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News in Short - 27-November-2021

Global state of democracy report 2021

Date: 27 November 2021 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • The number of countries moving towards authoritarianism in 2020 was higher than that of countries going in the other direction, towards democracy, according to the Global State of Democracy Report, 2021.
  • The report is released by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International-IDEA).
  • While 20 countries moved in the direction of authoritarianism, seven countries moved towards democracy.
  • The report highlighted the case of Brazil and India as some of the most worrying examples of backsliding. However, India remained in the category of a mid-level performing democracy.

ShreyasIyer scores century on debut

Date: 27 November 2021 Tags: Sports
  • ShreyasIyer became the 16th Indian to score a century on Test debut. The last debutant to achieve the same was Prithvi Shaw.
  • The first Indian to score a century on debut was LalaAmarnath in 1933. Iyer also became the second Indian after Viswanath to score a Test hundred on debut in Kanpur.
  • Iyer is the third Indian to score a ton on Test debut against New Zealand after Kripal Singh and SurinderAmarnath.

Congo plans to push into battery manufacturing

Date: 27 November 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Democratic Republic of Congo’s government would push to develop domestic battery manufacturing capacity to add value to its exports of minerals such as cobalt and copper.
  • Congo mines around two-thirds of the world’s cobalt, an ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, and is Africa’s leading producer of copper. Demand for the minerals is rising to power electric vehicles and electronic devices.
  • But Congo exports its minerals for only a fraction of the final cost of the batteries, which are mostly manufactured in Asia.

PM Modi lays foundation stone forJewar airport

Date: 27 November 2021 Tags: Services
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Gautam Buddh Nagar.
  • The airport is being developed by Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of the project’s Swiss concessionaire Zurich International Airport AG.
  • The Airport is developed under the PPP model in close partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Government of India.
  • This inauguration will make Uttar Pradesh the only Indian state with five international airports.

Pat Cummins appointed Australian Test captain

Date: 27 November 2021 Tags: Sports
  • Fast bowler Pat Cummins was named as Australia's 47th Test captain, while Steve Smith was appointed as the vice-captain.
  • Cummins is the first fast bowler to be a full-time Test captain of the Australian men’s team. He is also the first bowler to lead the side since Richie Benaud.
  • Cummins replaced Tim Paine, who stepped down from the position last week, following a sexting incident from 2017.