Current Affairs in Short: 26 February 2021



UK judge orders extradition of Nirav Modi to India to stand trial

•  A UK court on February 25, 2021 ordered fugitive economic offender Nirav Modi to be extradited to India to stand trial. 
•  The court dismissed his arguments of “mental health concerns,” saying they are not unusual in a man in his circumstances. The court ordered his extradition to India saying he has a case to answer for in India.
•  The judgement was delivered by a District Judge at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
•  The UK extradition judge will now send an order to extradite Nirav Modi to UK Home Secretary, who will then decide his fate. 
•  Nirav Modi is expected to appeal the decision in the High Court. The ruling comes after almost a 2-year-long battle. The fugitive offender is wanted for money laundering in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam.

BCCI looking at multiple cities to host IPL Season 14

•  The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking at four to five cities to host the IPL Season 14. The board was initially planning to hold the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in one city, 
•  However, the logistical part of hosting the IPL in multiple cities is expected to require further discussion. The feasibility of the bio-secure bubble will be crucial to determine the final venues. 
•  BCCI mainly aims to take the event to more fans as the situation is moving towards normalcy. The health of the participants will be the primary concern. 
•  Few of the cities that are likely to host the IPL 2021 season include Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai. 

US launches airstrikes in eastern Syria, destroys infrastructure of Iran-backed militant groups

•  The United States on February 25, 2021 launched airstrikes in eastern Syria targeting infrastructure utilised by Iranian-backed militant groups.
•  The US military forces conducted the airstrikes at the direction of US President Joe Biden.
US Defense Department Press Secretary John Kirby said that the strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel.
•  The strikes specifically targeted and destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control point used by several Iranian-backed militant groups, including Kait’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kait’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS).
•  The military attack was conducted after consulting the coalition partners.

Sri Lanka permits burial of COVID-19 victims

•  The Sri Lankan government on February 25, 2021 permitted the burial of bodies of the people who died due to COVID-19.
•  Till now, over 450 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Sri Lanka, out of which a significant number belong to the minority Muslim community.
•  However, the Sri Lankan government had issued health guidelines last year that mandated compulsory cremation of the COVID-19 victims. This was continued for several months despite international pleas and recommendations. 
•  Last month, several UN human rights experts called on the Sri Lankan government to end its policy of compulsorily cremating victims of COVID-19. They emphasised that the practice ran contrary to the beliefs of Muslims and other minorities.
•  Following this, the Sri Lankan Minister of Health, Pavithra Wanniarachchi issued the Extraordinary Gazette Notification amending the regulations of the Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance to allow “cremation or burial of the corpse”.
•  However, the burial of the bodies of COVID-19 victims will be allowed only at places specified by the health authorities and under their supervision.

India claims top spot on ICC World Test Championship Points Table, England out of race

•  India has claimed the top spot on the ICC World Test Championship Points Table after its comprehensive 10-wicket win over England in the third test (Pink Ball Test) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on February 25, 2021. 
•  On the other hand, England fell out of the race for a position in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. 
England, who are now 2-1 down in the four-match Test series, needed to win at least three matches to play the WTC final against New Zealand.
•  The World Test Championship Points Table is now led by India with 71 percentage points, followed by New Zealand with 70 percentage points. 
•  While New Zealand has already secured its place in the finals, India needs to either win or draw the last Test to stay ahead of Australia, which is in third place with 69.2 percentage points.




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IOCL Western Region Recruitment 2021: Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), one of the largest commercial undertaking in India and a Fortune “Global 500” Company,  has published the recruitment notification for the post of Apprentice in the employment newspaper i.e. 27 February to 05 March 2021. Eligible and  interested candidates can apply online for IOCL Recruitment 2021 on official website – iocl.com on or before 07 March 2021.

A total of 346 vacancies are available in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. More details on IOCL Apprentice Recruitment 2021 such as vacancy break -up, application process, selection procedure below in the article.

