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News in Short - 29-November-2021

Saudi coalition launches airstrikes on capital of Yemen

Date: 29 November 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched airstrikes targeting the country’s capital, Sanaa.
  • The strikes come amid heavy fighting around the city of Marib and after coalition forces withdrew from areas around the key port city of Hodeida.
  • The Iranian-backed Houthis have held Yemen’s capital since September 2014. The Saudi-led coalition halted their march south in 2015 but war has slogged on for years and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Starlink asked to stop bookings

Date: 29 November 2021 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers
  • The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has reprimanded Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet Services for pre-selling and booking of the satellite based internet services without having obtained the necessary licences in the country.
  • Starlink had registered its business in India under a 100 per cent owned subsidiary, Starlink Satellite Communications Private Limited.
  • The SpaceXdivison, has said that it aims to have 200,000 Starlink devices in India by December 2022, 80% of which will be in rural districts.

New Omicron variant of COVID-19 identified

Date: 29 November 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The World Health Organization on November 26 declared the recently-discovered B.1.1.529 strain of COVID-19, first detected in southern Africa, to be a variant of concern and renamed it Omicron.
  • The classification puts Omicron into the most-troubling category of COVID-19 variants, along with the globally-dominant Delta, plus its weaker rivals Alpha, Beta and Gamma.
  • Nations rushed to ban flights to slow the spread of Omicron on November 26, while stock markets and oil prices plunged on fears surrounding the variant, potentially dealing a heavy blow to the global economic recovery.

Japan to increase spending on sea and air defence

Date: 29 November 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Japan’s Cabinet approved a 770 billion yen ($6.8 billion) request for an extra defense budget to purchase of missiles, anti-submarine rockets and other weapons amid rising concern over the escalation of military activities by China, Russia and North Korea.
  • The request brings Japan’s military spending for the current year to a new high of more than 6.1 trillion yen ($53.2 billion), up 15% from 5.31 trillion yen in 2020.
  • The Defense Ministry says its “defense power reinforcement and acceleration package” is designed to speed up deployment of some of the key equipment from the 2022 budget request.
  • The goal is to beef up Japan’s defenses against North Korea’s missile threat and China’s increasingly assertive maritime activity around remote Japanese southwesternislands.