Top News Headlines by GKToday – 26 July 2019

NATIONAL

  • Parliament passes the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019
  • Gives govt. powers to decide salary and service terms of the head and members of Central Information Commissioner (CIC)

TRIPLE TALAQ BILL

  • Lok Sabha passes Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 commonly known as Triple Talaq bill by voice vote
  • Provision of a three-year jail sentence for men who practice triple talaq
  • INDIA
  • Karnataka Assembly speaker K. R. Ramesh Kumar disqualifies 2 Congress rebel MLAs and an Independent legislator till the end of the term of current House in 2023 under the anti-defection law
  • Govt’s National Health Authority (NHA) tis up with the Healthcare Federation of India (NATHEALTH) to streamline delivery of services under Ayushman Bharat

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

  • BSE Sensex: 37,830.98 (–16.67), NSE Nifty: 11,252.15 (–19.15)
  • Union Minister Amit Shah receives a dividend cheque for FY 2018-19 from Repco Bank which is under the administrative control of Home Ministry
  • Badri Narain Sharma re-appointed NAA (National Anti-profiteering Authority) Chairperson for two years
  • BMW launches its sports activity vehicle X7 priced at Rs 98.9 lakh
  • E-learning platform Byjus to replace mobile handset brand Oppo as official Team India sponsor from Sept 5
  • R.L. Narasimhan, former business editor of The Hindu, dies in Chennai at the age of 71
  • DCC (Digital Communications Commission) approves TRAI’s penalty totalling ₹3,050 crore on Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea for not providing points of interconnection to Reliance Jio when it entered the market
  • India and China to surpass the U.S. as the World’s Centers of Tech Innovation by 2035: Bloomberg New Economy Global Survey

INTERNATIONAL

  • Tunisia: President Beji Caid Essebsi dies at the age of 92
  • IAEA appoints Romanian diplomat Cornel Feruta as its acting director-general to replace Yukiya Amano, who died recently
  • Britain: New Prime Minister Boris Johnson appoints Indian-origin Priti Patel as Home Secretary
  • Milky Way’s current shape is because of a collision with another smaller galaxy 10 bn years ago
  • Jordan: Underwater military museum opens on the bed of Red Sea off the coast of Aqaba

SPORTS

  • Kerala Tourism to launch Champions Boat League (CBL) at 13 backwater venues from Aug 10 to Nov 1
  • World Swimming Championship at Gwangju South Korea: Hungary’s Kristof Milak wins 200m men’s butterfly gold in 1:50.73, shatters Michael Phelps’s 10-year old world record

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