DAILY GK UPDATE
A new three-judge Bench has been constituted to hear afresh on 29th July the petition of the lone death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. The Bench will be led by Justice Dipak Misra, the fifth senior-most judge in the Supreme Court and in line for the Chief Justiceship, along with Justices Prafulla C. Pant and Amitava Roy.
Condolences over the death of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam have poured in from around the world. Tributes came from all SAARC countries, while High Commissioner of Pakistan, Abdul Basit, and High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Syed Muazzem Ali, visited Mr. Kalam’s home in Delhi to pay homage.
The controversial Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill, 2015, has been sent back to the State following an objection by the Information Technology (IT) Ministry. The Home Affairs Ministry, which sent the Bill for an inter-ministerial consultation, returned it with the objections raised by the IT Ministry. This means the Bill will not be sent for Presidential assent and cannot become law yet.
- The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has decided to start non-vegetarian food stalls outside housing societies which insist that occupants eat only vegetarian food.
The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against 18 accused for alleged irregularities in the recruitment of forest guards in 2012 through Vyapam. The agency, which has not yet revealed names of the accused, has invoked various provisions under the Indian Penal Code and the Madhya Pradesh Recognised Examination Act.
Eminent physicist P. Hariharan died on Sunday in Berkeley, California. He was 89. Dr. Hariharan was the son of Prof. H. Parameswaran (H. P. Waran) of Presidency College and the son-in-law of Alladi Krishnaswamy Iyer. He was born on December 24, 1926.
- The IT Secretary Ram Sevak Sharma has been appointed as the chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).He will take place of Rahul Khullar.
- Swati Maliwal took charge as the Chairperson of Delhi Commisson for Women (DCW). Her appointment was approved by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung. She succeeded Barkha Singh. Maliwal had taken charge as the DCW’s Chief on 20 July 2015 itself, but her appointment was struck down by the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung at that time.
Andres Guardado became the first player to score in three Gold Cup finals and Mexico defeated Jamaica 3-1 on Sunday, stretching their record trophy total to seven.
- The BCCI made it very clear that it was not having second thoughts on revoking the ban on former India pacer S. Sreesanth and spinner Ankeet Chavan in the wake of a Delhi Court dropping all charges against them in the IPL 2013 spot-fixing case.