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National

Common High Court of UT of J&K and Ladakh renamed as High Court of J&K and Ladakh

The Ministry of Law and Justice has decided to rename ‘Common High Court of UT of Jammu and Kashmir and UT of Ladakh’ as ‘High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh’.

  • To implement this decision, President Ram Nath Kovind also signed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2021.
  • The new name will be quite convenient as well as in consonance with the name pattern followed in other common HCs.

Here is the official statement released by the Department of Law:

  • “The present nomenclature is found to be rather long-winding and cumbersome. The said nomenclature may be substituted as High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, which besides being convenient would also be in consonance with the name pattern followed in other common High Courts, namely, Punjab and Haryana High Court, which has jurisdiction over the states of Punjab and Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh,”

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Business

Google Cloud launches 2nd Cloud Region in India at Delhi NCR

Google Cloud has opened its new cloud region in Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) for serving its customers in India and Asia-Pacific. This new Google Cloud region is the 2nd Cloud region in India after Mumbai and the 10th in Asia-Pacific.

  • Customers will have the ability to establish private connections via interconnect to utilize the Delhi-NCR region with existing partners.
  • The Delhi-NCR region joins the existing 25 Google Cloud regions across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific connected via Google’s network.

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Awards

Bangladesh Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus as second recipient of Olympic Laurel

Nobel laureate and economist Muhammad Yunus will get the prestigious Olympic Laurel Award on 23rd July 2021 at the Tokyo Olympics.

  • Muhammad Yunus has given a special contribution to sports.
  • He also created a social organization named ‘Yunus Sports Hub’.
  • Yunus Sports Hub works for promoting the theory of development through sports.
  • Yunus is a pioneering micro-lender.
  • the economist-turned-globe-trotting celebrity speaker won the Nobel in 2006.

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2021 Cannes Film Festival Awards Winners

The 2021 Cannes Film Festival was held from 6 to 17 July 2021 in the south of France. it was the 74th edition of the annual film festival. The Cannes film festival has ended on Saturday in the south of France with the awarding of its top prize, the Palme d’Or.

  • Palme d’Or: Julia Ducournau for Titane (France)
  • Grand Prix (TIE): Ashgar Farhadi for A Hero (Iran) and Juho Kuosmanen for Compartment No.6 (Finland)
  • Best Director: Leos Carax Annette (France)
  • Best Actress: Renate Reinsve for Worst Person in the World (Norway)
  • Best Actor: Caleb Landry Jones for Nitram (US)
  • Best Screenplay: Hamaguchi Ryusuke and Takamasa Oe for Drive My Car (Japan)
  • Jury Prize (TIE): Shared by Nadav Lapid for Ahed’s Knee (Israel) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul for Memoria (Thailand)
  • Best First Film: Antoneta Kusijanovic for Murina (Croatia)
  • Best Short Film: Hong Kong’s All The Crows In The World Tang Yi
  • Short Film Palme d’Or: Tian Xia Wu Ya by Tang Yi
  • Special Jury Mention for Short Film: Ceu de Agosto by Jasmin Tenucci

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Books

The India Story Book by Former RBI Governor Bimal Jalan

Former RBI governor Bimal Jalan has authored a new book titled ‘The India Story’. the book highlights India’s economic history and aims to provide lessons for the future of India’s political economy.

  • The book is published by Rupa Publications India
  • The book is to be released on 21 July 2021.

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Sports

Lewis Hamilton Won British Grand Prix 2021

On 18th July 2021, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) has won the British Grand Prix 2021. the event was held at the Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom. he has made a record-extending eighth time.

  • Followed by Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Valtteri Bottas got 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
  • This was the 99th career win of seven times world champion Hamilton and the fourth win of the current season after 10 races.

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Important Days

Science Exploration Day 2021

Science Exploration Day (also called Moon Day) is observed on 20th July every year. It was on this day in 1969 that Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first humans to land on the Moon’s surface.

  • The day also marks the first walking on the moon by man and also commemorates this historic event during events held in the early 1970s.
  • Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon’s surface. 
  • The Armstrong and Aldrin duo spent 21.5 hours on the surface of the moon out of which they spent 2.5 hours outside of their capsules.
  • In 1984, The President of the United States, Ronald Reagan declared a holiday to commemorate their achievement.

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International Chess Day 2021

Every year. International Chess Day is celebrated on July 20. Chess was invented in India in the fifth century and was named “Chaturanga”. the International Chess Federation (FIDE) observes International Chess Day every year as the founding day. in 2021, it will be FIDE’s 97th anniversary, and World Chess Day encourages people to play and enjoy the game.

  • On 20th July 1924, the FIDE (World Chess Federation) was founded at the 8th summer Olympic Games in Paris, France. International Chess Day started as the founding day of the FIDE on the same day July 20th, 1966.
  • UN General Assembly unanimously adopted resolution 74/22 to designate the day of July 20 as World Chess Day.

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