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News in Short - 30-April-2022

Biden releases proposal to seize assets of Oligarchs

Date: 30 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • U.S. President Joe Biden announced he would propose that U.S.- based assets of Russian oligarchs be seized and directed towards Ukraine.
  • Mr. Biden’s proposal was announced as part of a larger announcement that he was asking the U.S. Congress to approve an additional $33 billion dollars in security, humanitarian and economic assistance for Ukraine.
  • The U.S. Treasury has already sanctioned and blocked Russians’ aircraft and vessels worth over $1 billion. European Union countries had reported freezing over $30 billion in assets.

Veteran actor Salim Ghouse passes away

Date: 30 April 2022 Tags: Obituaries
  • Veteran actor Salim Ghouse, known for his performances in TV shows like “Bharat EkKhoj” as well as films such as “Sardari Begum” and “Soldier”, passed away. He was 70.
  • He starred in films such as ShyamBenegal’s“Manthan”, “Kalyug”, “Sardari Begum”, as well as Mahesh Bhatt’s “Saaransh” and “Mohan Joshi HazirHo!” by Saeed Akhtar Mirza.
  • He entered Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam cinema and starred in “VettriVizhaa”, “Thazhvaram", "MugguruMonagallu" and Mani Ratnam's "ThirudaThiruda".

Indigo uses Indian-made navigation system used for landing plane

Date: 30 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • An IndiGo-operated ATR 72-600 aircraft landed at Kishangarh airport, using an approach process guided by India’s own satellite-based augmentation system.
  • It is named GAGAN, or GPS-aided GEO Augmented Navigation. With this trial landing, India joined a small group comprising the US, Japan and Europe with its own satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS).
  • While the SBAS developed by the US, Japan, Europe and India are already operational, there are several more under development.

Ben Stokes appointed England Test captain

Date: 30 April 2022 Tags: Sports
  • England Cricket Board announced the appointment of all-rounder Ben Stokes as the men’s Test team captain. He will replace Joe Root.
  • Root led England in a record 64 tests but his role became untenable after it managed one win in its last 17 tests.
  • Stokes has scored more than 5,000 runs and taken 174 wickets in his 79 tests for England. He was named vice-captain in February 2017.

Severe heat wave grips India

Date: 30 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Indian Meteorological Department has declared conditions of heat waves in many regions of the country.
  • The unprecedented heat puts millions of blue-collar workers, including construction and farm labourers and those working on factory shop floors, at great risk.
  • A rapid rise in power demand has also left India scrambling for coal, the dominant fuel used in electricity generation. Coal inventories are at the lowest pre-summer levels.