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From UPSC to CAT – most competitive exams have an important part of GK or general awareness. Keeping up with daily events can be an arduous task. To help you better prepare and make sure you don’t miss any important events, here’s a list of key highlights from this week that you should read:
New CM of Maharashtra
Just a day after Uddhav Thackeray’s resignation, Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde took over the gavel in Maharashtra. Meanwhile, Devendra Fadnavis became the deputy Chief Minister. Eknath Shinde is the 20th Chief Minister of the state.
Supreme Court in Nupur Sharma Case
Suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma has been charged with multiple FIRs in several states over her controversial remarks against the Prophet Muhammad. In this regard, she filed a petition with the highest court, but it was rejected. The Supreme Court stated that her “loose tongue” has “set the whole country on fire”, adding that she is “solely responsible for what is happening in the country”. The court has asked Nupur to seek alternative remedies.
The ban on single-use plastic products will only apply from Friday 1 July. The government has made it very clear that violation of the ban will be accompanied by severe penalties, including a fine or jail time, or both. The details are under section 15 of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and under the statutes of the respective municipal corporations.
India vs England 5th Test
The fifth and final Test match between India and England started on Friday, July 1. The match will be played in Birmingham. India’s score at the end of the first day was 338 for 7 wickets. Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja gave a fantastic performance as they made 222 runs for the team.
17,092 new coronavirus infections have been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases in India to 4,34,86326. According to data from the Union Ministry of Health, the number of active cases has risen to 1,09,568. The death toll has risen to 5,25,168 with 29 new fatalities.
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