Daily GK Updates: 30 July 2014

CWG 2014: Sushil, 2 others bag gold for India on first day
of wrestling
i. Star grappler Sushil Kumar led India’s sparkling
show in the wrestling arena as the country claimed three gold medals on the
first day of the wrestling competitions at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow on

ii. Sushil expectedly
bagged gold in men’s 75kg freestyle category while Amit Kumar won the yellow
metal in men’s 57kg while Vinesh Phogat finished on top in women’s 48kg at the
SECC Hall. 

iii. Rajeev
Tomar, however had to settle for a silver in the mens 125 kg freestyle event
after going down to Canadas Korey Jarvis 0-3 in finals. 

iv. 31-year-old
Sushil asserted his class as he won his all four bouts of the day quite
In the gold-medal bout against Qamar Abbas of
Pakistan, Sushil had an easy outing. 

v. Amit
Kumar defeated Ebikweminomo Welson of Nigeria 6-2 in his final bout.
20-year-old Indian started off well and completely dominated the first round to
post a comfortable 4-0 win. 

vi. The
Nigerian, however, fought back and the two wrestlers gave each other a tough
time in the next round and they could bag just two points each. 

2.    Fuad Masum elected as the seventh President of Iraq
i. Muhammad Fuad Masum
of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party was elected as the seventh
President of Iraq on 24 July 2014.
ii. He was elected with
overwhelming majority by the Council of Representatives of Iraq (Iraqi
Parliament) in Baghdad. He won 211 votes as against 17 votes won by Judge
Hussein al-Musawi in the second round of voting. 

iii. Masum
is the second non-Arab President of Iraq after Jalal Talabani who founded the
PUK party and is the incumbent President of Iraq.
iv. In the first round of
voting, out of four presidential candidates Fuad had won 175 votes. But it was
short of the 218 absolute-majority required for the president in the first
vote. The other presidential candidates Hanan al-Fatlawi, Faiq al-Sheikh Ali
and Hussein al-Musawi shared the remaining seats. 
3.    KV Chowdary tipped to be new CBDT chief
i. Senior IRS officer K.V. Chowdary is tipped to be the new
Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex authority of the
Income Tax department.
ii. The 1978-batch Indian Revenue Service officer is
presently working as the Member (Investigations) in the CBDT and is expected to
take over the new charge from August 1 after incumbent Chairman R.K. Tewari
retires on July 31.
iii. Mr. Tewari, a 1976-batch IRS officer, has been at the
helm for the last five months after he took over the top post on March 1.
iv. Officials said the name of the new CBDT boss would be
soon cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime
Minister Narendra Modi.
v. The
CBDT has six members apart from the Chairman and is the apex body for framing
policy and administrative issues related to direct taxes and the Income Tax
loan to West Bengal for Gram Panchayat improvement
i. The World Bank will give around
one thousand two hundred crore rupees loan to the West Bengal Government for
improvement of a thousand Gram Panchayats in the State.
ii. Giving this information in
Kolkata, State Panchayat Minister Mr. Subrata Mukherjee said that the funds
will be utilised in 9 districts to bring a thousand Panchayat bodies under the
Nirmal Gram Panchayat scheme in the next five years. Mr. Mukherjee said that
another 2400 Gram Panchayats will be brought under the scheme inthe next phase.
iii. The Minister
said that speedy disposal of services to people in the Panchayats are the main
objectives for the borrowing.
5.    Law Commission recommends fixed tenure for CJI
i. Same retirement age of 65 for Supreme Court and High
Court judges, a “cooling-off period” for judges after retirement and a fixed
tenure for Chief Justice of India.
ii. These are the three changes Law Commission Chairperson
A.P. Shah has recommended in his note to Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar
Prasad. These three, he says, is “intertwined” with the “overhaul” required in
the process of judicial appointments.
iii. Justice Shah’s note titled ‘A Judicial Appointments
Commission for India: A Proposal’ became the central point of debate between
the Law Ministry and eminent jurists on Monday.
6.    Arup Raha takes over as Chairman, CoSC
i.  IAF chief, Arup
Raha, today took over as the Chairman, Chiefs of Staffs Committee, from
incumbent Gen Bikram Singh who is retiring tomorrow.
ii. The Chairman, Chiefs of Staffs Committee is the
senior-most military officer in the country.
iii. Raha was handed over the baton of the CoSC by Gen Singh
at a ceremony in South Block, Defence officials said.
iv. Raha, 59, will hold the office for a period of 29 months
and would probably be the longest-serving officer in the chair.
v. He has got the long tenure because of the resignation of
former Navy Chief Admiral, DK Joshi, in February after a series of accidents
involving naval warships.
vi. Raha will continue in office till December 2016 and is
expected to push for increasing jointmanship among the three services as the
7.    Sushilarani Patel, a Classical singer died at 96
i. Sushilarani
Patel, the renowned classical singer of India died at her Bandra home on 24
July 2014 due to heart attack. She was 96. She in 2002 became a Sangeet Natak
Academy laureate. 
ii. Patel, a widow of Baburao Patel was living alone in her
Bandra home since his death in 1982 and was cared by her disciplines as she had
no close relatives. Baburao Patel was the person, who ran India’s first
Bollywood trade journal FilmIndia.
8.    The Vijay Mallya Story written by K Giriprakash
i. The
Vijay Mallya Story written by K Giriprakash was published by Penguin Books
Limited in 2014. K. Giriprakash is the Chief of Bureau, The Hindu Business Line.
ii. The book is an
intriguing story of the life of Vijay Mallya, an Indian industrialist with a
history of ground-breaking success. The book tells about even the lesser known
facts and stories from the professional events of Mallya’s life.
iii. The making of this
industrial tycoon, his success story, the story of his decline with the
downfall of Kingfisher, and a lot of important events from his life are
presented in the book.
Shakuntla Jakhu to take over as new
Haryana Chief Secretary
i. Senior IAS officer Shakuntla Jakhu
will be Haryana’s new Chief Secretary.
ii. Speaking to reporters after a
meeting of his cabinet here today, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said
Jakhu will take over from incumbent S C Chaudhary who retires Thursday.
iii. Jakhu, a 1978 batch IAS officer, is
presently Haryana’s Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and Disaster