Current Affairs in Short: 23 July 2018
The Centre has suggested to the Supreme Court that video recording and live streaming of judicial proceedings can be undertaken on a trial basis in constitutional matters being heard by the Chief Justice of India's court.
Government sets up high level committee to check mob lynching
• The Union Government has set up a high-level committee headed by Union Home Secretary to check mob lynching.
• The Secretary, Department of Justice, Secretary, Department of Legal Affairs, Secretary, Legislative Department and Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment will be the members of the committee.
• The committee will be required to submit its recommendations to the Government within four weeks.
• Government has further decided to constitute a Group of Ministers headed by the Union Home Minister to consider the recommendations of the high level committee.
• Headed by the Home Minister, the committee will have External Affairs Minister, Road Transport and Highways; Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister, Law & Justice Minister and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister as its members.
• The Group of Ministers will submit their recommendations to the Prime Minister.
Constitutional matters heard by CJI can be live streamed: Centre to SC
• The Centre on July 23, 2018 told the Supreme Court that video recording and live streaming of judicial proceedings can be undertaken on a trial basis in constitutional matters being heard by the Chief Justice of India's court.
• A bench, headed by CJI Dipak Misra, was told by Attorney General KK Venugopal, whose assistance has been sought by the court in the matter, that live streaming can be undertaken on an experimental basis for one-three months to ascertain how it functions technologically.
• He said, the functioning of the pilot project can be later analysed and made more efficient.
• The bench asked all the parties, including senior advocate Indira Jaising, who had filed a PIL in her personal capacity, to give suggestions to the Attorney General.
• The bench has fixed the matter for further hearing on July 30.
Sunil Chhetri wins 2017 AIFF player of the year award
• Indian national football team’s captain Sunil Chhetri was named as the 2017 All India Football Federation (AIFF) Player of the Year by the national body in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
• Chhetri recently became the second Indian footballer to play 100 international games after Bhaichung Bhutia. He is a star striker for both India and Bengaluru FC.
• While he was declared the 2017 AIFF Player of the Year in the men's category, Kamala Devi was adjudged the 2017 AIFF woman Player of the Year.
• Young Anirudh Thapa, who had impressed everyone with his performance in the four-nation Intercontinental Cup which India won, was declared as the 2017 Emerging Player of the Year.
• E Panthoi was named as the 2017 woman Emerging Player of the Year.
Haryana government to set up cultural centre in Gurgaon
• The Haryana government has decided to set up a cultural centre worth about Rs 184 crore over 10 acres of land in Gurgaon.
• The information was shared by the state’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar during a meeting to review work his announcements in the four Assembly constituencies of the district.
• Khattar directed the officers concerned to not cause any delay in its implementation.
Mohit smashes decathlon U18 national record
• Haryana athlete Mohit Kumar scripted a new youth national record in the men's decathlon on the second day of the 15th National Youth Athletics Championships in Vadodara , Gujarat on July 22, 2018.
• Mohit tallied 6707 points at the end of the ten events to erase the old mark of 6618 points set by A Sangwan in 2017.
• Mohit was challenged all the way by Andhra Pradesh athlete Sourabh Rathi who also went past the old national record before falling just two points short of Mohit with a total of 6705 points.
• Both marks were also far superior to the old meet record of 6198 points secured by Rajesh at Thehnipalam in 2016.
DU’s SGTB Khalsa College launches commercial syllabus
• Delhi University’s Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa has opened Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) Kaushal Kendra for employment oriented courses. With this, the college became DU’s first college to establish the Kendra.
• The Kaushal Kendra has been authorised for five undergraduate and four postgraduate degrees.
• Diploma and advanced diploma courses will be available for duration ranging from six months to three years.
• The main subjects of the course include multimedia, forensic science, mass media, computer science and e-taxation and e-accounting.
Danushka Gunathilaka Suspended From All International Cricket by SLC
• Sri Lanka batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been suspended from all forms of international cricket by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) pending an inquiry.
• The development came at the end of the third day's play in the second and final Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Colombo.
• Without offering details, a statement from SLC read that the decision to suspend the player was taken following an initial inquiry conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket, after the team management reported that the player had violated the ‘Code of Conduct'.
• Gunathilaka's match fee for the ongoing second Test against South Africa will be withheld while the suspension comes into effect immediately after the match at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.
Mesut Ozil quits German national football team, citing racism
• Footballer Mesut Ozil announced on July 22, 2018 that he was quitting the German national football team, citing "racism" in the criticism of him in the side's World Cup debacle.
• Ozil, who has Turkish roots, had earlier defended his decision to pose for a photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May which sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany's squad ahead of the World Cup in Russia.
• The player announced his decision through a three page long twitter post. He said, "It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.”
• Despite being born in the country and winning the World Cup in 2014, the player said that he is "still not accepted into society. I am treated as 'different.'
Asia-Pacific may meet only one out of 17 SDGs: UN
• The United Nations has warned that Asia Pacific Region is on track to meet only one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the target year of 2030.
• The Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) Kaveh Zahedi stated that only one of SDGs also known as Global Goals that is going to be met is on Education.
• Though the region is lagging in all other parameters, Zahedi said, India is making important contributions in the area of clean energy.
• By 2022, India plans to produce 175 GW of renewable energy. The rate of expansion in these sector in India is the highest in the world. India is partnering with France and other countries to launch the International Solar Alliance.
• Besides the area of clean energy, India is also investing heavily in the areas of education and health care.