Current Affairs 8th July 2018

Current Affairs 8th July 2018

New five-judge constitution bench to hear a challenge to Section 377 of IPC

A newly re-constituted five-judge constitution bench will begin hearing of four crucial matters, including the much-contested case challenging the Constitutional validity of Section 377 of Indian Penal Code from July 10.

Sambalpur Railway Division becomes first to eliminate all unmanned level crossings

The Sambalpur railway division of Indian Railways’ East Coast Railway Zone set a record on July 5 by constructing six limited height subways (LHS) at one go, in a single block of four and half hours. The main objective behind the move was to eliminate all unmanned Level Crossing Gates over Sambalpur Division.

Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel appointed NGT Chairperson

Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, who retired from the Supreme Court of India on July 6, 2018, has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal. The post of NGT chairperson had been lying vacant for more than 6 months after the retirement of Justice Swatanter Kumar.

International Day of Cooperatives 2018 observed

International Co-operative Day is an annual celebration of the co-operative movement. It has been observed on the first Saturday in July since 1923 by the International Co-operative Alliance.

Uttar Pradesh orders ban on plastic from July 15

This will be the third ban since 2015. On November 18, 2015, the Allahabad High Court had directed the state government to issue a notification enforcing a complete ban on the sale of polythene across the state by the end of that year.

CJI is Master of Roster, has authority to allocate cases: Supreme Court

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud gave the ruling while dismissing a plea filed by Constitutional expert and senior advocate Shanti Bhushan who filed a petition pleading to have a collegium of Supreme Court judges collectively allocating cases.

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