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Top 5 Current Affairs: 9 May 2018

May 9, 2018 18:38 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 9 May 2018

Trump announces US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

The President of United States, Donald Trump on May 8, 2018 announced US withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

Trump stated through a televised address that the 2015 agreement, which included Germany, France and Britain, was a "horrible one-sided deal that should never ever have been made." He added that the United States "will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction." He stated that any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States.

President Ram Nath Kovind approves Minimum Wages (Delhi) Amendment Act, 2017

The Minimum Wages (Delhi) Amendment Act, 2017 was officially notified on May 4, 2018 following the approval of the Bill by President Ram Nath Kovind on April 26, 2018.

This new legislation amends the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 and was passed by the Delhi Assembly on August 10, 2017. As per the amendment, the employers violating labour rules in Delhi will now face fine ranging from Rs 20000 to 50000 and jail term of one to three years. The employer will upload the employee data on website or web portal in the manner as prescribed.

UN Chief Antonio Guterres announces to hold climate summit in September 2019

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on May 8, 2018 announced to hold a climate summit in September 2019 in New York to review the commitments of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The announcement was made at the opening ceremony of the 37th session of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. In March 2018, Guterres appointed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his Special Envoy for Climate Action who was tasked to support the United Nations (UN) in its climate strategy and in organising the 2019 summit.

SC permits courts to refer to Parliamentary Committee reports

The Supreme Court on May 9, 2018 ruled that the courts can look into Parliamentary Standing Committee reports and take them into record while deciding on an issue.

The decision was taken by a five-judge constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. The constitution bench unanimously held that placing reliance on Parliamentary Committee Reports in court proceedings does not violate the parliamentary privileges.

NASA, Uber team up to make flying cars a reality

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on May 8, 2018 signed a space act agreement with Uber Technologies to explore concepts and technologies related to Urban Air Mobility (UAM) for future air transportation such as flying cars in populated areas.

Under the agreement, Uber will share its plans with NASA for implementing the urban aviation rideshare network. NASA will use the latest airspace management computer modeling and simulation to assess the impacts of small aircraft from delivery drones to passenger aircraft in crowded environments.

 

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