Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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Terrorist attack in Punjab, 6 killed, one terrorist eliminated
India > Terrorism
An intense gunbattle struck Punjab's Gurdaspur district when terrorists attacked a police station killing six persons and injuring eight others. Among the six people were three civilians,two home guards personnel and an SP. India tightened security on its border with Pakistan after the attack. The terrorists also attacked a complex where the families of police personnel reside. Condemning the terror attack, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said all measures will be taken to maintain law and order and ensure safety of people in the state.

Gujarat becomes first state to mandate voting
India > Gujarat
Gujarat has officially made voting compulsory in local body elections under the controversial Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment), Act 2009 (2014). The compulsory voting notification comes along with an ordinance for the addition of a clause the act for declaring the elected representatives disqualified if they do not vote. Any citizen who fails to vote during the elections if caught will be penalized — the punishment could be monetary fine or non-eligibility for certain civic incentives — which will be specified once the rules are framed.

Supreme Court rejects petition, orders to hang Yakub Memon tomorrow
India > Terrorism
The Supreme Court rejected 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon's petition against the death warrant and cleared way for his execution to be held tomorrow. Memon had sent a mercy plea to President Pranab Mukherjee which is awaited. The decision was taken by a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, Prafulla C Pant and Amitava Roy.
Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam passed away
India > APJ Abdul Kalam
The Missile Man of India, APJ Abdul Kalam collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong (IIM-S). He was declared dead at the hospital probably due to cardiac arrest. Kalam served as president for five years from 2002, enjoying the support of both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress. His active involvement in the country's military missile development efforts and space programmes earned him appreciation from across the world.


Greece passes second batch of reforms to unlock bailout deal
Economy > Greece
Legislation has been passed by Greece's parliament on a second batch of reforms which will help unlock a huge international bailout. The bill was passed with the support of 230 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament. These reforms had to pass if Athens was to move forward in bailout negotiations with its creditors. The vote shows deep divisions within Syriza and an indication of early elections only after six months after coming to power.

WTO members seal trillion-dollar IT trade deal
Economy > WTO
A first tariff-cutting agreement in 18 years has been signed between the members of World Trade Organization to cut tariffs on $1 trillion of information technology products from video games to medical equipment. Following this, more than 200 products will be added to the list of goods covered by zero-tariff and duty-free trade maintained by WTO. The deal is expected to jump-start the economy as more number of companies are expected to benefit from it.

Reliance Industries, Tata Motors featured in Fortune Global 500 list
Corporate>Fortune Global 500 list>24 July 2015
The list of world's 500 largest companies compiled by Fortune features 7 Indian firms including Reliance Industries, Tata Motors, State Bank of India, Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum Oil and Natural Gas. This year's Fortune Global 500 employ 65 million people worldwide and are represented by 36 countries. Companies are ranked by total revenues for their respective fiscal years ended on or before March 31, 2015.

Websites inciting religious intolerance to be blocked: Government
India > Terrorism
In a bid to keep increasing abuse of internet by terror groups in check, the government has ordered blocking of at least 40 webpages with inflammatory content relating to a minority community, including posts on social media and popular video-sharing platforms. Following the order, the internet service providers have blocked most of such posts. However, the ones posted through a 'secure internet protocol' cannot be blocked totally.

Nepal may remove 'secularism' from new constitution
World > Nepal
After remaining a secular nation for eight years, Nepal is contemplating the idea of removing the word “secular” from its new constitution. The idea was brought up during a discussion among top leaders of the major political parties. During the public opinion collection last week, majority of the people preferred the word 'hindu' or 'religious freedom' instead of using the term 'secularism'.

Jewellery firm Rajesh Exports buys Valcambi for $400 million in cash
Corporate > Valcambi
Bengaluru-based jewellery firm Rajesh exports has acquired Valcambi, the world's largest precious metal refiner. It is for the first time that an Indian company is taking over an international gold and silver refinery in an all-cash deal of $400 million. Rajesh Exports borrowed from Credit Suisse and dip into internal cash reserves to fund the transaction. Valcambi refines about 30% of the gold purchased by India, the world’s largest gold buyer and has a total refining capacity of 2000 tonne. The acquisition will help Rajesh exporters obtain global footprint.

Google breaks up its social networking site Google plus
Science and Technology > Google Plus
Google recently announced its decision to split the features of its social networking site Google Plus into independent services, allowing users to access them without signing in to the networking site. Google Plus is parting ways with YouTube following this announcement. Google Plus was created to take down rivals Facebook and Twitter and later faced disapproval from its users. The changes also mark a symbolic end of Google Plus as a social network.

Channel Tunnel from France to UK intercepts 3,500 migrants
World > Migration
The Channel Tunnel also known as Chunnel, saw 3,500 migrants trying to cross it amidst a number of dangers. Some of the migrants were injured and a corpse was found as Eurotunnel personnel and French authorities intervened. Both the countries are putting in efforts like installing barriers and adding lighting, which would allow drivers to see when migrants try to jump onto their trucks at night, for the safety of the migrants.

Sanjiv Chaturvedi, Anshu Gupta win Ramon Magsaysay Award
Awards > Ramon Magsaysay

The official website of Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) has announced names of five recipients of Asia's premier prize, the Ramon Magsaysay Award. The individuals are from India, Laos, Myanmar, and the Philippines. Sanjiv Chaturvedi, a former chief vigilance officer at the AIIMS is being awarded for Emergent Leadership and his efforts to keep corruption in check and Anshu Gupta, founding director of the non-government organization Goonj for his humanitarian work.    


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