Current Affairs : 1 September 2016

Gujarat becomes first state to distribute 2 Cr. LED bulbs

  • Gujarat has become the first Indian state to distribute two crore LED bulbs under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for all (UJALA) scheme. 
  • Gujarat has reached this milestone in just 96 days and over 42 lakh households have already benefitted from the scheme. 
  • Under the administration of the Power Ministry, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is distributing about 2 lakh bulbs daily in Gujarat. 

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Govt. approves 16 highway projects in 11 states

  • The Union Government has approved 16 highway projects in 11 states to be executed at a cost of 7,457 crore rupees. 
  • According to Road Transport and Highways Secretary Sanjay Mitra,the standing Finance Committee has cleared these projects for 622 kilometre. 
  • Two of the projects pertain to Char Dham yatra connectivity in Uttarakhand. 
  • The projects are in Maharashtra, Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Sikkim.

    Majuli in Assam to become India’s first island district

    • Majuli in Assam is all set to become the first island district of the country . 
    • It will be upgraded to a district from sub-division on 8th September. 
    • Majuli covers an area of around 340 miles and is one of the prime tourist destinations of North East. 
    • Nearly 1 lakh 60 thousand people reside in the island.

    State Bank of Travancore appoints new Chief GM Ashok Kumar Pradhan

    • Ashok Kumar Pradhan has taken over as its Chief General Manager of State Bank Of Travancore. 
    • He succeeds S Adikesavan. 
    • Pradhan has started his banking career in 1985 as a Probationary Officer in State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur.

      IBJA appoints Mukesh Mehta as president

      • India Bullion and Jewellers Association (IBJA) has appointed Mukesh Mehta as the new President of IBJA. 
      • He will replace Mohit Kamboj, who resigned in the last week Annual General Meeting of IBJA. 
      • IBJA was established in 1919 for bullion dealers and jewellers.

        Sudarsan Pattnaik’s sand art ‘world peace’ wins award in Russia

        • Noted artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won people’s choice award for his sand sculpture ‘Mahatma Gandhi sculpture for non-violence and peace‘ made during an international championship in Russia. 
        • Pattnaik’s art has got 60 thousand votes out of the total 80 thousand votes from the visitors to the exhibition. 
        • Pattnaik was honoured with the country’s fourth highest civilian award Padma Shri in 2014.

          Vice President to launch Vidyadhanam educational scholarship

          • Vice President Md. Hamid Ansari will launch the Vidyadhanam educational scholarship at St.Teresa’s College in Kochi. 
          • The scholarship instituted with the support of the State Bank of India and is implemented by the K.V. Thomas Vidyadhanam Trust. 
          • The scheme will benefit students ( 948 – this year) of government and aided schools in Ernakulam Lok Sabha constituency.

            Bhutan set to host Asian Tennis Tour event next month

            • Bhutan is all set to become the fourth Asian country (after India, Thailand and Iran) to host a tournament on the Asian Tennis Tour (ATT) scheduled from 16th to 18th September. 
            • It will be country’s first ever international tennis tournament. 
            • More than 30 ATT tournaments set to be held at various cities in Asia this year between September and December.

              England beat Pakistan in 3rd one-day after scoring record 444 in ODI

              • England struck a world record one-day international (ODI) total of 444 for three as they crushed Pakistan by 169 runs at Trent Bridge. 
              • Chasing the mammoth target of 445 runs to win the match, Pakistan were all out for 275 in 42.4 overs. 
              • England’s total surpassed the previous record of 443 for nine by Sri Lanka against the Netherlands at Amstelveen in 2006. 

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