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Daily GK Dose August 10th

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Daily GK Dose August 10th

1. PM to attend event to mark World Biofuel Day 2018

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will attend an event to mark World Biofuel Day, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on August 10, 2018.

  1. He will address a diverse gathering, consisting of farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, students, government officials, and legislators.
  2. Biofuels can help reduce import dependency on crude oil. They can contribute to a cleaner environment, generate additional income for farmers, and generate employment in rural areas.
  3. Therefore, biofuels have synergies with various Government initiatives, including enhancing farmers’ incomes, and Swachh Bharat.

2. Cabinet approves joint issue of postage stamp between India and South Africa

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was apprised of joint issue of Postage Stamps on India-South Africa on the theme, "20 Years of Strategic Partnership between India and South Africa".

  1. The joint stamps were released in June 2018.
  2. The Commemorative Postage Stamps on India-South Africa: Joint Issue depicts image of Deendayal Upadhyaya and Oliver Reginald Tambo of South Africa.
  3. An MoU was signed to this effect between India and South Africa in May 2018.

3. NITI Aayog will host Investors’ Conference

NITI Aayog will host an Investors’ Conference on August 10, 2018 at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra for the Holistic Development of Islands.

  1. The Conference will be inaugurated by Shri. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog.
  2. It will attract investment for the sustainable development of eco-tourism projects in Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands.

4. NDA’s Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

NDA candidate and JD(U) leader Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

  1. Harivansh got 125 votes as against opposition’s BK Hariprasad who polled 105 in the House with a majority mark of 119. 
  2. The election was necessitated after former Deputy Chairperson and Congress leader PJ Kurien retired from the House on July 1.

5. Rekha Sharma appointed chairperson of NCW

NCW member Rekha Sharma, who recently stoked a controversy by suggesting abolition of confessions in churches, has been appointed as the chairperson of the National Commission for Women.

  1. Sharma, 54, was earlier a member of the Commission and was holding the additional charge of chairperson after Lalitha Kumaramangalam demitted office in September last year.

6. TRAI chairman gets two year extension

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has extended the term of Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma till September 2020.

  1. His term was to end this week.
  2. Sharma was appointed TRAI chief for three years in July 2015. Before that he was Secretary to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.

7. Dr. R. G Anand appointed Member, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights

The Government of India has appointed Dr. R. G Anand as Member, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights with effect from 13th July 2018.

  1. He has been appointed for a period of three years, or until on attaining the age of 60 years, or until further orders, wherever is the earlier.

8. Vice President releases the Book ‘Bebak Baat’ authored by Shri Vijay Goyal

  1. The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that continuous communication between public representatives and the public is crucial for development of our nation.
  2. He was addressing the gathering after releasing the Book ‘Bebak Baat’, authored by the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics & Programme Implementation, Shri Vijay Goel.

9. Dr. Mahesh Sharma releases 3 books at IGNCA, New Delhi

Minister of state for Culture (I/C), Dr. Mahesh Sharma released 3 books ‘Jewellery’ by Dr. Gulab Kothari, ‘Ghats of Banaras’ by Dr. Sachidanand Joshi  and ‘Untold Story of Broadcasting’ by Dr. Gautam Chatterjee at IGNCA, New Delhi.

  1. Speaking on the occassion, he congratulated IGNCA for its efforts to take art and culture through the release of these books.

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