International Current Affairs - 2019
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No progress could be made b/w India and Russia on the issue of nuclear liability. The talks were held b/w Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Chief R.K. Sinha and Russia’s nuclear corporation Rosatom head, Sergei Kiriyenko.
What is the issue?
Russia is building nuclear reactors in India at Kudankulam. India wants Russia to place the new reactors under its Civil Liability for Nuclear Damages Act, 2010, which holds the operator wholly liable in the event of an accident, gives it a right of recourse against suppliers if the accident is caused by defective equipment. Whereas, Russians refer to the Indo-Russia inter-government agreement of 2008, which makes the operator alone liable for possible damages at Units 3-6 to be built at Kudankulam. This issue has stalled signing of contract for the construction of Units 3 and 4 at the Kudankulam nuclear power project.
As per the announcement made by the International Cricket Council (ICC), India will host the World T20 in 2016 and the 50-over World Cup in 2023.
The Champions Trophy, the last edition of which was won by India recently has been replaced with World Test Championship,the first edition of which will be held in England and Wales in June-July 2017. India will host its 2nd edition in February-March 2021.
ICC agreed on the following:
- Full members of the ICC will play a minimum of 16 tests over a four-year period.
- In order to ensure that all ODIs player over the four-year cycle b/w World Cups count towards a team’s ranking, the ODIs ranking period will be changed from three years to four years.
- In order to bring consistency, the calculations of the T20 ranking will be changed to cover the same period.
- The date of the annual ICC Rankings update will be changed to May 1 rather than August 1.