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News in Short - 26-May-2021

1971 war veteran Col Panjab Singh passes away

Date: 26 May 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Col Panjab Singh, Vir Chakra awardee and a decorated veteran of the 1971, war passed away in Haryana due to post-COVID complications. He was 79.
  • Col. Singh was commissioned into the 6th Batallion of the Sikh Regiment on December16, 1967. He went on to command the Battalion from October 12, 1986 to July 29, 1990.
  • In the 1971 war, during Operation Cactus Lilly, the 6th Sikh occupied 13 kms of front on the heights above Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir covering two strategic points, the loss of which would have directly threatened Poonch.

Multi-drug resistant bacteria found in scat of vine snake

Date: 26 May 2021 Tags: Biodiversity
  • Scientists along with other experts in the country have discovered a new species of bacteria which are known to resist the approved antibiotics used in the treatment of snake bites.
  • The bacteria was found in the scats or faecal of “vine snake” a green coloured snake commonly found in the northern western Ghats. The two species of bacteria have been discovered for the first time.
  • It is necessary to find out the microorganisms of animal origin which can lead to various human diseases or the next pandemic in future given the current Covid-19 pandemic situation.

Cyclone Yaas to make landfall near Balasore

Date: 26 May 2021 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the cyclonic storm Yaas is going to intensity into a "very severe cyclonic storm" in the next 12 hours.
  • Cyclone Yaas is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Island around Balasore.
  • Sea conditions will remain rough and tidal waves of height two to four metre above astronomical tide will likely to inundate low lying coastal areas. Fishermen have been asked to not venture into north Bay of Bengal, along and off Odisha.

High powered panel to meet for selecting next CBI chief

Date: 26 May 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A high-powered committee, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and comprising Chief Justice of India Justice N.V. Ramana and Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary, met to finalise the choice of the next director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
  • Three Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, V.S. Kaumudi (1986 batch), Kumar Rajesh Chandra (1985) and Subodh Jaiswal (1985 batch), have been shortlisted from a list of 109 officers that included four batches (1984-1987) of the IPS.
  • The post of CBI Director has been lying vacant since February 3 when Rishi Kumar Shukla completed his tenure.

FDI flows cross $ 81 billion in FY 21

Date: 26 May 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • India received $81.72 billion foreign direct investment (FDI) in FY21, the highest ever and 10% more than what was received in the year before.
  • The boost in FDI inflow in the year ending March comes in the backdrop of a series of policy steps taken to improve ease of doing business and to attract investments into domestic manufacturing capacity and an ambitious infrastructure project pipeline.
  • Among major investing countries, Singapore accounted 29% of the total FDI inflow into India in FY21, followed by the US which accounted for 23%, and Mauritius which accounted for 9%.
  • Among industries, computer software and hardware topped the investment chart in FY21 accounting for 44% share of the total FDI inflow. It is followed by construction (infrastructure) activities which accounted for 13% and services that accounted for 8% respectively.