DAILY GK UPDATE
The lone death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, Yakub Memon, sought immediate hearing of his petition challenging the “undue haste” shown to execute him without following the due process of law. Memon is scheduled to be hanged to death on July 30.
The State government introduced the Lokayukta Act (Amendment) Bill, 2015, in the Legislative Assembly after removing all controversial provisions and focusing on simplifying procedure for removal of the anti-graft ombudsman. The re-drafted Bill dropped the clause that took out of the Lokyukta’s purview cases relating to maladministration and administrative grievances, and the clause that changed procedures for prosecuting a Chief Minister and members of the legislature. The Bill will be debated for two days from July 30.
- The District and Sessions Court at Thalassery rejected an anticipatory bail application of Communist Party of India (Marxist) district secretary P. Jayarajan in the case of murder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary Elamthottathil Manoj being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
- Vaman Acharya, chairperson of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, has resigned. Mr. Acharya was appointed as chairperson in September 2012 when the BJP was in power. His resignation comes as a surprise as his three-year tenure would have come to an end shortly.
Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan, visiting India on a group pilgrim visa, will no longer have to report to the police. The Home Ministry announced that it had streamlined the procedure as the minority communities are facing problems while visiting India.
- T K Chand has been appointed as the new chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of National Aluminium Company(Nalco). Chand who has been Director (Commercial) of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), will take up his new position on Monday, July 27, 2015.
- Swiss food group Nestle has replaced the head of its Indian operations as the company battles its worst ever public relations crisis in the country, following a food scare that forced it to withdraw its popular instant noodles.
- Conakry, the capital of the Republic of Guinea, has been named World Book Capital for 2017 The selection committee singled out Conakry “on account of the quality and diversity of its programme , in particular its focus on community involvement” as well as “for its well-structured budget and clear development goals with a strong emphasis on youth and literacy”.
- Artist Tom Moore, who gave life to the teenangst of Archie and his Riverdale pals from 1953 to the late 1980s, has died of lung cancer in El Paso, Texas.
- India has earned about USD 100 million launching 45 foreign satellites to grow with another 28 foreign satellites planned to be put into orbit between 2015 and 2017. The objective of this project is to develop a satellite for the SAARC region that enables a full range of services to all our neighbours in the areas of telecommunications and broadcasting applications like television, DTH, tele-education and disaster management.
- IT companies CSC and HCL Technologies have signed an agreement to form a banking software and services company to provide technology services and solutions to the banking industry.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has slammed the Sports Authority of India for “idling of infrastructure” arising out of lack of proper planning and “unfruitful expenditure” worth more than Rs. 15 crore in total in two separate projects in the country. In a report concerning the sports ministry, the CAG said SAI gave clearance to the setting up of a sub-centre at Hazaribagh in Jharkhand in 2001 but it could not be made operational after constructing the facility at a cost of Rs. 14.15 crore for want of security clearance from the State government as it falls in a left-wing extremism affected area.
- Pakistan team’s tour of Zimbabwe next month and a planned tri-series ODI tournament have been called off after a mutual understanding between the two countries.
India’s ODI cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named the ninth most marketable sportsperson in the world ahead of the likes of football superstar Lionel Messi in a list prepared by London School of Marketing. Dhoni also pipped football star Cristiano Ronaldo and Andy Murray in the list of the world’s 20 most marketable sportspersons.
- Pankaj Advani and Siddharth Parikh will represent India at the world billiards championships in Australia, after emerging one and two in the overall rankings, at the end of Selection Camp ‘Z’.
- Shubham Jaglan (10-year old) won the IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf event in Las Vegas. He is the son of a milkman from rural Haryana, India.