Current Affairs of May 18, 2018, are as follows:-
1. SC orders Karnataka Floor Test on May 19:-
- The Supreme Court on May 18, 2018, scheduled the Karnataka assembly floor test on May 19, 2018, – slashing the 15-day window given by governor Vajjubhai Vala to BJP chief minister BS Yeddyurappa to prove his majority.
- Now, the Pro-Tem Speaker will take decisions in accordance with the law on the issue of the floor test.
- The apex court was hearing a petition moved by the Congress-JD(S), challenging the governor’s decision to invite the BJP to form a government in the state.
2. SC approves Centre’s draft Cauvery management scheme:-
- The Supreme Court of India on May 18, 2018, approved the Centre's draft Cauvery Management Scheme for smooth distribution of Cauvery river water among the southern states.
- The ruling was passed by a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. The bench rejected the suggestions of Karnataka and Kerala governments over the scheme, terming them as devoid of merits.
- The court also dismissed Tamil Nadu's plea seeking initiation of contempt against the Centre for non-finalisation of Cauvery scheme.
The observation was made after the Centre submitted the draft Cauvery management scheme in the court for its approval on May 14.
The scheme has basically been framed for the smooth implementation of the apex court's February 16 judgment for sharing of Cauvery River's water between the four southern states.
3. Gujarat Government to launch free treatment scheme for road accident victims:-
- The state government of Gujarat would be launching free treatment scheme for the road accident victims on May 18, 2018.
The announcement for the same was made last week by Gujarat’s Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who also handles Health portfolio.
Under the scheme, the state government will bear medical expenses of up to 50,000 rupees for each victim of a road accident in the state for the first 48 hours.
The government would reimburse the amount to the hospital concerned upon submission of bills.
4. Himachal Govt Sanctions Rs 25 Cr For Renovating Bantony Castle:-
- The Himachal Pradesh government will spend 25 crore rupees on renovating and developing the historic British Raj 'Bantony Castle Estate as a major tourist attraction.
- The Bantony Castle, owned by a business family and housing the state police headquarters, was acquired by the government for over 27 crores two years ago.
5. BSE is first to get US SEC recognition:-
- The Bombay Stock Exchange received the recognition certificate of ‘Designated Offshore Securities Market’ (DOSM) from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
- This will help in the sale of securities to US investors through the BSE platform without registration of such securities with the US SEC.
- The BSE becomes the first exchange in India to receive the DOSM recognition.
6. Delhi to become the most populous city: UN estimates:-
- According to the United Nations estimates, Delhi is projected to become the most populous city in the world around 2028.
- Tokyo is the world’s largest city with a population of 37 million inhabitants, followed by New Delhi with 29 million and Shanghai with 26 million.
- The projected population size of New Delhi in 2028 is about 37.2 million.
7. Uttam Pacharne appointed as Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi:-
- Uttam Pacharne was appointed as the regular Chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi. His appointment was approved by the President Ram Nath Kovind. Pacharne is an eminent artist and sculptor.
8. Guwahati: India’s first solar-powered railway station:-
- Guwahati now has India’s first railway station run by solar power.
- Around 2352 solar modules with a capacity of generating 700 kwp have been set up over the roof of the Guwahati railway station.
- The solar power plant will save Rs 67 lakh worth of electricity.
9. Mangaluru is the best in waste management:-
- The Union government has selected Mangaluru as “India’s best city in solid waste management”. It was selected under the categories of cities having a population between three lakh and 10 lakh under Swachhata Survekshan 2018.
10. IISER develops the device to detect and remove arsenic from water:-
- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in collaboration with the private company has developed a new device ‘Arsenic Sensor and Removal Media’ to detect and remove arsenic content from water and make it safe and usable by households.
- The device is easy to use, very cost effective and anyone can use it to detect arsenic easily.
- It uses very simply and household detection sensing methodology.