Top 5 Current Affairs: 21 August 2018

Aug 21, 2018 17:26 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 21 August 2018

Asian Games 2018: Saurabh Chaudhary wins gold, Sanjeev Rajput wins silver

The Day 3 of Asian Games 2018 began with shooters Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma and Sanjeev Rajput adding three more medals to India’s medal account, taking the total medal tally to 8, comprising 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals.

The 16-year-old Indian shooter, Saurabh Choudhary won gold in 10m Air Pistol event with Asiad record, while Abhishek Verma bagged bronze.

India’s Sanjeev Rajput, on the other hand, claimed the silver by finishing second in the finals of the 50m rifle 3 positions men’s event.

Madras HC orders CBSE to publicise 'no homework, no bag' rule for Class I & II

The  Madras High Court on August 20, 2018 ordered the Central Board of Secondary Education to publicise in media that stringent action would be taken against institutes not following the board's 'no homework' rule for class I and II students.

The order was passed by Justice N Kirubakaran on a plea by advocate M Purushothaman seeking direction to the CBSE to follow only those books and syllabus, which have been prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training.

The high court had earlier directed the Centre to instruct the state governments to make sure that no school in the country prescribed homework for students studying in Classes I and II.

NOTA option not applicable for Rajya Sabha Elections: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on August 21, 2018 ruled that the ‘None of The Above’ (NOTA) option will not be applicable for voting in the Rajya Sabha elections.

The ruling was made by a bench of Justices comprising CJI Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.  The bench held that the NOTA option is meant only for universal adult suffrage and direct elections and not for the polls held by the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote as done in the Rajya Sabha.

IITs to mentor engineering colleges to improve quality of engineering education

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will mentor at least five engineering colleges located in its vicinity, in order to improve the quality and standard of engineering education in the country.

The decision was taken during the 52nd Meeting of the Council of IITs, which was held under the Chairmanship of Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on August 20, 2018.

The council decided that the IIT – PAL, which has been designed to help the students in preparing for the JEE Advanced Exam, would be further extended and made available along with handholding support through the SWAYAM portal.

Northern states to set up joint secretariat to fight drug menace

The Chief Ministers of four Northern States on August 20, 2018 unanimously decided to set up a joint secretariat at Panchkula, Haryana for data and information sharing to effectively tackle the issue of drug menace in their respective states.

The Chief Ministers of the respective states decided to spend more resources to fight the drug problem, spread awareness and prevent people from falling prey to drugs. On the enforcement front, the Ministers agreed to be more proactive and facilitate a quick exchange of information on drug trends, cases registered, persons named, wanted or arrested.


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