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Major News and Events of 26 July 2014

What Happened on 26 July 2014

India's social networking user base is increasing – A study

A study conducted by eMarketer, the US-based independent market research firm, states the increasing inclination of Indians towards social media Facebook and Twitter. A growth of 37 per cent in social networking has been noticed by the firm. The eMarketer provides comprehensive details on the changing trends and details in digital marketing, media and commerce. Though the growth rate of social network users across the world is declining, in India the number is still increasing. It is expected that the number of Facebook users in India will be the largest across the world by 2016. Similar findings have also been found by the Internet and Mobile Association of India.

DRDO plans to set up research centres in academic institutes

To strengthen India’s research, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley announced that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is ready with a plan to establish an advanced technology centre. For setting up these technology centres, leading academic institutes have been selected like IITs. IIT-Bombay will have one research centre for research in advanced propulsion technologies and next generation aero engine technologies.  Another research centre will be established at Jadavpur University in Kolkata which will work on "Unmanned Autonomous Soldier-Assist Technologies". In 2012 DRDO established the Research and Innovation Centre at IIT-Chennai.

Sikhs will not let Congress win through its tactics - Badal

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal made clear that the Sikhs will not let the Congress win in its ‘"politically-motivated" tactics of dividing the Sikh community by creating a separate Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) for managing gurdwaras in the state.  As per media reports, Chief Minister said that his party does not support morchas or agitational methods because these disturb the peace, but the Shiromani Akali Dal will not tolerate anti-Sikh forces trying to fail the Sikh institutions. Badal added, Akali Dal has called the world Sikh conference in Amritsar and the next step will be decided after the conference.

WB CM Mamata Banerjee suspends three health officials

Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal has been criticised for its inability to control the spread of encephalitis in northern West Bengal. Reacting to this, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee suspended three senior health officials for keeping higher authorities in dark about the exact situation of the endemic in the state. This includes the name of Darjeeling Chief Medical Officer (Health) Subir Bhowmik, Jagannath Sarkar and North Bengal Medical College and Hospital superintendent Amarendranath Sarkar. The opposition parties are crying foul against the ruling party and Chief Minister, who also handles the health portfolio, for not knowing the true scenario. As per media reports, Banerjee stated that her government reacted swiftly after receiving the reports of death caused by encephalitis.

BJP leader Solanki appointed as new Governor of Haryana

Senior BJP leader Kaptan Singh Solanki is now the new Governor of Haryana. President Pranab Mukherjee appointed him as the Governor on Friday. Solanki has replaced Jagannath Pahadia the earlier Governor of the state. Pahadia ended his term on July 26. Solanki represents the Bharatiya Janata Party from the state of Madhya Pradesh. He is currently a member of Rajya Sabha.

Bindra wins gold medal and declares his signing off from Commonwealth Games

Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra won a gold medal in Commonwealth Games in men's 10m air rifle. Bindra played his fifth and last Commonwealth Games. He made the announcement about his retirement on the eve of the event. Bindra is the only player in India to win Olympic gold medal. Apart from this, Malaika Goel fired a silver and lifter Santoshi Mats won bronze medal. India’s total medal tally reached 10 with three gold, four silver and three bronze. India is at fourth position in the medal count. England is at first position (10-8-7), Australia at second (7-6-9) and Scotland at third (6-3-4), as per media report.

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