Current Affairs in Short: 8 May 2019

Government asks Supreme Court to rethink elevation of two High Court judges

• The Union Government asked the Supreme Court to review the elevation of Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice Aniruddha Bose and Gauhati High Court Chief Justice A.S. Bopanna to the Supreme Court.
• In terms of seniority of High Court judges, Justice Bose stands at number 12 on all-India basis and Justice Bopanna at number 36 in the list.
• The five-judge Supreme Court Collegium recommended their names for elevation on April 12, 2019.
• At present, there are 27 judges in the Supreme Court.

59th BRO Raising Day observed in India

• The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), a leading road construction agency under the Union Defence Ministry, on May 7, 2019 celebrated its 59th Raising Day.
• The BRO primarily works to provide road connectivity in border areas.
• Accountable for over 53,000 Km roads, the organisation carries out road construction and maintenance works along the Northern and Western frontiers.
• The organisation has also carried out road construction projects in foreign countries like Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, etc.

Government reduces NEET-PG cut offs by 6 percentile for 2019-20

• The Union Health Ministry on May 7, 2019 reduced the qualifying percentile for NEET-PG by 6 percentile for 2019-20.
• The decision regarding the same was taken in consultation with Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India (MCI).
• With this change, the general category students need minimum 44 percentile marks to be eligible for admission to Post Graduate courses in 2019-20.
• Persons with disabilities category needs minimum 39 percentile marks; and SC/ST and OBC category students need 34 percentile marks to be eligible.

NR Madhava Menon passes away

• Dr.NR Madhava Menon, popularly known as the Father of modern legal education in India, passed away recently. He was 84.
• Menon is acknowledged for transforming Indian legal education by establishing National Law Schools.
• He conceptualised 5-year integrated LLB course, replacing the earlier 3-year course.
• Menon was bestowed with the Padma Shri in 2003 for his outstanding public services.

Purple frog to be crowned as Kerala’s state amphibian

• Purple frog, scientifically known as “Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis”, will soon be crowned as Kerala’s state amphibian.
• Also known as Maveli frog, the purple frog is endemic to Western Ghats and is listed as ‘endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
• The species spends most of the time underground, requires loose and damp aerated soil to survive.
• The frog was first discovered in 2003 in Kerala’s Idukki district.

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