DAILY GK UPDATE – 6th May

1.    SC upheld
constitutional validity of Right to Education Act
i. The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the constitutional validity of the
Right to Education Act, which mandates that 25 per cent seats in all schools be
reserved for the economically disadvantaged. 

ii. A five-judge
Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha said that the Act will not
apply to aided or unaided minority institutions. 

iii. The
bench also said Article 21 (A) does not alter the basis structure of the
Constitution.

iv. On
August 23, 2013, a three-judge bench had referred the issue to a five-judge
bench because it involved a vital constitutional question of law relating to
the rights of unaided private educational institutions.

v. Federation
of Public Schools, a conglomerate of over 350 private unaided schools, had
contended that the law violates their right to run their schools without
government interference.
2.    Government approval not required to probe senior
bureaucrats on corruption charges: SC
i. The
Constitutional Bench Supreme Court of India held that prior sanction is not required
from the government to probe the senior bureaucrats on corruption charges.
ii. The decision also
included officers above the rank of Joint Secretary. In its direction the apex
court said that there cannot be any discrimination at times when it comes to prosecuting
a Criminal Act.
iii. The apex court in
its observation termed that there can be no protection to corrupt public
servants by terming Section 6A of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act
(DSPEA) as invalid and unconstitutional.
iv. The Section 6A provides
prior sanction for the CBI to prosecute senior bureaucrats in corruption cases. 


v. The decision of
the Supreme Court came on the petition of the BJP leader Subramanian Swamy
against the section 6A of the Delhi Police Act and argued that it discriminates
while investigating a senior or junior officer.
 
3.    SC strikes down Karnataka govt order making Kannada
medium of teaching in schools
i. The Supreme Court on
Tuesday struck down a decision of the Karnataka government making it mandatory
for all primary schools in the state to teach in Kannada language.
ii. “The government can’t
impose mother tongue on linguistic minority for imparting primary education,”
the SC said.
iii. The schools had moved the
apex court challenging the state government’s decision.
iv. The government, schools
alleged, had even threatened to withdraw their recognition if they failed to
follow its order on making Kannada the medium of teaching.
v. The battle between the
Karnataka government and schools over the medium of teaching had been going on
for the past 20 years.
4.    Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra faces 5-yr ban from
politics if proven guilty
i. Thailand PM Yingluck
Shinawatra who is facing allegations of power abuse to transfer a top official,
could be removed from office and banned from politics for five years if proven
guilty.
ii. Ms Shinawatra is due for a
crucial ruling by the Constitutional Court on Wednesday in wake ofaccusations
that her Pheu Thai party fetched benefits when she transferred Thawil Pliensri
in 2011.
iii. The Court will on Wednesday
decide if the transfer was unconstitutional and if proven guilty, the PM risks
being removed from office and may face a five year ban from politics.
iv. Denying the allegations
against her by anti-government senators, Yingluck today appeared before the
Constitutional Court and said, that Mr Thawil’s transfer was for the nation’s
benefit and it didn’t violate any laws.
5.    Sunil Mittal to co-chair World Economic Forum on
Africa
i. Bharti Enterprises founder and Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal
will co-chair this year’s edition of the World Economic Forum on Africa.
ii. The group’s flagship company Bharti Airtel is the
largest mobile operator in Africa in terms of geographical footprint and
provides services in 17 African countries with close to 70 million customers,
the company said in a statement.
iii. The event, will be held in Abuja (Nigeria) from May 7-9, 2014
under the theme ‘Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs’ and is expected to be
attended by over 900 leaders from business, government, civil society and
academia.
iv. Mr.
Mittal was also appointed as the co-chair of India-Africa Business Council
(IABC) by the Prime Minister of India.
6.   
Lalit
Modi elected president of Rajasthan Cricket Association
i. Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has been formally
declared president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). The results of
the December 19 elections were declared by a court observer in Jaipur today. 
ii. According to a Supreme Court order ,
the votes, in a sealed envelope, were opened under court observation. Modi won
by a landslide margin, polling in 24 out of 33 votes, while his opponent Rampal
Sharma earned just five.
iii. In September 2013, the BCCI imposed a
life-ban was on Modi accusing him of causing financial irregularities during
his tenure as the IPL commissioner. 
7.    Dipika Pallikal ranked 10 Women Squash Association
(WSA)
i. Dipika
Pallikal was ranked No 10 in Women’s Squash Association (WSA) rankings released
on 1 May 2014. She entered the top 10 ranks after winning the Texas Open 2014.
Her previous rank was 12.  
ii. Dipika won Texas
Open 2014 against Rachel Grinham of Australia and it is her seventh Women’s
Squash Association title. Pallikal is the highest ranked Indian in squash
history to reach no 10 in the world.
8.    Martin Klizan won Munich ATP title
i. Martin
Kilzan on the Munich ATP tournament to claim second title of his career. In the
final match, he defeated Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. 
ii. Martin
Kilzan of Slovakia ranked 111th in the world after winning the tournament was
presented with a white BMW 420d Convertible car and winner’s cheque of 77315
Euros by the tournament organisers.
9.    Waqar Younis back as Pakistan coach
i. The Pakistan Cricket Board has given cricket great Waqar
Younis a second shot as coach of the national team.
ii. Younis was the coach for 18 months until after leading
the team to the 2011 World Cup semi-finals. He resigned for personal reasons.