Current Affairs - 28 July 2021

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1.Rakesh Asthana appointed Delhi Police Commissioner
  • Rakesh Asthana (1984-Gujarat cadre IPS officer) has been appointed Delhi Police Commissioner with immediate effect.
  • He was set to retire on July 31.
  • He was serving as Director-General, Border Security Force.
  • This is one of the very few instances when an IPS officer outside of AGMUT cadre has been appointed as Delhi Police chief.
  • Asthana had earlier served as the Special Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Foot Notes:
About Delhi:
Chief Minister: Arvind Kejriwal
Lieutenant Governor: Anil Baijal
 
2.World Hepatitis Day 2021: 28 July
  • World Hepatitis Day is observed every year on 28 July to raise global awareness of the burden of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that causes a range of health problems, including liver cancer.
  • 28 July was chosen for World Hepatitis Day as it is the birthday of Nobel-prize winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg, who discovered Hepatitis B Virus (HBV).
  • Theme of World Hepatitis Day 2021: ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait’.
3.Central & South Asia connectivity conference 2021 held
  • Uzbekistan hosted a high-level International Conference titled as ‘Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and Opportunities’ at Tashkent.
  • The conference was an initiative of the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
  • Delegates from over 40 countries and about 30 international organizations, and heads of think tanks participated in the conference.
  • Minister of External Affairs of India Dr. S. Jaishankar also participated in the conference.
4.Basavaraj Bommai elected as 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka
  • Basavaraj S Bommai (61 years) has been unanimously elected as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka.
  • He will succeed BS Yediyurappa, who resigned on July 26, 2021.
  • Prior to this, he was the Home Minister in the BSY government.
  • He is a 3-time member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Shiggaon since 2008.
  • He was a member of Karnataka Legislative Council between 1998 and 2008.
  • He previously served as Minister for Water Resources and Cooperation between 2008 to 2013.
Foot Notes:
About Karnataka:
Governor: Thawar Chand Gehlot
Chief Minister: Basavaraj Bommai
Capital: Bengaluru
 
5.Dholavira inscribed as India’s 40th UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Dholavira, Harappan City in Gujarat’s Rann of Kutchch has been inscribed as 40th UNESCO World Heritage Site of India with effect from July 27, 2021.
  • The historic of ‘Dholavira’ was on the UNESCO’s tentative list since 2014.
  • Dholavira: a Harappan city’ is one of the very few well preserved urban settlements in South Asia dating from the 3rd to mid-2nd millennium BCE.
  • With this, India has entered the Super-40 club for World Heritage Site inscriptions.
6.Indo-Russia Joint Military Drill ‘Exercise INDRA 2021’
  • Indo-Russia Joint Military Drill ‘Exercise INDRA 2021’ is to be held in August 2021 at Volgograd, Russia.
  • It is the 12th Edition of Indo-Russia joint military exercise that will be held from 1 to 13 August 2021.
  • 250 personnel from both the nations will form part of this exercise that will involve conduct of counter terror operations against international terror groups, under UN mandate.
  • It will strengthen mutual confidence and interoperability between both armies.
7.Puri becomes India’s first city to provide quality drinking tap water
  • Puri (Odisha) became first Indian city where people can avail high quality drinking water directly from the tap on 24-hour.
  • Due to this, people will need not have to store or filter drinking water.
  • No metropolitan city in India has such facility till now.
  • Similar facilities are available only in cities like London, New York and Singapore.
  • Puri would no more be burdened with 400 metric tonne of plastic waste. Water fountains have been developed at 400 locations in Puri.
8.ISRO gears to launch its Merchandise Programme
  • ISRO has come up with the customised-themed merchandise programme in partnership with multiple companies to create awareness and kindling interest of students, children and the public in the domain of space and technology.
  • So far, eight companies have registered with ISRO on a non-exclusive basis with registration fee regarding customised ISRO-theme-based articles/models and it includes Indic Inspirations (Pune), 1947IND (Bengaluru) and Ankur Hobby Centre (Ahmedabad).
Foot Notes:
About ISRO:
Founder: Vikram Sarabhai
Founded: 15 August 1969
Headquarters: Bengaluru
Director: Kailasavadivoo Sivan
 
9.Carissa Moore becomes Olympic women's surf champion
  • U. S. surfer Carissa Moore is the first woman to ever win a Gold medal at the Olympics women's surf champion.
  • She defeated Bianca Buitendag of South Africa and registered a score of 14.93.
  • Italo Ferreira of Brazil has defeated Kanoa Igarashi of Japan with massive lead in men's surfing event and secured gold medal.
  • Surfing made its Olympic debut during three days of competition at Tsurigasaki Beach, in Chiba province, 40 miles from Tokyo.
10.IMF slashes India's economic growth forecast for FY22 to 9.5%
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has sharply cut India’s economic growth projection by 300 basis points, from 12.5 percent to 9.5 percent for the financial year 2021-22 (FY22).
  • The downward revision in the GDP growth rate is due to lack of access to vaccines and possibility of renewed waves of coronavirus.
  • For FY23 (2022-23), IMF has estimated the gross domestic product (GDP) of India at 8.5 percent, which is 160 basis points higher than its earlier projection of 6.9 percent.
  • Incase of global economy IMF has projected 6.0 percent growth in 2021 and 4.9 percent in 2022.
Foot Notes:
About IMF:
Managing Director: Kristalina Georgieva
Headquarters: Washington, D.C., U.S
Chief Economist: Gita Gopinath
Formation: 27 December 1945
 
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