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News in Short - 31-March-2022

PM Modi participates in BIMSTEC summit

Date: 31 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 5th BIMSTEC Summit. It is being held in virtual modeby Sri Lanka, the current BIMSTEC chair.
  • The ‘Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)’ is a regional multilateral organisation.
  • Its members lie in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal, constituting a contiguous regional unity. The members include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand.

US deputy NSA on Indian visit

Date: 31 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Ahead of the 2+2 dialogue between India and United States, US deputy national security advisor for International Economics Daleep Singh will pay an official visit to India from March 30-31.
  • Singh will meet with government of India officials to deepen cooperation to promote inclusive economic growth and prosperity, and a free and open Indo-Pacific.
  • Singh will also discuss the priorities of the Biden Administration, including the promotion of high-quality infrastructure through Build Back Better World and the development of an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.

EU cuts deal with US for LNG

Date: 31 March 2022 Tags: World Economy
  • U.S. President Joe Biden struck a deal with the European Union to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to meet the continent’s energy needs.
  • The deal comes amidst efforts by European countries to wean themselves off Russian energy exports in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war.
  • Under the U.S.-EU LNG deal, the United States will supply 15 billion cubic meters (bcm) of LNG to the EU this year. The EU will import additional LNG of at least 50 bcm until 2030 from the U.S.

Rhino numbers increase in Kaziranga

Date: 31 March 2022 Tags: Biodiversity
  • The population of the greater one–horned or Indian rhinoceros in the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve has increased by 200 in four years.
  • The last rhino census conducted in 2018 had put the number at 2,413. The latest was conducted from March 25 to 28 but the counting was done on the two days in between.
  • Fifty elephants were deployed to cover all the 84 compartments of the park, its addition areas and civil areas. Apart from 125 enumerators and independent observers, 252 frontline staff were involved in the exercise.

Lepakshi Nandi, Veerabhadra temples in UNESCO World Heritage tentative list

Date: 31 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Sri VeerabhadraSwamy temple and the Monolithic Bull (Nandi) at Lepakshi have found a place on the tentative list of the World Heritage Committee.
  • The temples are located in Anantapur and is known for the Vijayanagara sculpture and painting art tradition.
  • This is one among the two entries from the Telugu States, which includes the QutbShahi monuments of Hyderabad the Golconda Fort, QutbShahi Tombs and Charminar.
  • The Sri VeerabhadraSwamy temple, also known as the Lepakshi temple is dedicated to Veerabhadra (the fiery incarnation of Lord Shiva).