Current Affairs 26 May

Category: Current Affairs

  1. Balbir Singh Sr leaves behind a treasure trove of memories

On Monday, Balbir Singh Sr, 95, the Indian hockey rock star who could beat any rival defence and won independent India three Olympic gold medals, finally stopped breathing. The demise of anyone is extremely sad. And when the person departing happens to be a true legend, it tugs at millions of hearts. Balbir Singh Sr. became a solid forward and then took up the vital role of centre forward, which was so crucial when hockey was played on grass. He had no airs about himself, instead aura. Yes, his presence will be missed. But then, Balbir Singh Sr. leaves behind a treasure trove of memories which can lift you up. Again.

2.    Indian Army chief’s comments on border row hurt Gurkha sentiments: Nepal minister

The Indian Army chief’s comments suggesting possible Chinese involvement in the border row between India and Nepal are a “political stunt”, a Nepalese government minister says. Gen. MM Naravane recently said there were reasons to believe Nepal objected to a road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula (Uttarakhand) at the behest of “someone else”.  Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani all three areas fall under Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district but the recent mapping released by Nepal include it in it’s territory.  The incident has created a fuss between the two countries. It is believed that China is solely invlved in this angering New delhi.

  • India’s first quarter GDP growth likely to be weakest since 2012: Poll

India’s economy is likely to have expanded at its slowest pace in at least eight years in the January-March quarter, partly as a result of the coronavirus clampdown, a Reuters poll predicted. The poll of 52 economists, taken May 20-25, indicated India’s economy grew at 2.1 per cent in the March quarter from a year ago, its weakest since comparable records began in early 2012, and sharply slower than 4.7 per cent in the prior three months. Asia’s third-largest economy began slowing last year, but a countrywide lockdown implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 25 halted economic activity completely. “The extension of India’s lockdown until the end of May all but guarantees an unprecedented economic recession.”

 

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