Current Affairs India - 6 May 2014

1. The Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of the Right to Education Act today, which mandates that 25% seats in all schools be reserved for the economically disadvantaged. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha said that the Act will not apply to aided or unaided minority institutions.


On August 23, 2013, a three-judge Bench had referred the issue to a five-judge Bench because it involved a vital constitutional question of law relating to the rights of unaided private educational institutions. Before that in April, 2013, a two-judge Bench of the apex court had referred the matter to the three-judge Bench.


Federation of Public Schools, a conglomerate of over 350 private unaided schools, had contended that the law violates their right to run their schools without government interference.


2. Bharti Enterprises founder and chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal will co-chair this year-s edition of the World Economic Forum on Africa. Bharti Enterprises is one of India-s leading business groups with interests in telecom, retail, agri business and financial services. Bharti Airtel, the flagship company of Bharti Enterprises and the world-s fourth largest mobile operator, is the largest mobile operator in Africa in terms of geographical footprint.


The event, which is being held in Abuja (Nigeria) from 7th to 9th May this year with the theme of -Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs-. This event will be attended by over 900 leaders from business, government, civil society and academia.


3. Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has been formally declared president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) as result of the election held in December last year was declared by a court observer in Jaipur today. According to a Supreme Court order , the votes, in a sealed envelope, were opened under court observation. Modi secured 24 out of 33 votes to win the election while his key opponent Rampal Sharma got just 5 votes.


In September 2013, the BCCI imposed a life-ban was on Modi accusing him of causing financial irregularities during his tenure as the IPL commissioner. Since then the BCCI had been opposing Modi's return to Indian cricket and moved to Supreme Court to challenge election of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). The Supreme Court also allowed the Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI, to take any action it wants in accordance with the rules, after declaration of results.


Just hours after Lalit Modi was declared the president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association in Jaipur, the BCCI has indefinitely suspended RCA and appointed an ad-hoc body to run its cricket affairs. BCCI took this decision as per the constitution clause No. 32, sub-clause 7, where the president has the right to suspend an association, which doesn't conform to the rules and regulations of the BCCI.


4. Dipika Pallikal was ranked at No 10 position in the latest Women-s Squash Association (WSA) rankings published last week. She entered into the list of top 10 ranks after winning the Texas Open 2014. With this, she has become the highest ranked Indian in squash history to reach no 10 in the world. Dipika won Texas Open 2014 against Australia-s Rachel Grinham and it is her seventh Women's Squash Association title.