Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam passes awaymodi_kalam_759

  • Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam passed away after collapsing during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong.
  • The last rites will be held in his native town of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu in keeping with his family’s wishes.

Supreme Court bench split over Yakub Memon’s plea, refers it to Chief Justice

  • A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court delivered a split verdict on a plea by Yakub Memon, the lone death convict in 1993 Mumbai blasts case, seeking stay of his scheduled execution on July 30 and referred the matter to the Chief Justice to take call on it.

‘Secularism’ to go from Nepal constitution

  • In a major change, Nepal’s political parties have agreed to remove the word “secularism” from the new constitution.
  • Nepal was declared a secular country in 2007 after Nepal’s hardcore Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist joined mainstream politics after a decade-long insurgency that killed over 13,000 people.

SpiceJet posts Rs 72 cr quarterly profit on lower expenses

  • SpiceJet, the Gurgaon-based airline, which was on the verge of closure late last year, had posted a net loss of Rs 124.1 crore in the 2014 April-June quarter.

India women’s archery team makes 2016 Olympic cut

  • India women’s recurve team earned Olympic quota for 2016 Rio Games while the men’s trio failed to advance.