Karnataka Current Affairs - 2019

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Rustom-2: DRDO’s UAV crashes in Karnataka’s Chitradurga

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) called ‘Rustom-2’ belonging to Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) crashed during a trial in an agriculture field in Chitradurga district of Karnataka. No casualties were reported from the crash. According to state government officials, the testing of ‘Rustom-2 UAV was in progress when the incident occurred.

About DRDO Rustom

It is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAV. It is being developed by DRDO for Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.

Rustom is derived from National Aerospace Laboratory’s (NAL) LCRA (Light Canard Research Aircraft) developed by a team under leadership of late Prof Rustom Damania in 1980s.

DRDO Rustom-2 UAV

It has been designed and developed by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) with its production partners being aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL).

It is being developed on lines of predator drones of United States (US) to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) roles for the 3 Indian armed forces with an endurance of 24 hours.

It is capable of carrying various combinations of payloads like synthetic aperture radar (SAR), electronic intelligence (ELINT) systems and situational awareness payloads (SAP).

EC to host 4th General Assembly of Association of World Election Bodies

Election Commission of India (ECI) is hosting 4th General Assembly of Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) at Bengaluru, Karnataka from 2 to 4, September, 2019. At the same time, India will take over as A-WEB’s Chair for 2019-21 term.

4th General Assembly of A-WEB

It will be presided by Chief election commissioner Sunil Arora. Its deliberations includes discussions on challenges and furthering partnership among election management bodies (EMB) and programmes to be undertaken by A-WEB in 2019-20. It will see participation of over 120 participants from 50 countries in various A-WEB events. It is said to be the largest congregation of EMB delegates in India.

Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB)

It is the largest and first global association of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) worldwide. It was established in 2013 in Song-do, South Korea.. Its permanent secretariat is located at Seoul, South Korea. At present, it has 115 EMBs as Members & 20 Regional Associations/Organisations as Associate Members.

Under the slogan of ‘Democracy to Grow for All Worldwide’, its secretariat provides-

(i) Training programs for election officials of member nations

(ii) Undertakes country programs at request of member organization

(iii) Provides support during election cycle to boost election management capacity.