Morning Digest | SC asks govt whether promises of ‘irrational’ poll freebies can be curbed; Record bids on spectrum auction Day 1, and more
The Supreme Court on July 26 orally asked the Centre to find out from the Finance Commission whether there is a way to curb political parties from promising and distributing “irrational freebies” during election campaigns.
The government on Tuesday received record bids worth ₹1.45 lakh crore on the first day of the largest-ever auction for telecom airwaves, surpassing the expectations of bids worth ₹80,000 crore-₹90,000 crore from the entire auction.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed former President Ram Nath Kovind‘s personal journey from a small village to the highest office in the country a “a parable for our country’s evolution and development, and an inspiration for our society”. He said this in a letter that he wrote to Mr. Kovind on the eve of his demitting the office of President of India on July 24. Mr. Modi also stated that he would continue to turn to Mr. Kovind for advice and counsel.
As many as 36 people died after consuming spurious liquor in the Botad district of Gujarat, where prohibition is in force. Over 40 people are battling for life in various hospitals in Botad, Bhavnagar and Ahmedabad.
The generation of unique disability IDs (UDIDs) had increased from an average of 5,000 IDs a day to an average of 7,000 to 9,000 daily during the 90-day Azadi Se Antodaya Tak campaign, officials of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) of the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry said on Tuesday.
Meghalaya BJP vice-president Bernard R. Marak, accused of running a brothel, was arrested in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, police said.
A day after a group of Bajrang Dal members allegedly created ruckus at a pub in Mangaluru in coastal Karnataka, the City Police on Tuesday decided to initiate only security proceedings under Sections 107 and 110 of the Code of Criminal Procedure as neither the affected students nor the pub management came forward to file a complaint.
Business leaders and officials from eight developing nations meeting in Bangladesh on Tuesday said more cooperation was needed among them to overcome dwindling foreign currency reserves, a growing energy crisis and supply chain disruptions.
The Defence Ministry on July 26 approved the procurement of military equipment and weapons worth ₹28,000 crore, which included swarm drones, carbines and bulletproof jackets.
Over 1,800 NGOs’ FCRA licences were cancelled by the government for the violation of provisions of the law in the last three years, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said here on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has granted security clearance to Air India’s CEO and MD-designate Campbell Wilson. The decision will pave the way for Mr. Wilson to formally take charge of the airline. Mr Wilson, a New Zelander, joined the airline on June 20.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman left Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for Greece and France, state news agency SPA reported, his first visits to a member state of the European Union since the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The All-India Chess Federation, in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu government, is just a few moves away from hosting the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad.
Amarnath Yatra has been suspended between Panchtarni and the cave due to inclement weather, officials said on July 26. Heavy rainfall occurred in the mountains around the holy cave shrine this afternoon due to which water level in a nearby stream also rose, they said.
The Parliamentary panel constituted to examine the Bill that seeks to raise the age of marriage for women to 21 years is likely to seek yet another extension for three months to submit its report.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on July 26 held talks with visiting USAID administrator Samantha Power, focusing on global developments including challenges such as food and energy security.
The LIC Board and management ‘have been continuously engaged’ in improving its performance parameters and the performance of the recently listed insurance behemoth’s shares must be analysed over a longer period, the Finance Ministry told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
A ruthless Indian team is unlikely to take its foot off the pedal as it aims to top up a world-record-winning feat with another clean sweep against the West Indies on Wednesday. India created a world record on Sunday by sealing their 12th consecutive series win in the ODI format against the West Indies — the most against a team.