Current Affairs in Short: 5 June 2018
Saudi Arabia has banned frozen and processed fruit and vegetable imports from Kerala amid concerns over the deadly Nipah virus outbreak. Earlier, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also banned imports from the state.
SC allows reservation in promotion to SC/ST employees
• The Supreme Court on June 5, 2018 allowed the Union government to go ahead with reservation in promotion for employees belonging to the SC and ST category in accordance with law.
• The vacation bench comprising Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Ashok Bhushan took into account the Centre's submissions that entire process of promotion has come to a standstill due to the orders passed by various high courts and the apex court had also ordered for status quo in a similar matter in 2015.
• The government said there were separate verdicts by the high courts of Delhi, Bombay and Punjab and Haryana on the issue of reservation in promotion to SC/ST employees and the apex court had also passed different orders on appeals filed against those judgement.
Malaysia appoints ethnic Indian as new attorney general
• The Malaysian King has approved the appointment of an ethnic Indian lawyer as the nation’s new Attorney General.
• In a statement, Sultan Muhammad V approved termination of service of current Attorney General Mohamad Apandi Ali and appointed Tommy Thomas, the first minority to hold the post in 55 years.
• The king urged all Malaysians to ensure Thomas' appointment does not create religious or racial conflict, as every Malaysian should be treated fairly.
Government to develop Yoga Protocol for women
• Government is developing a Yoga Protocol for women in the age group of 40 plus in consultation with Indian Menopause Society.
• Inaugurating the 3rd National Health Editors' Conference on Yoga in New Delhi, AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik said, the International Day of Yoga, which will be celebrated on the 21st of this month, is the only occasion where people across the globe come together in such a large number and take active participation.
• He said, the interest and zeal of participation in yoga is increasing considerably year by year and the credit goes to media.
WCD Ministry organises day-long National Consultation on Child Protection
• The Ministry of Women and Child Development organised a day-long National Consultation on Child Protection in New Delhi on June 5, 2018.
• The event aims to seek information and expertise from all the concerned stakeholders, including police personnel and civil society members, on crime against children.
• The effort is a part of many initiatives taken by the government to ensure that children grow up in a violence free atmosphere.
• The anti-human trafficking bill, which has been cleared by the Cabinet, is likely to be introduced in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
Saudi Arabia starts issuing driving licenses to women, ending decades-long ban
• Saudi Arabia's General Traffic Directorate has issued first driving licenses to 10 women, about ten months after a royal decree was issued ending the decades-long ban on driving by women.
• The move will allow women across the gulf kingdom to drive cars on their own from June 24, 2018.
• Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world where women were not allowed to drive.
• The General Traffic Department has sought to open and operate driving schools dedicated to women.
• The move is a part of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman's liberalisation drive.
Manila waterway choked with plastic
• The blanket of trash on a creek that flows between the makeshift homes of a Manila slum is so dense it appears one could walk across it like a paved street.
• However, the thick and fetid mosaic of plastic bottles, takeaway containers and plastic bags is just a porous layer atop the filthy water of Estero de Magdalena.
• It is one of the tributaries that run into Manila's most important and heavily polluted waterways, the Pasig River.
• The city officials blame the slum's residents for using the creek as an open-air dump and have installed massive strainers in the water that keeps the trash from flowing downstream.
Nipah Virus: Saudi Arabia bans frozen and processed imports from Kerala
• Saudi Arabia has banned frozen and processed fruit and vegetable imports from Kerala amid concerns over the deadly Nipah virus outbreak.
• The Nipah virus itself can cause encephalitis - a dangerous swelling of the brain - and common symptoms vary from none to elevated fevers, cough, headache, shortness of breath and confusion.
• On May 29, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) banned imports from Kerala. UAE officials announced that 100 tonnes of fruit, vegetables and fresh produce that was to be imported from Kerala was prohibited from entry.
• As of date, of the 18 positive cases, 16 have died and the remaining two are recovering well at a Kozhikode hospital while the around 2,000 people, who have reported to have come in contact with the affected, are being monitored.