Current Affairs in Short: 26 November 2021
India-Pakistan World Cup 2021 broke the viewership record in India and became the most viewed T20I match in history.
India-Pakistan 2021 World Cup becomes most viewed T20I Match: ICC
•India-Pakistan World Cup 2021 broke the viewership record in India and became the most viewed T20I match in history. India-Pakistan WC 2021 event registered a record reach of television reach of 167 million and record consumption of 15.9 billion minutes on the Star India Network.
•India-Pakistan World Cup 2021 exceeded the previous high of the India-West Indies semi-final match from the 2016 edition of the ICC event held in India. The ICC Men’s T20 World 2021 held in the UAE and Oman became the biggest ever cricket tournament after it returned after five years.
•The overall TV consumption of the India-Pakistan World Cup 2021 in India was recorded at 112 billion minutes. The viewership share of children below 15 years of age was 18.5 per cent. Viewership for the India-Pakistan match jumped by 60 per cent in the UK.
Delhi CM Kejriwal approves formation of Yamuna Cleaning Cell
•Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on November 25, 2021, announced the creation of the Yamuna Cleaning Cell for expediting inter-departmental coordination and execution of projects for cleaning the heavily polluted Yamuna river.
•The Yamuna cleaning cell will be presided by Delhi Jal Board and comprise representatives from different departments including Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development (DSIIDC), Irrigation Flood Control Department to monitor sewerage of JJ Clusters and Industrial Clusters, Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETPs).
•The Yamuna cleaning cell will oversee the management of sewerage systems of Jhuggi-Jhopdi clusters (JJ clusters), Industrial Clusters, CETPs, construction of new STSP/DSTPs, laying of sewerage network in 1,799 unauthorized colonies, septage management, ensure untreated water does not get discharged into the Yamuna among several other responsibilities.
•CM Kejriwal on November 25, 2021, had convened a high-level review meeting for the management of wastewater from JJ clusters and industrial areas in regard to Yamuna cleaning. A week ago, he announced to declare a 6-point action plan to clean the Yamuna by February 2025.
Saudi Arabia to lift ban on entry from 6 countries including India
•Saudi Arabia on November 26, 2021, announced that it will be lifting a travel ban on expats from six countries including India and Pakistan. The ban was in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.
•The Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia issued the directive stating the changes will be implemented from December 1, 2021, from 1 am onwards. After the lifting of the ban, fully vaccinated persons will be able to get direct entry without the need for a 14-days quarantine.
•In February 2021, a ban on direct entry to Saudi Arabia was placed amid the global spike in COVID-19 cases. The ban was applied to India, UAE, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Britain, the US, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Brazil, Pakistan, Argentina, South Africa, Japan, and Indonesia.
Pune-based astronomers discover rare stars hotter than Sun
•A team of astronomers led by Barnali Das at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) based in Pune discovered 8 stars belonging to a rare class of radio stars that are warmer than the Sun. These rare stars showed unusually strong magnetic fields and much stronger stellar wind.
•The NCRA used a Giant Metrewave Radio Pulse (uGMRT) for the discovery which will now aid in the study of magnetospheres. Only 15 Main-sequence Radio Pulse’ emitters (MRPs) have been detected to date. Of these 15 MRPs, Indian astronomers have discovered 11 of these.
•Successful uGMRT study indicates that MRPs may not actually be rare rather difficult to detect because radio pulses are only visible at particular times and usually noticeable only at low radio frequencies.
Veteran lyricist Bichu Thirumala passes away
•Veteran Malayalam lyricist Bichu Thirumala passed away on November 26, 2021, at the age of 80. He was receiving treatment in a hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest.
•Thirumala was born as B. Sivasankaran Nair. He was prolific as a lyricist in Malayalam mainstream cinema from the 1970s till the 1990s. He wrote more than 3,000 movie songs as well as several devotional songs. He had also won the Kerala State Film Award for best lyricist for movies ‘Thenum Vayambum’ and ‘Thrishna’.
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