18 May 2018 Current Affairs


IISER develops a new device to detect and remove Arsenic from water: Arsenic Sensor and Removal Media

  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in collaboration with private company has developed a new device called as Arsenic Sensor and Removal Media to detect and make it safe and usable by the households.

  • The device is easy to use, cost- effective and has simple installation process.

  • It is capable of sensing soluble arsenic which cannot be easily detected and removed.

Commerce Ministry establishes Directorate General of Trade Remedies

  • Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued a Notification for the creation of Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) in Department of Commerce.

  • The DGTR is an Apex National Authority for Administrating all trade remedial measures including anti-dumping and safeguard measures.

  • This will serve as Multi-Service Organizations drawing upon the skill-set of various officers from various ministries in the field of International Trades, Customs, Revenue, Finance, Economics, Costing and Law.

  • This will result in saving 49 Posts to Government on account of merging DGAD and DGS.

  • This Establishment will be in line with Government’s Goal of “Minimum Government Maximum Governance”.

Gujarat Government Launches Free Treatment Scheme for Road Accident Victims

  • The Gujarat Government launches a free treatment scheme for the road accident victims on 18th May 2018.

  • The State Government will bear all the medical expenses up to Rs 50, 000/- for each victim in the state for the first 48 Hours.

  • The Government would reimburse the amount to the concerned hospital.

SC approves Centre’s draft Cauvery Management Scheme:

  • The Supreme Court has approved the Centre’s draft Cauvery Management Scheme for smooth distribution of Cauvery river water among the Southern States on 18th May 2018.

  • The ruling was passed by three- judge bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and Justices AM 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-finalization of Cauvery Scheme.

Gina Haspel confirms as first-female director of CIA

  • The US Senate confirmed Gina Haspel as the First Female Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on 17th May 2018.

  • Haspel’s Nomination was confirmed in 54-45 Votes.

  • She was previously serving as the Deputy Director under former CIA Director Mike Pompeo in the beginning of Trump’s Administration.

Uttam Paccharne appointed as the Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi

  • Uttam Paccharne on 17th May 2018 was appointed as the new Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi.

  • His appointment was approved by the President Ram Nath Kovind. Uttam Paccharne is a well-known artist and sculptor.

  • Paccharne will hold the office for three years term from the date of assuming the charge of the office.

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