Daily Current Affairs and GK | 31 July 2022
- 1. Government has decided to make amendments to Cantonments Act, 2006.
- 2. National Conference on Drug Trafficking and National Security held in Chandigarh.
- 3. Sanket Mahadev Sargar wins India's first medal at Commonwealth Games 2022.
- 4. Government named Point 5140 in Dras sector as Gun Hill.
- 5. United Arab Emirates will be the venue for the Asia Cup 2022 instead of Sri Lanka.
- 6. Nobel Peace Prize winner David Trimble passed away at the age of 77.
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Topic: Indian Polity
1. Government has decided to make amendments to Cantonments Act, 2006.
- The government has proposed amendments to the Cantonments Act, 2006.
- The amendment in the act will incorporate provisions for more democratisation of Cantonment Boards including direct election of Vice-President.
- The government is working on a framework for cutting out civil areas of certain Cantonments and merging them with neighbouring municipalities.
- This will bring uniformity to local governance and improve the ease of living for citizens.
- The elections of Cantonment Boards are likely to be held soon.
- Cantonment Board is an administrative body under the Ministry of Defence.
- Cantonments Act, 2006: It has provisions for the administration and governance of notified cantonments in the Country.
Topic: Summits/ Conferences/ Meetings
2. National Conference on Drug Trafficking and National Security held in Chandigarh.
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the National Conference on Drug Trafficking and National Security.
- The Chief Ministers of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and the Administrator of Chandigarh participated in the conference.
- Officers from the Border Security Force, National Investigation Agency and Narcotics Control Bureau also participated in the conference.
- On 1 June, NCB started the drug disposal campaign and disposed of over 51,217 kg of narcotics till 29 July.
- On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Independence, Narcotics Control Bureau has taken the pledge to destroy 75,000 kg of drugs.
- Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 prohibit a person from the production/manufacturing/cultivation, and consumption of any narcotic drug.
- Narcotics Control Bureau is responsible for tracking illegal drug trafficking and the implementation of international drug laws. Satya Narayan Pradhan is the Director-General of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
3. Sanket Mahadev Sargar wins India's first medal at Commonwealth Games 2022.
- Sanket Sargar bagged the silver medal in the men's 55kg weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
- He lifted a total of 248kg (snatch- 113 kg and clean and jerk - 143 kg) in the men’s 55kg weightlifting finals.
- In February this year, he had broken the commonwealth and national record by lifting a total of 256 kg at the Singapore Weightlifting International Championships.
- Malaysia’s Bin Kasdan Mohamad Aniq won gold by lifting a total of 249 kg.
- Sri Lanka's Dilanka Isuru Kumara Yodage won bronze in the men's 55kg weightlifting.
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4. Government named Point 5140 in Dras sector as Gun Hill.
- To mark the victory of the Indian Armed Forces during Operation Vijay, Point 5140 at Dras in the Kargil sector has been named Gun Hill.
- Point 5140 was the key factor in the early completion of 'Operation Vijay' during the Kargil war.
- Operation Vijay was undertaken in the month of May – July 1999 to evict insurgents supported by the Pakistani army from high outposts in the Kargil sector.
- After a nearly three-month battle, the Indian Army declared the successful conclusion of 'Operation Vijay' on July 26, 1999.
(Source: News on AIR)
5. United Arab Emirates will be the venue for the Asia Cup 2022 instead of Sri Lanka.
- The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced the UAE will replace Sri Lanka as the venue for the Asia cup.
- The announcement came due to the ongoing political and economic crisis in Sri Lanka.
- But, Sri Lanka will host the tournament, which will be played from August 27 to September 11.
- Asia Cup 2022 will be the 15th edition of the Asia Cup cricket tournament.
- Asian Cricket Council was established in 1983 to promote goodwill among Asian countries.
- The first Asia Cup was held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, in 1984.
- With seven titles (six ODIs and one T20 International), India is the most successful team in the tournament.
Topic: Personality in News
6. Nobel Peace Prize winner David Trimble passed away at the age of 77.
- Trimble played a crucial role in the negotiations of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998.
- The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 largely ended 30 years of conflict in Northern Ireland that killed 3,500 people.
- David Trimble won the award in 1998 along with his Republican counterpart John Hume.
- After the 1998 agreement, he served as the First Minister of Northern Ireland.