Shashikanta Das appointed India’s “Sherpa” at G-20 Summit:
v Former economic affairs secretary Shashikanta Das was on Monday appointed India’s “Sherpa” till December 31, 2018, for the G20’s Development Track.
v Das had retired, after a 37-year-long career, in March this year.
v His predecessor on the job was former NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya. Panagariya was appointed India’s sherpa for the G20 talks in September 2015.
v Sherpas are representatives of leaders of G20 member countries and their task is to coordinate on the agenda of the Summit.
v There are two tracks in G20 — the Finance Track and the Development Track.
(Source: the Hindu)
v According to a report released on Wednesday by the World Health Organisation (WHO) India accounted for 6% of global malaria cases and 7% of deaths caused by it in 2016.
v This is in the same ballpark as last year, though the WHO figures also suggest that India is unlikely to reduce its case burden beyond 40% by 2020.
v In contrast, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan achieved malaria-free status in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
v About 80% of the deaths were accounted for by 15 countries, namely India and 14 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
v India and Nigeria, two major contributors to the global burden of malaria, were able to detect only 8% and 16% of cases respectively via the system.
v Bhutan, Nepal, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Indonesia, says the WHO, are among the countries poised to reduce malaria incidence by over 40% by 2020.
Cyclone “Ockhi” hits Kerala and Tamil Nadu:
v The southern districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu received heavy rainfall as Cyclone “Ockhi”, which originated near the Sri Lankan coast hit through the Arabian Sea towards Lakshwadeep islands.
v The cyclonic storm is moving west-northwestwards towards Lakshwadeep Islands and in the next 24 hours it is likely to further intensify into a severe cyclonic storm.
Aung Suu Kyi stripped of Oxford Award:
v Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the Freedom of Oxford Award over her "inaction" in handling the raging Rohingya refugee crisis and turning a "blind eye to violence" in the country that forced over 600,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.
v Oxford City Council voted unanimously to permanently remove the honou.
v The Award was given to her in the year 1997.
Mirabai Chanu wins gold medal in Weightlifting World Championship:
v Mirabai Chanu today became the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA.
v Chanu, lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women's 48kg, in the process setting a new national record.
v Olympic bronze medallist Karnam Malleshwari had won the top prize in worlds twice - in 1994 and 1995.
v Thailand's Sukcharoen Thunya won the silver medal with a total lift of 193, while Segura Ana Iris bagged the brozne with 182kg.
v Some of the world's top weightlifting nations such as Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Azerbaijan could not take part in the competition due to issues related to doping.