1. Floods in rivers Jia Bharali and Panchnoi of Assam.
2. Goa’s second international airport, the upcoming greenfield airport at Mopa plateau in the north, once completed, will have the potential to annually handle 30 million passengers, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the State legislative assembly on Thursday – 02-08-2018
3. National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)
4. The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet on Thursday named the unemployment allowance scheme for the 22-35 age group as ‘Mukhyamantri Yuva Nestam’ and decided to throw it open for online registrations in the third or fourth week of August,2018.
• The allowance (₹1,000 a month) would be deposited into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries, similar to the mode of payment of old age and social security pensions.
• Youth who had taken subsidies exceeding ₹50,000 towards self-employment projects earlier and those paying provident fund were not eligible.
5. Kerala will approach the Supreme Court again seeking exemption for inter-State vehicles, especially buses of the Kerala State Transport Corporation, from the ban on night traffic (from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.) on National Highway 766 passing through the Bandipur National Park in Karnataka.
• The ban on night traffic through Bandipur was imposed in 2009 to reduce roadkill and disturbance to wildlife.
6. Adultery law violates the dignity of woman, says SC
• Section 497 in the Indian Penal Code defines adultery
7. The Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) has recommended that the ban on the retail sale of the life-saving Oxytocin may be lifted .
8. Revamp district courts, directs SC
• In a 16-page order, a three-judge Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud said infrastructure of district courts is on ventilator and needs saving.
9. Separate washrooms for transgenders, ‘court managers’ with an MBA degree, Braille and colour-coded signage, crowd management arrangements, crèche facility and even a front desk for litigants to find their way, are some of the slew of improvements the Supreme Court wants district courts across the country to have.
10. A naval prototype of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas has for the first time successfully landed on the Shore Based Test Facility in Goa on Thursday (02-08-2018). After a series of such trials, the Naval LCA is expected to begin touch and go landings on INS Vikramaditya by year-end.
11. The Defence Research Development Organisation on Thursday (02-08-2018) successfully tested an interceptor missile as part of the under development Ballistic Missile Interceptor Advanced Area Defence system, from the Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.
12. Data Localisation
• The draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018, recognises privacy as a fundamental right.
• The Justice Srikrishna Committee in its report accompanying the draft Personal Data Protection Bill released on July 27 notes that eight of the top 10 most accessed websites in India are owned by U.S. entities.
• The Bill calls for a copy of user data to be mandatorily localised in India, believing that it will “boost” law enforcement efforts to access data necessary for investigation and prosecution of crimes.
• The reason that Indian law enforcement relies on an outdated Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) process to obtain data stored by U.S. companies is because the U.S. law effectively bars these companies from disclosing user data to foreign law enforcement authorities.
13. The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act, passed by the U.S. Congress earlier this year, seeks to de-monopolise control over data from U.S. authorities.
14. A task force of the Union Commerce Ministry has submitted the draft National Policy on Electronic Commerce, which will now be studied by a 70-member think tank chaired by Suresh Prabhu, the Union Commerce, Industry and Civil Aviation Minister.
15. The Government of Bengal has issued [in Calcutta] a resolution containing instructions to the heads of departments for employment in Government service of persons now employed in connection with the war.
16. A register of such men will be kept in all offices for giving preferential treatment to registered applicants. The Government hopes private employers will accord similar recognition to the claims of those who served this country.
17. A meeting of the Imperial War Graves Commission held [in London] on July 24th at which Lord Islington, Sir William Garstin, Mr. Rudyard Kipling and others were present adopted the recommendations of the Committee consisting of Lord Islington, W.P. Schreiner, Sahibzada Ahmed Aftabakhan and Sir Pattani which had been appointed to consider special questions arising with regard to the graves of Indian soldiers.
18. SAARC member states, including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, the Maldives and Sri Lanka, in addition to India.
• The 2016 SAARC Summit was to be held in Islamabad, but after a major terror attack on an Army camp in Uri in J&K on September 18 that year, India expressed its inability to participate in it. The summit was called off after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also declined to participate.
19. The Lok Sabha on Thursday unanimously passed the 123rd Constitutional Amendment Bill providing for a National Commission for Backward Classes as a constitutional body, with all 406 votes being cast in support of the Bill.
• A constitutional amendment under Article 368 needs to be passed by both Houses separately with a special majority.
• The Bill as passed by the Lower House inserts Article 338 B in the Constitution, which provides for a Commission for the socially and educationally backward classes with a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and three other members, all of whom shall be appointed by the President of India.
20. Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu deputed first-time member Kahkashan Perween to preside over the question hour in the House on Thursday. “A record of sorts was created in the Rajya Sabha today. Ms. Perween is the only woman member currently on the panel of Vice-Chairpersons of the Rajya Sabha.
21. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, only the second world leader to give birth while in office.
22. Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA), on Thursday, announced the appointment of Ravi Kant Chopra as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
• P.C. Vaish will be the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and G.R. Saxena the Chief Operations Officer (COO).
• DDCA president – Rajat Sharma
23. Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang (Indonesia), from August 14 to September 2.
24. Indian Super League (ISL) side Delhi Dynamos on 02-08-2018 appointed former Barcelona-B manager Josep Gombau as its head coach for a two-year term.
25. FIBA under-18 Asian basketball championship to be held at Bangkok from 05-08-2018.
26. A Second World War story by Ernest Hemingway, written in 1956, is being published for the first time. Strand Magazine has confirmed that “A Room on the Garden Side” appears in its summer edition, which comes out this week. The story is set in Paris in 1944, after it was liberated from Nazi control.
27. Things to remember:
• Pakistan’s President house is known as Aiwan-e-Sadar.
• Registrar-General of India – Sailesh
• Chief Minister of Goa – Manohar Parrikar
• Kerala Chief Minister and senior CPI(M) leader – Pinarayi Vijayan
• Jammu and Kashmir Governor – N.N. Vohra
28. Improve your Vocabulory:
Meaning – not harmful or offensive.
Example – “it was an innocuous question”
Synonyms: harmless, safe, non-dangerous, non-poisonous, non-toxic, non-irritant, non-injurious, innocent