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24th April 2021 | UPSC Current Affairs | The Hindu Simplified

UPSC Current Affairs. 24th April 2021.

French firm files offer for supply of equipment for JNPP

· The French government-owned energy company has filed a binding techno-commercial offer to supply engineering studies and equipment to build six, third-generation EPR reactors in Jaitapur in Maharashtra.

· The proposed 9900 MW Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant (JNPP), billed as the biggest in the country, is planned in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra

· The company also clarified that it is neither in charge of construction of nuclear power plant nor an investor and the said responsibility stands with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL).


China’s national security office to open permanent base in HK

· Hong Kong is set to grant a site on the western Kowloon peninsula, to Beijing’s national security office for its permanent base in the city.

· The national security law has allowed officers from China’s security forces to take enforcement action in the city for the first time

· The former British colony of Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with the guarantee of continued freedoms.


Japan to host joint drill with U.S., France

· Japan will hold a joint military drill with U.S. and French troops as China’s actions in regional waters raise concern.

· The exercise, running from May 11 to 17, will be the first large-scale exercise in Japan involving ground troops from all three countries

· It comes as Tokyo seeks to deepen defence cooperation beyond its key ally U.S. to counter Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the East and South China seas.


Protests in Myanmar ahead of ASEAN meet

· Protesters marched through downtown Yangon to demand that regional leaders stand with Myanmar people”, ahead of a weekend ASEAN summit to be attended by junta leader Min Aung Hlaing.

· Coup leader Min Aung Hlaing is set to take part in a summit of regional leaders — as part of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) — to address Myanmar’s mounting crisis.

· The meeting of ASEAN leaders and Foreign Ministers has drawn widespread criticism from activists, human rights groups and protesters for including the military regime.

· The country has been in turmoil since February 1, when the military ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a lightning coup.


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