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Home Ministry cancels LIFE’s Foreign Contribution Registration Act (FCRA) licence
The Union home ministry has cancelled the Foreign Contribution Registration Act (FCRA) licence of environmental lawyer Ritwick Dutta’s non-governmental organisation Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE) after the licence remained suspended for 180 days.
- On September 7, 2022, the Income Tax department visited the CPR office.
- Foreign funds can only be received with an FCRA registration, meaning that the CPR will not be able to accept fresh foreign donations or use previously-accepted donations without the MHA’s approval.
India to join international climate action in civil aviation from 2027
India has announced that it will participate in the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and the Long-Term Aspirational Goals (LTAG) from 2027.
- The decision was made at a meeting of the Parliament’s Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Civil Aviation held in New Delhi and chaired by the Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia.
- ICAO has been tasked with reducing carbon emissions from international civil aviation. To achieve this goal, the global body has adopted several key aspirational goals, including a two per cent annual fuel efficiency improvement through 2050, carbon neutral growth, and net zero by 2050.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
India becomes Europe’s largest supplier of refined fuels
A recent report by analytics firm Kpler showed India has become Europe’s largest supplier of refined fuels this month while simultaneously buying record amounts of Russian crude.
- The reliance of Europe on Indian crude oil products has surged. This increase can be linked with the ban on Russian oil.
- The data also showed that Europe’s refined fuel imports from India are set to surge above 360,000 barrels a day, edging just ahead of those of Saudi Arabia.
India’s manufacturing PMI hits 4-month high in April
Manufacturing activity grew the fastest in four months in April, driven by healthy factory orders, milder price pressures, better global sales and improved supply chains, according to a survey report published.
- The S&P Global India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 57.2 in April from 56.4 in March. For 22 straight months now, the PMI has remained above 50, the mark separating expansion from contraction.
Japanese table tennis star Ishikawa announces retirement
Japanese table tennis star Kasumi Ishikawa, who won three women’s team medals at three consecutive Olympic Games, announced her retirement.
- Ishikawa, who won five national women’s singles championships, was a key figure when the Japanese women’s team won the silver medal, the country’s first Olympic table tennis medal, at London 2012.
- She went on to help Japan win the women’s bronze medal in Rio 2016 and silver again in Tokyo 2020.
Ding Liren becomes China’s first male world chess champion
Ding Liren has made history by becoming China’s first men’s world chess champion. The 30-year-old grandmaster defeated Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi in a rapid-play tiebreaker at the World Chess Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan.
- The Chinese chess star is now the 17th winner of the world chess tournament, succeeding five-time champion and current chess world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen.
BARC director A K Mohanty appointed as new Atomic Energy Commission chairman
Ajit Kumar Mohanty, who is a well-known physicist and also serves as the director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), has been selected as the new chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy.
- This appointment means he will be responsible for overseeing India’s nuclear program and exploring the use of atomic power for non-military purposes. Mohanty will take over from K N Vyas.
Indian Army commissions 5 woman officers into Regiment of Artillery
For the first time, the Indian Army has appointed five women officers to its artillery regiment. After successfully completing their training at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai, the women officers joined the Regiment of Artillery.
- According to reports, the military sources said that the women officers who joined the Regiment of Artillery are Lt Mehak Saini, Lt Sakshi Dubey, Lt Aditi Yadav and Lt Pious Mudgil.
Russian poet Maria Stepanova wins Leipzig Book Prize
Maria Stepanova, a renowned Russian writer currently residing in Berlin, has been awarded the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding in 2023. The prize ceremony was held at the opening of the 30th Leipzig Book Fair on April 25.
- Her novel, In Memory of Memory, which delves into the themes of Stalinism and the collapse of the Soviet Union, earned her a nomination for the Booker Prize in 2021. However, it was her volume of poetry, Girls Without Clothes, that earned her the prestigious Leipzig Book Prize.
- This collection of poetry sensitively explores the often concealed violence against women and the power dynamics that fuel this oppression in a highly poetic manner.
Meera Syal to be honoured with BAFTA fellowship in London
Meera Syal, a renowned actor and writer of Indian origin based in the UK, is set to receive the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship, the highest honour awarded by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
- The award recognizes Syal’s exceptional contributions to film and television and is the latest recognition of her achievements in the arts, which include being made an MBE and then a CBE by Queen Elizabeth II.