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News in Short - 28-July-2021

Vijay Mallya declared bankrupt by UK court

Date: 28 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The London High Court declared fugitive Indian businessman Vijay Mallya bankrupt on July 26 in a major victory for Indian banks.
  • This will clear the way for a group of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) to seek a worldwide freezing order to seize Vijay Mallya's Indian assets in order to recover debt owed by his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
  • Mallya reportedly attempted to appeal the High Court decision but was denied permission to do so.
  • An application by a lender consortium led by the SBI to alter their bankruptcy case in favour of surrendering their security over Mallya's assets in India was upheld by a UK court earlier this year in May.

Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg passes away

Date: 28 July 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Nobel laureate and American theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg passed away in Austin Texas. He was 88.
  • Steven Weinberg shared the Nobel prize for Physics in 1979 with Sheldon Glashow of Harvard, U.S.A. and Abdus Salam of Imperial College, London, UK, for his discovery of the Unified Theory of Weak and Electromagnetic Interactions.
  • He was the Director of Theory Research Group and Regental Professor at the University of Texas. His wife, Louise Weinberg, is a Professor in Legal Studies at the University

Migrant boat capsizes off Libya coast

Date: 28 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A boat carrying African migrants capsized off Libya's coast, leaving at least 57 people presumed dead. It was the latest disaster in the Mediterranean Sea involving migrants seeking a better life in Europe.
  • The vessel left the western coastal town of Khums. There were at least 75 migrants on board, including women and children.
  • Eighteen of the migrants were rescued and returned to shore by fishermen and Libya's coast guard. The survivors are from Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia.

Microbes found above limit in Yamuna river

Date: 28 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Levels of fecal coliform (microbes from human and animal excreta) is above desirable limits in all points tested in the Yamuna in Delhi.
  • The report also stated that in the absence of a “minimum environmental flow” (flow of water) of the Yamuna in Delhi, it is very difficult to achieve even bathing quality standards of the river water.
  • For bathing in a river, the desirable level of fecal coliform in the water is 500 MPN/100 ml or lesser, as per the Central Pollution Control Board.
  • The 22 km stretch of Yamuna from Wazirabad to Okhla in Delhi, which is less than 2% of the river length, accounts for about 80% of the pollution load in the river.

Puri becomes first Indian city to provide quality tap water to households

Date: 28 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the ‘Drink From Tap’ mission in Puri, making it "the first city in India" to achieve 24/7 quality drinking water supply.
  • The initiative to provide water supply adhering to "Quality Standards of IS 10500" will benefit the city’s 2.5- lakh population and two crore tourists who visit the holy place annually.
  • Pilgrims will have access to 120 drinking water fountains set up by the state all along the Grand Road and other hotspots.
  • Provision of safe drinking water will help prevent the use of three crore plastic bottles, eliminating 400 metric tonnes of plastic waste and reducing the state’s carbon footprint.