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Current Affairs Daily Digest – August 11′ 2017


  1. Debraj Shome awarded Indian of the Year at India Leadership Conclave

World Renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Debraj Shome has been awarded with the prestigious ‘Indian of the Year’ award at the 8th Annual India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2017, held in Mumbai on 4th August 2017.

India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership awards which are also known as the ‘ILC Power Brand’ were instituted by the Network 7 media group in the year 2009 to felicitate individuals as well as organizations for their relentless hard work and unequalled contributions in six different categories.

  1. Sravanth Malla Clinches Title of National Champion at 2017 South Asian Spelling Bee

Sravanth Malla correctly spelled the word “Chytridiales,” defined as an order of simple, aquatic fungi of the phylum Chytridiomycota, during the 2017 South Asian Spelling Bee finals to clinch the title of national champion and take home a cash prize of $3,000.

Sreeniketh Vogoti of St. Johns, Fla., was the first runner-up at the Touchdown Media initiative on Aug. 4.

The South Asian Spelling Bee, organized by Touchdown Media Inc., celebrated a decade of Bees, which included some special Indian American guests at the finals such as 2016 South Asian Spelling Bee national champion Siyona Mishra and 2015 South Asian Spelling Bee winner Shourav Dasari.

  1. The Hindu Playwright Award 2017

The Hindu Playwright Award 2017 went to Gerish Khemani and Akshat Nigam for their play ‘In Search of Dariya Sagar’.

The ₹2 lakh award, instituted in 2008 to reward the best new unpublished and unperformed play-script in English, was presented during the launch of the 13th edition of The Hindu Theatre Fest at the Crowne Plaza Hote.

  1. Vinay Dube joins Jet Airways as CEO

Jet Airways has said Vinay Dube has joined as its chief executive officer after receipt of all requisite government and regulatory approvals.

An Indian American, Dube’s appointment was approved by the airline’s board of directors on May 30. Jet Airways has been without a full-time CEO since Cramer Ball quit in February 2016.

Dube has served in various roles at Delta Airlines, Sabre Inc and American Airlines in the USA, Europe and Asia.

  1. Four Indian Cities In Top 5 Fastest Growing

Delhi will have the fastest growth of any city in Asia, with the economy to be almost 50 percent larger in 2021 than it was at the end of last year.

Indian cities are set to expand the most across the region, with growth speeding up from the past 5 years, according to a new study from Oxford Economics, which ranked Asia’s 30 largest cities.

With financial and business services projected to be the fastest growing sector in India, Delhi’s dominance in this industry will lead to higher growth and higher incomes.

  1. NGT bans use of non-biodegradable plastic bags in Delhi

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed an interim ban on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags which are less than 50 microns in the entire national capital.

They issued a fine of fine of Rs 5,000 on anyone found in possession of non-bio degradable plastic bags less than 50 microns, which is the thickness of a human hair.

It also imposed an environment compensation of Rs. 10,000 on vegetable vendors and slaughter houses for throwing garbage in public places.

Nitish Kumar launches mobile therapy van for elderly people

  1. Telangana CM initiates 2000-crore Sriram Sagar modernisation project

In an effort to modernize the SriramSagar project and increase the area served,Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao initiated a Rs.2,000-crore project that seeks to modernize the project.

This project on the Godavari river has the potential to serve several districts in the state.

Under the Sriram Sagar project revival and restoration initiative, water from the Pranahitha river, which joins the Godavari, will be diverted at Medigadda and pumped into the Sriram Sagar project.

  1. Govt launches video of National Anthem in sign language

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has launched an Indian National Anthem video in sign language, featuring disabled and partially disabled children.

The film is conceptualised by Satish Kapoor, Founder Director, We Care Film Festival. We Care Film Festival produced the Film under the aegis of Brotherhood, an NGO. It is directed by Govind Nihalani and the music is scored by late Aadesh Shrivastava.

  1. Government approves 10 Namami Gange projects worth Rs 2,033 crore

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved 10 projects in Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh worth about Rs.2,033crore, the Centre said

These projects were approved in the 5th meeting of the Executive Committee of NMCG.

NMCG is the implementation wing of National Council for Rejuvenation, Protection, and Management of River Ganga (referred asNational Ganga Council).

It has a two tier management structure and comprises of Governing Council and Executive Committee. Both of them are headed by Director General(DG).

  1. SEBI launches online registration for custodians of securities

Markets regulator SEBI has introduced an online registration mechanism for custodians of securities to make it convenient for them to do business.

The new system would help custodian of securities to complete registration and other regulatory filings with Sebi much faster and in a cost-effective manner.

The custodian of securities seeking approval as Designated Depository Participant (DDP) in terms of … Sebi (FPI) regulations shall also apply through this portal.

  1. Lok Sabha passes bill approving merger of associate banks with SBI

The government said the merger of the five associate banks with the SBI will lead to increased capital base and availability of loan, as the Lok Sabha passed the bill approving the amalgamation.

The Lok Sabha passed the bill to repeal the SBI (Subsidiary Banks) Act 1959, State Bank of Hyderabad Act 1956 and to further amend the State Bank of India Act, 1955, following the merger of five associates with the parent SBI.

The Union Cabinet approved the merger of five associate banks along with Bharatiya Mahila Bank with SBI. The five banks were State Bank of Bikaner.

  1. Oxford launches Tamil, Gujarati online dictionaries

After the Hindi version, Oxford University Press (OUP) has launched online dictionaries in Tamil and Gujarati as part of its special focus on Indian languages.

Oxford Global Languages (OGL) is a major initiative from Oxford Dictionaries aims to build dictionaries and lexicographical resources for round 100 of the world’s languages and to make them available online.

  1. Facebook launches YouTube competitor called Watch

In an apparent bid to take on Google-owned YouTube, Facebook has rolled out ‘Watch’ – a redesigned video platform for creators and publishers.

Watch is a platform for all creators and publishers to find an audience, build a community of passionate fans, and earn money for their work.

In the first phase“Watch’’will be introduced to a limited group of people in the US and plan to bring the experience to more people soon.

  1. At 15, Shapath becomes youngest to figure in TOP scheme

Budding India shooter Shapath Bhardwaj, aged 15, has become the country’s youngest athlete to figure in the government’s Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme.

The Meerut-based Shapath, studying in class 10, is among 45 elite athletes, including Olympic medalists PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Saina Nehwal, to be selected for the ambitious scheme.

  1. Harmanpreet’s six named World Cup’s Play of the Tournament

The ICC has named Indian women’s batsman Harmanpreet Kaur’s six against England in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup at Lord’s as the Play of the Tournament.

Kaur’s six edged out Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami’s swinging delivery which bowled Australian captain Meg Lanning in the semifinal of the tournament.

Notably, India finished the tournament as the runner ups.

  1. Davinder Singh Becomes 1st Indian To Qualify For Javelin Finals

Davinder Singh Kang becomes the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the javelin throw World Championships.

He had an 82.22min his opening throw and then came up with 82.14m in his second.

He is the first ever Indian who is qualified in the men’s javelin throw final round in any World Championship.

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