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News in Short - 23-April-2021

Former Delhi minister AK Walia dies

Date: 23 April 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Senior Congress leader and former Delhi government minister A.K. Walia passed away due to Covid-19. He was 72.
  • Walia represented the Laxmi Nagar constituency in the assembly for four terms. He was admitted to the hospital a few days ago after testing positive for coronavirus.
  • He had also served as a minister in Sheila Dikshit's government. He had held Health, Urban Development, Land & Building portfolios. He was also the Chairman of Trans Yamuna Area Development Board.

TTD claims Jabali as original birth place of Lord Hanuman

Date: 23 April 2021 Tags: Historical Places
  • The TTD has claimed that ‘Jabali’ nestled on the Anjanadri Hills that form a part of the sacred abode of Lord Venkateswara as the original birthplace of Lord Hanuman.
  • Vice-Chancellor of National Sanskrit University Muralidhar Sharma said that the TTD had arrived at the conclusion after taking all the historical, geographical and epigraphical evidences into consideration.
  • The TTD Pundit Parishad, which was specially constituted for the purpose, also echoed with the findings after corroborating the evidences.
  • Though there were several claims by various authorities regarding the actual birthplace, no material evidences as such could be produced by them to substantiate their assertions.

NASA’s MARS mission makes oxygen on another planet

Date: 23 April 2021 Tags: Space
  • NASA has performed another important achievement on Mars by converting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen.
  • The extraction of oxygen was achieved by an experimental device aboard Perseverance, a six-wheeled science rover that landed on the Red Planet on February 18.
  • The device named MOXIE, short for Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilisation Experiment, produced about 5 grams of oxygen, equivalent to roughly 10 minutes’ worth of breathing for an astronaut.
  • The instrument works through electrolysis, which uses extreme heat to separate oxygen atoms from molecules of carbon dioxide, which accounts for about 95% of the atmosphere on Mars.

KL Rahul becomes fastest to score 5000 runs in T20 cricket

Date: 23 April 2021 Tags: Sports
  • Punjab Kings (PBKS) skipper KL Rahul broke Virat Kohli’s record to become the fastest Indian batsman to 5,000 T20 runs.
  • Rahul took 143 innings to reach the milestone whereas Kohli took 167 innings. Rahul needed just one run to reach the milestone before the match.
  • Rahul has 2,808 IPL runs from 76 innings so far including two centuries and 23 half-centuries. The leading run-scorer of all-time in IPL is currently Kohli with 5,949 runs to his name from 187 innings.

Vanita Gupta becomes first Indian American US’associate attorney general

Date: 23 April 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Prominent Indian-American civil rights lawyer Vanita Gupta has been confirmed by the US Senate as associate attorney general.
  • The appointment made her the first person of colour to occupy the third highest position at the Department of Justice.
  • Gupta is also the first civil rights lawyer to serve at one of the top three positions at the Department of Justice.
  • Gupta has an illustrious career of fighting for civil rights. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and Juris Doctor from New York University.
  • Gupta had served as the assistant attorney general for civil rights under President Barack Obama, where she advanced criminal justice reform, prosecuted hate crimes, protected voting rights and fought against discrimination.