Top 5 Current Affairs: 18 May 2018
CIA veteran Gina Haspel was confirmed as the US intelligence agency’s new Director with 54 votes. Haspel courted controversy for her role as chief of a CIA black site in Thailand in 2002, where prisoners were tortured with brutal interrogation techniques.
The Supreme Court of India on May 18, 2018 approved the Centre's draft Cauvery Management Scheme for smooth distribution of Cauvery river water among the southern states.
The ruling was passed by a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. The bench rejected the suggestions of Karnataka and Kerala governments over the scheme, terming them as devoid of merits.
The court also dismissed Tamil Nadu's plea seeking initiation of contempt against the Centre for non-finalisation of Cauvery scheme.
The state government of Gujarat would be launching free treatment scheme for the road accident victims on May 18, 2018.
Under the scheme, the state government will bear medical expenses of up to 50,000 rupees for each victim of a road accident in the state for the first 48 hours.The government would reimburse the amount to the hospital concerned upon submission of bills.
The Supreme Court on May 17, 2018 barred all the high courts from listening to any plea related to an RBI circular that prohibited dealings in virtual currencies such as the Bitcoin.
The ruling was passed by a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. The bench gave the direction while hearing to pleas seeking direction to the Centre to take immediate steps to restrain the sale and purchase of illegal crypto currency or virtual currency like Bitcoin.
Uttam Pacharne was on May 17, 2018 appointed as the regular Chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi. His appointment was approved by the President Ram Nath Kovind. Pacharne is an eminent artist and sculptor.
Pacharne succeeds ML Srivastava, Joint Secretary (Akademies), Union Ministry of Culture, who was appointed as Protem Chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi in March 2018, due to the impending appointment of a regular Chairman.
Pacharne will hold office for a three years term from the date of assuming the charge of the office.
Gina Haspel confirmed as first female director of CIA
The US Senate confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on May 17, 2018.
Haspel’s nomination was confirmed in a 54-45 vote, following a difficult nomination process that reopened an emotional debate about brutal interrogation techniques in one of the darkest chapters of CIA’s history.
She was previously serving as Deputy Director under former CIA Director Mike Pompeo in the beginning of Trump’s administration.