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UPSC GK Capsule: From Uttarkashi Tunnel Collapse to India in World Cup Final, Top Events of The Week – News18

Published By: Sukanya Nandy

Last Updated: November 19, 2023, 15:45 IST

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UPSC GK Capsule: From the Uttarkashi tunnel collapse to India storming into the finals after defeating New Zealand by 70 runs, here are the top events of last week

Staying well-versed in global occurrences, whether they’re current events or national and international announcements, is a good thing. Especially when you are preparing for an impending recruiting exam like UPSC, SBI bank PO, or others, general knowledge questions are a must. From the Uttarkashi Tunnel Collapse to India storming into the finals after defeating New Zealand by 70 runs, we have got you covered.

Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata Among World’s 10 Most Polluted Cities

A day after Diwali celebrations throughout the country, two Indian cities were engulfed in a thick layer of smog along with New Delhi, exacerbating the already deteriorating air quality crisis. Post-Diwali, the national capital claimed the top spot with an AQI of 420, categorised as ‘hazardous’ by Swiss group IQAir. Kolkata stood at the fourth spot with an AQI of 196, whereas Mumbai, the financial capital of India, secured eighth place with an AQI of 163. The post-Diwali pollution comes after people indulged in bursting firecrackers on Diwali night, despite a strict ban on fireworks.

Uttarkashi Tunnel Collapse: CM Dhami Exclaims Labours Safety As a Priority

After an under-construction tunnel collapsed in Uttarakhand five days ago, an American Auger drill was flown from Delhi to rescue the 40 labourers trapped under the rubble. This piece of special machinery works at a theoretical speed of 5 metres per hour and is expected to cut through 70 metres of rock in approximately 12 to 15 hours. Taking stock of the whole incident and responding to a question related to negligence in tunnel construction, Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami at the State Secretariat said that our priority, for now, is to get 40 labourers out safely.

India Storm Into World Cup 2023 Final, Mohammed Shami Shines With 7 Wickets

The Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team continued its dominance in the ICC World Cup 2023 as the Men in Blue stormed into the finals as the first finalist of the tournament. After defeating New Zealand by 70 runs, India successfully took revenge for the ICC World Cup 2019 defeat against the Kiwis. Indian pacer Mohammed Shami played brilliantly and shined again as he clinched a staggering 7-wicket haul to derail New Zealand’s batting and break some crucial partnerships.

India-Sri Lanka Hold Joint Military Exercise ‘Mitra Shakti’ In Pune

With an aim to jointly rehearse the conduct of sub conventional operations and synergize joint responses during counter-terrorist operations, the ninth edition of Joint Military Exercise “Exercise MITRA SHAKTI-2023” between India and Sri Lanka commenced on November 16 in Aundh, Pune. The exercise is being conducted from November 16 to November 29. The Indian contingent of 120 personnel is being represented mainly by troops from the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment, while the Sri Lankan side is being represented by personnel from the 53 Infantry Division.

ED Issues Fresh Summons To American Millionaire Singham in NewsClick PMLA Case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to Shanghai-based American millionaire Neville Roy Singham, through the Ministry of External Affairs, for questioning in connection with a money laundering probe linked to the online news portal NewsClick case on November 17. The 69-year-old businessman, who is accused of spreading Chinese propaganda in India, is also accused in a First Information Report registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) alleging violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA).

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