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PM Modi To Inaugurate 44th Chess Olympiad In Chennai

PM Modi To Inaugurate 44th Chess Olympiad In Chennai

On Thursday, July 28, 2022, PM Modi will inaugurate the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai. India is hosting this marquee event for the very first time.

Chess Olympiad 2022 will be organized in Mamallapuram, which is 50 km away from the main city. This time the event has attracted a record of entries in the Open (188) and women’s (162) sections. With these entries, the game will match the wits of top chess players from different corners of the world.

Along with PM Modi, Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi, Chief Minister MK Stalin, and Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur will be present during the opening ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor stadium in the city.

PM Modi said he is looking forward to being in the city to inaugurate the event. He tweeted, “I am looking forward to being in Chennai for the inauguration of the 44th Chess Olympiad at 6 PM tomorrow evening. This is a special tournament, and it is our honour that it is being held in India, that too in Tamil Nadu, which has a glorious association with chess”. 

In the tournament, three Indian teams each in the Open and women’s events will represent India. Notably, world champion Viswanathan Anand is not participating in the tournament. Instead, he will mentor the participants.

The chess Olympiad was moved out of Russia following the onset of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. And the new venue was allotted to Chennai in India.

With SC Verdict On Validity Of PMLA, All Trials And Probes Stalled By Appeals Paced Up Again

On Wednesday, July 27, 2022, SC upheld the constitutional validity of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) provisions. In its orders, the apex court held that the director of ED has the same powers as vested by civil courts under the Code of Civil Procedure. 

With these powers, the ED can ‘inspect and discover’; enforce the attendance of any person and examine him on oath; compel the production of records; receive evidence on records; issue commissions for the examination of witnesses and documents.

In its ruling, the apex court mentioned that ED doesn’t need to provide an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) in every case to the concerned person, as ECIR is not an ordinary FIR. 

The court added that stringent conditions for bail under the Act are legal and not arbitrary. The court delivered its verdict on a batch of petitions concerning the interpretation of certain provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The court ruling came at a time when the ED is regularly summoning Congress party president Sonia Gandhi to question her in the National Herald case. The ED has also filed multiple charge sheets against Karti Chidambaram and his father, P Chidambaram, in 2G spectrum allocation and the INX-Media cases.

The Union Cabinet Approves BSNL Revival Package Worth Rs 1.64 Lakh Crore

The Union Cabinet, in its recently held meeting on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, nodded to merging Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) into the state-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). 

With this merger, BSNL will receive an additional 5.67 kilometres of optical fibre laid across 1.85 lakh villages in the country through the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF). At present, BSNL has an optical fibre cable network of over 6.83 lakh kilometres.

In addition, the meeting chaired by honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi also approved a revival package of Rs 1,64,156 crore for BSNL. Last time, BSNL received a revival package in 2019. The current revival package is a significant allocation for strengthening the state-owned BSNL’s position in this highly competitive environment.

The current allocation of budget clears the way of participation of BSNL into the ongoing spectrum bidding, as BSNL will purchase a spectrum necessary for the roll-out of its 4G services in the country. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 20,557 New Cases, Recovery Rate At 98.47%

According to the latest data from the union health ministry, India has recorded 20,557 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active cases in the country currently stand at 1,46,323. Meanwhile, the nation has registered 19,216 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached 4,32,86,787. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 5.18% and 4.71%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 87.40 crore Covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 203.21 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive, out of which 93.13 crore and 8.16 crore are second doses and precautionary doses, respectively.

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