Top 5 Current Affairs: 12 April 2018
The Day 8 of Commonwealth Games 2018 saw wrestling legends Sushil Kumar and Rahul Aware clinching gold medals, while Babita Kumari opened India’s wrestling account at the games with silver in women's freestyle 53 kg and Kiran won bronze in women’s freestyle 76 kg event.
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The Day 8 of Commonwealth Games 2018 started on a high for the Indian wrestling contingent with two gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal.
While wrestling legend Sushil Kumar and Rahul Aware got the better of their opponents in their respective gold medal matches, Babita Kumari opened India’s wrestling account at the games with silver in women's freestyle 53 kg and Kiran won bronze in women’s freestyle 76 kg event. Indian shooter Tejaswini Sawant also added to India’s medal tally by winning silver in the finals of the women’s 50m rifle prone.
Supreme Court to Waqf Board: Show documents signed by Shah Jahan to prove ownership on Taj Mahal
The Supreme Court on April 11, 2018 asked the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board to show documents signed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to prove its ownership on the iconic Taj Mahal, a 17th century monument.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud asked the Waqf board counsel to authenticate through documents that Shah Jahan had executed a ‘Waqfnama’ in favour of the waqf board. Waqfnama is a document through which a person conveys intention to donate a property or land to waqf for charitable purpose.
ISRO successfully puts navigation satellite IRNSS-1L into orbit
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on April 12, 2018 launched the navigation satellite IRNSS-1L. Eighth in the series, IRNSS-1L completes the first phase of the Indian regional navigation constellation. The satellite was put into orbit on the PSLV-C41 rocket.
IRNSS-1I is expected to replace IRNSS-1A, the first of the seven navigation satellites, which became ineffective after its three rubidium atomic clocks failed. Although IRNSS-1I is the ninth navigation satellite to be launched in the ‘NavIC’ navigation fleet, it is counted as the eighth as the previous one IRNSS-1H was lost in a faulty launch in August 2017.
UAE approves law on equal wages for men, women
The Cabinet of United Arab Emirates (UAE) has approved the issuance of law on Equal Wages and Salaries for men and women.
The new law will ensure equal pay for men and women working in the country. It will provide women with equal opportunities as partners in the UAE's development. The approval of the law comes in line with the government’s objective to ensure the protection of women's rights and support their role in the national development process. The law will further empower women to lead future national strategies and ambitious projects.
HRD Ministry constitutes Committee to reduce the fear of maths amongst students
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development on April 11, 2018 constituted a committee under the Chairmanship of Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama to eliminate the fear of maths among the students.
The committee will also suggest the ways to make the maths subject easy and will submit its report in July 2018. The formation of the committee came after the National Assessment Survey of state-run schools revealed the "fear complex" about the mathematics. The National Achievement Survey (NAS) was conducted for 3rd, 5th and 8th standard students in government and government-aided schools throughout the country in November 2017.