Top News Headlines by GKToday – 5 July 2019

NATIONAL

  • CIC paves the way for disclosure of corruption complaints against Union ministers by terming objections of PMO as “not correct”
  • NCB DG Abhay appointed Director of National Police Academy in Hyderabad
  • Court awards 6-month jail term, imposes Rs 2 lakh fine on AAP MLA Som Dutt for assault during 2015 Assembly election campaign
  • India has 1 doctor for every 1,457 people; World Health Organisation norm is 1:1000
  • Chief of Defence Force of Maldives Major General Abdulla Shamaal meets Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi

AADHAAR BILL

  • Lok Sabha passes Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019. It will make the use of Aadhaar for opening bank accounts and procuring mobile phone connections voluntary. It will give a child an option to exit from the biometric ID programme on attaining 18 years of age

MCI BILL PASSED

  • Parliament approves Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to supersede the Medical Council of India (MCI) for 2 years. During this period a Board of Governors will run the once scam-tainted regulatory body (MCI) for medical education

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

  • BSE Sensex:39,908 (+69), NSE Nifty: 11,947 (+30)
  • Economic Survey calls for a sustained 8% growth rate for India to become a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024-25.
  • L&T Finance secures $550 mn ECB funding led by World Bank arm IFC
  • Haryana launches ‘Meri Fasal Mera Byora’ portal to enable farmers to avail benefits of govt. schemes by uploading their crop-related details
  • approves leasing out of three State-owned airports — Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangaluru — to Adani Enterprises Limited through a public- private partnership
  • US warns Indian entities against supplying U.S.-origin technology components to Chinese telecom company Huawei
  • PMLA & IBC: NCLAT says PMLA 2002 gets invoked simultaneously with IBC; neither of the laws has an overriding effect over the other. NCLAT-National Company Law Appellate Tribunal, PMLA-Prevention of Money Laundering Act, IBC- Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code
  • Air India incurring daily loss of ₹8 crore due to the closure of Pakistani airspace since February 27: Govt.

INTERNATIONAL

  • 27 people died when their fishing boat sank off the Caribbean coast of Honduras
  • France: Parliament’s lower house passes bill giving online platforms just 24 hours to remove hate speech or face hefty fines
  • France: 3% tax imposed on French revenues of online companies with global revenue of more than 750 million euros
  • NASA successfully test launches a launch-abort system for the Orion capsule for manned moon mission from Cape Canaveral in Florida
  • An Arctic fox fitted with a satellite tracking device migrates 3,500 km from Norway to Canada in 76 days
  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio launches NGO Earth Alliance with philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth to protect wildlife and ecosystems, ensure climate justice and support renewable energy
  • Israeli company Malka Beer removes image of Mahatma Gandhi from its liquor bottles, apologises for hurting Indian sentiments
  • Total solar eclipse observed in Chile and Argentina
  • The U.S. designates the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) as a terror organisation
  • International Monetary Fund approves a $6 billion, three-year loan for Pakistan

SPORTS

  • World University Games in Napoli, Italy: India’s Elavenil Valarivan wins silver medal in 10m air rifle event
  • Hima Das wins gold in women’s 200 m in 23.65 sec at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland

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