Current Affairs Daily Digest – August 05′ 2017

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  1. Veteran actress Sharada selected for ‘Prem Nazir’ award

Veteran actress and national award winner Sharada has been selected for this year’s Prem Nazir Award.

The award, carrying a purse of Rs 75,000, a statuette and a citation, was instituted by people of Chirayankeezhu, Nazir’s home town in the district, in memory of Kerala’s evergreen actor.

It will be presented to Sharada by state Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran at a function at Chirayankeezhu on August 15.

  1. JK Rowling: World’s Highest Paid Author by Forbes

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has been named the world’s most highly-paid author with earnings of £72.2m ($95m) this year.

The Edinburgh-based writer beat Dan Brown, Stephen King and John Grisham to top Forbes’ list of the 10 highest earners in the global industry for the first time in almost 10 years.

Her books have been turned into eight blockbuster feature films, and last year she made her screenwriting debut with a prequel movie, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

  1. Air Marshal Hemant Narayan Bhagwat Appointed Air Officer-In-Charge Administration Of Indian Air Force

Air Marshal Hemant Narayan Bhagwat AVSM VM has taken over as Air Officer-in-Charge Administration of Indian Air Force at Air Headquarters (VB), New Delhi on 01 Aug 2017.

 Air Marshal HN Bhagwat AVSM VM was commissioned in Administrative branch of the IAF in Jun 1981.

The Air Officer was commended by Chief of Air Staff in 1999 and was awarded Vayu Sena Medal by the President of India in 2005 for his contributions to paratrooping field. He has been awarded the Ati Vishist Seva Medal by President of India for distinguished service of a very high order.

  1. Prabhat Kumar as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Kazakhstan

Prabhat Kumar has been appointed as Ambassador of India to Republic of Kazakhstan.

He is presently Ambassador of India to Colombia. He is expected to take up the assignment shortly

  1. Mohammad Mustafa appointed CMD of SIDBI

The Centre has appointed Mohammad Mustafa, a 1995 batch IAS officer, as Chairman and Managing Director of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).

Prior to this appointment, Mustafa was Joint Secretary in the Department of Financial Services (DFS) in the Finance Ministry.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment for a period of three years, according to a Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) order.

  1. AIFF names Banerjee as chairman of Transfers Dispute Committee

The AIFF has named senior advicate Ushanath Banerjee as the chairman of a special committee that will be dealing with players’ transfer disputes.

The Committee entrusted the Chairman to make a detailed and reasoned paper based on the review of the rules and regulations as mentioned above for consideration of the members for a decision there after.

  1. Venkaiah Naidu to become 13th VP of India

Former Union Minister and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate M Venkaiah Naidu is elected as the 13th Vice-President of India. Out of 760 valid votes, he secured 516 votes while Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi secured 244 votes.

Naidu will take oath as new Vice-President of India on August 11. He will be appointed as the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

  1. Woody Johnson confirmed as US Ambassador to UK

Woody Johnson, the billionaire owner of the New York Jets, has been confirmed as the new US ambassador to the UK.

The US Senate confirmed 70-year-old Robert Wood Johnson IV for the ambassador post by a voice vote.

  1. Bengaluru will soon have India’s first helicopter-taxi service

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport will become the first airport in India to have a helicopter taxi service. The helicopter service will commence within three months.

The first flight route will connect the city’s IT hub, Electronic City to the airport, and is estimated to complete the journey within 15 minutes.

Two helicopters have been designated for the purpose with plans to commission more when the demand increases.

  1. Motorbike ambulance service launched in Mumbai

The Maharashtra government has launched a motorbike ambulance service to provide swift medical assistance to patients.

Designed as an emergency first responder medical service, the ambulances, available through `108 free helpline, have teams of paramedics providing treatment, especially in places inaccessible to larger ambulances, to patients during the golden hour.

As part of a pilot project, 10 motorbike ambulances were launched at Marine Drive in south Mumbai by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.

  1. AP govt to ink MoU for improving regional connectivity

A government panel has gave its ‘in principle’ approval for three new airports in Andhra Pradesh that are estimated to cost Rs 2,376 crore.

Union Government launched green airports, two airports in Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati and Vijayawada are going to go completely green.

Airport Authority of India (AAI) commenced installation of the 1MegaWatt solar power plant at Tirupathi and Vijayawada Airports.

The basic capacity of installed solar power plants at 29 airports/locations with a total capacity of 12.84 MWp.

  1. India signs USD 329 million loan pact with AIIB for Gujarat road project

India signed a loan agreement with Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) for financing USD 329 million in the India.

The objective of the project is to improve the rural road connectivity and accessibility (by providing all weather road connectivity) to 1,060 villages in all the 33 districts in Gujarat state benefiting about 8 million people.

The project will also benefit the service providers such as public transport operators, educational institutions, hospitals, local markets and traders.

  1. Government announces new PSU ETF called Bharat-22 with diversified portfolio

The government is set to launch a second exchange-traded fund (ETF) known as the Bharat-22 that will comprise stocks of 22 blue-chip public sector units, State-owned banks and some holdings in SUUTI ((Specified Undertaking of Unit Trust of India).

It has a diversified portfolio comprising six sectors including basic materials, energy, finance, FMCG, industrials and utilities.

  1. All ASI-protected monuments declared polythene-free zones

All ASI Protected Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites have been declared ‘Polythene Free Zones’. Advisory has been issued to all State Governments/UTs to support ASI in keeping Monuments Polythene Free up to 300 meters from the protected boundaries of the Monuments.

This information was given by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism while briefing the media persons on the various initiatives of Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism during Swachhata Pakhwada 16th – 30th September, 2016.

  1. India’s first private missile production facility unveiled

India’s first private sector missile sub-systems manufacturing facility Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS) plant inaugurated near Hyderabad.

It has been established a line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative and Government’s policy to encourage private sector participation in defense product.

It has invested in designing, developing and manufacturing of weapon systems including Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) systems and remote weapon.

  1. Microsoft ties up with Telangana to provide AI-based eye care solutions

Microsoft is going to help the government of Telangana use artificial intelligence to provide eye care screening for children in the State.

As part of the agreement, Microsoft’s cloud based machine learning eye care screening Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE) will align with the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram programme under the National Health Mission.

MINE is a global consortium of eye care providers, research and academic institutions that will apply artificial intelligence to help in eye care delivery.

  1. USISPF set up to deepen Indo-US ties

A new representative body US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) is being set up to further enhance business relations between the two countries.

The non-profit corporation aims to promote bilateral trade and work on creating “meaningful opportunities that have the power to change the lives of citizens”, USISPF said in a statement.

The body will work closely together with businesses and government leaders to achieve its goals of driving economic growth,  job creation, innovation, inclusion and entrepreneurship.



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