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Major News and Events of 07 July 2014

What Happened on 07 July 2014


Appointment of three new judges to the Supreme Court

Three more judges have been appointed to the apex court. With these new appointments, the total tally of the judges in the Supreme Court has reached to 28. Justice Arun Mishra, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and senior advocate Rohinton Nariman took the oath (as jydeges), administered by Chief Justice R.M. Lodha. Still, the apex court is short of three judges as its permitted strength is 31. Justice Goel was earlier posted as chief justice of the Orissa High Court whereas Justice Mishra was posted as chief justice of the Calcutta High Court. Nariman served as the solicitor general in the previous government.

Plan to develop Ganga ghats as prominent tourist spots

In an attempt to convert Ganga ghats into a popular tourist destination, Union Culture and Tourism Minister Shripad Yesso Naik has proposed to develop ghats along the river. The plan covering ghats from Gangotri till Ganga Sagar was proposed at the 'Ganga Manthan - National Dialogue on Ganga' - a conference organised by the National Mission for Clean Ganga. The ministry of information and broadcasting tweeted that all ghats will be developed as a prominent tourist spots and the government is also thinking about introducing houseboats on the pattern of Kashmir. As per the proposal, Ganga will also have a dam after every hundred kilometre. In another tweet, ‘Ganga Manthan’ has been regarded as a major step towards the attempt to clean Ganga which will help in preserving the ecology.

Hyderabad requires two additional airports:Telangana CM

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao stated that Hyderabad in the near future will need two more airports to accommodate the travelling needs of its growing population. It is expected that with the development of proposed Information Technology and Investment Region (ITIR), the city’s population will grow three times to become three crore. Officials have been asked to develop an international standard master plan of the city including two more airports by the Chief Minister KCR. Rao said this in his first such meeting with officials after assuming office as the first chief minister of Telangana. He was addressing the workshop on 'Re-inventing Telangana” and stated that the state presently has 39 per cent urbanisation which would soon be increased to 50 per cent.

Tamil Nadu CM requests Centre to stop attacks on Indian fishermen

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa sought "early and decisive action" from the central government to stop the attacks by the Sri Lanka Navy on Indian fishermen. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she requested the central government to take necessary steps and mount efforts in finding a permanent and practical solution to this problem which is affecting the livelihood of Indian fishermen. Jayalalithaa was referring to 20 fishermen who were recently arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy and taken to Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka. The Palk Bay dividing India and Sri Lanka, where Indian fishermen go fishing, is regularly breached by the Sri Lanka Navy. 

Sania Mirza is into top-five of WTA rankings

For the first time in her career, the Indian tennis player Sania Mirza has been ranked into the top-five of the doubles WTA rankings. Though the performance of Sania and Zimbabwean partner Cara Black at the Wimbledon championships was not up to the mark but then also they managed to get 130 ranking points. These points placed Sania at the fifth place above Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik. For the past some time, Sania has not been performing well because of her wrist injury. On the other hand in ATP ranking, Somdev Devvarman is now at 135 place after a drop of 10 places. Leander Paes is still at number 13 in men’s double and Rohan Bopanna is at 20th place after a drop of three places.

Railway budget is expected to be growth oriented

The Modi government is going to present its first railway budget Tuesday which is expected to be growth oriented. The budget may have proposals to increase the revenue from alternative sources which will be used to modernise and upgrade the important logistics sector. Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda is likely to suggest steps to boost revenues as Indian Railway is currently burdened with a cash crunch of Rs 26,000 crore.  Revenue target of Rs 1.65 lakh crore was set by the previous government in the interim budget. Experts believe that the recent fare hike will bring in the required inflow of funds which will be used for the development through public private partnership (PPP) models.




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