Current Affairs in Short: 02 August 2019
The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill seeks to 'remove' the mention of 'President of the Indian National Congress' as a trustee.
Lok Sabha passes Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill
• The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill seeks to 'remove' the mention of 'President of the Indian National Congress' as a trustee.
• The bill was passed by a voice vote amid the Congress walkout. Earlier, amendments moved by opposition parties were defeated by a division of votes.
• A division sought by opposition members at the time of consideration of the bill was also defeated 214 in favour of the consideration and 30 against it.
RBI allows Bank of China to offer regular banking services in India
• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday allowed Bank of China to offer regular banking services in the country. All commercial banks, like SBI, HDFC Bank, Punjab National Bank and ICICI Bank, are in the Second Schedule.
• In another notification, the RBI said the name of 'The Royal Bank of Scotland plc' has been changed to 'NatWest Markets Plc' in the Second Schedule.
• Meanwhile, 'National Australia Bank' has ceased to be a banking company within the meaning of the Banking Regulation Act.
Four players get life bans for fixing in Asian Football Cup events
• Four footballers have been slapped with life bans for match-fixing during the Asian Football Cup (AFC) tournaments in 2017 and 2018.
• Six people, including a former referee and members of Indonesia's national soccer association, were given jail sentences earlier this month in relation to a 2018 game in the nation's third-tier league.
• The governing body said in a statement that Kyrgyz players Iliaz Alimov and Abduaziz Mahkamov conspired to fix matches involving their club FC Alay in the 2017 and/or 2018 season of the AFC Cup.
Kashyap Pramod Patel appointed to key counterterrorism position in White House
• Prominent Indian-American lawyer Kashyap Pramod Patel, an ardent supporter of US President Donald Trump, has been appointed to a key counterterrorism position in the White House.
• As per the media reports Patel, 38, who previously served as Senior Counsel for Counterterrorism at the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence till early this year, has now been appointed as Senior Director of Counterterrorism Directorate of the National Security Council (NSC) in the White House.
• New York-born Patel has his roots in Gujarat. However, his parents are from East Africa - mother from Tanzania and father from Uganda. They came to the US from Canada in 1970.