Top 5 Current Affairs: 23 August 2018
Young Indian shooter Shardul Vihan has won India’s 17th Asiad medal on Day 5 of Asian Games 2018. The 15-year-old won silver in the finals of the men’s double trap event. Earlier in the day, Ankita Raina won bronze in tennis women’s singles event, after she lost to 4-6, 7-6 against China’s Zhang Shuai in the semifinals.
Asian Games 2018: 15-year-old Shardul Vihan clinches silver, Ankita Raina settles for bronze
Young Indian shooter Shardul Vihan has won India’s 17th Asiad medal on Day 5 of Asian Games 2018. The 15-year-old won silver in the finals of the men’s double trap event.
Earlier in the day, Ankita Raina won bronze in tennis women’s singles event, after she lost to 4-6, 7-6 against China’s Zhang Shuai in the semifinals. The win takes India's medal tally to a total of 17 medals comprising 4 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronze.
Besides, the Indian tennis duo of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan has entered the finals of their event, assuring India of a silver medal.
Government permits Oxytocin sale through private chemists
The Union Government on August 21, 2018 permitted private retail chemists to sell Oxytocin with effect from September 1, 2018.
Earlier, through a notification dated April 27, 2018, the government stated that the sale of Oxytocin through private retail chemists would be banned from July 1, 2018. However, fearing shortage of Oxytocin in the market, the government deleted the provisions of its April 27 notification stating that the Oxytocin would be sold through government chemists only.
India declines UAE’s Rs 700 crore offer for Kerala floods
Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced on August 21 that the United Arab Emirates has promised assistance worth Rs 700 crore for the state’s reconstruction. The Union Government has, however, decided to decline all offers of financial help from foreign countries.
The state has reportedly suffered damages worth over Rs 20,000 crore, which includes damaged highways covering about 10,000 kilometres, damaged buildings, crops lost and shutdown of one of the state’s three international airports - Cochin International Airport- following heavy flooding.
The state government has demanded a minimum of Rs 2000 crore to help with rehabilitation and reconstruction work.
Arun Jaitley resumes charge as Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs
President Ram Nath Kovind on August 23, 2018 reassigned the Finance and Corporate Affairs portfolios to Union Minister Arun Jaitley.
With this, Jaitley will now resume the charge of Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The temporary charge of both the ministries was given to Union Minister Piyush Goyal as Jaitley had undergone a kidney transplant at AIIMS on May 14, 2018 and was recovering from it.
However, Jaitley continued in the Cabinet as a Minister without a portfolio. He was active on social media, and wrote blogs on various issues like National Register for Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the no-confidence motion in Parliament, and on the controversy over the Rafale fighter jet deal.
Punjab Government to make sacrilege of religious text punishable with life imprisonment
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh on August 21, 2018 announced that the state cabinet has approved amendments to the Indian Penal Code (IPC) to make sacrilege of all religious text punishable with life imprisonment.
The Cabinet approved the Code of Criminal Procedure (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018, and the Indian Penal Code (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018. The amended bills will be tabled in the upcoming Assembly session.
The main objective behind making sacrilege of all religious texts punishable with life imprisonment is to preserve communal harmony.