Top 5 Current Affairs: 16 March 2018

Mar 16, 2018 17:44 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 16 March 2018

India ranks 78th on WEF Energy Transition Index 2018

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) on March 15, 2018 released the report titled 'Fostering Effective Energy Transition', ranking 114 countries on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability.

The report's Energy Transition Index ranked India at the 78th position. The Index was topped by Sweden. Rounding out the Top 10 were Finland (4th), Denmark (5th), the Netherlands (6th), the United Kingdom (7th), Austria (8th), France (9th) and Iceland (10th).

Haryana Assembly passes bill proposing death penalty in rape of girls below 12 years

The state assembly of Haryana on March 15, 2018 passed the Criminal Law (Haryana Amendment) Bill, 2018 proposing death penalty or rigorous imprisonment of not less than 14 years for rape or gang rape of girls below the age of 12 years.

The maximum punishment of 14 years may be extended to life imprisonment, depending on the gravity of the case. The bill also proposes punishment of not less than 2 years and up to 7 years in case of assault with the intent to outrage the modesty of a girl.

Qatar donates $50 million to UN Relief agency for Palestinians

Qatar on March 15, 2017 announced a $50 million donation to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

The move comes after the announcement from the United States in January 2018 that it would be withholding aid worth $65m from the UN relief agency for Palestinians.

The United States announced that it would be suspending more than half of the total funding that it was scheduled to provide to the UNRWA, which provides humanitarian aid, education, social services and medical care to the Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.


NASA Twins Study confirms change in Astronaut's DNA by time spent in Space

The Twins Study conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) verifies that a year in space can change your DNA.

Identical twin astronauts Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly were the subjects of the Twins Study. Astronaut Scott Kelly spent a year in space aboard the International Space Station, while his identical twin Mark Kelly remained on earth as a control subject.

NASA scientists monitored Scott and looked at what happened to him before, during and after his year in space.

Philippines formally withdraws from International Criminal Court

The Philippines on March 16, 2018 formally submitted the Letter of Withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The move came following the announcement made by President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte to withdraw from the ICC. Duterte was accused before the Court for instigating killings of thousands of drug suspects in his war on drugs. However, it was alleged that this anti-drug campaign was carried out by elements who seek to undermine the government.