Nimmagada Ramesh Kumar was reinstated as State Election Commissioner (SEC) by the state government, which was ordered by the Andhra Pradesh High court.
Ramesh Kumar's restoration as SEC is in compliance with the High Court judgment delivered on May 29 wherein it struck down the AP Panchayat Raj (Second Amendment) Ordinance (No. 5 of 2020) which resulted in the sudden termination of his services.
The government has maintained that the ordinance which curtailed the tenure of SEC from five to three years was part of the election reforms and not meant to expel Ramesh Kumar.
Malayalam actor Anil Murali passed away in Kochi. He was 56. The actor died due to liver-related ailments.
After a stint on the small screen, Anil Murali made his silver screen debut with Kanyakumariyil Oru Kavitha in 1993. He went on to star in over 200 movies across Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu film industries.
In a career spanning nearly 30 years, Anil Murali portrayed several varied characters. He was particularly popular for his villainous roles.
NASA's next-generation Mars rover Perseverance blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on July 30 atop an Atlas 5 rocket on a mission to search for traces of potential past life on Earth's planetary neighbour.
Perseverance rover is aiming to land at the base of an 820-foot-deep crater called Jezero, site of a former lake and water system from 3.5 billion years ago that scientists suspect could bear evidence of potential past microbial life.
The next-generation robotic rover - a car-sized six-wheeled vehicle carrying seven scientific instruments - also is scheduled to deploy a mini-helicopter on Mars and try out equipment for future human treks to the fourth planet from the sun. Its arrival at Mars is planned for Feb. 18 at the site of an ancient river delta.