Top 5 Current Affairs: 24 August 2018
India and China on August 23, 2018 decided to work towards a new bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Defence Exchanges and Cooperation to replace the MoU signed in 2006.
India, China agree to deepen defence cooperation to avoid Doklam-like standoffs
India and China on August 23, 2018 decided to work towards a new bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Defence Exchanges and Cooperation to replace the MoU signed in 2006. The decision was taken during a meeting between Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Chinese counterpart, General Wei Fenghe.
They agreed to increase interactions between their military at multiple levels to avoid Doklam-like standoffs along the disputed border. The two sides also decided on early operationalisation of the proposed hotline between the two armies as part of the confidence building measures.
Asian Games 2018: India clinches gold in Tennis men’s doubles, settles for silver in women's Kabaddi
The Indian tennis duo of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan clinched the 5th gold medal for India on Day 6 of Asian Games 2018, after they beat Kazakhstan's Denis Yevseyev and Aleksandr Bublik 6-3, 6-4 in the men's doubles tennis event. The win takes India to the 7th position in the overall medal tally.
The day began on a high for India with Indian rowers bringing home one gold and two bronze medals. India’s Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh won India’s 5th gold medal by finishing at the top in quadruple sculls event. Among the expected medal winners, the most disappointing finish for India was in the women's kabaddi final, when the defending champions had to settle for silver after being defeated by Iran 27-24.
JNU to rename its Management School after Late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee
The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on August 23, 2018 announced that the School of Management and Entrepreneurship will be renamed to ‘Atal Bihari Vajpayee School of Management and Entrepreneurship’, as a tribute to the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on August 16, 2018. He served as the Member of Parliament for Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. He was a member of the Parliament for over four decades. He was elected to the Lok Sabha for ten times, and was twice elected to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house.
Ban sale of junk food on campuses: UGC directs universities
The University Grants Commission (UGC) issued an advisory on August 21, 2018, directing all the universities and higher education institutions to ban sale of junk food on their campuses. The move comes as a reminder of the UGC advisory issued in November 2016 for banning junk food in colleges to 'set new standards for healthy food and reduce obesity levels in young learners'.
In this regard, the commission issued a notice to vice-chancellors of all universities to ban junk food in college premises. The notice was released after a directive from the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, asking the UGC to take a strict action and ban the sale of junk food on premises of higher education institutions.
Husband's relatives not to be roped in marital dispute cases, unless crime is made out: SC
The Supreme Court has ruled that relatives of a husband should not be roped in cases of matrimonial disputes and dowry deaths unless specific instances of their involvement in the crime are made out. The bench also cautioned the courts to be careful in proceeding against "distant relatives" of the husband in such cases.
The top court's ruling came while it was hearing a plea filed by the maternal uncles of a man challenging a Hyderabad High Court's January 2016 verdict dismissing their petition for quashing criminal proceedings against them in a matrimonial dispute case.