Headgear made mandatory for children above four years
-> In a significant move, protective headgear of prescribed standards has been made mandatory for children above four years while travelling on a motorcycle.
-> The safety measures for the children travelling on motorcycles have been included in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 that is passed by Parliament.
-> To make the protective headgear mandatory for children, Section 129 of the principal Act has been replaced in the Act as “Every person, above four years of age, driving or riding or being carried on a motorcycle of any class or description shall, while in public place wear protective headgear conforming to such standards as may be prescribed by the Central government”.
Ex-Supreme Court judge Madan Lokur sworn in as a judge of Fiji SC
-> Justice Madan Lokur, who retired from the Supreme Court of India in December last year, is back as a sitting Judge, but this time as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Fiji.
Chhattisgarh second state in recognising forest rights claims
-> Chhattisgarh has become the second state in the country after Odisha to recognise the forest rights claims as well as the forest lands acquired by Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers.
-> So far, four lakh individual and 24,000 community forest rights certificates have been distributed in the state while recognition has been given to 3.42 lakh-hectare land in individual claims and 9.50 lakh-hectare land in community claim
BCI imposes 3-year moratorium on opening of new law colleges
-> The Bar Council of India has imposed a three-year moratorium on the opening of new institutions barring national law universities if proposed by a state.
PM Modi inaugurates new lighting system in Parliament House
-> Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Dynamic Facade Lighting of the Parliament House Estate.
-> As many as 875 energy-efficient LED lights have been installed in the Parliament Complex.
-> These are power efficient and uses only one-fifth of the electricity compared to other types of lights.
-> The long-lasting, excellent intensity LED bulbs are capable of creating 16 million colour combinations and the LED lighting is programmable and electronically controlled through computers.
Supreme Court fines 7 states for not filing responses on Human Rights Courts
-> The Supreme Court slapped cost of up to one lakh rupees on seven states for failing to file responses regarding setting up of Human Rights Courts despite its January 2018 direction.
-> The top court imposed a cost of one lakh rupees each on Rajasthan and Uttarakhand while noting that neither have they filed their responses nor their advocates were present in the court during the hearing.
-> A bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and B R Gavai also slapped cost of 50,000 rupees each on Telengana, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Meghalaya and Mizoram after it was told that these states have not filed their responses.
Guatemalans elect Alejandro Giammattei in a lacklustre presidential vote
-> Preliminary results on August 12th gave Mr Giammattei 58% of the vote, against 42% for Ms Torres.
First View of 'Interplanetary Shock' Spotted by NASA Spacecraft
-> First View of 'Interplanetary Shock' Spotted by NASA Spacecraft. A team of four NASA spacecraft finally caught sight of a phenomenon scientists have been hunting for years: an interplanetary shock.
-> The spacecraft comprise a NASA project called the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, nicknamed MMS, which launched in 2015.
Women's cricket to be part of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
-> In a piece of big news for cricketing fans around the world, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced that women's T20 Cricket has been confirmed for inclusion at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022.
-> Eight teams will compete across eight match days, as cricket returns to the Commonwealth Games for the first time since 1998 when South Africa won the gold medal in a men's 50-over format competition in Kuala Lumpur.
Rogers Cup winners Bianca Andreescu and Rafael Nadal
-> Andreescu became the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup tournament in 50 years when Serena Williams retired in the first set of the final in Toronto.
-> Nadal captured his fifth Rogers Cup with a straight-sets win over Daniil Medvedev of Russia.
World organ donation day
-> Every year on August 13, Organ Donation Day is celebrated all over India.
-> This day provides a great opportunity in everyone's life to come ahead and pledge to donate their precious organs.
-> Donating an organ is like gifting life to someone because one organ donor can save up to eight lives.
Priyam Chatterjee becomes first Indian chef to win French honour for reinventing the gastronomic scene
-> Priyam Chatterjee became the first Indian chef to be awarded the 'Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricoleto' by the government of France to recognise his contribution towards reinventing the gastronomic scene in India.
Global investor’s summit to be held in Srinagar from October 12
-> Jammu and Kashmir Administration will host a three-day Global Investors Summit from 12th October this year in Srinagar.
-> The first-ever summit in the state will provide J&K with an opportunity to showcase its strengths, strategies and potential.
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