Latest Current Affairs – 18th May 2017

Published On : 18 May, 2017 | Category : Current Affairs

Criminal complaint against Arnab Goswami for theft of Times Now property
  • Bennett, Coleman & Company Ltd has lodged a complaint with Mumbai police against Arnab Goswami on grounds of theft and misappropriation of property of the BCCL-owned Times Now channel.

  • BCCL had filed a complaint at the Azad Maidan police station under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code as well as the Information Technology Act of 2000.

  • Goswami launched his new channel on May 6 by playing tapes of phone conversations between RJD chief Lalu Prasad and jailed former MP Mohammed Shahabuddin.

  • BCCL (which publishes The Times of India) was, therefore, taking steps to defend its rights and protect its property against such misuse.

Cabinet clears proposal to build 10 nuclear power plants
  • The Union Cabinet has cleared on Wednesday the building of 10 new nuclear power plants.

  • The plans will add 7000MW to India’s nuclear power generation capacity.

  • The project will make it easier for domestic industry to raise supply capacities and lower costs.

Narayan Rane does a U-turn, joins yatra for farm loan waiver

  • Former CM Narayan Rane on Wednesday joined Congress's Sangharsha Yatra to demand a complete loan waiver for farmers.

  • A week ago, Rane had strongly criticised the Sangharsh Yatra, saying it was an exercise in futility.

  • Now, Rane launched an attack against the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena and called their policies anti-farmer.

Holy Quran in hand, SC asks how is triple talaq integral to Islam
  • For five days, the country's five seniormost judges have heard lawyers argue that triple talaq wasn't just a centuries-old practice but also an integral part of Islam.

  • On Wednesday, Chief Justice of India JS Khehar had a question after the court had heard one of the lawyers wax eloquent how the practice was intrinsic to Islam.

  • Whether triple talaq is an integral part of Islam or not will be key to how the judges will rule once they sit down to pen their judgement.

Computers in Andhra Pradesh Secretariat hit by cyber attack
  • After Andhra Pradesh Police, the state secretariat has also been hit by a cyber attack.

  • The Information Technology department identified at least 20 computers in in the government complex, which were affected by the cyber attack.

  • The experts from the department were making efforts to retrieve the data and re-write the CDs to clear the virus.

  • On May 13, a section of computers of the Andhra Pradesh Police Department was affected by a global cyber attack.

Dalit group calls for protest at Jantar Mantar
  • The Bheem Army Ekta Mission, a Saharanpur-based outfit of Dalit youths, has called for a protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on May 21.

  • The outfit was allegedly behind the violent protests in Shabbirpur village.

Impose President’s Rule in A.P.: Katju
  • Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has requested President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi through Twitter to impose President’s Rule in Andhra Pradesh.

  • Justice Katju stated in his message that CM C. Naidu had got social media activist I. Ravi Kiran arrested recently for publishing a cartoon against him and his son.

  • Justice Katju said that It was the right of citizens to criticise the government as the people were supreme in a democracy.

Delhi to get more land for housing
  • The Urban Development Department acted on the order of Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal to convert 89 rural villages, 50 and 39 under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation respectively, to urban.

  • The decision had been pending for about two years as the Aam Aadmi Party government demanded that it be given 10% of the land for making schools and hospitals. 

  • Land in Delhi is controlled by the Lieutenant-Governor, and by extension the Centre.

18th May in History
  • The first Indian film, Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne, is released in Mumbai on this day in 1912.

  • In 1974 Nuclear test: Under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so.

  • H. D. Deve Gowda, an Indian farmer and politician, 11th Prime Minister of India was born on this day in 1933.

  • Obaidullah Aleem, an Indian-Pakistani poet and author died on this day in 1998.

  • Jai Gurudev, an Indian religious leader died on this day in 2012.

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