Current Affairs : 25 August 2016

Union govt launches online library “Sugamya Pustakalaya”

  • Government has launched accessible E-Library “Sugamya Pustakalaya” for Divyang under Prime Minister’s Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan in New Delhi. 
  • Sugamya Pustakalaya is an online library for Divyang and houses publications across diverse subjects and languages in multiple accessible formats. 
  • Over 2 lakhs books are available in Accessible formats for people with visual impairment and other print disabilities.

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Pink colour envelop launches in Jharkhand to expedite judicial process

  • A special pink colour envelop under speed post has been launched by the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court Justice Virender Singh with a purpose to expedite judicial process. 
  • All the notice and summons of the High Court will be served through this envelop, which would be a special category of Speed Post. 
  • Now, the entire process of the service could be tracked online.

Haryana: Sakshi malik as brand ambassador for Beti Bachao, Beti Padao campaign

  • Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar has announced Sakshi malik as brand ambassador for “Beti Bachao, Beti Padao campaign” in the state. 
  • Chief Minister awarded 2.5 crore rupees and Commendation Certificate to Rio bronze medal winner Sakshi Malik. 
  • He also presented a cheque of Rs. 10 lakh each to her coaches Mandeep and Kuldeep.

Andhra Pradesh CM felicitates PV Sindhu, Coach Pullela Gopichand

  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has felicitated Olympic Silver medallist P V Sindhu and her Coach Pullela Gopichand at IGM stadium in Vijayawada. 
  • According to Chief Minister Naidu Rs.3 crore cash reward, 1,000 square yard house site (in Amaravathi) and Group one cadre job will be given to P V Sindhu and Rs.50 lakh to Gopichand. 
  • He also announced Rs.25 lakh cash reward and Group II cadre job to Olympian.

Singapore’s longest serving president Sellapan Ramanathan passes away

  • Indian-origin Former President of Singapore Sellapan Ramanathan (92-year) passed away. 
  • He was the sixth and longest-serving (1999 to 2011) President of Singapore. 
  • Ramanathan was closely associated with the founding leader of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew. 
  • He was born in 1924 in the family of Indian Tamil descent in Straits Settlements of Singapore.

Former editor of ‘Mathrubhumi’ K K Sreedharan Nair passes away

  • Former editor of ‘Mathrubhumi’ K K Sreedharan Nair (86-year) passed away in Kochi. 
  • Sreedharan Nair had retired from service on June 8, 2015. 
  • He was selected for the first Kelappaji memorial award instituted by Kerala Mahatmaji Samskarika Vedi in 2010.

Ashok Chawla to take over as YES Bank non-executive chairman

  • Former Competition Commission of India (CCI) head Ashok Chawla will take charge as Non-Executive Part-time Chairman of the YES Bank with effect from October 30, 2016. 
  • He has been appointed for a period of three years (from the date of joining). 
  • Currently, Chawla is the Chairman of NSE and chairs the governing council of The Energy and Research Institute (TERI).

JNPT signs agreement with SBI, Bank of Singapore for ECB of $400mn

  • India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port has signed 400 Million US Dollar agreement with State Bank of India and Development Bank of Singapore for External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) in Navi Mumbai. 
  • The agreement has been signed by JNPT Chairman Anil Diggikar. 
  • The ECB of 400 Million Dollar will be primarily utilised for expansion of JNPT’s existing road network connecting to its port project. 
  • It will help JNPT to double its existing capacity.
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