1. Jagannath Rath Yatra festival:
- The world famous nine-day long Jagannath Rath Yatra festival began 6th July. In the temple town of Puri in Odisha, lakhs of people gathered for a glimpse of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra as they travelled from Jagannath temple to Shree Gundicha temple, a distance of about three kilometres.
- The festival is also celebrated in other parts of India and abroad.
- The Rath Yatra festival is also celebrated in Bangladesh with religious fervour and gaiety.
2. Tunisian government banned Niqab in Government offices:
- Tunisia’s Premier banned the Niqab, Muslim face covering for women in government offices, citing security concerns after attacks in the North African country.
- Prime Minister Youssef Chahed signed a government circular banning access to public administrations and institutions to anyone with the face covered for security reasons, his office said.
- The ban on the Niqab, which covers the entire face apart from the eyes, comes at a time of heightened security following a June 27 double suicide bombing in Tunis that left two dead and seven wounded
3. Bangladeshi Civil Servants train at Mussoorie:
- Eighteen hundred Bangladeshi mid-career civil servants will be trained at the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) in Mussoorie between 2019-2025.
- The first batch of 30 civil servants leaving for a two-week long training programme in Mussoorie paid a visit to the Indian High Commission in Dhaka yesterday.
- The Bangladeshi civil servants are being trained at the National Centre for Good Governance based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed in February this year in the Fifth meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission (JCC).
- Welcoming the participants to the training programme, acting High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh Bishwadip Dey said that such training provides an opportunity to share experiences of administration between civil servants of the two countries.
- He expressed hope that civil servants of India and Bangladesh knowing each other would help foster deeper ties between the two countries
4. Agreement Between Sudan military and opposition:
- In Sudan, military leaders have reached an agreement with the opposition alliance to share power until elections can be held. The two sides agreed to rotate control of top tier of power, the sovereign council, for at least three years.
- They have also pledged to form an independent technocratic government and to investigate the violence of recent weeks. The deal, reached in the early hours today after two days of hard-won talks brokered by Ethiopian and African Union mediators.
- News of the agreement reportedly sparked frenzied street celebrations. Sudan has been in turmoil since the military ousted President Omar al-Bashir in April.
5. France Parliament approve 3% tax on online giants:
- In France, the lower house of parliament today approved a small, pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook.
- The French government hopes that other countries will follow the suit. The bill foresees a 3 per cent tax on the French revenues of digital companies with global revenue of more than 750 million Euros.
- At present, the companies pay nearly no tax in countries where they have large sales like France.
- The bill adopted by the National Assembly will be sent to the Senate next week, where it is expected to win final approval