Current Affair of 14 May 2018. Read Important Current Affairs for UPSC/SSC/Bank and other state exam
Scheme for sexual assault, acid attack victims
‘Compensation Scheme for Women Victims/Survivors of Sexual Assault/Other Crimes-2018’, in case of rape and unnatural sexual assault, the victim would get a minimum of Rs four lakh and maximum of Rs seven lakh as compensation.
- Supreme Court has approved ‘Compensation Scheme for Women Victims/Survivors of Sexual Assault/Other Crimes-2018’ a scheme for mandatory grant of compensation to victims of sexual assault & acid attack.
- The scheme has been prepared by National Legal Services Authority in consultation with Centre.
- A victim of gangrape would now get a minimum compensation of Rs 5 lakh up to a max of Rs 10 lakh.
Indian Army tests ‘Air Cavalry’ concept
The Indian Army has tested in the desert terrain of Rajasthan the military concept of ‘Air Cavalry’ that was used by the US Army to locate and assault enemy ground forces during the Vietnam War.
- The Indian Army has tested in the desert terrain of Rajasthan the military concept of ‘Air Cavalry’.
- The ‘Air Cavalry’ concept was used by the US Army to locate and assault enemy ground forces during the Vietnam War.
- Under the ‘Air Cavalry’ concept, attack helicopters are fully integrated with tanks and mechanised ground forces.
Nepal to hold BIMSTEC 2018
Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli announced to host the 2018 Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit.
- BIMSTEC is an international organisation of 7 nations of South & South East Asia, including Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan & Nepal.
- BIMSTEC aims to enhance technological & economic cooperation among South & South East Asian countries.
North Korea pledges to dismantle nuclear site
- North Korea will commence dismantling its nuclear test site later this month in a bid to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests.
- The tunnel complex located in the northeastern part of the country which was used for nuclear testing will be destroyed completely.
- The announcement comes after US President Donald Trump announced that he will hold a meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.
- Petra Kvitova outlasted her Dutch opponent Kiki Bertens 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-3 in the finals to clinch the third Madrid Open title.
- Kvitova, the victor in Spain in 2011 and 2015, becomes the first woman to win the tournament three times.
- Kvitova has now claimed four titles in 2018 after triumphs in St Petersburg, Doha and Prague.
World Migratory Bird Day
- The World Migratory Bird Day is a two-day programme observed on the second weekend of the month of May to highlight the urgency to protect migratory birds and their habitats.
- The theme of the World Migratory Bird Day 2018 is “Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation”.
- India sees over 200 species of birds migrate to the country during winters from the Asian and European regions.
Unexpected butterflies came back for decades
In the lower Dibang Valley district (where the controversial Dibang dam is proposed to be built) located in Dibang valley of Arunachal Pradesh, black-colored and wind-blown-shaped butterfly (Byasa crassipes) has been found.
- So far this butterfly has been mentioned in only two books-1913 by Frederick Moore of the East India Company, a book ’10-Volume Lepidoptera Indica’ on butterflies of India and ‘The von of’ written by George Talbot in 1939 British India (The Fauna of British India).
- After that this butterfly was never seen in India.
- Earlier in 2012, the presence of unusual rare species butterfly (Hestina nicevillei) was recorded in the Danghari Wildlife Sanctuary of Himachal Pradesh.
- This is the first time that the photographs of these species were taken and they have been seen for the first time in India since 1917.
- These two species of butterfly are listed under Schedule 1 (which also ensures similar safety for pests) for the Wildlife Protection Act of India (1972).
- Sightseeing of butterflies is often made public under ‘Butterflies of India’ where the reclamation of both species is listed.
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