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News in Short - 13-July-2021

Virgin Galactic makes first space trip

Date: 13 July 2021 Tags: Space
  • Richard Branson reached the edge of space and safely returned to Earth, a trip that marks a turning point in the effort to help create a space-tourism industry.
  • The space trip that Mr. Branson and five other crew members completed on a Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. rocket plane lends credence to the company’s ability to safely take passengers to and from space.
  • Virgin Galactic, the company Mr. Branson founded, plans to initiate commercial service next year, charging passengers hundreds of thousands of dollars each for such flights.
  • The test flight was aimed at evaluating systems and the passenger experience, as well as providing additional validation of its safety.

Argentina wins Copa America cup

Date: 13 July 2021 Tags: Sports
  • Argentina won the Copa America title for the first time since 1993 as they beat Brazil 1-0 in the final at the historic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the match in the 22nd minute. This is Lionel Messi's first major trophy with the Argentina senior team.
  • The victory was Argentina’s 15th Copa America triumph and means they draw level with Uruguay as the all-time leading winners.
  • Their win extended their sequence of undefeated matches to 20 under Scaloni and handed Brazil their first competitive defeat since they lost to Belgium in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

Indian staff from Kandahar consulate pulled out

Date: 13 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • India has pulled out around 50 diplomats and security personnel from its consulate in Kandahar in Afghanistan in view of the deteriorating security situation and the Taliban gaining control of new areas around the southern Afghan city.
  • A special aircraft of the Indian Air Force was sent to bring back the Indian diplomats, officials and other staff members including a group of Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel.
  • Authorities have described the pull out of the India-based personnel as a temporary measure and the consulate continues to operate through the local staff members.
  • India's move to temporarily bring back its Indian staff came in view of Taliban fighters rapidly seizing control of a number of key areas in the region as well as in western Afghanistan triggering huge security concerns.

India hands over relics of queento Georgian government

Date: 13 July 2021 Tags: India & World
  • External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has handed over to the country the holy relics of 17th century Georgian Queen St. Ketevan nearly 16 years after they were found in Goa.
  • Mr Jaishankar is on a two-day visit to Georgia, a strategically important country situated at the intersection of Eastern Europe and Western Asia.
  • St. Queen Ketevan was a 17th century Georgian Queen. Her relics were found in 2005 at the St. Augustine Convent in Old Goa, on the basis of medieval Portuguese records.
  • The relics are believed to have been brought to Goa in 1627 and interred in St. Augustine Complex.

Vietnam appoints first honorary consul general in India

Date: 13 July 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • As part of Vietnam’s efforts to deepen cooperation with various states, Industrialist N.S. Srinivasa Murthy based in Bengaluru has been appointed as Honorary Consul General of Vietnam for Karnataka.
  • He is the first honorary consul general of Vietnam from India and the 19th across the world.The appointment is for a period of three years.
  • Mr. Murthy is the owner and Managing partner of N. K. SubbiahSetty& Sons which is into manufacture of agarbattis (incense sticks) since 1932.
  • It was a very serious decision by the Government of Vietnam to find a person who can represent well the image of Vietnam in Bengaluru and then help to protect the interest of Vietnamese nationals as well as companies.