Morning briefing: Family wants Kalam's last rites at his native Rameswaram

GN Bureau | July 28, 2015



The last rites of former president APJ Abdul Kalam would most probably be held in his native town Rameswaram as per the wishes of the family members. The central government normally considers the wishes of the family members on matters like this. Kalam was born in Rameswaram.

Swati Maliwal is finally DCW chief
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Swati Maliwal took charge as Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief on Tuesday. Maliwal took charge for the second time, following the formal approval of lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung.

The LG, who has been locked in a tussle with Kejriwal over the appointment and transfer of senior bureaucrats, had earlier declared Maliwal's appointment as "ultra vires" of the rules. Jung gave his consent to appoint the 30-year-old Ms Maliwal and three other members after the Delhi government sent him a fresh note heeding to his directive to follow the procedure on Monday.

Myanmar army chief's meeting with Indian leaders begins today
Myanmar Army chief senior general Min Aung Hlaing will hold talks with the Indian leadership in Delhi on better coordination against Indian insurgents operating from its soil. Hlaing is slated to meet prime minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Manohar Parrikar, army chief Dalbir Singh Suhag and national security adviser Ajit Doval on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Deity's Sharma will be Trai chairman
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will have a new chairman. RS Sharma,  the secretary in the department of electronics and information technology(Deity), is set to be the new chief of the telecom regulator as it decides on crucial matters such as net neutrality and the way to deal with the fast-growing eco-system of over-the-top (OTT) operators. Sharma will replace Rahul Khullar, who retired in May.

Yakub Memon's plea hearing to continue today
A division bench of supreme court on Monday appeared split over staying the death warrant against Yakub Memon and it may be posted for hearing with a larger bench. Yakub is scheduled to be executed on July 30 but there could be delay. The bench of Justice AR Dave and Justice Kurien Joseph had divergent views. Justice Dave felt Memon had exhausted all his legal remedies and that his present petition against the warrant on the ground it was issued before the SC dismissed his curative petition was a futile exercise. Justice Joseph, however, said he should have been part of the curative bench as he was one of the three judges who rejected Memon’s review petition on April 9.

Stock markets flat
The stock market entered into consolidation mode on Tuesday after a fall in previous three consecutive sessions. The S&P BSE Sensex had climbed over 100 points in morning trades, defying weakness in other Asian markets, but became flat as the day progressed. at 10.20 am sensex was 27,627, up 63 points and Nifty was at 8,383 up 22 points.

Robot passes self-awareness test for first time
A robot has for the first time displayed the human trait of self-awareness while attempting to solve a classic logic puzzle. In order to demonstrate this sort of self awareness, the robot must be able to understand the rules of the puzzle, recognise its own voice and recognise that it is an individual distinct from the other two robots.

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