- BCCI announced that talented India opener Prithvi Shaw had been slapped with an eight-month ban from all forms of competitive cricket for failing a dope test. Shaw tested positive for terbutaline during the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament this February.
2. Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri has been elected as the new Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. Former Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar had resigned from his post soon after BS Yediyurappa government won floor test in the house.
3. SV Ranganath was appointed as the interim board chairman of Coffee Day Enterprises during the CCD board meeting on Wednesday.
4. Nitin Bagmane was appointed as the interim chief operating officer (COO) of Coffee Day Enterprises by CCD’s board of directors.
5. The body of Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) founder VG Siddhartha has been found from the Nethravathi River in Mangaluru. Siddhartha was missing mysteriously since Monday night en route to Mangaluru in Karnataka. A letter was also found which claimed that he was under tremendous pressure from lenders.
6. Sri Lanka announced on Wednesday that it will give a one-month free visa on arrival to visitors from nearly 50 countries. The move is a part of its latest efforts to revive its tourism industry, which received a major hit after the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed 263 people.
7. Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan launched the Atal Community Innovation Centre in New Delhi with an aim to encourage innovation at the community level through solution-driven design thinking.
8. The World Day against Trafficking in Persons is observed across the world on July 30 with an aim to highlight that the human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men across the world.
9. Shawala Teja Singh Temple has been re-opened for Hindu devotees for the 1st time in 72 years since partition. The temple is located in Sialkot city of Pakistan and was sealed for last 72 years.
10. Japan has offered to mediate between Bangladesh and Myanmar for early repatriation of the Rohingyas. This was decided after a meeting between Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Dhaka.
11. Parliament on 29th July 2019 marked a historic moment when Rajya Sabha passed the much debated Triple Talaq bill that makes the Muslim practice of instant divorce punishable with the government. The passage of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill will make pronouncement of instant oral Talaq void & illegal and criminalise it as a cognizable offence punishable with up to three years in jail. The bill was passed in Lok Sabha last week.