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Current Affairs – 08-02-2018

1. Sahitya award can’t be challenged

Sahitya Akademi jury member Githa Hariharan, who had recommended Tamil novel Madhorubagan’s English translation One Part Woman for translation prize 2016, has filed a counter-affidavit in the Madras HC saying that issues within the purview of litterateurs could not be subjected to judicial review.

2. Govt. defends norms on law officers

The State government has defended the Law Officers of High Court of Madras and its Bench at Madurai (Appoin-tment) Rules of 2017 saying they had been framed as per the discretionary power vested with the government to appoint law officers.

3. U.S. Senate reaches two-year budget deal

The Senate’s top leaders announced on Wednesday they have sealed agreement on a two-year budget pact that would shower both the Pentagon and domestic programmes with almost $300 billion above existing limits, giving wins to both GOP defence hawks and Democrats seeking billions for infrastructure projects and combating opioid abuse.

4. Space sports car now flying beyond Mars

World’s biggest rocket launches Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster and a mannequin named Starman in maiden test flight.The world’s first space sports car is cruising toward the asteroid belt, well beyond Mars.

SpaceX chief Elon Musk confirmed the new, more distant route for his rocketing Tesla Roadster, which was launched aboard the company’s Falcon Heavy from Florida.

5. Significance of Startups

India is home to about 20,000 startups, with about 1,400 beginning operations every year. They are not only driving economic growth but also leading to technological innovations and employment generation in every state. Entrepreneurs are introducing new solutions everyday and also improving existing processes. To encourage and help statrups the Govt of India has taken the lead in creating policies and a framework. Many States and UTs have a startup focussed environment with ease of doing business for startups.

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