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  1. Lodha Committee recommendation on BCCI reforms are unconstitutional and illegal: Justice Katju.

Justice (Retired) Markandey Katju panel appointed by BCCI to advice on SC verdict on implementation of Justice Lodha committee recommendations submitted its interim report to it on 7 August 2016.

The panel in its recommendations termed Supreme Court verdict on BCCI reforms as recommended by Lodha Committee as unconstitutional and illegal.

Findings of the Panel

  • It advised the Board to file a review petition before a larger bench of the Apex Court and not to meet the Committee as scheduled on 9 August 2016.
  • It terms the action of the Supreme Court as the violation of principles of separation of powers as enshrined in the Indian Constitution. It is the legislature’s prerogative to make laws and if judiciary starts making laws, it would set a dangerous precedent.
  • It suggests, as BCCI’s constitution has been prepared as per Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, both the Supreme Court and the Lodha Committee cannot forcibly change its by-laws.
  • The BCCI alone can amend by-laws by passing a special resolution by two-third of majority.

However, Justice Katju agreed that there is a need for reforms in the BCCI. The Apex Court had appointed the Lodha Committee to suggest reforms in the working of BCCI.

  1. PM Narendra Modi launches Mission Bhagiratha in Telangana.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 7 August 2016 launched Mission Bhagiratha at Komatibanda Village, Gajwel in Medak District of Telangana. The scheme was launched by the State Government with an objective to provide safe drinking water to all.

The Prime Minister also unveiled plaques to lay Foundation Stones for important development projects. These included:

  • 1600 MW Thermal Power station of NTPC at Ramagundam
  • Revival of a Fertilizer Plant at Ramagundam; Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences, Warangal and Manoharabad-Kothapalli Railway line.
  • He also dedicated to the nation the 1200 MW Thermal Power Station of Singareni Collieries at Jaipur in Adilabad district.

Highlights of the Mission Bhagiratha

  • Mission Bhagiratha is Telangana Water Grid Project intended to provide a sustainable and permanent solution to the drinking water woes.
  • It is a pet project taken up at an outlay of 42000 crore rupees.
  • Apart from creating a water grid for supply drinking water to houses, it aims to rejuvenate more than 45000 water tanks.
  • The water grid project aims at reaching out drinking water supply to even remotest place in the State to every household across the State in the coming four years.
  • The objective of project is to provide 100 liters of clean drinking water per person in rural households and 150 liters per person in urban households.
  • This project aims to provide water to about 25000 rural habitations and 67 urban habitations.
  1. Australian surfing champion Bernard Farrelly died.

Australian surfing champion Bernard Farrelly, best known as Midget for his slight size, died on 7 August 2016. He was 71.

Bernard Farrelly

  • Bernard “Midget” Farrelly born on 13 September 1944 was an Australian world surfing champion.
  • He won the first official surfing World Championship at Sydney’s Manly Beach in 1964 and dominated the sport as it gained popularity during that decade.
  • In 1963, he became the first Australian to win a surfing major at the unofficial world championships in Makaha, Hawaii.
  • Farrelly was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.
  • In 2007, he was inducted into the surfing walk of fame at California’s Huntington Beach.
  • He was the first president of Australia’s oldest surfboard riders club, Dee Why Surfing Fraternity, which still operates under the same name.
  1. Gymnast Dipa Karmakar becomes first Indian to qualify for Vault Finals.

Dipa Karmakar, the Indian Gymnast, on 7 August 2016 created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to enter the Olympic final at the Rio Olympic Centre.

The 22-year-old qualified for the final round in the Individual vault final of artistic gymnastics after finishing eighth on the standings.

Competing in the third sub-division, Dipa had an average score of 51.665. She scored 14.850 by performing her much-vaunted ‘Produnova’ vault cleanly on the vault, 11.666 on the uneven bars, 12.866 in balance beam and 12.033 in floor exercises.

American Simone Biles, the three-time world all-round champion topped the charts with a score of 16.050. North Korea’s Jong Un Hong stood at the second position after securing 15.683 followed by Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber (15.266).


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