Current Affairs in Short: 25 June 2018

Following the retirement of Justice J. Chelameswar, the Supreme Court on June 24, 2018 notified a new roster for the allocation of cases to judges, which will come into effect from July 2, 2018.

Jun 25, 2018 17:49 IST
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Supreme Court notifies new roster for judges

• Following the retirement of Justice J. Chelameswar, the Supreme Court on June 24, 2018 notified a new roster for the allocation of cases to judges, which will come into effect from July 2, 2018.
• The Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will hear all public interest litigation petitions, besides pleas on social justice, elections, habeas corpus and contempt of court.
• Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the senior most judge after the Chief Justice, will deal with labour laws, indirect taxes, personal law and company law cases.
• The notification lists the matters that will be heard by Benches headed by the CJI and 10 other judges — Gogoi, Lokur, Joseph, AK Sikri, SA Bobde, NV Ramana, Arun Mishra, AK Goel, RF Nariman and AM Sapre.
• The roster was put in the public domain for the first time in February 2018 after Justices Chelameswar, Gogoi, M.B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph held a press meeting in January 2018 questioning the allocation of sensitive petitions and crucial cases to judges junior to them.

IIFA 2018 Awards: 'Tumhari Sulu' best film, Irrfan Khan best actor

• Vidya Balan-starrer "Tumhari Sulu" won the Best Picture Award at the International Indian Film Academy Awards 2018 in Bangkok.
• Irfan Khan was adjudged the Best Actor for his role in the film "Hindi Medium".
• Sridevi was posthumously awarded the Best Female Actor for "Mom".
• The Best Director trophy was won by Saket Chowdhary for his film "Hindi Medium".
• “Newton", which was India's official entry to Oscars this year, won the award for Best Story for director Masurkar.
• Anupam Kher, who has over 500 films to his credit, was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the ceremony.
• The award ceremony was held at Bangkok's Siam Niramit theatre on June 24, 2018 and was hosted by director Karan Johar and actor Riteish Deshmukh.

President Tayyip Erdogan returns to power in Turkey

• President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a new five-year term after securing outright victory in the first round of Turkey's Presidential poll.
• Erdogan received the absolute majority of all valid votes.
• With 99 percent of votes counted, Erdogan won 53 percent votes and his closest rival Muharrem Ince won 31 percent.
• The final results will be announced on June 29, 2018.

Archery World Cup: Deepika Kumari clinches gold medal

• In Archery, Deepika Kumari clinched a gold medal in the women's recurve event at stage three of World Cup in Salt Lake City of the US.
• Deepika defeated Michelle Kroppen of Germany by 7-3.
• With this win, the four-time World Cup final silver medalist has automatically qualified for the Archery World Cup Final to be held in Samsun, Turkey in 2018.
• Tan Ya-Ting of Chinese Taipei won bronze medal after beating Gabriela Bayardo of the Netherlands in four set.
• In the medal standings, India finished fourth behind US, Colombia and Chinese Taipei with a gold, silver and bronze each in the penultimate stage of the World Cup.

NCST to organise National Seminar on Conservation of Particularly Vulnerable Tribes of Andaman & Nicobar Islands

• National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) will organise a National Seminar on “Conservation of Particularly Vulnerable Tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: The Way Forward” on June 27-28, 2018 at Kamaladevi Multipurpose Hall, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi.  
• About 44 Ministries have been invited by the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes to present their strategies and approach towards vulnerable tribes in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
• This Seminar will be organised in collaboration with Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI) and Directors of 18 Tribal Research Institutes in different States have also been invited to deliberate on critical issues of.  
• Vice Chancellors of six Universities including Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak will provide academic inputs on tribal groups.  
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands are home to the most primitive tribal groups: Great Andamanese, Onge, Jarawa, Sentinelese, Nicobarese and Shompens.  

Government to make 24 degrees celsius as default setting for air conditioners

• The Union Ministry of Power is considering making 24 degrees celsius as mandatory default setting and labeling of air conditioners within few months.
• This has been planned after six months campaign was launched to promote energy efficiency in the area of air-conditioning.
• The campaign was launched on voluntary basis to increase awareness and encourage consumers to adopt the guidelines.
• It will result in substantial energy savings and also reduce greenhouse gas emission.
• Every one degree increase in temperature of air-conditioner results in saving of 6 percent of electricity consumed.
• It will also result in savings of 20 billion units of electricity per year.


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