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News in Short - 23-December-2021

Construction of Unit 6 of Kudankulam Nuclear power plant begins

Date: 23 December 2021 Tags: Energy
  • Construction of Unit 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu has been formally launched.
  • As part of India-Russia nuclear cooperation, Rosatom is scheduled to construct six units of VVER-1000, light-water reactors at Kudankulam.
  • Russia is building the KKNPP under an Inter-Governmental Agreement of 1988 and follow-on agreements in 1998 and 2008. Unit-1 joined the grid in October 2013 and Unit-2 was connected to the grid in August 2016.

Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to visit Myanmar

Date: 23 December 2021 Tags: India & World
  • Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla will pay a two-day working visit to Myanmar on December 22 and 23. This will be his first visit to Myanmar since the coup in February this year.
  • India has effectively become the latest government to accord a degree of formal recognition to Myanmar’s military junta.
  • India has been softly treading in the direction of official engagement for some time. Despite expressing its deep concern about the military coup and calling for a restoration of the country’s democracy, New Delhi has kept its options open.

China imposes sanctions on US officials

Date: 23 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • China announced sanctions on four members of the US government’s commission on international religious freedom in retaliation for penalties imposed on Chineseofficials.
  • China has denied accusations of abuses and earlier retaliated by publicising calls for boycotts of foreign shoe and clothing brands.
  • The chairwoman and three members of the U.S. panel are barred from visiting mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, and any assets they have in the country will be frozen.

New method to dry sheet rubber

Date: 23 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) under the Rubber Board has developed a method to dry sheet rubber in 24 hours in place of the traditional method that takes four to five days.
  • The conversion of raw latex into sheet rubber helps them store the produce and sell according to the market situation as price fluctuation is a constant phenomenon.
  • The much quicker method of drying is done by replacing the conventional coagulant with a mixture of the acid and alcohol and an improved sheeting process.

India’s official entry to Oscars Koozhangal bows out

Date: 23 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • For the upcoming 94th Oscars ceremony, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the shortlists in 10 categories.
  • India’s official entry this year, the Tamil film Koozhangal (Pebbles), is out of the race for best foreign film.
  • Directors Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh’s Writing with Firehas been shortlisted in the Best Documentary Feature category.