Nasa launches InSight spacecraft to explore the insides of Mars
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on May 5, 2018 launched the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) Spacecraft to study the Mars’ deep interior.
InSight, a Mars lander, has been designed to listen for “Marsquakes” ahead of taking off the human missions to explore the Red Planet. The USD 993 million project aims to expand the human knowledge about interior conditions of the Mars and reveal how rocky planets like the Earth and the Moon formed billions years ago. The spacecraft will dig 10 to 16 feet (3 to 5 metres) deep into the Mars, 15 times deeper than any previous Mars mission.
Adult couple has the right to live together without marriage: SC
In a historic first, the Supreme Court of India ruled on May 6, 2018 that an adult couple has the right to live together without marriage.
The apex court held that live-in relationships were now even recognized by the Legislature and they had found a place under the provisions of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. The court made the observation while asserting that a 20-year-old Kerala woman, whose marriage had been annulled, could choose whom she wanted to live with.
Vladimir Putin sworn in as Russian President for fourth time
Vladimir Putin was on May 7, 2018 sworn in as the President of Russia for fourth time in the Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow.
With this, Putin will now be serving the office of President for another six years. However, the Russian constitution bars him from running again for the elections after the end of his new term in 2024. Putin's fourth term comes after he won the presidential elections in March 2018 with 76 percent of the votes to his name. He defeated Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, who fetched 11.8 percent of votes.
India develops model to forecast reach of Tsunami waves
India would soon be to able to forecast the distance of a destructive tsunami wave after it hits the coast. The prediction could help reduce loss of life and property in the future.
The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, has developed a new model that would predict how far the sea water would travel after violating natural boundaries. The warning service would be a Level-3 alert under India's Tsunami Early Warning System, which was put in place after the devastating 2004 tsunami.
SC strikes down law allowing government bungalows to former UP CMs
The Supreme Court on May 7, 2018 struck down Section 4(3) of the Uttar Pradesh Ministers (Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1981 that allowed former Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers to continue occupying government accommodation even after demitting office.
The apex court stated that once such persons demit public office, there is nothing to distinguish them from the common man. The bench said such bungalows constitute public property which by itself is scarce and meant for use of current holders of public offices. The decision was taken by the top court while hearing a petition filed by NGO Lok Prahari.