Important Dates

  • Starting Date of Online Application – 05 February 2021
  • Last Date of Submission of Online Application – 07 March 2021
  • IOCL Apprentice Exam Date – 21 March 2021
  • Result Date – 25 March 2021

IOCL Western Region Vacancy Details

Technician Apprentice

Maharashtra – 178 Posts

  • Technician Apprentice-Mechanical
  • Technician Apprentice-Electrical
  • Technician Apprentice Instrumentation
  • Technician Apprentice-Civil
  • Technician Apprentice-Electrical & Electronics
  • Technician Apprentice-Electronics

Gujarat– 72 Posts

  • Technician Apprentice-Mechanical
  • Technician Apprentice-Electrical
  • Technician Apprentice Instrumentation
  • Technician Apprentice-Civil
  • Technician Apprentice-Electrical & Electronics
  • Technician Apprentice-Electronics

Trade Apprentice

Chhattisgarh – 07 Posts

  • Trade Apprentice-Fitter
  • Trade Apprentice-Electrician
  • Trade Apprentice – Electronics
  • Trade Apprentice-Instrument
  • Trade Apprentice-Machinist

Dadra & Nagar Haveli – 4 Posts

  • Trade Apprentice-Fitter
  • Trade Apprentice-Electrician
  • Trade Apprentice – Electronics
  • Trade Apprentice-Instrument
  • Trade Apprentice-Machinist

Goa – 4 Posts

  • Trade Apprentice-Fitter
  • Trade Apprentice-Electrician
  • Trade Apprentice – Electronics
  • Trade Apprentice-Instrument
  • Trade Apprentice-Machinist

Gujarat – 9 Posts

  • Trade Apprentice-Fitter
  • Trade Apprentice-Electrician
  • Trade Apprentice – Electronics
  • Trade Apprentice-Instrument
  • Trade Apprentice-Machinist

Maharashtra – 16 Posts

  • Trade Apprentice-Fitter
  • Trade Apprentice-Electrician
  • Trade Apprentice – Electronics
  • Trade Apprentice-Instrument
  • Trade Apprentice-Machinist

Madhya Pradesh – 12 Posts

  • Trade Apprentice-Fitter
  • Trade Apprentice-Electrician
  • Trade Apprentice – Electronics
  • Trade Apprentice-Instrument
  • Trade Apprentice-Machinist

Trade Apprentice – Accountant

  • Chhattisgarh – 2
  • Goa – 3
  • Gujarat – 13
  • MP – 12

Trade Apprentice – Data Entry Operator (Skill Certificate Holder)

  • Gujarat – 2 Posts
  • Maharashtra – 9 Posts
  • MP – 1 Post

Trade Apprentice – Retail Sales Associate (Skill Certificate Holders)

Eligibility Criteria for IOCL Western Region Apprentice Posts

Educational Qualification and Experience:

  • Trade Apprentice – Matric with Regular Full Time ITI recognized by NCVT / SCVT.
  • Technician Apprentice – 3 years Diploma in relevant field from recognized Institute/University with minimum 50 % marks in aggregate for General & OBC candidates & 45% in case of SC/ST candidates against reserved positions
  • Trade Apprentice-Accountant: Regular Full Time Graduate in any discipline with minimum 50% marks in aggregate for General & OBC candidates and 45% in case of SC/ST/PwBD candidates for reserved positions from a recognized Institute/University.
  • Trade Apprentice – Data Entry Operator (Skilled Certificate Holders): 12th class passed or its equivalent with Skill Certificate holder in ‘Domestic Data Entry Operator
  • Trade Apprentice-Retail Sales Associate (Skilled Certificate Holders) – 12th pass. Additionally, candidates should possess Skill Certificate of ‘Retail Trainee Associate’ for training of less than one year issued by an awarding body recognized under National Skill Qualifications Framework or any other authority recognized by the Central Govt.

Age Limit:

18 to 24 years as on 28.02.2021 for General/EWS candidates (Relaxation of upper age limit to SC/ST/OBC (NCL)/PwBD candidates shall be extended as per Govt. guidelines.)

