Latest Current Affairs 03rd July 2018

From Uttarakhand to Mumbai, heavy rain disrupts normal life:The monsoon is now active over most of the country and while rain and thunder are bringing relief from the hot and dry spell in many parts of the country, in some others like the hills of Uttarakhand and the streets of Mumbai, it is spelling hardship and peril for people.

J&K: Voices of dissent within PDP:Days after it lost power in Jammu and Kashmir, cracks are beginning to appear in the PDP with a former minister speaking out against former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s leadership, and claiming that several MLAs and PDP stalwarts too were unhappy with the state of affairs in the party.

SC puts onus of checking cow vigilantism on States:Putting the onus on the states to check cow vigilantism, the Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on pleas seeking directions to formulate guidelines to curb such violence, saying no one can take law into their hands.

Mumbai bridge collapse: Piyush Goyal inspects the restoration work:Railway Minister Piyush Goyal inspected the restoration work being carried on at Andheri railway station where a road over bridge collapsed earlier on Tuesday, halting rail services on Mumbai’s western suburban section completely.

Prime Minister Modi dismisses any threat to NDA from Grand Alliance in 2019:Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken on the Congress and the bid to form a grand alliance to deny him a second term in part 2 of his interview to a magazine.

Trump administration misses deadline on H4 visa notification:The Trump administration has failed to meet its deadline for the second time this year to issue a notification with regard to its decision on terminating work authorisation of H4 visa users, who are spouses of H-1B visa holders.

Help reaches Thai cave boys after days trapped underground:Food and medical help reached 13 members of a Thai youth football team found rake thin but alive, huddled on a ledge deep inside a flooded cave nine days after they went missing, as the focus today turned to how to get them out.

Mike Pompeo heading to North Korea for nuclear talks:US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who last week abruptly announced the postponing of the July 6 2+2 dialogue with India, will be travelling to Pyongyang this week.

India to surpass 8% growth rate by next year: Niti Aayog’s Vice Chairman:Niti Aayog’s Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said that Government has taken firm reform measures and because of that India is likely to surpass 8 percent growth by next year.

Sashakt: 5 pronged strategy for NPAs:Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has said that independent asset management companies (AMCs) and steering committees will be set up for faster resolution of the non-performing assets (NPAs), or bad loans, of state-run banks.

Red Corner Notice against Nirav Modi:Interpol has Issued a Red Corner Notice Against Nirav Modi in the PNB scam and expectations are high that this could lead to his early arrest.

Sweden book place in World Cup quarterfinals after edging past Switzerland:Sweden reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years after Emil Forsberg’s deflected shot earned a scrappy 1-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday.

Prannoy stuns Lin Dan, Saina notches up easy win at Indonesia Open:H S Prannoy stunned the legendary Lin Dan of China before Saina Nehwal cruised into the second round with an easy win against local player Dinar Dyah Ayustine at the Indonesia Open badminton tournament, in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Upbeat India gear up for tough English test in 1st T20I:Their supremacy in shorter formats is redoubtable but India will have their task cut out against a vastly improved England in the opening T20 International in what will be a defining summer for Virat Kohli and his team.

ICC introduces stricter sanctions for ball-tampering:Tampering with the ball could now lead to a ban of up to six Tests or 12 ODIs after the International Cricket Council (ICC) made it a level 3 transgression besides adding obscenity and personal abuse to the list of offences in a bid to ensure better behaviour on the field.

Ensure teams get good playing conditions on away tours: ICC to member boards:The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked its member boards to ensure that visiting sides get to prepare in playing conditions that are at par with the ones provided to the home team, emphasising on net bowlers and training pitches.

Chadli fires Belgium into World Cup’s last eight:Nacer Chadli scored a stunning injury-time winnner as Belgium fought back from 2-0 down to defeat Japan 3-2 and advance to a World Cup quarter-final showdown with Brazil.

Facebook bug unblocks unwanted connections for a bit:Facebook said it is notifying more than 800,000 users that a software bug temporarily unblocked people at the social network and its Messenger service.

Century’s longest total lunar eclipse to be seen in Dubai on July 27:Dubai is all set to witness a total lunar eclipse on the night of July 27, an observatory in Dubai has announced.