1.Miscellaneous

Noted Indian actor Irrfan Khan passes away

He had worked in Hollywood and British movies, along with his work in Indian films

He was the recipient of many awards, including including a National Film Award, an Asian Film Award, and four Filmfare Awards

He had also been awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour

2.Science and Technology

First merger of two black holes with unequal masses detected

The gravitational wave observatories at LIGO scientific collaboration have detected a merger of two unequal-mass black holes. 

The merging black holes were about 30 and 8 times the Sun’s mass

This observation is another proof of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Quick facts: Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is a large-scale physics experiment and observatory to detect cosmic gravitational waves 

3.Person in News

Shiv Das Meena takes charge as HUDCO’s CMD

Shiv Das Meena is presently holding the position of additional Secretary in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

He has also been appointed as chairman and managing director of Housing and Urban Development Corporation 

Quick facts: The headquarters of HUDCO is located in New Delhi

4.Miscellaneous

Noted Odia Dramatist Bijay Mishra passes away

He had received Kendra Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2013 for his book ”Banaprastha”

He was also a recipient of Odisha Sahitya Akademi award.

5.Environment

11th Session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue held

The session included India and 30 other countries deliberating over ways to reinvigorate economies and societies after COVID-19, while balancing the need for climate action and support to the most vulnerable.

The Dialogue has been hosted by Germany since 2010 as a forum for discussion of high-level climate-related political discussions.

6.Economy

Axis Bank to acquire 29% stake in Max Life Insurance

This move will raise Axis Bank’s total holding in the life insurer to 30 per cent after the completion of the deal

Max Financial Services will hold the remaining 70 per cent in the joint venture

Thus, Max Life would become a 70:30 joint venture after the deal.

Quick facts: Amitabh Chaudhry is the CEO of Axis Bank