Jet Airways Appoints Vinay Dube as CEO

  • Jet Airways India Ltd named Vinay Dube as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Jet Airways has been without a full-time CEO since Cramer Ball quit in February 2016.
  • Mr. Dube is currently senior vice president, Asia Pacific with Delta Air Lines Inc., one of the world’s largest and most profitable airlines.
  • Jet Airways is an Indian airline based in Mumbai.
  • Its Parent company is Tailwinds Private Limited.

United Nations International Youth Day observed today

  • The International Youth Day (IYD) is observed every year on 12th August to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth.
  • International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.
  • On 17 December 1999, the International Youth Day (IYD) was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by passing resolution 54/120.

Nitish Kumar launches mobile therapy van for elderly people

  • Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar flagged off mobile therapy vans which would provide basic medical assistance to elderly people, widows and other section who requires social security.
  • The vans equipped with basic medical apparatus and accompanied by a technical team would provide basic medical care to elderly people, widows and disabled in the districts.
  • The van is an outcome of a joint project of the World Bank and the Bihar government which is run by Social Welfare department.

Gujarat CM distributes NAMO e-tabs to college students

  • Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr. Vijay Rupani has distributed NAMO e-tabs to college students across the state.
  • e-tablet which costs Rs 8000 is being distributed to the students for one thousand Rupees only.
  • The Government will distribute e-tablets to 4 lakh students during this year for which provision of Rs.300 crore has been made.
  • 5 lakh students have already registered for this NAMO- e-TAB.
Note: The NAMO- e Tab (New Avenues of Modern Education Through Tablets) has 1.3 GH core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory (expandable up to 32 GB), 3450 mAh battery, voice calling facility, 2 MP rear and 0.3 mp front camera, 7 inch HD display and Android 5.1 Lollipop OS.

AICTE to shut down engineering colleges with less than 30 % admissions

  • The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to close down those technical colleges which recorded less than 30% admissions in the last five years.
  • With over 27 lakh seats lying vacant in various engineering colleges across the country, such colleges will be closed down from next year.
  • According to ACTED data, there are around ten thousand three hundred fifty engineering institutions in the country that are approved by the AICTE.
  • AICTE has also reduced the penalty for closing down the institution that was a deterrent for many colleges which were willing to shut amid poor demand.

Agri Ministry to celebrate "Sankalp to Siddhi: New India Manthan from 19th Aug

  • Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Ministry will celebrate Sankalp to Siddhi- New India Manthan in all the districts of the country from 19th to 30th of this month.
  • This program will last for two and a half hours in which the first video message of the Prime Minister to be shown.
  • A film will be shown on the efforts being made by the government for agricultural development and the resolution will be taken to free the country from poverty, corruption, terrorism, communalism and casteism.

Government reconstitutes existing CBFC for three years

  • The union govt. has appointed lyricist ‘Prasoon Joshi’ as Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for a period of three years.
  • He has replaced former Chairman ‘Pahlaj Nihalani’.
  • Govt. has also reconstituted the existing CBFC with immediate effect for a period of three years or until further orders.
  • There are 12 members in the new board, which include Ms. Gautami Tadimalla, Narendra Kohli, Naresh Chandra Lal, Vivek Agnihotri and Ms Vidya Balan.
  • CBFC is a statutory body under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, regulating the public exhibition of films under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act.
  • Any Film can be publicly exhibited in the country only after they have been certified by it.

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected

  • Uhuru Kenyatta has been re-elected as President of Kenya.
  • Kenyatta got 54.27 % votes beating his rival Raifa Odinga who got 44.74% of votes.
Note:Kenya is a country in East Africa with the coastline on the Indian Ocean.

Center hikes import duty on crude, refined palm oil

  • The Central Board of Excise and Customs has raised the Import Duty on crude palm oil to 15% from 7.5 % and on refined to 25% from 15% to curb cheaper shipments and boost local prices for supporting domestic farmers and refiners.
  • The import duties on other crude edible oils like soya and sunflower have also been hiked to 17.5% from existing 12.5%.
  • The hike will help restrict cheaper imports from Malaysia and Indonesia and benefit farmers which are in distress due to fall in prices of oilseeds below minimum support price because of bumper production.

Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa' Passes Away

  • German-born Catholic missionary Sister Ruth Pfau (87-year), who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan passed away in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • She was also known as Pakistan's Mother Teresa and founder of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi.
  • Ruth Pfau was honored with the country's two highest civilian awards the Hilal-e-Imtiaz and the Hilal-e-Pakistan.

Maheshwari bags memorable bronze at Asian Shotgun Championship

  • India's shooter ‘Maheshwari Chauhan’ bagged a bronze medal at the Asian Shotgun Championship in Kazakhstan.
  • Maheshwari also led India to the team silver, alongside compatriots Rashmmi Rathore and Saniya Sheikh.
  • The trio shot a total of 190, finishing behind Gold medalists China, who shot 195.
  • India's tally now stands at two gold, a silver, and three bronze medals.

World’s Oldest Man Dies in Israel at 113

  • Israeli Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest man, died aged 113.
  • Kristal, originally from Zarnow, Poland, was born on September 15, 1903, three months before the Wright brothers’ first successful powered airplane flight. 
  • Guinness World Records recognized him as the world’s oldest man in March 2016.
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