Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting inducted into ICC Hall of Fame
Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and former England Women’s wicket-keeper Claire Taylor have been inducted by the ICC into the Cricket Hall of Fame. With the move, Dravid became the fifth Indian player to be named in the Hall of Fame.
SC asks Centre to inform in 10 days time frame for appointing Lokpal
The Supreme Court on July 2, 2018, directed the Centre to inform it within 10 days about the time frame for appointing the anti-graft ombudsman Lokpal in the country.
The Supreme Court Bench comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and R. Banumathi asked the government to file an affidavit within 10 days giving details of the steps which are likely to be taken for appointing the Lokpal. The court was hearing a contempt petition filed by NGO Common Cause, which had raised the issue of non-appointment of the ombudsman despite the apex court’s verdict on April 27, 2017.
Ravindra H Dholakia committee constituted to upgrade norms for computation of economic data
The Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) on June 30, 2018, formed a 13 member committee to upgrade the norms for computation of economic data at states and districts level in the backdrop of plans to revise the base year for National Accounts or GDP calculation.
The Committee for Sub-National Accounts will be headed by Ravindra H Dholakia, a retired professor of IIM Ahmedabad. The panel will review the concepts, definitions, classifications, data conventions, data sources and data requirements for preparation of State Domestic Product (SDP) and District Domestic Product (DDP) to lay down revised guidelines.
Explained: One year of GST: Achievements and Challenges
India on July 1, 2018 observed the 1st Goods and Services Tax (GST) Day to commemorate the first year of the unprecedented reform of Indian taxation.
The celebrations were presided by the Union Minister for Railways, Coal and Finance Piyush Goyal as the Chief Guest and Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla was the Guest of Honour.
Earlier on June 30, 2018, the Union Finance Ministry announced to observe July 1, 2018 as the ‘GST Day’. The GST is a single indirect tax that subsumes most of the Central and State taxes such as the Value Added Tax (VAT), excise duty, service tax, central sales tax, additional customs duty and special additional duty of customs.
Indian Navy Officer Abhilash Tomy to circumnavigate the globe solo, non-stop
Indian Naval officer Commander Abhilash Tomy has been selected to participate in the prestigious Golden Globe Race (GGR), which commenced from Les Sables d’Olonne harbour in France on July 1, 2018.
The GGR requires all the participants to sail around the world, single-handed and non-stop. Abhilash Tomy is the only invitee from Asia to participate in the prestigious and unique voyage.
The uniqueness of the race is that it forbids the use of boat designs and technology newer than 1968.
Conference of States’ Power Ministers to be held in Shimla
The Conference of Ministers for Power, New & Renewable Energy of states & union territories will be held on July 3, 2018 in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
The one-day conference aims to review the implementation of various ongoing schemes/ programmes & deliberate on a host of issues relating to power and renewable energy sectors.
The conference will provide a platform to the Ministers and Secretaries of the states and union territories and senior officials of the power & renewable energy sectors and public sector undertakings under them to meet and discuss issues including 100 per cent household electrification (under Saubhagya scheme) by December, 2018, UDAY performance assessment, shifting to prepaid system in three years and 24×7 power for all from April 1, 2019.
Artist Anjolie Ela Menon bags Kalidas Samman
Noted artist Anjolie Ela Menon, 78 received the National Kalidas Samman for visual arts from the Madhya Pradesh government.
The award was conferred in recognition of her insightful and sensitive portrayal of the identity and spirit of women through her meaningful paintings in a variety of media.
With her first solo exhibition being held in Delhi in 1958, Menon is counted among India’s most accomplished artists and is the recipient of numerous national and international awards including the Padma Shri. She recently received a doctorate from Rabindra Bharati University.
Artist A. Ramachandran was also conferred with the Kalidas Award.
Victorian and Art Deco buildings in Mumbai declared World Heritage site
Victorian and Art Deco buildings in the Fort precinct and Marine Drive of Mumbai have been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Collectively known as the ‘Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai’, the new Mumbai precinct was added to the global list of heritage sites on Saturday, at the 42nd session of the Unesco World Heritage Committee, currently underway in Manama, Bahrain.
Mumbai gets its third such site — the Elephanta Caves and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus are also on the Unesco list. And Maharashtra now has more than any other state in the country, with a total of five sites, including the Ajanta and Ellora caves in Aurangabad.
The first lot includes historic landmarks like the Bombay High Court, University of Mumbai, David Sassoon Library and Maharashtra Police Headquarters buildings. The Art Deco ones are mainly residential, but the ensembles also include the buildings along Marine Drive, and the Eros and Regal cinema halls.