i) India and Tajikistan have inked 2 pacts to strengthen bilateral relations They were signed during Prime Mini ster Narendra Modi visit to Tajikistan. ii) It was his last leg of strategic tour to 5 Central Asian countries (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) and Russia.
iii) It was signed between Ministries of Culture of India and Tajikistan for the years 2016-18. It envisages cooperation in the field of culture between both nations through exchange of expertise for protection, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. It also seeks to exchange of information and experts and organization of cultural days for greater cultural understanding between the countries.
i) India and Georgia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of election management and administration.
ii) The MoU was signed by Dr. Nasim Zaidi, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India and Ms. Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson, Central Election Commission of Georgia in New Delhi.
iii) To promote exchanges of experience and knowledge in electoral processes
iv) Exchange of materials, expertise, information and training of personnel for electoral purpose.
v) Distribution and production of materials in the field of electoral systems, voting technology, voters’ education and awareness.
vi) To promote participation of women and minorities in electoral process.
3) China sets up world’s largest Cancer Registry System
i) China has set up the world’s largest cancer registry system in a bid to fight the cancer diseases with more-targeted and evidence-based intervention programmes.
ii) The cancer registry system is a systematic collection of data about cancer and tumor diseases of Chinese people. The registry records complete summary of cancer patient history including diagnosis, treatment and status of every cancer patient.
iii) However the registry excludes the medical costs. This registry system seeks to cover over 300 million people of China and expand to include 40 per cent of the nation’s population of 1.36 billion by 2020. In China, at least 3 million people develop cancer each year and it claims 2.2 million lives in China and costs at least US 16 billion dollars each year.
4) Lt Gen Man Mohan Singh Rai appointed as new Vice-Chief of Army
i) Lt Gen Man Mohan Singh Rai has been appointed as new Vice-Chief of the Indian Army. He is presently the Eastern Army Commander and will succeed Lt Gen Philip Campose who superannuates on 31 July 2015.
ii) Rai is from the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers. It should be noted that Army General Dalbir Singh Suhag too was the Eastern Army Commander before taking over the top post.
iii) He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune and was commissioned from the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun in 1976.
iv) Lt General Praveen Bakshi who is currently serving as Chief of Staff, Northern Command will be elevated as Army commander and move to Eastern Command to succeed Lt Gen Man Mohan Singh Rai.
5) Noted artist Sayed Haider Raza conferred with France’s de la Lgion dHonneur
i) Noted artist Sayed Haider Raza was conferred with highest French Civilian Award Commandeur de la Lgion dHonneur (the Legion of Honour).
ii) Raza was bestowed with this award for his peerless achievements in transcending all boundaries, forging ties between France and India and for continuing artistic quest straddling nations, religions, cultures and philosophies. He was bestowed with this award on the occasion of the French National Day (14 July) celebrations by Ambassador of France to India Franois Richier on behalf of the French President.
6) IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals suspended for two years by Justice Lodha panel
i) Justice RM Lodha-headed panel on IPL Betting Scandal 2013 on 14 July 2015 suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for two years.
ii) Suspension of two times IPL champion CSK and inaugural winner RR comes with immediate effect.
iii) On the other hand, RR was suspended on account of being directly responsible for putting the game into disrepute and Raj Kundra'a action was unacceptable.
iv) The panel also suspended Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra from all cricket matches for life as they were found guilty of illegal betting. They both acted contrary to the spirit of the game.
7) Former BSFI president Pashupatinath Roy died
i) Former Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) President Pashupatinath Roy died on 13 July 2015 following a cardiac arrest at a private hospital in Kolkata. He was 76. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters.
ii) Roy was also the president of West Bengal Badminton Association for more than five decades after he toook over charge from his father B K Roy in late 1960S.
iii) He also served BSFI in various capacities. He was the secretary and advisor at BSFI for some time and later went on to join the Asian body of the game as Secretary and President.
i) Legendary music director MS Viswanathan, who had scored music for over 1,000 films, passed away at his residence early this morning following illness.
ii) 88-year-old Viswanathan was being treated at a private hospital here for geriatric problems. The music director is survived by four sons and three daughters.
iii) His last rites are scheduled to be performed tomorrow, family sources said.
iv) Viswanathan was a much sought after music director, who had scored music for a number of yesteryear hits, starring the then screen idols M.G. Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan. He had scored music in all South Indian languages and also acted in many movies.
v) Born in Palakkad in Kerala, Viswanathan had scored music for over 1,000 films, some of them in association with his partner Ramamurthy. Later they parted ways.
vi) The Tamil cinema industry condoled the death of Viswanathan with actors and producers describing his death as an irreparable loss.
9) Godavari Pushkaram: More than 25 died in Rajahmundry stampede
i) More than 25 pilgrims died in a stampede at Pushkar ghat here on Tuesday morning, as the Godavari Maha Pushkaram began on Tuesday at 6.26 a.m.
ii) The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, took a holy bath in the river and left the place when the tragedy struck, as thousand of pilgrims surged forward at the ghat.
iii) Some of the pilgrims made an attempt to climb over the adjoining wall and then the stampede occurred, resulting in the death of more than 25 pilgrims. Many of them died on the spot and several later in the hospital. It is stated that several others are in the government general hospital in a critical condition.