Latest Current Affairs 2nd August 2018

Govt pledges to pass new SC/ST prevention of atrocities amendment Bill in Monsoon session :- The government intends to pass a bill in the current Parliament session to restore the original provisions of a law on atrocities against SC/ST people, Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

EAM Sushma Swaraj on 3-nation tour to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan :-  Advancing India’s growing engagement with an extended neighborhood, External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj is undertaking visit to 3 Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz & Uzbekistan – from Thursday. This is her first visit to these countries as EAM.

Rajya Sabha adjourned over Assam’s NRC :-  Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day over the Assam’s National Register of Citizens.

Two terrorists killed in encounter in J&K :- Two terrorists have been gunned down in a brief encounter in Khunriyal area of Lolab Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Don’t publicize photos/ videos of minor rape victims: SC :- The Supreme Court on Thursday took suo motu cognisance and restrained media from telecasting images and videos of minor rape victims, even if is in a morphed form.

Torrential rain leads to flood threat in different parts of India :- Heavy downpour has created a flood-like situation in many parts of the country.

Lok Sabha discusses fake news, data protection and Doklam :-  Lok Sabha pased the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill by voice vote on Wednesday.

President gives away Outstanding Parliamentarian awards :- President Ram Nath Kovind gave away the Outstanding Parliamentarian awards on Wednesday. The Awardees were Najma Heptullah, Hukumdev Narayan Yadav, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Dinesh Trivedi and Bhartru hari Mahtab. At the program the Prime Miniter expressed concern over disruptions in Parliament saying that the Nation was the loser.

PHDCCI and CNI sign MoU to set up Indo-Nepal Centre :- PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) and Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish India-Nepal Centre.

ASEAN Foreign Ministers meet begins in Singapore :- Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong kicked off the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Singapore on Thursday.

Zimbabwe warns of crackdown after opposition vote protests :- Zimbabwe’s government has vowed to crack down on opposition dissent after three people were killed when protests against alleged electoral fraud.

Mexico’s Popo volcano lights up night sky with fiery red lava :- Mexico’s mighty Popocatepetl volcano lit up the night sky early on Tuesday, spewing ash over nearby communities.

Sensex falls over 200 points, Nifty slips below 11,300 mark :- The BSE Sensex dropped over 200 points to 37,373.08 on Thursday on heavy selling in metal, auto, banking, capital and realty stocks amid sustained capital outflows by foreign funds after the RBI yesterday hiked repo rate for the second time in two months.

Saina Nehwal enters QFs of World Championships in China :- Saina Nehwal progressed to the quarterfinals of the World Championships for the eighth successive edition after upsetting fourth-seed Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 21-19 win in the third round in Nanjing, China on Thursday.

Tennis clocks get good reviews but cut into tune time :- New serve and warm-up clocks that debuted in ATP and WTA main draws this week received generally good reviews from players, although hurried warm-ups cut into music time for some.

In Hockey WC today, semis on India’s mind as they face Ireland in quarterfinal :- The Indian women’s hockey team would now be aiming to secure its first World Cup semifinal spot in 44 years by extracting revenge from giant-killers Ireland in the last-eight stage on Thursday.

Faster, coloured 3D printing method developed: Study :- Scientists have developed a faster and cost-effective 3D printing method that can be used to print objects in all the colours.

Facebook and Instagram to introduce time-management tools :- Do you worry that you, or your children, spend too much time on social media?

New AI system can design drugs from scratch :- Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can learn to design drug molecules from scratch, potentially accelerating the development of new medicines.

UN food agency sounds alarm on ‘overlooked crises’ :- The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization launched a USD 120 million appeal for “the world’s most severely underfunded crises”, in Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan and elsewhere.

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