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Madras High Court gets a New Chief Justice

Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court on August 11, 2018. She has replaced Justice Indira Banerjee who has been now appointed as a Supreme Court judge.

First Woman Chief Justice of J&K High Court

Justice Gita Mittal became the first-ever woman Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court on August 11. She succeeds Ramalingam Sudhakar and the oath was administered by Governor N.N. Vohra in Srinagar.

Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Sworn in

On August 11, Justice Rajendra Menon was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court. He was earlier the Chief Justice of Patna High Court and has also served as a judge in the Gwalior Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. The oath was administered by the Lt Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal.

National Handloom Day Celebrated

National Handloom Day (NHD-2018) was launched in 2015 and is celebrated all over India on August 7. It marks the day of launch of the Swadeshi Movement which started on August 7, 1905. Artisans and weavers are awarded ‘Sant Kabir’ awards to encourage their handiwork and Indian crafts.

Rekha Sharma, Chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW)

Rekha Sharma has been appointed the chairperson of NCW. She has been holding the additional charge of chairperson after Lalitha Kumaramangalam stepped down from the position in September 2017.

Lok Sabha passes Arbitration and Conciliation Bill (Amendment) 2018

The Bill passed by the Lok Sabha on August 10, was introduced by the Minister for Law and Justice, P.P. Chaudhary on July 18, seeking to amend the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. A High Level Committee (HLC) with retired SC Judge, Justice B.H. Srikrishna as the chairperson, was constituted by the Central Government to facilitate achieving the goal of improving institutional arbitration.

Amendment Bill for Commercial Disputes

The Lok Sabha passed the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018 on July 31 with the Rajya Sabha following suit on August 10. The bill which will now be sent to the President for his consent, seeks to amend the law for prompt elimination of commercial disputes and to reduce the fiscal jurisdiction of commercial courts from Rs 1 crore to Rs 3 lakh.

Parliament passes Bill which is a Boon for Homebuyers

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on August 10. The bill had been passed by the Lok Sabha on July 31. In June 2018, The Bill is a relief to homebuyers who invested in housing projects of companies gone bankrupt.

Amendments in Instant Triple Talaq Bill Approved by Cabinet

Amendments in the instant triple talaq bill were approved by the Union Cabinet on August 9 and it will be presented in the Rajya Sabha on August 10, for approval. It not only makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat illegal and void in any form, but also makes the declaration of talaq a cognizable and non-bailable offence.

NITI Aayog, CII Partnership for Sustainable Development

NITI Aayog and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) partnered for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of India on August 8.

A recent report by the CII on Indian Solutions for the World to Achieve SDGs, covers individual SDG, targets and business implications.

Defence Industrial Corridor Launched in Aligarh

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the first phase of UP Deference Corridor in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh on August 11.

Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana to Continue

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister approved the continuation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) beyond the 12th five year plan period on August 11. It was launched on December 25, 2000, with the objective to provide all-weather road connectivity of unconnected habitations.

India Science Technology and Innovation Portal Launched

Vigyan Prasar, the communication wing of the Union Science Ministry, launched the India Science Technology and Innovation portal on August 11 which will reach out to students, researchers, scholars and scientists, in India and abroad. This comes in the footsteps of the launch of India Science, an internet based science channel which will showcase India's developments in science and technology.

Southern Naval Command Launches Operation ‘Madad’

The Southern Naval Command (SNC) at Kochi, Kerala launched operation 'Madad' on August 9, to carry out disaster relief operations in Kerala. Naval helicopters are providing relief material to the flooded areas.

Gurugram's Air Quality Index Hazardous

On August 5, 2018, Gurugram was declared India’s most polluted city out of 62 cities in the country by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on August 5 with an AQI of 321.


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