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News in Short - 08-July-2021

Indian hockey legend Keshav Datt passes away

Date: 08 July 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Two-time Olympic gold medallist in hockey, Keshav Datt, passed away due to age-related ailments. He was 95.
  • Datt was part of India’s golden era in hockey. He was part India’s historic feat at the 1948 Olympics where they beat home team Britain 4-0 at the Wembley Stadium in London to win the first gold post Independence.
  • Before the 1948 Olympics, Datt had toured East Africa under the leadership of hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand in 1947.
  • He was also part of the Indian team at 1952 Helsinki Games, where they beat Netherlands 6-1 in the summit clash to become the Olympic champions for the fifth consecutive time.

Pentagon cancels controversial JEDI cloud project

Date: 08 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The US Defense Department has cancelled the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing project it awarded to Microsoft in 2019, saying the controversial program’s design no longer meets its needs.
  • The department will replace JEDI with another cloud infrastructure contract and plans to solicit bids from Microsoft as well as Amazon.
  • The award was fraught with conflict-of-interest allegations and legal challenges for the Pentagon and Microsoft. Some Pentagon officials raised concerns over contracting with just one single-source vendor for a military unit.

Karnataka government gives reservation for transgender for government jobs

Date: 08 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Karnataka government has issued a notification extending one per cent reservation for transgenders in any service or post in all categories of employment to be filled through the direct recruitment process in the state.
  • The internal reservation will be available for vacancies under each category of general merit, Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, and in each of the categories among the Other Backward Classes.
  • The Karnataka government will follow the definition of ‘transgender person’ as described in the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019, of the Union Government.

Ethiopia begins filling Grand Renaissance dam

Date: 08 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Ethiopia has started the next phase of filling a controversial mega-dam on the Nile River, raising tensions ahead of an upcoming UN Security Council on the issue.
  • The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is set to be Africa's largest hydroelectric project when completed, is the source of an almost decade-long diplomatic stand-off between Addis Ababa and downstream nations Egypt and Sudan.
  • Ethiopia says the project is essential to its development, but Cairo and Khartoum fear it could restrict their citizens' water access.
  • Both countries have been pushing Addis Ababa to ink a binding deal over the filling and operation of the dam, and have been urging the UN Security Council to take the matter up in recent weeks.

Bollywood movie legend Dilip Kumar passes away

Date: 08 July 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Legendary actor Dilip Kumar, who was popularly known as the tragedy king of Bollywood, passed away.He was 98.
  • Some of his best known films are Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jamuna, Ram Aur Shyam, Naya Daur, Madhumati, Kranti, Vidhaata, Shakti and Mashaal, to name just a few.
  • Dilip Kumar debuted in films with 1944’s JwarBhata. It was with 1947’s Jugnu, also starring Noor Jehan, that he clinched his first box office hit.
  • In 1949, he starred in Andaz with Raj Kapoor and Nargis, and it was that film that made Dilip Kumar a big star.