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Category: International Current Affairs

ADB starts $9 bn “APVAX” for Developing Countries

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • The Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) has started an initiative called, the Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility (APVAX), for its developing member countries. The bank has allocated USD 9 billion for APVAX.

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris jointly entitled Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ 2020

  • US President-elect, Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have been together named Time magazine’s 2020 “Person of the Year”.
  • The TIME magazine releases the annual list since 1927, to recognize a person or organization who affected the news or influenced the country and world the most, for better or worse, during the calendar year.

Romanian PM Ludovic Orban resigns

Ludovic Orban
  • The Prime Minister of Romania, Ludovic Orban has resigned from his post after his ruling National Liberal Party (PNL) lost in the 2020 parliamentary election.
  • Following this, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis designated the Minister of National Defense, Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca as the interim prime minister of the country.

Kuwait emir reappoints Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid as prime minister

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad-al Sabah
  • Kuwait Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah has re-appointed Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah as their prime minister.
  • The move appears two days after Sheikh Sabah submitted his government’s resignation in a procedural step following parliamentary polls.

China becomes the second nation to plant flag on the Moon

  • China has become the second country in the world to plant its national flag on the moon’s surface.
  • Earlier this feat was done only by the USA when it planted its flag on the Moon during the Apollo mission in 1969.

New Zealand announces climate emergency

New Zealand
  • New Zealand has announced a “climate emergency” and promised to make its public sector carbon neutral by 2025.
  • New Zealand now ties up 32 other countries that have declared a climate emergency. They include Japan, Canada, France and the United Kingdom.

Russia test-fired Tsirkon hypersonic missile in the Arctic

Tsirkon hypersonic missile
  • Russia successfully test-fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile in the Arctic. the frigate Admiral Gorshkov in the White Sea fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile, hitting a naval target 450 km away in the Barents Sea at a speed of over Mach 8.