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Dipak Misra recommends Ranjan Gogoi as next Chief Justice of India

Present Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, who is set to retire from the post on October 2 this year, recommended senior Supreme Court judge Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. Justice Ranjan Gogoi who hails from Assam was appointed a judge in the Gawahati High Court on February 28, 2001. He later became the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011. Then he elevated to the Supreme court in April 2012. Justice Gogoi is slated to retire on November 17, 2019.

Rikako Ikee who bagged 6 golds named 2018 Asiad’s Most Valuable Player

Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee (18-year-old), who bagged six gold and two silver medals at the Asian Games 2018, has been named as the quadrennial event’s Most Valuable Player. She became the first female athlete to bag the award in the history of Asian Games. Ikee also received a cheque of $50,000 (₹35.5 lakh).

Mauritius tops India’s FDI charts again in FY18

According to RBI data, Mauritius remained the top source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into India in 2017-18 followed by Singapore. The total FDI in the financial year stood at $37.36 billion, a marginal increase from $36.31 billion recorded in the previous fiscal. FDI from Mauritius totalled $13.41 billion.

Supreme Court fined the Income Tax Department Rs 10 lakh

A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur slapped a cost of Rs 10 lakh on the IT department for making “misleading statement” about the pendency of an appeal and said that the apex court is not a “picnic place”. The Income Tax Department had delayed the filing of a petition by 596 days.

Govt to collect data on OBCs for first time in 2021 Census

This will be the first general census to collect data on ‘Other Backward Classes’ (OBC) since 1931. Although a socio-economic caste census (SECC) was conducted between 2011 and 2013 in deference to the demand of the powerful OBC lobby, it was part of the rural development ministry’s survey of socio-economic status of households. The government has been collecting data on Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes since the first census of Independent India in 1951. Notably, Mandal Commission’s recommendation for reservation for OBCs was broadly based on caste data collected in the 1931 Census. Registrar-General of India – Shailesh

Gujarat government partners with US advocacy group for Vibrant Gujarat summit

The summit which will be held from 18th to 20th January 2019 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. About US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF): Type – a non-profit organization Objective – strengthening the U.S.-India bilateral and strategic partnership President and CEO – Mukesh Aghi

Bi-Annual Talks Between Indian And Bangladeshi Border Forces Begin In New Delhi

The main aim of the meeting is to increase bilateral cooperation in checking trans-border crimes such as smuggling of drugs and narcotics, cattle lifting and gun running across the international border between the two countries.

Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan is appointed as the CEO of Vedanta Resources Plc.

 
Vedanta Resources Plc. has appointed Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan as the CEO of the company. Mr.Venkatakrishnan replaced Tom Albanese who served as CEO from 2014-17 and Kuldip Kaura, the interim CEO since. He has joined the company’s board of directors. Mr.Venkat earlier served as the CEO of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, the world’s largest emerging market gold producer.

Amit won gold in 49 Kg wrestling in Asian games 2018

India’s Amit Phangal, a 22-year-old army wrestler, created history beating the Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the men’s 49kg at the Asian games. Amit beat Hasanboy by securing 3-2. This is the second time India wins the medal. Earlier in 1962, Padam Bahadur Mall had won the first gold medal for India in men’s boxing in Jakarta Asian Games. Now, after 56 years Amit had made the country proud at the same venue.

Kerala Health Department issued warning about the spread of leptospirosis

In Kerala, the Health Department has announced warning about the spread of leptospirosis with pulmonary hemorrhagic syndrome disease in the post-flood period. People have been asked to approach a hospital in case of any symptom of fever or myalgia (pain in the muscles). So far, there have been 15 leptospirosis deaths in the State since August 24. The Health Department has suggested that people who have been exposed to flood waters should take 200 mg of Doxycycline drug as prophylaxis every week. Current measures by the department were adequate, given the fact that even when lakhs were exposed to flood waters. It also suggested early penicillin therapy to prevent the patient progressing to pulmonary haemorrhage and subsequent death

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Luka Modric was awarded the UEFA Player of the Year

Luka Modric of Real Madrid and Croatia was awarded the UEFA Player of the Year (2017-2018). The 32-year-old helped Real Madrid won the Champions League for a third season running and then led Croatia to the World Cup final. Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded in the last year (2016-2017). The award recognises the best players, irrespective of nationality, playing for a club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the past season. Players are judged on their performances in domestic, continental and international competitions.

Scientist warns that the trapped heat below Arctic surface could melt ice in the entire region

Scientists warned that the Archived heat trapped below the surface of the Arctic has the potential to melt the entire region’s sea ice. They found that the warmer water that originated hundreds of miles away has penetrated deep into the interior of the Arctic. This heat is trapped below the surface layer presently. If it gets mixed up to the surface then the heat produced can melt the sea-ice pack that covers this region. Arctic: ♦ Location: Northernmost part of Earth ♦ Life in the Arctic: Includes organisms living in the ice, zooplankton and phytoplankton, fish and marine mammals, birds, land animals, plants and human societies ♦ The Arctic consists of the Arctic Ocean, adjacent seas, and parts of Alaska (United States), Northern Canada (Canada), Finland, Greenland(Kingdom of Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden ♦ Arctic Polar desert is the second-largest desert in the world by area (13,985,000 km²) ♦ The Arctic land is bordered by the subarctic ♦ Arctic sea ice decline has been caused by global warming

Arunachal Pradesh is threatened by high water discharge from China

Arunachal Pradesh is threatened by the high water discharge from China. This is the highest discharge of water in the last 50 years. The unusually high discharge might submerge at least 12 villages along the river Siang in Arunachal Pradesh. It is expected that the sudden release of water may be from man-made barriers or a natural dam that was formed due to landslides caused by major earthquakes in the Tibetan region of China in November 2017. The authorities of Arunachal Pradesh’s East Siang district have issued advisory warnings to the people of 12 villages to be in high alert. The government has been asked to take immediate measures to prevent yet another state from flooding post the devastating Kerala floods.

Defence Minister visited Governor Satya Pal Malik

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik and discussed the security situation in the State. They also discussed the issues of security along the Line of Control (LOC) and in the hinterland. During her visit, the Minister visited the Balbir forward post in Kashmir and interacted with the troops of 28 Infantry Division. She was accompanied by the Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat. She is the first Defence Minister to visit the post.

ISRO to launch 19 missions in just 7 months

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will conduct 19 missions, including 10 satellites and nine launch vehicles, in the next seven months between September and March. It will include the launch of India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2. ISRO planned to launch two satellites within 30 days consecutively for months. The services would be resumed on September 15 with the PSLV C42 mission, which will carry UK satellites – Novasar and S1-4 – as the main payload. Then, ISRO will launch GSLV Mk III-D2, also known as ‘Bahubali’. ISRO Chairman – K Sivan.

U.S. and India might not sign the security pact at 2 plus 2 meet on 6th September
 
The 2+2 dialogue between India and the U.S. has been scheduled to happen on September 6. In the dialogue, the countries will be discussing the issue of India’s defence cooperation with Russia and the looming sanctions under CAATSA. It is expected that the following announcements are likely to make in the dialogue:

Eightenth Asian Games: India finishes with biggest ever medal tally

India ended their Asian Games 2018 campaign with the highest medal tally at the tournament ever, with a total of 69 medals which includes 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals. China finished on top of the medal tally with 132 gold medals.

 

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