022 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • N Biren Singh was sworn in as the chief minister of Manipur for the second consecutive term. The oath of office was administered by Manipur Governor La Ganesan at the Raj Bhawan.
  • In the Assembly polls, the BJP won an absolute majority by winning 32 seats in the 60-member House.
  • The Janata Dal (United), the NPF, the newly formed Kuki People’s Alliance (KPA) and two Independent MLAs have extended their unconditional support to the saffron party.

Telegram becomes Russia’s top Messenger

Date: 23 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Telegram has overtaken WhatsApp to become Russia’s most popular messaging tool, after Russians flocked to the service as Moscow restricts some digital services.
  • Founded by Russian Pavel Durov, Telegram has long been a popular news platform in Russia, with almost all major media, government entities and public figures operating content channels.
  • Russian authorities have actively promoted Telegram as they have banned other foreign platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.