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1. Navy gets amphibious landing craft
The second Landing Craft Utility (LCU) L52 of Mk-IV class, an amphibious ship to transport combat equipment and troops of the Navy, designed and built by Garden Reach Ship Builders (GRSE), was commissioned at Port Blair on Monday.
These ships would be based in the Andaman and Nicobar Command and can be deployed for multi-role activities such as beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.
2. Netaji’s close associate dies at 102
Colonel Amar Bahadur Singh, a close associate of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, died at his ancestral village Sirsa in Uttar Pradesh. He was 102. Singh, who joined the British Indian Army in 1933, had served the Azad Hind Fauj after he met Netaji, his family members said. His last rites were performed on Sunday evening. He is survived by a son.
3. State bans bullock cart races
The State government on Monday issued orders banning bullock cart races across Maharashtra, soon after the Bombay High Court ruled that races without any rules governing them should be prohibited.
Ravindra Gurav, a senior officer of the Agriculture Department, said, “All the district officers are being informed that the government is in the process of drafting rules regarding cart racing. Until such rules are framed and issued in the State gazette or by way of an ordinance, no races should be organised in contravention of the court ruling.”
4. Now, passport sans police verification
The physical police verification for getting a passport may soon be dispensed with as the Centre plans to connect the procedure with Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS), a project first conceptualised by the UPA government in 2009.
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said the CCTNS, an exhaustive national database of crimes and criminals that will check the antecedents of applicants at the click of a mouse, was expected to be linked with the passport service of the External Affairs Ministry.
5. Supreme Court sets aside instant ‘talaq’
A five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court set aside talaq-e-biddat or instant and irrevocable talaq as a “manifestly arbitrary” practice, which is not protected by Article 25 (freedom of religion) of the Constitution.
Chief Justice J.S. Khehar, who led the Bench, held that talaq-e-biddat is an integral part of Article 25 (freedom of religion). That, it has been followed for over 1,400 years by the Hanafis and has become a part of religious pratice.
Chief Justice Khehar addressed the courtroom and concluded that “by majority of 3:2, talaq-e-biddat is set aside.”
6. IT major Infosys shares fall 5.37%
Shares of Infosys continued their slide on Monday, shedding 5.37%. This is the lowest close in three years for the technology major.
Infosys was also the worst performer in the Sensex pack on Monday as the benchmark index lost 0.84%.
7. SBI waives processing fees
In a bid to boost its retail loan demand as part of a ‘festival bonanza’ ,State Bank of India (SBI) has decided to waive loan processing fees on car, personal gold and other personal loans.
The waiver of fees on car loans is valid for applications received till December 31, 2017. The bank will waive 50% of the processing fee on personal gold loans till October 31, 2017 and customers can avail 50% waiver on processing fee on Xpress Credit – a personal loan offering by the bank Till September 30, 2017.
8. Muguruza dashes Halep’s hopes
Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza humbled second-ranked Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 in Sunday’s final of the ATP & WTA Western & Southern Open, denying the Romanian the world No. 1 spot in the process.
Sixth-seeded Spaniard Muguruza needed only 56 minutes to capture her second title of the year and her first in a US event, taking the $522,450 top prize in the last major US Open tune-up.
9. Ban on ‘killer robots’
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk joined more than 100 robotics and artificial intelligence entrepreneurs in signing a letter to the United Nations calling for action to prevent the development of autonomous weapons, leading demands for a global ban on killer robots that target innocent people.
The statement signed by 116 tech luminaries, also including Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of Google’s DeepMind has warned that “Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare.”
10. China to relaunch one of world’s fastest bullet trains
China will again run one of the world’s fastest bullet trains. The journey between Beijing and Shanghai will be made at 350 kmph, covering 1,250 km in just 4 hours and 30 minutes, officials said on Monday.
Currently, it takes six hours to travel from the Chinese capital to the country’s business hub.