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Important Current Affairs 10th August 2017

Important Current Affairs 10th August 2017

Current Affairs 10th August 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Ten Namami Gange projects of Rs. 2,000 crore Approved

National Mission for Clean Ganga has approved ten projects in Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh to the tune of about Rs 2,033 crore. 
●    Eight of the ten projects pertain to sewage infrastructure and treatment, one to river front development and one to Ganga Knowledge Centre. 
●    These projects were approved in the 5th meeting of the Executive Committee of National Mission for Clean Ganga.
●    In Bihar, three major sewage infrastructure projects with total estimated cost of Rs 1461 crore in Barh, Kankarbagh and Digha have been approved. 
●    These projects will create additional sewage treatment capacity of 161 MLD (100 MLD in Digha, 50 MLD in Kankarbagh and 11 MLD in Barh). 
●    In Kankarbagh and Digha sewerage zones of Patna, presently there is no STP. 

1000 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) Kendras to be opened in Uttar Pradesh

Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh Lal Mandviya, presided over the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between the Union Government and the State Government of Uttar Pradesh for opening 1000 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) Kendras in the State. 
●    The ceremony took place in the presence of Minister of Health of Uttar Pradesh Shri Siddharth Nath Singh and Minister of State for Health, Dr. Mahendra Singh, in Lucknow today. 
●    The Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI), under Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, signed the MoU on behalf of Government of India with State Agency for Comprehensive Health and Integrated Services (SACHIS) representing Government of Uttar Pradesh.
●    Addressing the media during the event, Shri Mandaviya said that according to the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Government’s priority under the PMBJP scheme is to provide quality medicines at affordable rates to the poor and marginalized sections of society. 
●    The Minister further said that the drugs available under this scheme meet the highest quality benchmarks and are made available by the Government at costs much less than their expensive branded counterparts. 

India ratifies second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol

India on 8 August 2017 ratified the Second Commitment Period of the Kyoto Protocol on containing the emission of Green House Gases (GHGs).
●    In a brief statement, India's Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN) stated that India deposited its Instrument of Acceptance of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol under the UN Convention on Climate Change.
●    With the ratification, India became the 80th country to accept the amendment relating to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.
●    The Kyoto Protocol is an international treaty, which extends the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
●    It was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, on 11 December 1997.
●    It entered into force on 16 February 2005.
●    At present, there are 192 parties to the Protocol. However, Canada withdrew from the protocol in December 2012.

Supreme Court issues notice to five states in case of High Security Number plate

The Supreme Court on 8 August 2017 sought response from five states on a plea alleging non- compliance of order related to ensuring High Security Registration Plates for all vehicles.
●    A Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices Adarsh Goel and D Y Chandrachud issued notice to Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh and sought their replies in four weeks.
●    The installation of HSRP is statutory command which is not only in the interest of the security of the State, but also serves a much larger public interest.
●    In 2012, the Supreme Court asked several states and Union Territories to ensure High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) for all vehicles or face contempt of court proceedings.
●    It directed that all states, to fully implement the scheme of HSRP positively by 30 April 2012 for new vehicles and by 15 June 2015 for old vehicles.

Three Indian firms among Forbes' most innovative companies

Three Indian firms -- Hindustan Unilever, Asian Paints, and Bharti Airtel -- are among Forbes' list of the world's 100 most innovative companies, where has replaced Tesla Motors on the top position. 
●    While HUL and Asian Paints have moved up in their ranks to seventh and eighth respectively (from 31st and 18th last year), Bharti Airtel has entered the ranking at 78th position. 
●    Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Sun Pharma and Larsen & Toubro were also on the 2016 list but they failed to make the cut this year, bringing down the total number of Indian firms from five to three. 
●    The annual 'World's Most Innovative Companies' are the ones that investors expect to be innovative now and in the future. 
●    Besides, to be included in the list, firms need seven years of public financial data and $10 billion in market cap. 

Current Affairs 10th August 2017: AWARDS

Actor Dev Patel honoured with Asian Game Changer Award 2017

Actor Dev Patel honoured with Asian Game Changer Award 2017 Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel was honoured with the Asian Game Changer Award 2017 by the Asia Society for making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world.
●    As per the Asia Society, Dev Patel's roles in 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Lion' challenge the audiences to view India's poor as individuals instilled with hopes, dreams and opportunities, not as teeming and desperate masses.
●    Patel has also established lasting ties with India with his #lionheart campaign that has raised over USD 250000 to support homeless children in India.
●    The other Asian Game Changer awardees of 2017 are Tadashi Yanai, the founder of clothing retailing chain UNIQLO; Mongolian Eagle huntress Aisholpan Nurgaiv and Afghan rapper Sonita Alizadeh.

Current Affairs 10th August 2017: OBITUARY

Actor Sitaram Panchal of ‘Peepli Live' fame passes away

Acclaimed Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passed away early morning on 10 August 2017 after battling kidney and lung cancer. He was 54.
●    The actor, best known for his unconventional roles in films like Peepli Live, Slumdog Millionaire, Paan Singh Tomar and Jolly LLB, passed away at his residence in Mumbai after celebrating his 26th wedding anniversary with his wife Uma Panchal and son Rishabh Panchal.
●    In his last days, the actor faced severe financial issues. He had even put up a post on social media seeking financial help for his cancer treatment last month. 
●    The Cine & TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) had come forward to help the actor. Panchal was discharged from the hospital last month.
●    The actor made his Bollywood debut in 1994 with ‘Bandit Queen’.
●    He was a graduate of National School of Drama.
●    He featured in several critically acclaimed films including Anusha Rizvi’s Peepli Live, Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Paan Singh Tomar, Rajkumar Santoshi’s The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.
●    Even after the diagnosis, he filmed Shyam Benegal’s TV series, Samvidhan, while undergoing treatment in a Mumbai suburb, Mumbra.

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