Selection Procedure for IOCL Western Region Apprentice Posts

The Selection will be done on the basis of performance of the candidates on the basis of marks obtained by them in the Written Test (100 questions of 100 marks) and meeting notified eligibility criteria.

Candidates shortlisted on the basis of their position in the merit list and subject to number of seats in respective Trades/Disciplines, shall be called for document verification. T

How to Apply for IOCL Apprentice Recruitment 2021 ?

Eligible candidates can apply online to the post on IOCL official website iocl.com (Careers -> Apprenticeships -> Engagement of Technical and Non-Technical Apprentices in Western Region (Marketing Division) on or before 07 March 2021.

Candidates are advised to register as a Trade Apprentice online in the Regional Directorate of Apprenticeship Training (RDAT) portal at https://apprenticeshipindia.org and as a Technician Apprentice online with the Board of Apprenticeship Training (BOPT) portal at https://portal.mhrdnats.gov.in/boat/commonRedirect/registermenunew!registermenunew.action

IOCL Western Region Apprentice Notification Download

IOCL Western Region Apprentice Application

 




US President Joe Biden revokes Trump’s green card ban



US President Joe Biden on February 24, 2021 revoked former President Trump’s decision to freeze green card applications and certain types of visas.

Former President Donald Trump had issued the green card ban last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that it was necessary to protect the US workers amid high unemployment . Trump had blocked many green card applicants from entering the United States. 

President Biden, reversed the ban, saying that the ban had prevented certain family members of US citizens and lawful permanent residents from reuniting with their families in the United States and harmed US businesses and hurt industries and individuals alike.

Significance

The newly elected US President had pledged to reverse many of Trump’s hardline immigration policies. 

Trump’s Green Card ban

Former US President Donald Trump had banned issuance of green cards for new immigrants and also halted temporary work visas for skilled workers, managers and au pairs in the H-1B, H-4, H-2B, L-1 and J categories.

The Former President had argued that the move was necessary to safeguard the US labor market during the coronavirus outbreak.

Biden overturns Trump’s anti-immigration policies

Since assuming office, President Joe Biden’s administration has worked to overturn several of Trump’s anti-immigration policies, including the Muslim ban and a policy that forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their asylum applications are processed.

The White House has also proposed a law that will provide a eight-year path to citizenship for almost 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. 




Handloom and Textile Assam Grade 4 Exam and Admit Card 2021 Postponed, Download Notice @handloomtextilerecruitment.in



Directorate of Handloom & Textiles (DHS) Assam has postponed the exam which is scheduled to be held tomorrow i.w. on 28 February 2021. The next date of exam will be informed in due course through newspapers and in the website of DHT i.e. dht.assam.gov.in.

Directorate of Handloom & Textiles (DHS) Assam has postponed the exam which is scheduled to be held tomorrow i.w. on 28 February 2021. The next date of exam will be informed in due course through newspapers and in the website of DHT i.e. dht.assam.gov.in.

As per the official website – “The proposed written examination for recruitment to the post of Grade-IV to be held on 28-02-2021 is hereby deferred”.

Handloom and Textile Assam Grade 4 Exam Postponed Notice

Handloom and Textile Assam Grade 4 Admit Card Download Link

How to Download Handloom and Textile Assam Admit Card 2021 ?

  1. Go to the official website -handloomtextilerecruitment.in
  2. Click on the link ‘Login: Admit Card Download’
  3. A new window will open where you are required to enter your Registration No/Mobile Number and Date of Birth
  4.  Type the Numbers shown in the box  and click on ‘Login’ Button
  5. Download Handloom and Textile Class 4 Admit Card

Handloom and Textile Assam Grade 4 Exam Pattern

The exam will be conducted in OMR Sheets.

Subject

Marks

Reasoning

100

Numerical Aptitude

History

Geography

English

General Knowledge.

 There will be negative marking of 1/2 marks for each wrong answer.

The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of marks scored in the written exam.

Directorate of Handloom & Textiles (DHS) Assam had published a recruitment notification for recruitment of Grade- 4 Posts on its official website in the month of January 2021. The last date for submitting application was 01 February 2021. A total of 100 vacancies are notified by the DHS Assam.

