1.Person in News

Abhas Jha appointed World Bank’s Practice Manager for Climate Change

Abhas Jha has been appointed as the World Bank’s Practice Manager for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management for South Asia

As part of this role, he will be leading a team of highly qualified professionals to provide the best environmental solutions for South Asian countries

Quick Fact: David Malpass is the President of World Bank

2.Sports

Indian hockey legend Balbir Singh Dosanjh passes away

Balbir Singh Dosanjh was a part of three-time Olympic gold medal-winning Indian hockey team, which won in London Olympics (1948), Helsinki Olympics (1952), and Melbourne Olympics (1956)

He was the only Indian among 16 modern Olympic history legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee. 

He held an unbeaten record of scoring most goals by an individual in the Olympic men’s hockey final.

Quick Fact: 1928 to 1956 is considered the golden period for the Indian Hockey team at the Olympics

3.Defence and Security

LADAKH POLICE gets formed

 The police force in the Ladakh Union Territory will now be called LADAKH POLICE.

The force will will have its new symbols, insignia, formation sign for a new identity

The logo will include the letters LP in symmetric design and juniper leaves covering the Ashoka and LP.

The red and blue Ladakh police flag will have ‘Khidmat aur Himmat’ written on it.

4.Economy

India facing its worst recession in current fiscal: CRISIL

CRISIL has predicted the economy to shrink by 5 per cent in the current fiscal because of coronavirus lockdown.

India has faced recession only three times in the last 69 years, in the years 1958, 1966 and 1980.

The primary reason for each of these three recessions has been a monsoon shock.

Quick Fact: Recession is typically recognized as two consecutive quarters of economic decline, as reflected by GDP and other monthly indicators

5.Geography

IMD issues ‘red alert’ for several parts of north India

Indian Meteorological Department has issued a “red” warning for Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Rajasthan as temperature rises above 45 degrees celsius.

For the plains, a heatwave means the actual maximum temperature is 45 degrees Celsius and severe heatwave when it is 47 degrees Celsius or above.

Quick Fact: IMD’s color-coded warnings regarding the intensity of the weather system is green, yellow, orange and red (in ascending order)