Daily GK Update: 28th July 2021

By Stuti Mishra|Updated : July 28th, 2021

 National & International Appointments

1. 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.
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 Arts & Culture

2. 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.
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3. 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.
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 Important Dates

4. World Hepatitis Day: 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’.
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 National & International Appointments

5. 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.
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6. Japan’s Yuto Horigome wins Olympics’ First Gold for Skateboarding

  • Yuto Horigome (22 years) of Japan has won the first ever skateboarding competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
  • He scored 37.18 points to win the first ever Olympic Gold medal for skateboarding in the men’s street skating competition, held at Ariake Urban Sports Center, Tokyo
  • Kelvin Hoefler of Brazil won silver and Jagger Eaton of United States clinched the bronze.
  • Skateboarding's inclusion into the Olympics marks a turning point for the sport, that was originated in US
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 State Affairs

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.
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 Science & Technology

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).
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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.
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 Important Dates

10. World Nature Conservation Day: 28th July

  • World Nature Conservation Day is observed on July 28 every year to raise awareness to protect Mother Earth.
  • Aim: To conserve the animals and trees that are on the verge of going extinct from the natural environment of the Earth.
  • Conservation is the principle of resource use, allocation, and protection of the health of the natural world, which is important for both renewable and non-renewable energy.
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 Summits & Conferences

11. Central & South Asia connectivity conference 2021 held

  • Uzbekistan hosted 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.
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 International Affairs

12. Sunseap to build world’s largest floating solar farm in Indonesia

  • Sunseap Group in Singapore has planned to spend $2 billion for building the world’s largest floating solar farm and the energy storage system in Duriangkang Reservoir, Batam Island, Indonesian.
  • It will double renewable power generation capacity of Indonesia.
  • It will be the largest solar floating farm in the world, spanning around 1,600 hectares
  • Construction of the ambitious project is due to begin in 2022 and is planned for completion in 2024.
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Daily GK Update: 28th July 2021

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