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News in Short - 26-June-2021

New type of early human found in Israel

Date: 26 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Israeli researchers have found bones belonging to a new type of early human previously unknown to science.
  • Archeological digs near the city of Ramla by a team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem uncovered prehistoric remains that could not be matched to any known species from the Homo genus.
  • Researchers have dubbed the find the "Nesher Ramla Homo type" after the site where the bones were found.
  • The sample dates between 140,000 and 120,000 years ago. The morphology of the Nesher Ramla humans shares features with both Neanderthals and archaic Homo.

India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier to be commissioned next year

Date: 26 June 2021 Tags: Military
  • India's first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) will be commissioned next year. The Carrier will be christened INS Vikrant on commissioning.
  • The aircraft carrier is being by Cochin Shipyard limited in Kochi. The IAC boasts of nearly 75 per cent indigenous content, from design, to steel used in construction, to key weapons and sensors.
  • The IAC-1 before getting inducted in the Navy has to undergo a series of sea trials before it gets commissioned. The project is already running behind schedule.

Saudi Aramco chairman to join Reliance Industries board

Date: 26 June 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Reliance Industries Ltd said that Saudi Aramco Chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan will join the Indian conglomerate's board.
  • Harvard educated, Mr. Al-Rumayyan (51) will replace Yogendra P Trivedi (92) who has expressed desire to retire.
  • Reliance had announced a sale of a 20% stake in its oil-to-chemicals business for $15 billion in 2019 to Aramco, the world's top oil exporting firm.
  • However, the deal had stalled after oil prices and demand crashed last year due to the pandemic.

China launches first bullet train in Tibet

Date: 26 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • China has operationalised its first fully electrified bullet train in the remote Himalayan region of Tibet, connecting the provincial capital Lhasa and Nyingchi.
  • The 435.5-km Lhasa-Nyingchi section of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway has been inaugurated ahead of the centenary celebrations of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) on July 1.
  • The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway into Tibet after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. It will go through the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the world’s most geologically active areas.

PM Modi holds meet with J&K leaders

Date: 26 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a crucial meeting with 14 leaders, including four former chief ministers, to chalk out the future course of action in the union territory.
  • This was the first interaction between the Central leadership and the mainstream parties since August 5, 2019, when the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and bifurcated it into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
  • The prime minister was accompanied by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha. The participants included leaders from eight parties, including the National Conference, the PDP, the BJP and the Congress.