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News in Short - 29-July-2021

INDRA exercise to be held in Volgograd

Date: 29 July 2021 Tags: Military Exercises
  • India and Russia will hold the 12th edition of the INDRA joint military exercise from August 1 to 13 in Russia’s Volgograd.
  • It will entail the conduct of counter-terror operations under the United Nations mandate by a joint force against international terror groups.
  • The Indian Army contingent comprising of a Mechanised Infantry Battalion underwent rigorous training at different locations in India to refine their drills for participation in the joint exercise.
  • The exercise will further strengthen mutual confidence and interoperability between the Indian and Russian Armies and enable sharing of best practices between the contingents of both countries.

Dholavira named as UNESCO World Heritage site

Date: 29 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Harappan city of Dholavira, in present-day Gujarat, was named the 40th Indian site on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
  • UNESCO’s announcement came just days after another site, Ramappa Temple in Telangana, was admitted to the list on Sunday.
  • Discovered in 1968, the site is set apart by its unique characteristics, such as its water management system, multi-layered defensive mechanisms, extensive use of stone in construction and special burial structures.

Ecuadorian court revokes citizenship of Julian Assange

Date: 29 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Ecuador has revoked the citizenship of Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks who is currently in a British prison.
  • Ecuador’s justice system formally notified the Australian of the nullity of his naturalization in a letter that came in response to a claim filed by the South American country’s Foreign Ministry.
  • A naturalization is considered damaging when it is granted based on the concealment of relevant facts, false documents or fraud. Ecuadorian authorities say Assange’s naturalization letter had multiple inconsistencies, different signatures, the possible alteration of documents and unpaid fees, among other issues.

Rakesh Asthana named Police commissioner of Delhi

Date: 29 July 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Director general of the Border Security Force (BSF) Rakesh Asthana, a 1984-batch Indian Police Service officer from the Gujarat cadre, was appointed the commissioner of the Delhi Police.
  • The Union government gave additional charge of the Delhi Police to Balaji Srivastava after the retirement of SN Shrivastava on June 30.
  • Asthana has previously headed the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).
  • He was the front-runner for the top job in CBI in May but was dropped after the Chief Justice of Indiapointed to a Supreme Court ruling that said no officer with less than six months of tenure left should be named to a top police job.

Basavaraj Bommai takes oath as the Chief minister of Karnataka

Date: 29 July 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Senior BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai has taken oath as the chief minister of Karnataka. He is a Lingayat leader from North Karnataka and is a close confidante of Yediyurappa.
  • Son of former Chief Minister, late S R Bommai, he was Minister for Home Affairs, Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Legislature in Yediyurappa's council of ministers.
  • It's the second time of a father-son duo becoming Chief Minister of Karnataka, after H D Deve Gowda and H D Kumaraswamy.
  • Bommai is a three time MLA from Shiggaon constituency in Haveri district and has been MLC twice.