 




Sanctions on Iran’s IRGC bars immigration by Revolutionary Guard conscripts



It did not matter that Arash served years before the terrorist designation or that he was assigned a noncombat role, playing clarinet in a marching band. Earlier this month, the couple received a letter from the State Department telling them his permanent residency visa had been refused, she said. Hundreds of other Iranian men — some with American wives or family members in the United States — have received similar letters over the past two years or were expecting them soon, according to Mahdis and other relatives who share stories and advice in several online chat groups.

President Biden has signaled his intent to break with Trump’s “maximum pressure” approach toward Iran, which included sweeping sanctions, as the new administration seeks to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and bring Iran back into compliance. But a repeal or revision of the IRGC designation could be politically delicate for Biden, who faces domestic pressure to impose tougher terms on Iran even if the United States rejoins the nuclear agreement.

Under Trump, U.S. officials took a hard line with Iran in part to force it to abandon expansionist military policies in the Middle East, in which the IRGC plays a leading role. Critics said Trump’s pressure campaign did little to change Iran’s behavior and that some of the punitive measures were counterproductive, overzealous or unusually broad.

The Revolutionary Guard designation marked the first time Washington had branded a foreign government entity a terrorist group, a move with potentially sweeping consequences because it could invite other countries to impose similar sanctions on the U.S. military or other parts of the U.S. government.

Depending on interpretation, the policy targeted not just IRGC leaders and operatives but everyone associated with the sprawling security organization, from accountants to clarinet players, who had served since the Iranian revolution in 1979.

A State Department spokesman said in an email message that the terrorism designation “remains,” and as a result, IRGC members were ineligible for U.S. visas, along with anyone who provides “material support to, solicited funds for, or recruits members for the IRGC.” Asked whether the United States was considering any changes to the current policy, the spokesman said, “We do not discuss or confirm internal deliberations of our designation process.”

‘Mandatory’ service

Conscripts and their relatives say the way the designation is interpreted is unfair.

Beginning at age 18, Iranian men are required to complete 18 to 24 months of military service. They are not allowed to select which branch of the military they enter. Iranian officials have said that roughly 400,000 men show up for their compulsory service each year and are sent to either the army, a law enforcement agency or the IRGC. The latter has 640,000 soldiers or reservists, including its domestic Basij militia, according to the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.

“It’s unfair because it’s mandatory,” Mahdis said in a telephone interview from Iran, where she was visiting Arash. While some Iranian men are exempt for medical reasons or because they are only sons, for everyone else, there is no opting out. Proof of military service is vital — to obtain a passport, to get a job, even to buy a motorcycle — according to Mahdis, who, along with others interviewed for this article, spoke on the condition that her last name be withheld for safety reasons.

Arash, who had loved music since he was a teenager, ended up playing in the IRGC band and teaching music to other soldiers, she said.

Mahdis still lives in California. Her frequent separations from Arash since they were married seven years ago have taken a toll, she said, causing her to miss work opportunities and the couple to spend a fortune traveling to see each other. Now that his U.S. visa has been denied, they were considering other options — living in Turkey, perhaps, or somewhere in Europe.

“My problem is, I grew up in America,” she said. “My childhood was there, my memories, my cartoons. I want my kids to have the same experience.”

Another IRGC veteran, Mehrdad, 53, worked as an architect when he did his compulsory service nearly three decades ago, said his wife, Saedeh. It was all but a footnote in their lives, which included sending a daughter to one of Iran’s most prestigious medical engineering programs before she went to study in the United States.

Saedeh, 52, was able to get a U.S. visa, but Mehrdad’s application was rejected after he spoke about his military service during his consular interview. The IRGC was not listed on his military card, “but since we had sworn to tell the truth and being sent to military service is compulsory — and we did not consider ourselves part of that organization — my husband told them,” Saedeh said.

She has given up her job as a speech therapist to shuttle between her daughter in the United States and her husband in Iran. “It is absolutely unfair that he got rejected according to a law that should not apply to him,” she said.

