News you may have missed: November 16, 2021
India reopens Kartarpur Corridor ahead of Gurpurab
India has decided to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor after a delegation of BJP leaders from Punjab met Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to reopen it. It will allow Sikh pilgrims to cross over into Pakistan ahead of Guru Nanak Dev's birth anniversary celebrations. The Kartarpur Corridor was closed off in March 2020 due to the pandemic.
Source: Times of India
Statue of Mahatma Gandhi vandalized in Australia
The Victoria Police have said that an unknown number of offenders used a tool to decapitate a life-sized statue of Mahatma Gandhi between last Friday and Saturday. The statue was a gift by the Indian government and was unveiled at the Australian Indian Community Centre in Rowville, Melbourne. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed his hurt at the action and condemned the act.
Source: Hindustan Times
UN responds to Musk's challenge; reveals plan for world hunger
After David Beasley, director of the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said that 2% of Elon Musk's wealth would solve world hunger, Musk tweeted that he would sell Tesla stock if the WFP explained their plan. Now, The UN has come up with a plan to end world hunger and has called on the world's billionaires to donate USD 6.6 billion to save 42 million people around the globe.
Source: Business Insider
In a first, SC collegium suggests gay advocate for Delhi HC judge
For the first time, the SC collegium has recommended that the Centre appoint openly gay senior advocate Saurabh Kirpal as, a judge of the Delhi high court. It had considered the proposal on 4 previous occasions from 2018-2021. Still, it deferred the decision due to opposition by the Centre based on intelligence reports on his partner Swiss human rights activist Nicolas Germain Bachmann.
Source: Times of India
The world is wealthier than ever, with China in the lead
According to a report by McKinsey & Co., the world's net worth rose to USD 514 trillion in 2020, from USD 156 trillion in 2000. "We are now wealthier than we have ever been," said Jan Mischke of the McKinsey Global Institute in Zurich. China leads the way as the world's richest nation, surpassing the United States, whose wealth stands at USD120 trillion, from its previous USD 7 trillion in 2000.
PayTM IPO: Grey market premium falls after IPO shares allotment
Paytm's IPO has concluded, and the share allotment was finalized yesterday. Paytm's INR 18,300-crore IPO has subscribed a total of 1.89 times. In the grey market, the premium for Paytm shares declined to 1.4% from 2.3% earlier. To check the allotment status, you can access the BSE website.
Source: Financial Express
Instagram introduces a selfie verification feature for people creating new accounts
Meta owned Instagram is reportedly asking new users to take a short video selfie to help confirm that they're real people when they sign up. It is being done to reduce the number of fake or spam accounts on the platform. Meta will not collect any biometric data, and this feature will only be used for identity verification.
Delhi logs the highest number of dengue cases in 6 years
The nation's capital Delhi has logged 2570 new dengue cases in the last week, taking the total number of cases to more than 5277 as of November 13. It is the highest number of cases of the vector-borne disease in the capital since 2015.
Google to invest USD 740 million in Australia
Technology giant Google has announced that it will invest $740 million in Australia over the next five years, making it its largest investment in the country to date. The funds will go towards "infrastructure research and partnerships to help more Australians access the benefits of technology and lead the next wave of global innovations."