Top 5 Current Affairs: 14 March 2018

Mar 14, 2018 17:28 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 14 March 2018

Stephen Hawking passes away

Renowned physicist and modern cosmology patron, Stephen Hawking, passed away on March 14, 2018 at his home in Cambridge. He was 76.

Hawking’s most notable work has been on the basic laws which govern the universe - including theories about the Big Bang and black holes. His first major breakthrough came in 1970 when he and Roger Penrose applied the mathematics of black holes to the entire universe and showed that a singularity, a region of infinite curvature in spacetime, lay in our distant past: the point from which came the big bang.

NASA’s Webb Telescope to search for Interstellar Water

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will examine the molecular clouds, the cosmic reservoirs, to know the origin and evolution of water and other major cosmic objects for habitable planets. This was announced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on March 9, 2018.

A molecular cloud is an interstellar cloud comprised of dust, gas and a variety of molecules such as molecular hydrogen (H2) and carbon-containing organics. These clouds hold most of the water in the universe and serve as the nurseries for newborn stars and their planets.

Dengue fever may increase stroke risk: Study

A new study, published in Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) in March 2018, has discovered that Dengue fever may increase stroke risk, especially in the first two months following the infection.

As per the study, patients with dengue who have neurologic deficits or for patients with stroke who have unexplained fever are more prone to have a higher risk of stroke.


Supreme Court bars foreign lawyers, law firms from practicing in India

The Supreme Court of India ruled on March 13, 2018 that foreign law firms cannot set up offices in India but their lawyers could visit in 'fly in and fly out' mode to give legal advice on foreign laws to clients, which would be casual in nature.

The bench held that the expression of ‘fly in and fly out’ will only cover a casual visit not amounting to ‘practice’. It stated that foreign lawyers could, however, come to the country and participate in international commercial arbitration but they have no ‘absolute right’ to do so.

ICMR awarded International Kochon Prize 2017

The research body of the Union Health Ministry – the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – was awarded the International Kochon Prize 2017 on March 13, 2018 in New Delhi for its contribution to the national programme in Tuberculosis research.

The ICMR through its TB Consortium accelerated the efforts for research and development on the terminal disease in the country.

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of India’s severest health crises. India has the highest TB burden in the world.


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