U.S. steps up pressure

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the IRGC designation in April 2019, he cited the group’s attacks against the United States in Lebanon in the 1980s and the work of its operatives to “destabilize” the Middle East “from Iraq to Lebanon to Syria and to Yemen.”

“The IRGC masquerades as a legitimate military organization, but none of us should be fooled,” Pompeo said.

From its beginnings as a force parallel to the army after the Iranian revolution, the corps ballooned in size and stature during the Iran-Iraq war and became a powerful political and economic player as Iran recovered during the postwar years, according to Narges Bajoghli, a professor of Middle East studies at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran over the years have actually helped to enrich the organization, which has control of Iran’s borders and the capital required to profit from legal as well as illicit trade, she said. Subgroups of the IRGC include the Quds Force, which is focused on clandestine overseas operations, including training and directing proxy forces in Syria that support President Bashar al-Assad, and in Iraq, where Iranian-backed militias have carried out deadly attacks on U.S. forces.

The Trump administration’s terrorism designation appeared focused on the activities of the Quds Force and its operatives. But “you don’t have people doing their mandatory service in those roles. You are standing guard. You are pushing papers,” Bajoghli said.

Paris Etemadi Scott, an immigration lawyer and legal director of the California-based Pars Equality Center, represents three clients who have been refused admission to the United States because of the designation. She said her organization and a law firm are preparing to file a lawsuit challenging the policy on the grounds that the “creep into mandatory service needs to be clarified.” The suit would not contest the overall sanctioning of the IRGC.

Elham, 29, an American doctor, witnessed her husband’s military service firsthand. She joined her husband, Yaser, also a doctor, when the IRGC sent him to a rural village near Iran’s border with Pakistan a few years ago.

Yaser, now 30, applied for his U.S. visa soon after the couple married in 2016. He sat for his consular interview three years later and is still waiting for a response. The couple have nervously been watching the conversation in the chat rooms, as tales of rejection pile up.

“To be honest, we don’t have a Plan B,” said Elham, who lives in Falls Church, Va. “I am a U.S. citizen. I am entitled to bring my spouse there.”


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Rajasthan High Court Driver Result 2021 Download: Rajasthan High Court has released the result of screening test for the post of Chauffeur (Driver). Candidates can download Rajasthan High Court Chauffer Result from the official website of HCRAJ i.e. hcraj.nic.in.

Rajasthan High Court Chauffeur Result Link is given below. The candidates can download Rajasthan High Court Chauffer Result, directly, through the link below:

Rajasthan High Court Driver Result Download Link

Selected candidates will now appear for Job Test and Personal Interview. The date and time for Driver Test and Personal Interview will be notified soon on the official website.

The commission has rejected all the objections raised by the candidates. So, there is no Final Answer Key.

Rajasthan High Court Driver Cut Off

The candidates can check the category-wise cut-off marks of the exam through the table below:

Category Cut-Off Marks
General 68
General Women 46
OBC NCL 76

OBC NCL Women

48
More BC NCL 72
EWS 76
SC 70
ST 56

Rajasthan High Court Driver Marks

The marks of all candidates will be uploaded on the official website of court. Candidates can download the same by entering their User ID and Passoword.

How to Download Rajasthan High Court Driver Result 2021 ?

  1. Go to official website of RHC – hcraj.nic.in.
  2. Click on ‘Recruitment’ Tab
  3. Click on the link – ‘Notice for declaration of Result of Screening Test for recruitment to the Post of Chauffeur Driver 2020’
  4. Download Rajasthan Chauffeur Result PDF
  5. Check roll numbers of selected candidates in the PDF

Rajasthan HC Chauffeur Driver Exam 2021 was conducted on 23 January 2021 at various exam centre at 11 AM to 1 PM. A total of 72 vacancies of Chauffeur Driver was notified under Rajasthan High Court, Rajasthan State Law Academy Jodhpur, Rajasthan State Legal Services Authority and Rajasthan District Court.