(Current Affairs) Person in News | July: 2014

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Juan Carlos Varela

  • Vice-President Juan Carlos Varela was declared the victor of Panama's presidential election , thwarting an attempt byformer allyPresidentRicardo Martinelli to extend his grip on power byelecting a handpicked

  • With 60 per cent of ballots counted, officials said Mr. Varela led with 39 per cent of the votes, compared to 32 per cent for former Housing Minister Jose DomingoArias, the preferred choice of Mr. Martinelli. Juan Carlos Navarro, a former mayor of the capital, was in third in the seven-candidate field with 27 per cent.

  • The incumbent party has still never won re-election to Panama's presidency since the United States' 1989 overthrow of military strongman Manuel Noriega.

Lalit Modi

  • Following the election of Lalit Modi as president ofRajasthan CricketAssociation (RCA), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hits back by 'indefinitely' suspending the association. The cricket board also appointed an ad-hoc body to run RCA's cricket affairs.

  • Modi was elected President of RCA, setting the stage for yet another round of legal tussle between him and the Board, which had threatened to ban the state association in anticipation of this result.

  • The RCA elections were held in December last year but the results were sealed following a Supreme Court directive. And it was opened recently by a court-appointed observer with the former Indian Premier League commissioner defeating his opponent, Rampal Sharma. Ouf of the 33 votes, Modi got 24, while Sharma got five.

  • The BCCI had asked the RCA to dissociate itself from Modi, or face action after the latterwas banned for life for financial irregularities in the IPL in September 2013.

  • However, Modi - riding on the Rajasthan Sports Act 2005, contested the election for the post of president. The former Commissioner of the IPL was seeking to return to cricket administration.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • Mr Garcia Marquez, widely considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors of all time was eulogized in the dramatic art deco lobby by the presidents of both Mexico and Colombia, two countries linked by the writer through his birth, life, heritage and career.
  • 'Hewill live on in his books and writings. But more than anything he will live forever in the hopes of humanity' according to his admirers.
  • Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said the death was 'a great loss not only for literature but for humanity. Various generations found answers to the questions of life in his stories and tales.'
  • At the end, attendees tossed up a flurry of yellow paper butterflies, one of Garcia Marquez'smost famous literary images from One Hundred Years of Solitude, and his favorite color.

ND Tiwari

  • After a six-year legal battle, the Delhi High Court today declared veteran Congress leader ND Tiwari as the biological father of Rohit Shekhar.

  • JusticeRajiv Sahai Endlawalso injuncted Mr Tiwari from denying in public that Mr Shekhar is not his natural born son.

  • The court passed the order after taking into account newspaper reports in which Mr Tiwari had admitted that Mr Shekhar is his natural born son.

  • RohitShekhar, in 2008, had filed the paternity suit, claiming the veteran Congress leader and 67-year-old Ujjwala Sharma were his biological parents.

  • Earlier, the court had rejected the plea ofMr Tiwari that he be allowed to "explore" the possibilities of an "amicable" out-of-court settlement of the 2008 paternity suit, saying that the other parties were not agreeing to the proposal.

  • However, the counsel for Mr Tiwari had reiterated that he was still willing to go for mediation.

  • The court had also closed the right of Mr Tiwari to lead evidence as he failed to appear and testify in the case.

  • The court had on July 27, 2012 read out that theDNA report in the case according towhich Mr Tiwari was shown as Rohit's biological father.

  • Mr Tiwari had given blood sample for the DNA test on May 29 last year at his residence in Dehradun following the apex court's order in the case, after repeatedly contesting against undergoing the test on various grounds.

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