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Satyarup Siddhanta becomes world’s youngest to climb 7 highest volcanoes, 7 highest mountains in 7 continents

Satyarup Siddhanta, 35-year-old Kolkata mountaineer has set the world record of youngest to climb 7 highest volcanoes, 7 highest mountains in 7 continents in 7 years. He is also the first Indian to conquer the seven mountain peaks and seven volcanic summits.

Highest Mountains scaled by Satyarup Siddhanta

  • Mount Everest (8,848 m) – Nepal
  • Mt Aconcagua (6,961 m) – Argentina
  • Mt McKinley/Mt Denali (6,194 m) – USA
  • Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) – Tanzania
  • Mt Elbrus (5,642 m) – Russia
  • Mt Blanc (4,808.7 m) – France
  • Mt Vinson Massif (4,892 m) – Antarctica
  • Puncak Jaya/ Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 m) – Indonesia
  • Mt Kosciuszko (2,228 m) – Australia

Seven volcanic peaks scaled by Satyarup Siddhanta

  • Ojos del Salado (6,893 m) – Chile
  • Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) – Tanzania
  • Mount Elbrus (5,642 m) – Russia
  • Mount Pico de Orizaba (5,636 m) – Mexico
  • Mt Damavand (5,610 m) – Iran
  • Mt Giluwe (4,368 m) – Papua New Guinea
  • Mt Sidley (4,285 m) – Antarctica

Satyarup Siddhanta who is 35 years and 262 days broke the record of Australia’s Daniel Bull who was 36 years 157 days when he achieved the feet.

Software engineer by profession, Satyarup Siddhanta hails from Haridevpur in South Kolkata and is based at the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru. Reports suggest that had to work different shifts in two companies to raise funds for his mountaineering trips.

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Australia Recognizes West Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

On 15th December 2018, Australia recognized West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. With this, Australia has become one of the few countries that officially recognize West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and as the seat of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament). This move is supposed to irk Indonesia and other countries.

However, Australia has made it clear that it will not move its embassy from Tel Aviv until a peace settlement is reached between Israel and Palestine. Yet, Australia will establish a defence and trade office in Jerusalem and start looking for an embassy site

Background

West Jerusalem is that part of Jerusalem which remained under Israeli control after the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.  A number of western countries such as the UK acknowledge de facto Israeli authority, but withhold de jure recognition.  Israel’s claim of sovereignty over West Jerusalem is more widely accepted than its claim over city of East Jerusalem

  • Both Israel and Palestine claim Jerusalem as their capital.
  • Before this, United States President Donald Trump’s administration had also announced recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6, 2017.
  • The UN General Assembly passed a resolution in opposition to declare the US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void”
  • India also supported the resolution, which was approved with a majority of 127-9 at the UN General Assembly calling for the US to withdraw its decision

The Israeli–Palestinian tussle is the ongoing struggle between Israelis and Palestinians that began in the mid-20th century. The origins of this conflict can be traced back to Jewish immigration, and sectarian conflict in Mandatory Palestine between Jews and Arabs. This conflict has been referred to as the world’s “most intractable conflict”, with the ongoing Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for last 51 years

Month: Categories: International Current Affairs 2018

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