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1.      Justice Leila Seth passed away today after a brief illness at her home in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida.She was appointed on Law Commission of India in 2000.She also played vital role in amending the Hindu Succession Act which gave equal rights to daughters in joint family property
2.      Krishna Chatterjee from Cambridge University, Subhash Khot from New York University and Yadvinder Malhi from Oxford University have been elected fellows of the Royal Society, Britain’s independent fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists, for their “outstanding contributions to science”.Royal Society’s first Indian-origin president.
3.      Emmanuel Macron is the French president. Macron launched his own political movement, En Marche, or In Motion.He promised to shake up the political landscape by appointing new figures from business and civil society products..
4.      Students of Rani Jhansi School and Government Girls Senior Secondary School were admitted to hospitals after chemical leakage.The chemical in the container was imported from China.Police have registered an FIR in the matter.
5.      Hanif excoriates the Pakistani army for making a repellant Pakistani Taliban man “a new ally in its never-ending war against India”The author says Pakistan’s army is spreading the lie that India is funding the Pakistani Taliban
6.      With 181 wickets, Jhulan Goswami became the highest wicket-taker in Women’s ODIs. Goswami is the all-time leading wicket-taker for India women.She is the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2007, Arjuna Awardee and Padma Shri winner.
7.      The $150-billion tech industry slows far more than anticipated, and companies move towards hiring more in the US.This scale of layoffs wasn’t seen since the 2008-10 downturn.
8.      The strategic anti-Naxal operations command headquarters of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been shifted back from Kolkata to Raipur.The recent decision comes at the backdrop of ambush in Sukma district that killed 37 jawans of the paramilitary force.
9.      US President Donald Trump has nominated Indian-American Neil Chatterjee as a Member of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).FERC is an agency responsible for overseeing America’s power grid and deciding on multibillion-dollar energy projects.
10.  Indian Railways has planned to acquire the End of Train Telemetry (EoTT) equipments to run nearly 1,000 trains without guards in the current fiscal.The EoTT system is designed in such a way that it will perform the guard’s job.
11.  Twitter has appointed Taranjeet Singh as its Country Director for India. India is among the lucrative social media markets in the world. It is already among the world’s fastest growing markets for companies like Facebook, WhatsApp and Google.
12.  India has received a stay order preventing Pakistan from executing the death sentence awarded to the former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav from the International Court of Justice at The Hague.
13.  The government has set up a task force headed by NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya to come up with a methodology to generate timely and reliable employment data.The need behind setting up this task force is that India does not have reliable data on jobs.
14.  Moon Jae-in has been declared winner in South Korea’s presidential election by that country’s National Election Commission.Moon, the Democratic Party’s candidate has won with 41.08% of votes.
15.  Scientists have detected “a strong water signature” in the atmosphere of a distant Neptune-sized planet called HAT-P-26b.The study conducted using NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes has showed that  HAT-P-26b has a primitive atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium..
16.  Retired judge of Delhi High Court Justice Mukul Mudgal has been elected as the Chairman of FIFA Governance committee at the FIFA’s 67th Congress held in Bahrain’s capital city of Manama.
17.  Indian Army has planned to re-introduce cordon and search operations (CASO) as a part of its counter terrorism operations after a gap of 15 years. The major objective behind the reintroduction of combing operations is to bring the situation in the Kashmir Valley under control.
18.  Diplomat Vinay Mohan Kwatra has been appointed as India’s next ambassador to France.

19.  He is currently serving as joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Kwatra will succeed Mohan Kumar who is due to retire soon..

20.  India on Thursday successfully tested an Israeli air defence system from a test facility off Odisha coast, paving the way for its early deployment in the armed forces.The Surface-to-air Python and Derby (Spyder) missile system was test fired from the launching complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea against a UK-made unmanned aerial target.

 

The above weekly current affairs digest has been compiled by Sagrika Mehta.

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