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News in Short - 24-March-2022

Taliban closes schools for girls

Date: 24 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Taliban regime in Afghanistan ordered closure of secondary schools for girls, just hours after these reopened for the first time since last August.
  • The sudden move is likely to spark fresh concerns over girls’ education in the war-torn nation. Upon capturing power in the country, the Taliban had promised to ‘protect’ the rights of women, children and minorities.
  • Previously, the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, after which they were driven away by the US-led forces who arrived here in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Dennis Sullivan wins Abel Prize 2022

Date: 24 March 2022 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the Abel prize for the year 2022 to American Mathematician Dennis Parnell Sullivan.
  • The award has been given for his ground-breaking contributions to topology in its broadest sense, and in particular its algebraic, geometric and dynamical aspects.
  • Topology is a field of mathematics which was born in the nineteenth century and has to do with properties of surfaces that do not change when they are deformed.

Union cabinet approves bill to merge Delhi Municipal corporations

Date: 24 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The union cabinet has approved a Bill to merge three municipal corporations of Delhi and it is likely to be introduced in the Parliament soon.
  • The national capital has five local bodies namely the North, East and South Delhi municipal corporations, the Delhi Cantonment Board and the New Delhi Municipal Council.
  • The majority of Delhi’s area is covered by the North, South and East Delhi corporations. These three corporations were known as a single entity as Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) before 2012.

Haryana passes anti-conversion bill

Date: 24 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Haryana State Assembly on Tuesday passed the Haryana Prevention of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Bill, 2022, against religious conversion by allurement, coercion or fraudulent means.
  • Any religious priest or other person intending to organize a conversion shall give prior notice to the District Magistrate giving information about the venue.
  • A copy of such notice or declaration shall be pasted on the notice board of the office of the District Magistrate. If any person has any objection, then he can file his objection in writing within 30 days.

Ashleigh Barty retires from tennis

Date: 24 March 2022 Tags: Sports
  • World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty has shocked the tennis world by announcing her retirement from the sport after winning three major singles titles in the last three years.
  • She has won 15 singles titles and 12 doubles titles on the WTA Tour, and was the first Australian to win the Australian Open singles title since 1978.
  • She is only the second reigning World No. 1 in the women’s game to retire at the top, following Justine Henin, who retired in 2008.