DAILY GK UPDATE
- A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, widely acclaimed as the “people’s president” for his warmth and accessibility, passed away on Monday after collapsing on stage during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong. He was 83.
Heavily-armed militants in army uniform sprayed bullets on a moving bus and stormed a police station, killing six persons, including an SP, and injuring eight others in Gurdaspur bordering Pakistan.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing corruption allegations in the office of the Karnataka Lokayukta arrested Ashwin Rao, son of Lokayukta Y. Bhaskar Rao, from his residence in Kukatpally, Hyderabad. He is yet to be produced before the court. His arrest came hours after the arrest of Syed Riyaz, Joint Commissioner (Lokayukta), on allegations of carrying out an organised extortion of State government officials, with the help of gangs using the Lokayukta’s office.
- Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal called off his meeting with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit scheduled for July 29 in the wake of the Gurdaspur terror attack.
The tiger population in Bangladesh has declined sharply to 106 from 440 last year, according to a survey. The loss of habitat, unchecked wildlife poaching, animal-human conflict in the forest and lack of forest management are the main reasons behind the rapid fall in the tiger population, say experts.
- World’s largest flower ‘Amorphophallus Titanum’ bloomed for the first time in 5 years in the fourth week of July 2015 at the Jindai botanical gardens in Tokyo, Japan.
Axis Bank today signed a USD 200-million, seven-year bilateral loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank. The loan will help bolster Bank’s efforts to improve farm efficiency by extending customised and affordable agriculture credit, that will help leverage its semi-urban and rural branch network to deliver agriculture credit, the city-headquartered lender said in a statement.
- State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) plans to invest over USD 8.8 billion in bringing to production its much-touted KG-basin oil and gas discoveries by 2018-19.
- Computer Science Corporation (CSC) and Hindustan Computer Limited (HCL) to big IT companies have signed an agreement to form a new company to provide technology services and solutions to the banking industry.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met BJP patriarch L. K. Advani and discussed a range of issues including the political landscape in the country and challenges being faced by the Capital. The meeting came over a month after Mr. Advani called off a scheduled meeting with Mr. Kejriwal.
Chris Froome became the first Briton to win the Tour de France twice when he safely reached the finish line in Paris at the end of the three-week race.
- Union Government has constituted All India Council of Sports (AICS), as an advisory body to deliberate on matters relating to the development and promotion of sports in the country. Government will duly consider the advice rendered by this Council, but it will not be binding and obligatory on the government.