Latest Current Affairs 07th August 2018

On Tharoor’s latest headgear remark, many union ministers call for apology:Congress leader and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor is embroiled due to his controversial and objectionable remark.

3 HC Chief Justices sworn-in as Supreme Court judges:Chief Justices of three High Courts – Madras HC Chief Justice Indira Banerjee, Orissa HC Chief Justice Vineet Saran and Uttarakhand HC Chief Justice KM Joseph were sworn-in as Supreme Court judges on Tuesday.

DMK supremo Karunanidhi’s health declines:The condition of ailing DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi has declined and keeping his vital organs functioning remains a ‘challenge’, the hospital said on Monday.

Parliament passes bill to grant constitutional status to NCBC:It has had a long journey but finally the 123rd constitutional amendment bill giving constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes has got Parliamentary assent on Monday. It will give the institution all powers to safeguard the rights of the socially and educationally backward classes and fulfils a long pending commitment of the central govt to the OBCs.

Lok Sabha passes prevention of atrocities against SC, STs amendment bill:The Lok Sabha passed the Prevention of Atrocities against SCs and STs Amendment Bill on Monday restoring its provisions prior to the 20th of March Supreme Court order. The apex court’s step had led to a lot of furor and protests throughout the country as several groups felt that the law had been diluted. The amended bill not only restores previous provisions but also gives it more teeth.

Nepal: Most of Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims stuck in Simikot due to bad weather evacuated:In Nepal, most of the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims stuck in Simikot due to bad weather have been evacuated.110 pilgrims were brought to Nepalgunj today as flight services from Simikot resumed after improvement in the weather conditions.

US reimposes tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran :The United States re-imposed a wave of tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, bringing back into effect harsh penalties that had been lifted under a historic, multi-party nuclear agreement that President Donald Trump abandoned in May.

UN backs plan to unblock humanitarian aid to North Korea:The UN Security Council on Monday approved US-drafted measures aimed at ensuring that tough sanctions on North Korea do not impede deliveries of humanitarian aid to the isolated country.

Toll rises to 98 in Lombok earthquake in Indonesia:At least 98 people were killed when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on Sunday (August 5) a spokesperson from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said on Monday.

Sensex opens at all-time high, Nifty touches new peak too:The benchmark BSE Sensex on Tuesday surged 184.78 points to hit an all-time high of 37,876.87.

Mirabai Chanu pulls out of Asian Games due to back injury:World Champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on Tuesday pulled out of the Asian Games after failing to recover from a lower back injury, which is yet to be fully diagnosed.

Facial recognition system set to be used in 2020 Olympic security :A facial recognition system will be used across an Olympics for the first time as Tokyo organizers work to keep security tight and efficient at dozens of venues during the 2020 Games.

Earth heading towards irreversible “hothouse” state: Study:Our planet is at the risk of entering an irreversible ‘hothouse’ condition – where the global temperatures will rise by four to five degrees and sea levels may surge by up to 60 metres higher than today – even if targets under the Paris climate deal are met, a study has warned.

Some fertility treatments can up autism risk, according to new study:Some fertility treatments may increase the risk of autism in children, a study has claimed.

Broadband internet may cause sleep deprivation: Study:Access to high-speed internet may reduce the duration and quality of your sleep, according to a study.