DAILY GK UPDATE
The Supreme Court on 27th July, will hear an urgent and limited plea from Yakub Memon the sole death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the alleged corruption in Lokayukta, arrested Syed Riyaz, Joint Commissioner (Lokayukta). Confirming the arrest, Soumendu Mukherjee, DIG (SIT), said that with his arrest, they believed they were close to unravelling the larger conspiracy in the extortion ring operating out of the Lokayukta.
- After ensuring the smooth conduct of the mammoth 12 day Maha Godavari Pushkaralu, which concluded on 25th July, the police and revenue officials have initiated a sanitation drive — “Swach Bhadrachalam” — to remove the mounds of garbage which has accumulated in many parts of Bhadrachalam and clean up the temple town.
The Supreme Court will begin hearing Karnataka government’s appeal against the acquittal of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa by the High Court in the disproportionate assets case, which, for the past 19 years, has witnessed several twists and turns. The appeal will come up for admission before a two-member bench comprising Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice R.K. Agrawal
President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed 2 members of Anglo-Indian Community to Lok Sabha as per the provisions of Article 331 of Indian Constitution.
Professor Richard Hay: Presently, he teaches economics in various academic institutes in India as well as abroad. He hails from Kerala.
George Baker: He hails from West Bengal and is actor by profession. Since 1970s, he has acted in several Assamese and Bengali movies. His notable film was ‘Chameli Memsaab’ which had won national film award in 1975. He had unsuccessfully contested for 2014 Lok Sabha election on BJP ticket from Howrah in West Bengal after he had joined BJP in 2014. Article 366(2) of the Indian Constitution defines Anglo-Indian as a person who is domiciled within the territory of India, whose father or any of his other male progenitors are in the male line are of European descent.
- PM Narendra Modi has launched the ‘Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana’ for power sector reforms in rural areas with a view to ensuring round the clock electricity supply to farmers and rural households.
- World Trade Organization (WTO) members struck a deal to add more than 200 products to the list of goods covered by zero-tariff and duty-free trade. In value terms, the deal cuts tariffs on 1 trillion US dollar worth of information technology (IT) products, which is equal to global trade in iron, steel, textiles and clothing combined.
- Peter Higgs has received Copley Medal, world’s oldest scientific prize. 86-year-old Higgs received the Copley Medal for his fundamental contribution to particle physics with his theory explaining the origin of mass in elementary particles, confirmed by the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider.
- The world’s first malaria vaccine has received a green light from European drugs regulators who recommended it should be licensed for use in babies in Africa who are at risk of the mosquito-borne disease.
- Some of the world’s biggest companies have come together to give Indian startups a leg up, under a programme launched by IT industry body Nasscom. Google, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Accenture, Dell and Wipro are among 20 companies that are part of the programme that seeks to foster an environment wherein corporates would help startups by sharing with them the expertise of their employees, by providing access to their customers and customer events, and developing joint solutions that they take to the market together or separately.
- India’s diversified major Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) will roll out its ambitious 4G mobile-cum-broadband service Jio in December through 1,000 retail stores.
China captured the world 3m women’s synchronised diving gold for the eighth successive time at the FINA World swimming championships thanks to triple Olympic champion Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao.
- 20 year old Indian-American Amitoj Chhabra has won the Junior Title at the US Powerlifting Association National Championships 2015.