Current Affairs in Short: 31 August 2018
The Supreme Court has adjourned hearing on petitions challenging constitutional validity of Article 35 A to second week of January 2019. The Article empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define the state’s permanent residents and their special rights.
Supreme Court adjourns hearing on validity of Article 35A till January 2019
• The Supreme Court on August 31, 2018 adjourned hearing on petitions challenging constitutional validity of Article 35 A to second week of January 2019.
• The Article empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define the state’s permanent residents and their special rights and it bars outsiders from buying immovable property in the state.
• Earlier, the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government referred to upcoming local body polls in state and sought adjournment of hearing on petitions against Article 35A.
• The state government told the apex court that any debate and discussion on Article 35 A would have direct repercussions on the law and order situation in the state.
• The local body polls in the state will be held from September and will continue till December. They will be held in 8 phases.
Indian-American scientist finds simple way to predict bowel disease
• An Indian-American scientist has identified as many as 50 protein biomarkers that can non-invasively detect inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a gut disorder that leads to diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and weight loss.
• Chander Mohan, a professor at University of Houston in the US, along with IBD expert Subra Kugathasan, a gastroenterologist at Emory University in the US, is examining stool protein biomarkers that indicate the disease.
• IBD occurs when the body's immune system fights its intestinal cells. Two of the most common types are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, both of which cause inflammation in the digestive tract.
China to limit number of online games over myopia fears
• The Chinese Government on August 30, 2018 unveiled its plans to control the number of online games as part of an effort to prevent myopia among children.
• The education ministry said in a statement that the authorities will regulate and control the total number of internet games, as well as the number of new titles.
• The statement, which was signed by eight ministries, said that the authorities will also explore an age-appropriate alert system and take actions to limit the amount of gaming hours among children.
• The plan is the latest move to tighten government oversight over the country's fast-growing and highly popular video game industry and a new blow to their stock market fortunes.
• China has a high rate of myopia among students at an increasingly younger age.
Amethi village to go digital from Sept 1
• Pindara Thakur village under coveted Amethi parliamentary constituency of Congress president Rahul Gandhi would go fully digital from September 1, 2018.
• Located in Musafirkhana tehsil of the district, the village would go digital under the Digital India Programme of the Union government.
• It would be digitally linked to the outside world in a formal ceremony on September 1, 2018 by Smriti Irani. Irani had fought the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Amethi but had lost to Gandhi by over 1 lakh votes.
• The villagers of Pindara Thakur would be linked with Wi Fi Chaupal and they would be able to use 2 GB free data for the first 15 days and later avail the service at cheaper rates.
• Irani will also inaugurate the 'Digital India Banking Service' at the head post office of Amethi in Amethi town to boost the payment services in post offices.
EC appoints Anand Kumar as Rajasthan CEO
• The Election Commission of India (ECI) on August 30, 2018 nominated senior IAS officer Anand Kumar as the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Rajasthan replacing Ashwini Bhagat.
• The ECI in consultation with the government of Rajasthan nominated Kumar on the post with effect from the date he takes charge and until further orders.
• The decision comes a barely months ahead of Assembly elections in the state, which are due this year end.
• Kumar, who was posted as principal secretary of medical education department in Rajasthan, replaces Bhagat who was holding the post since November 2016.
Nitu clinches second successive gold at world youth boxing championships
• Defending champion Nitu (48kg) claimed her second successive gold at the world youth boxing championships with a gritty performance in the final in Budapest on August 30, 2018.
• The Haryana-boxer, who is also an Asian champion, defeated Thailand's Nillada Meekoon in a split decision on the first day of summit clashes in which she was the only Indian in action here.
• She had won her previous world championship gold last year when the event was held in Guwahati.
• Also in the finals are Asian champion Manisha (64kg), Anamika (51kg) and Sakshi (57kg). They will be in action tomorrow.