SC seeks centre’s response on pleas challenging practices of polygamy, nikah halala
The Supreme Court on March 26, 2018 issued notices to the Centre and the Law Commission on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the prevalent practices of polygamy and nikah halala among the Muslim community.
One of the petitioners argued that the 2017 judgement of the Supreme Court, which had held instant triple talaq as unconstitutional, did not address the issues of polygamy and 'nikah halala' and had left them open.
Ball-tampering row: Australia’s Captain and Vice Captain step down
Australian captain Steve Smith was on March 25, 2018 handed a one-match suspension and fined 100 percent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after he owned up to a ball-tampering conspiracy in South Africa.
Steve Smith admitted that he was party to a decision to attempt to change the condition of the ball in order to gain an unfair advantage during the third day's play against South Africa in the Cape Town Test on March 24, 2018. He will now miss the fourth and the final test of the series.
A ‘National Conference on Down Syndrome’ was organised by the National Trust under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in New Delhi on March 26, 2018.
The main objective of the conference was to provide excellent opportunities to the parents to obtain information about latest development in education and skilling and inclusive living of persons with Down syndrome.
The conference provided a common platform to intellectuals from all walks of life to come together and exchange ideas and knowledge on Down syndrome to enable a positive change in the people with Down syndrome.
Canadian Mathematician wins 2018 Abel Prize for his Grand Unified Theory
Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands was on March 20, 2018 awarded with the 2018 Abel Prize for his revolutionary 'Grand Unified Theory of Maths'.
The Abel Committee of the Norwegian Academy of Science honoured Langlands “for his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory.” Langlands will receive the award from Norway's King Harald V at an award ceremony in Oslo on May 22, 2018.
JS Rajput nominated as India’s Representative to UNESCO's Executive Board
The Union Government on March 25, 2018 nominated Professor JS Rajput, former Director of NCERT, as India’s representative to the Executive Board (EXB) of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The elections for the Members of the EXB for the term 2017-21 took place on November 8, 2017, in which India won with 162 votes in Group IV during the 39th session of the General Conference which was held from October 30 to November 14, 2017.