Top 5 Current Affairs: 25 September 2018

Sep 25, 2018 17:18 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 25 September 2018

Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, MP awarded best-performing states in ’Ease of Living Index’ 2018

The state of Andhra Pradesh has topped the ‘Ease of Living Index’ rankings launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. It was followed by Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.

The three states were awarded best-performing states at the National Dissemination Workshop on Ease of Living Index, 2018, which was held in Delhi on September 24, 2018.

The ‘Ease of Living Index’ is an initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to help the cities undertake a 360-degree assessment of their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

MPs, MLAs cannot be restricted from practicing law: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on September 25, 2018 dismissed a petition seeking a declaration that a person cannot be permitted to perform the dual role of a lawyer and a legislator (MP/MLA). The apex court ruled that it cannot restrict MPs and MLAs from practising law.

The three Judge Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud pronounced the Judgment on a petition filed by BJP leader and Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay.

Petitioner Upadhyay was seeking to bar lawyer-lawmakers such as MPs and MLAs from practising in courts during their tenure in legislature.

Political candidates cannot be disqualified on basis of criminal charges: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ruled on September 25, 2018 that candidates cannot be disqualified from contesting elections merely because charges have been framed against them in a criminal case.

The ruling was delivered by a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court, which was chaired by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprised Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.

The bench also directed the legislature to consider framing a law to ensure decriminalisation of politics.

Supreme Court constitutes committee to look into jail reforms

The Supreme Court on September 25, 2018 constituted a three-member committee to look into the problems of jails in India and suggest reform measures.

The committee headed by former SC judge Justice Amitava Roy will look into the aspect of jail reforms across the country and suggest measures to deal with them.

The committee’s key duties will include looking into the problems of jails across the country including overcrowding in prisons, issue of human rights of prisoners and issues concerning women prisoners languishing in cells for years.

Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger resign

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of the photo-sharing app Instagram, on September 24, 2018 announced to resign from their respective positions in the social media company.

Mike Krieger is the Chief Technical Officer, while Kevin Systrom is the Chief Executive Officer. They founded the photo-sharing app in 2010 and sold it to Facebook in 2012 for about USD 1 billion.

Though they did not mention the reason to leave the company, however, revealed their plan to take time off to explore their creativity again.

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