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News in Short - 28-August-2021

SonuSood to be brand ambassador of Delhi government’s ‘Deshka Mentor’

Date: 28 August 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Bollywood actor SonuSood will be the brand ambassador for the Delhi government’s “Deshke Mentor” programme.
  • The programme involves adopting one or more Delhi government school students who can be mentored by citizens who are successful in their respective fields.
  • The Bollywood actor would be brand ambassador for the Delhi government’s programme which sought to inspire more people to step up to mentor government school students.

Merger of three supermassive Black Holes observed

Date: 28 August 2021 Tags: Space
  • A rare merging of three supermassive black holes has been spotted by a team of astrophysicists in India.
  • This study used data from the Ultra-Violet Imaging Telescope (UVIT) on-board the first Indian space observatory ASTROSAT.
  • If two galaxies collide, their black hole will also come closer by transferring the kinetic energy to the surrounding gas.
  • The distance between the blackholes decreases with time until the separation is around a parsec (3.26 light-years).

Former English captain Ted Dexter passes away

Date: 28 August 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Former England captain Ted Dexter has died at Wolverhampton after a bout of illness. He was 86.
  • A powerful middle-order batsman and medium-pace bowler, Dexter played 62 Tests between 1958 and 1968, leading the side in 30 of those and scoring 4502 runs at an average of 47.89, besides taking 66 wickets.
  • Known for his ability to dominate top-class fast bowling, he slammed nine hundreds, six of which were scores of above 140.He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame earlier this year.
  • He was also instrumental in devising the players’ ranking system that was later adopted by the ICC and is currently known as the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings.

Ehsan Mani steps down as chairman of PCB

Date: 28 August 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani stepped down from the post after completing his three-year term.
  • Prime Minister Imran Khan is presently the patron in chief of the board and will now nominate two people to the PCB Board of Governors (BOG) and one of them will be elected as the new chairman.
  • Rumours were circulating that Pakistan’s former Test captain Ramiz Raja will take over as the new chairman of the board.

New drone rules notified by centre

Date: 28 August 2021 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • The Ministry of Civil Aviation has notified Drone Rules, 2021, under which the coverage of all-up weight of an unmanned aircraft system has been increased from 300 kg to 500 kg to include heavy payload-carrying drones for use in the logistics and transportation sectors. It will also cover drone taxis.
  • The key features of these rules include the development of drone corridors for cargo deliveries. An Unmanned Aircraft Systems Promotion Council will be set up to facilitate a business-friendly regulatory regime.
  • The rules are aimed at simplifying the procedures and reducing compliance burden for drone operation. The drones could be significant creators of employment and economic growth. India had the potential to be a global drone hub by 2030.