Latest Current Affairs 09th August 2018

President hosts ‘At Home’ reception for freedom fighters:President Ram Nath Kovind hosted an ‘At Home’ reception for freedom fighters on the occasion of the 76th  anniversary of the Quit India Movement at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

RS passes ST/ST(PoA) amendment bill & National Sports University Bill:Days after Lok Sabha passed The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, Rajya Sabha passed it by voice vote on Thursday. The upper house also passed the National Sports University Bill that seeks to set up the first-of-its-kind specialized university in Manipur.

Cabinet takes several important decisions:Besides approving 3 amendments to the anti-instant triple talaq bill, the Union Cabinet and the CCEA took several other key decisions as well.

Cabinet approves 3 amendments to anti-instant triple talaq bill:Centre has taken concrete steps to address concerns which were raised after the Triple Talaq bill was passed by the Lok Sabha. The Union Cabinet has approved three key changes in the bill.

NDA’s Harivansh elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson:NDA nominee Harivansh has been elected as the Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha. He defeated Opposition nominee BK Hariprasad by 20 votes dealing yet another setback to the opposition’s bid to project a united front ahead of 2019 and underscoring the acceptance of an NDA nominee beyond the ruling coalition…Here’s more on the election.

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.

‘Kalaignar’ M Karunanidhi laid to rest next to mentor Annadurai at Marina Beach: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.

Sri Lankan PM assures proper facilities to refugees coming from Tamil Nadu:Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that his government will provide necessary facilities to the Sri Lankan refugees arriving from Tamil Nadu.

First draft of Sri Lanka’s proposed new constitution submitted to Parliamentary commitee:In Sri Lanka, the first legal draft for proposed new constitution has been submitted to Parliamentary steering committee for further discussions.

Argentine activists gather for Congressional vote on abortion:Crowds of Argentines, both opposed and in favour of the legalisation of abortion, swelled the South American nation’s Congress as the country’s Senate took up debate on Wednesday on a bill that would legalize abortion in the country as protesters gathered outside.

Strong aftershock hits Indonesia’s Lombok, bringing down buildings:A strong aftershock with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia’s Lombok island on Thursday, causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation’s meteorology and geophysics agency.

RBI cancels Certificate of Registration of 17 NBFCs:Cracking the whip on the many Nnn banking financial companies, the Reserve Bank of India, in exercise of powers conferred on it under Section 45-IA (6) of the Reserve Bank of India Act, cancelled the Certificate of Registration of 17 NBFCs.

Lok Sabha passes four amendment bills related to GST:Four amendment bills related to GST were passed by Lok Sabha on Thursday.  Several legislative changes have been incorporated to enhance ease of doing business for owners of MSMEs.

IMF forecasts India’s GDP to grow at 7.5% in 2019/20 fiscal:India’s GDP is poised to grow by 7.3 per cent in the 2018-19 fiscal and 7.5 per cent in 2019-2020 on strengthening of investment and robust private consumption, the IMF said in its latest projection.

Indian telescope discovers most distant radio galaxy ever:Astronomers have used an Indian telescope to discover the most distant radio galaxy ever known, located at a distance of 12 billion light-years.

Blue light from smartphones may speed blindness:Blue light emitted from smartphones and other digital devices can accelerate blindness by transforming vital molecules in the eye’s retina into cell killers, a study has found.