Current Affairs in Short: 11 July 2018
The Centre has told the Supreme Court that it would leave it to the wisdom of its judges to decide on the constitutional validity of Section 377 on the issue of criminalising unnatural intercourse between two consenting adults.
INS Sumitra becomes first-ever warship to enter port of Sabang in Indonesia
• Indian naval ship, INS Sumitra on July 11, 2018 became the first-ever warship to enter port of Sabang in Indonesia.
• The Indian Navy said, INS Sumitra was received by traditional dancers and Indonesian traditional band.
• The ship was welcomed by Indian Ambassador to Indonesia PK Rawat, Indonesian foreign affairs officials, members from Indian embassy, Indian businessmen and Indonesian naval and air force officers onboard. The warship was deployed in Malacca Straits.
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani gives approval for Rs 39-cr ‘Seema Darshan’ project
• Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has given in-principle approval for the 39-crore rupees ‘Seema Darshan’ project for developing more infrastructure facilities from T-Junction to Zero Point at Nadabet near Suigam in Banaskantha district.
• The main objective behind the move is to instil patriotism through a unique Gujarat initiative for border tourism.
• The project being developed on Wagah Border pattern entails an exhibition hall and a parade ground with an amphitheatre for 5,000 people.
• The phase-1 of the project worth 22-crore was launched on December 24, 2016. The project demonstrates BSF jawans’ tryst with protecting the border as round-the-clock sentinels.
Delhi court awards 7-year rigorous imprisonment to retired captain Salam Singh Rathore in 2006 Navy War Room leak case
• A Delhi court on July 11, 2018 awarded seven-years of rigorous imprisonment to retired captain Salam Singh Rathore in the 2006 Navy War Room leak case.
• Special CBI Judge SK Aggarwal handed down the jail term to Rathore for the offence of spying under the Official Secrets Act.
• The judge said, Rathore committed the offence against national security. The court considered the submission of the prosecutor that several secret documents were recovered from the possession of Rathore which he could not account for.
• Another accused in the case, Commander (retired) Jarnail Singh Kalra was, however, acquitted by the court.
Centre leaves it to the wisdom of SC to decide validity of Section 377
• The Centre on July 11, 2018 told the Supreme Court that it would leave it to the wisdom of its judges to decide on the constitutional validity of Section 377 on the issue of criminalising unnatural intercourse between two consenting adults.
• A five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, was told by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the Centre has no objection with the court dealing with the validity of this penal provision.
• The bench is hearing a batch of petitions challenging its 2013 verdict that had re-criminalised consensual sex between two consenting adults of the same gender.
• The bench, also comprising Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, made it clear that only the constitutional validity of Section 377 will be dealt with by it. The apex court had commenced the hearing on July 10.
British government to almost double number of its troops in Afghanistan
• The British government is planning to almost double the number of its troops in Afghanistan after a request from US President Donald Trump for reinforcements to help tackle the fragile security situation there.
• Prime Minister Theresa May announced the government will send an extra 440 troops, which would bring Britain's total to about 1,100, to help Afghan troops fighting Taliban and Islamic State insurgents.
• The extra troops will be taking part in a NATO-led training mission, called ‘Resolute Support’, to train and assist Afghan forces.
• They will be based in Kabul and will not be in a combat role. British troops ended combat operations in 2014.
US lists 200 billion dollar in Chinese export goods that could be hit with tariffs
• The United States has listed the 200 billion dollar in Chinese export goods that could be hit with tariffs as soon as September, escalating the trade war between the world's two largest economies.
• President Donald Trump vowed to hit back after China retaliated for the first round of 25 per cent tariffs on 34 billion dollar worth of imports that Washington imposed last week.
• The US Trade Representative office will hold hearings on the targeted products. Reports state that it would take about two months to finalise the list, at which point Trump would decide whether to go ahead with the tariffs.
India bag four medals at Asia Cup Archery
• India have bagged four medals in the Asia Cup World Archery Ranking Tournament Stage 3 in Taipei.
• The feat comprised 3 silver medals and a bronze. India also finished joint third with Iran in the championship.
• The event concluded in two days to avoid the incoming super typhoon Maria. India ended their campaign behind toppers Korea and hosts Chinese Taipei.
• Korea topped the tally with 14 medals, 8 of them being gold. Taipei bagged 5 medals, two of them being gold.
• On the concluding day on July 10, India's recurve men's team added a second silver before Divya Dhayal clinched a third silver in the compound individual category.
• On the other hand, the women's recurve team defeated its opponents from Japan 6-2 in the evening session to win the bronze playoff.
Telangana to digitise, preserve rare documents
• The Telangana government has decided to digitise, upgrade and preserve its rare and historic documents.
• The information was shared by the state’s Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister, Kadiam Srihari on July 10, 2018.
• Srihari was speaking at the inauguration of the two-day 62nd session of the 'Indian Historical Records Committee,' in Hyderabad.
• The state archives (institute) was one of the top ten archives in the world having 50 millions of documents, stated an official release.
Andhra Pradesh govt launches 'Anna Canteens'
• The Andhra Pradesh government on July 11, 2018 launched the much-awaited 'Anna Canteens' in various parts of the state.
• Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated a canteen in Vijayawada to mark the launch of the programme while, in all, 60 'Anna Canteens' were opened in the first phase across the state.
• The canteens will be run by the Akshaya Patra Foundation.
• Setting up 'Anna Canteens', where breakfast, lunch and dinner would be offered at Rs 5 each, was one of the promises the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) made ahead of the 2014 polls.