Justices Indira Banerjee, Vineet Saran and KM Joseph sworn-in as Supreme Court judges
• Justices Indira Banerjee, Vineet Saran and K M Joseph were on August 7, 2018 sworn in as judges of Supreme Court in the order of seniority notified by the Centre.
• Chief Justice of India Justice Deepak Misra administered the oath of office to Justices Banerjee, Saran and Joseph.
• As per convention, the seniority of Supreme Court judges is determined on the basis of their swearing-in as judges of High Courts.
• Justice Indira Banerjee became Madras High Court judge on February 5, 2002 and Justice Vineet Saran was appointed to the Orissa High Court on February 14, 2002. Justice KM Joseph was appointed as Uttarakhand High Court judge on October 14, 2004.
• Now, the total number of judges in the apex court has gone up to 25.
Saudi Arabia ends trade ties with Canada over its interference in Saudi Arabia’s internal affairs
• Saudi Arabia announced to end its all new trade and investment ties with Canada over its interference in its internal affairs.
• The Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry expelled the Canadian ambassador and recalled its own envoy in Canada.
• The kingdom gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country.
• The Gulf Kingdom said the Canadian position is that of an overt and blatant interference in the internal affairs of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and it will not accept any form of interfering in its internal affairs.
• Canada's government has so far made no public comments on Saudi Arabia's diplomatic measures.
ISRO postpones launch of Chandrayaan-2 mission
• Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) postponed the launch of Chandrayaan 2 Mission, India’s second mission to moon, to January 2019.
• This was the second time that the mission has been postponed. The ambitious mission was earlier planned to be launched in April 2018 and was later fixed for October 2019.
• With this delay, India may lose fourth position in the world for soft-landing on the moon to Israel as it too planning to launch moon mission in December 2018.
• Chandrayaan-2 is India’s most challenging and India’s second mission to Moon.
• It is advanced version of previous Chandrayaan-1 mission (launched in 2008) which only involved orbiting around moon, Chandrayaan-2 is much complicated mission as it involves an orbiter, lander and rover.
Ajay Data elected as Council Member of Country Code Supporting Organisation of ICANN
• The nominating committee of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has selected Ajay Data as new Council Member of Country Code Supporting Organisation (ccNSO).
• With this, he becomes first Indian to get selected as a member of ccNSO, which is policy development body of ICANN for ccTLD (country code top-level domains) issues.
• He has been selected for two-year term and will take up position during ICANN 63 Meet in Spain in October 2018.
• He will be representing India at global level and will be also custodian of Asia, Australia and Pacific Islands as member of ccNSO.
• He is founder & CEO of Data XGen Plus and global leader in email linguistic services.
China launches Exascale Supercomputer Prototype
• China recently launched a prototype exascale computing machine, the next-generation supercomputer, according to the developers.
• The Sunway exascale computer prototype was jointly developed by the National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering and Technology (NRCPC), National Supercomputing Center, China's Shandong Province and the Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (Qingdao).
• The NRCPC led the team that had earlier developed Sunway TaihuLight, crowned the world's fastest computer two years in a row at both the 2016 and 2017 International Supercomputing Conferences.
• Another prototype exascale supercomputer Tianhe-3 passed the acceptance tests on July 22, 2018. Its final version is expected to come out in 2020.
Bihar launches scheme for girl child
• Bihar CM Nitish Kumar recently launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Kanya Utthan Yojana’.
• The ambitious scheme will provide Rs 54100 to every girl child, from her birth till she graduates.
• The Mukhyamantri Kanya Utthan Yojana will be run by three departments — education, health and social welfare.
• Over 3.12 lakh girls will be covered under the scheme in the current financial year.