Indian-American Raj Subramaniam takes over as FedX President & CEO [UPSC]

Indian-American Raj Subramaniam takes over as FedX President & CEO: Indian-American Raj Subramaniam has become the President and CEO of FedEx, the US-based multinational transportation and courier delivery giant has announced. Indian-American Raj Subramaniam takes over as FedX President & CEO: Key-Points Subramaniam, 54, joined FedEx in 1991 and was elected to the FedEx Board … Read more

First use of the next-generation weapons in combat [Hypersonic Missiles]

Russia said that it had unleashed hypersonic missiles against an arms depot in Ukraine, the first use of the next-generation weapons in combat. Key-Points Russia’s new Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile is a nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile that flies at 10 times the speed of sound and can overcome air-defence systems. Kinzhal means ‘dagger’. The missile … Read more

Ukraine-Russia conflict impact on global semiconductor supply

The Ukraine-Russia conflict is expected to further impact the already stressed global semiconductor supply as raw materials exported from the two countries such as neon gas, chemical C4F6 and palladium are critical for semiconductor manufacturing. Key-Points This has also put the Indian electronics and automobile manufacturing industry in a wait-and-watch mode. Neon prices had witnessed … Read more

Russia to immediately suspend all military operations in Ukraine [International Court of Justice]

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN), directed Russia to immediately suspend all military operations in Ukraine. Key-Points Article 36(1) of the Statute of the ICJ provides that the ICJ shall have jurisdiction in all matters relating to the UN Charter or other treaties or conventions in … Read more

White House’s next Covid-19 Response Coordinator is an Indian-American

US President Joe Biden appointed Indian-American public health expert Dr. Ashish K Jha as the White House’s next Covid-19 Response Coordinator. Key-Points Born in Pursaulia, Bihar in 1970, Jha migrated to Canada with his parents nine years later and to the United States in 1983. He graduated from Columbia University with a BA in economics … Read more

India Calls For Peaceful Resolution Of Ukraine Situation

India this week gave its first official statement amid the ongoing tension between Russia and the West — led by the US — over Ukraine. It’s been a tense one-and-a-half months, with the possibility of war looming large. India calls for a peaceful resolution of the situation through sustained diplomatic efforts for long term peace … Read more

India-Central Asia Virtual Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted the first India-Central Asia Summit in virtual format on 27 January 2022, which was attended by Presidents of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Republic of Uzbekistan. This first India-Central Asia coincided with the 30th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Central … Read more

Licenses For Lithium Mining

The Serbia government has revoked the licenses for lithium mining to Rio Tinto, an Anglo-Australian multinational mining organisation, following protests for nearly two months. Serbians have been protesting against Rio Tinto’s plans to mine lithium in the Jadar valley near Lozinca town in the country. Rio Tinto had discovered lithium deposits in the country in … Read more

Supreme Court’s first female judge of Pakistan

In a historic moment for Pakistan’s judiciary, Lahore High Court’s Justice Ayesha Malik was sworn in as the Supreme Court’s first female judge. The swearing in of the first female judge of Pakistan’s highest court – which was established in 1956 – is noteworthy. Compare this to India, where the Supreme Court (established in 1950) … Read more

Women-majority cabinet

The left-wing president-elect in Chile, Gabriel Boric has announced his first cabinet giving a majority of the posts to women. Fourteen of the 24 new ministers announced are women, including Defence Minister Maya Fernandez, a grand daughter of socialist President Salvador Allende, who was overthrown by a military coup in 1973. Talking to media, Gabriel … Read more