Latest Current Affairs and news of the country

Work to Begin on Delhi-Mumbai Expressway

On August 24, 2018, Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport, Shipping and Highways, announced that the construction of the Mumbai-Delhi Expressway will commence in December 2018 by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). It will be ready for use by 2021.

Report Card for MPs and MLAs

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, launched the National Electoral Transformation  (NETA) mobile application on August 24, 2018. 'Neta - Leaders' Report Card' App, the brainchild of 27-year-old entrepreneur Pratham Mittal, is a platform where voters can rate Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Finance and Corporate Affairs Portfolios Reassigned to Arun Jaitley

President Ram Nath Kovind gave back the charge to Arun Jaitley on August 23, 2018, as Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs. The temporary charge of both the ministries was given to Union Minister Piyush Goyal since Jaitley's kidney transplant at AIIMS on May 14, 2018.

NITI Aayog Releases 5 Thematic Reports on Indian Himalayan Region

On August 23, 2018, NITI Aayog released the five Thematic Reports on Sustainable Development in Indian Himalayan Region to discuss the significance, the challenges, the ongoing actions and a future roadmap.

Justice Dipak Misra Launches 3 Applications

On August 23, 2018, the Chief Justice of India, launched three applications for the benefit of the litigants and lawyers during an event at the Supreme Court of India. The applications are: e-Filing, e-Pay, and National Service and Tracking of Electronic Processes (NSTEP).

Governors Appointed in 7 States

President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Governors for Bihar, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Meghalaya, and Tripura on August 21, 2018. Governor Satya Pal Malik, was reshuffled from Bihar to Jammu and Kashmir, replacing N.N. Vohra, and senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon was appointed as the Governor of Bihar.

Supreme Court Ruling over NOTA Option in Rajya Sabha Elections

The Supreme Court ruled that the ‘None of The Above’ (NOTA) option will not be applicable for voting in the Rajya Sabha elections. The ruling was made by a bench of Justices comprising CJI Dipak Misra, Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud on August 21, 2018.

111 Utility Helicopters for the Indian Navy

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, has approved the procurement of 111 utility helicopters for the Indian Navy at the cost of over Rs 21,000 Crore. DAC is the Union Defence Ministry’s top decision making body on capital procurement for Army, Navy and Air Force.