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Day To Day Current Affairs - 24th & 25th August 2014
1. Textiles Ministry, Flipkart join hands for handloom weavers i. Textiles Ministry today inked a pact with homegrown e-retailing major Flipkart to provide an online marketing platform to handloom weavers across the country, an initiative to boost the handloom sector, empower the weavers and uplift manufacturing in the country.
ii. Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar, who was present on the occasion, emphasised that the focus of this association should be to help weavers and weaver entrepreneurs to produce products in tune with the buyer requirements and grow them significantly so that they may become manufacturers not only at a local but also at a national level. iii. This (MoU) will help us reach out to thousands of weavers across India... Through this initiative we are giving a direct platform to the weavers to reach out to the customers. There will be no middlemen. iv. The customer will get access to variety of products across India. Flipkart will help them (weavers) to list on the marketplace,” Ankit Nagori, Vice President—Marketplace at Flipkart.
2. 'Gandhi' filmmaker Richard Attenborough dies at 90 i. Oscar-winning British filmmaker Richard Attenborough, renowned for his critically-acclaimed biopic on Mahatma Gandhi, has died at the age of 90. ii. Lord Attenborough won an Academy Award for best director for 'Gandhi', one of many highlights of a distinguished career that spanned six decades, on both sides of the camera. iii. One of Britain's leading actors before becoming a highly successful director, he appeared in films like 'Brighton Rock', World War II prisoner of war thriller 'The Great Escape' and later in blockbuster 'Jurassic Park' as a theme park developer.
3. U.S. Open Tennis Championships begins today i. The U.S. Open Tennis Championships begin today. Serena Williams, who opens her quest for a third successive US Open title with a meeting against fellow African American Taylor Townsend tomorrow, said Arthur Ashe would have been proud. ii. On Arthur Ashe Kids' Day that drew legions of young hopefuls to the National Tennis Center on Saturday, Williams pondered the significance of her clash against the 18-year-old Townsend and the legacy of Ashe, whose name graces the center court stadium.
4. Indira Sivasailam Endowment Award for T M. Krishna i. Carnatic vocalist T. M. Krishna has been chosen for the fifth Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal and Concert. ii. The fifth Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert will be held at The Music Academy in Chennai on September 25 during the Navaratri season. iii. The artist is selected by a panel comprising members from the Endowments Committee of The Music Academy and Ms. Mallika Srinivasan (Chairman - TAFE Limited), daughter of late A. Sivasailam (Former Chairman - Amalgamations Limited) and late Indira Sivasailam. iv. Every year, the Indira Sivasailam Endowment Fund recognizes an outstanding Carnatic musician based on an established set of criteria.
5. Renewable energy award for GERMI director i. Gandhinagar-based Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) Director, Prof T Harinarayana has been conferred with “Energy and Environment Foundation Global Excellence Award-2014 in Renewable Energy Sector” on August 21.
6. Maharashtra Gov K Sankaranarayanan quits i. Maharashtra governor K Sankaranarayanan resigned from his office on 24 August 2014. He tendered his resignation in the backdrop of being transferred to Mizoram. He refused to take charge of his new assignment. His tenure would have ended in 2017.
7. RN Ravi appointed new chief of Joint Intelligence Committee i. Government has cleared the name of R N Ravi as the new chief of Joint Intelligence Committee, a body tasked to assess intelligence gathered by various intelligence agencies including IB and RAW ii. Ravi, a 1976 batch IPS officer from Kerala, who retired in 2012 as Special Director of Intelligence Bureau, will hold the charge for next three years in the rank and pay of a Secretary to the Government. The JIC functions under the National Security Council Secretariat.
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