Latest Current Affairs 08th August 2018

Election for Rajya Sabha Dy Chairperson to be held tomorrow:The election to the post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman will see a direct contest between NDA’s candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh and opposition nominee B K Hariprasad. Harivansh filed his nomination paper as the NDA candidate for the post of the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Besides BJP, several other leaders of Akali Dal and Shiv Sena were also present on the occasion.

JNU hosts its 2nd convocation after gap of 46 yrs:Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) hosted its second convocation after a gap of 46 years in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Bihar Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma resigns:In Bihar Social Minister Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma tendered resignation from her post in the wake of allegation levelled against her husband Chandeshwar Verma in alleged sexual exploitation of 34 minor girls at Muzaffarpur shelter home.

Delhi HC refuses to grant any interim relief to Rahul Gandhi in Herald Case:The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to grant any interim relief to Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Income Tax reassessment notice related to the National Herald case.

Karunanidhi laid to rest at Chennai’s Marina Beach next to mentor Annadurai :Dravidian torchbearer and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi was bid a farewell on Wednesday. Thousands of admirers and supporters with moist eyes witnessed his final journey which slowly made its way through prominent Chennai streets till his final resting place where Karunanidhi was buried alongside his mentor Annadurai at his Marina Beach memorial. Not unlike his Tamil movie screenplays, the leader’s ultimate departure was also not devoid of twists and turns. The Marina Beach burial taking place through a court order.

Parliament adjourned for day after paying obituary to Karunanidhi:Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day on Wednesday after paying obituary to DMK chief M Karunanidhi who passed away Tuesday.

MK Stalin pens emotional poem, asks if he can address Karunanidhi as “appa“:”Just once shall I address you as appa (father)?” asked DMK Working President M K Stalin in a moving poem in memory of his late father and party chief M Karunanidhi, as he noted that he used to call him as ‘leader’ more often.

Gloom and nostalgia descend over Karunanidhi’s native village:A pall of gloom descended on Thirukkuvalai, the native village of former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi in the district, as soon as the news of his death trickled in, with people turning up in large numbers at his ancestral house.

Leaders, supporters pay last respects to their ‘Thalaivar’:People queued up in large numbers early Wednesday morning at Rajaji Hall in Tamil Nadu to pay their last respects to DMK president M Karunanidhi who passed away on Tuesday after prolonged illness.

PM Modi pays homage to DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi in Chennai:Before Karunanidhi’s final journey, his mortal remains were kept in state at Rajaji Hall for a few hours.  A bevy of national figures including Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew down to Chennai to pay their last respects to the leader and condole in family.

Madras HC grants permission for Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina Beach:The Madras High Court has dismissed all five pleas against building a memorial for late M Karunanidhi at Marina Beach, after petitioners withdrew their cases.

All Kailash Mansarovar Yatra pilgrims evacuated from Simikot:All pilgrims returning from Kailash Mansarovar Yatra have been evacuated from Simikot in Nepal.

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak charged with more corruption counts:Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been charged with three counts of money laundering related to the alleged multi-billion dollar looting of a state investment fund, adding to his troubles just three months after his stunning electoral defeat.

UN chief asks Zimbabwe’s leaders to resolve election crisis :UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa during a telephone conversation that he must rein in his security forces after six people were killed in election violence, a UN spokesperson said on Tuesday.

SBI launches customer friendly digital initiative- MOPAD:Country’s largest lender State Bank of India on Wednesday launched the latest customer friendly digital initiative of the Bank-the MOPAD- Multi Option Payment Acceptance Device.

Union Minister Suresh Prabhu launches Niryat Mitra – mobile App:Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Aviation Suresh Prabhu launched Niryat Mitra – mobile App in New Delhi on Wednesday. The app developed by the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) is available both on Android and on IOS platforms.

Sensex rises 110 points, Nifty at 11,400 mark:Benchmark Sensex rose over 110 points while the Nifty recaptured the 11,400-mark in opening trade on Wednesday on unabated buying by foreign funds amid firm Asian cues.

Strong Indian economy continues to lead global growth: IMF:India is a source of growth for the global economy for the next few decades and it could be what China was for the world economy, the IMF said on Wednesday, as it suggested the country to take steps towards more structural reforms.

Indian-origin researcher explains da Vinci’s ‘hydraulic jump’:Ever wondered why water splays when it hits the sink before heading down the plughole?

Quick meditation can boost brain skills, suggests new study:Just a short session of meditation can significantly boost one’s ability to quickly and accurately complete cognitive tasks, even if they have never meditated before, a study has found.