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News in Short - 31-July-2021

Centre announces quota for NEET

Date: 31 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The central government has approved reservations for students from Other Backward Classes (OBC) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) categories in medical college admission.
  • The reservations will be offered at both undergraduates (MBBS, BDS), as well as postgraduate medical colleges under the all-India quota scheme from the current academic year.
  • While OBCs will be given a 27% reservation, candidates from EWS will get a 10% reservation. Initially, there was no reservation under the scheme up to 2007. In 2007, the SC introduced reservations of 15% for SCs and 7.5% for STs in the all-India quota.

Lovlina Borgohain secures Second Olympic medal for India

Date: 31 July 2021 Tags: Sports
  • Boxer Lovlina Borgohain assured another medal for India at Tokyo Olympics. Lovlina defeated Nien-Chin Chen in women's Welter.
  • She won the last 8 bout via a 4:1 split decision. With her win, Lovlina is now assured of at least a bronze medal.
  • Lovlina, taking part in her first Olympic Games, won the quarterfinal bout via a split decision against the Chinese Taipei boxer.
  • The 23-year-old had defeated Germany's Nadine Apetz 3:2 in a hard-fought bout in her Round of 16 match earlier at the Games.

Delhi assembly passes resolution against Rakesh Asthana

Date: 31 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Delhi Legislative Assembly has passed a resolution against the Centre's decision to appoint Rakesh Asthana as Delhi Police Commissioner.
  • Questioning his appointment, AAP legislators raised this issue under rule-55 of the Delhi assembly on the first day of its monsoon session.
  • The Union home ministry announced the appointment of Asthana as the new Delhi police commissioner, three days before his retirement as the director general of the BSF.

Stolen Chola idols returned by Australia

Date: 31 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The National Gallery of Australia(NGA) announced it would return 14 works of art from its Asian art collection to India.
  • The works of art being repatriated include 13 objects connected to art dealer Subhash Kapoor through Art of the Past and one acquired from art dealer William Wolff.
  • The works include six bronze or stone sculptures, a brass processional standard, a painted scroll, and six photographs.
  • Another three sculptures sourced from Art of the Past have also been removed from the collection. Further research will be undertaken to identify their place of origin before they are repatriated.