Mukul Mudgal : Chief of the Broadcast Content Complaints Council (BCCC)

  1. Justice Mukul Mudgal, former Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court, was appointed as the chief of the Broadcast Content Complaints Council (BCCC). The appointment was approved by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), an association of channels.
  2. Odisha Legislative Assembly passed the Odisha Lokayukta Bill 2014. With this passage of the Bill, Odisha became the first state to enact the law after the Central Act was passed in Parliament in December 2013.
  3. Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi resigned as his government failed to introduce its ambitious Jan Lokpal Bill due to lack of majority.
  4. R K Pachnanda, DG, state crime records bureau, will join CRPF as additional director general in New Delhi. He is a former Kolkata Police commissioner.
  5. India signed two agreements with Kyrgyz Republic during the visit of Abdyldaev Erlan Bekeshovich, Foreign Minister of Kyrgyz to India. The two sides exchanged documents to facilitate mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and to simplify visa regime for diplomatic and official passport holders.
  6. The government approved the setting up of two plants to manufacture semiconductor chips in India by two business consortia, including Israel’s Tower Jazz-IBM and STMicroelectronics at a cost of Rs 63,412 crore.
  7. The government is proposed a Neutrino-based Observatory that is established in Tamil Nadu at a cost of about Rs 1450 crore.
  8. As per the estimates of Planning Commission the number of poor in the country declined to 27 crore in 2011-12 from 40.74 crore in 2004-05. As per the data, Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of poor people living below the poverty line at 5.98 crore in 2011-12, followed by Bihar at 3.58 crore , Madhya Pradesh 2.34 crore, Maharashtra 1.97 crore and West Bengal 1.84 crore.
  9. Israel Aerospace Industries unveiled the latest addition to its line of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) a combat marine system named KATANA for homeland security. KATANA’s features include autonomous navigation and a collision avoidance system and it is fitted with various payloads including electro-optic and infrared cameras, line-of-sight and none-line-of-sight communication, radar and weapon systems.
  10. The Sports Authority of India has put in place 14 high-level expert committees, which have been mandated to identify the country’s medal prospects and provide them with specialised training in the run up to the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games to be held later this year.