Top 5 Current Affairs: 28 December 2017

Dec 28, 2017 17:16 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 28 December 2017

Delhi HC: No one can use government land as burial ground

The Delhi High Court in a recent ruling held that no one has the right to indiscriminately use any open land, especially that belonging to the government, as a burial ground.

The judgement was passed by a bench of Justices comprising Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar on a PIL that challenged a sub-divisional magistrate's order questioning the use of a government land in Uttam Nagar in West Delhi as a burial ground.

Facebook asks new Indian users to enter names as per Aadhaar Card while signing up

Social Media giant Facebook in the last week of December 2017 started testing the use of Aadhaar by asking new Indian users to enter their names as per Aadhaar Card while signing up.

Facebook's login prompt read, "What's your name? Using the name on your Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognise you". The move is aimed at cutting the number of fake accounts on the social media platform.

India is the second largest market for Facebook after the United States. At present, there are over 241 million Facebook users in the country.

12-point draft plan formulated to combat air pollution

The high-level task force headed by Nripendra Misra, principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has formulated the 12 point draft ‘Air Action Plan-Abatement of Air Pollution in the Delhi NCR’ and has asked for feedbacks in fifteen days to make it more "effective and practical".

As per the plan, the task force will monitor some of the key actions that are being taken. It is accepted that the agencies in charge of a range of determinants of air quality will take a series of other steps based on their assessment of need. The secretary, MoEF will be responsible for overall coordination of the action agenda.

Israel passes controversial law limiting police powers

The Parliament of Israel passed a controversial law on 28 December 2017, limiting the police's ability to recommend charges following their investigations after criticism that lawmakers were seeking to protect Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The law will, however, not apply to current investigations, which means that graft probes involving Netanyahu will not be affected. The move was undertaken after widespread criticism and large protests against corruption.

NASA's new telescope to solve universe’s greatest mysteries

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, is planning to launch a next-generation space telescope that will provide the largest picture of the universe ever seen, with the same depth and clarity as the Hubble Space Telescope.

The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is scheduled to launch in the mid-2020s. It will function as Hubble's wide-eyed cousin, according to NASA.

The Telescope’s cameras will be just as sensitive as Hubble's cameras. However, its 300-megapixel Wide Field Instrument will image the sky area 100 times larger.The development means that a single WFIRST image will have details equivalent to that of 100 pictures taken from Hubble.

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