Current Affairs of 8 August 2015

1. Ram Nath Kovind, Acharya Dev Vrat appointed as Governors of Bihar, HP
President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Acharya Dev Vrat and Ram Nath Kovind as the governors of Himachal Pradesh and Bihar respectively. Their appointments will take into effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices Governor of Bihar Mr. Kovind will succeed Keshri Nath Tripathi (Governor of West Bengal) who was holding additional charge of Bihar. He had been a two-time Rajya Sabha member between 1994-2000 and 2000-06. He hails from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh and is a lawyer by profession. He was a senior BJP leader and had severed as chief of BJP Scheduled Caste Morcha. Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Dev Vrat will succeed Kalyan Singh (Governor of Rajasthan) who was holding the additional charge of Himachal Pradesh.

2. India decided to boycott 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference to be held in Islamabad
India  decided to boycott the 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference which is slated to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan from 30 September to 8 October 2015.
The unanimous decision to boycott the meeting was taken after the conclusion of the meeting of the Speakers of all State Legislative Assemblies that was called in New Delhi.
The meeting was called to discuss the Pakistan's deliberate decision to not invite the Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Kavinder Gupta.
India protested the unilateral decision of Pakistan saying that by not inviting J&K speaker, it is violating the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) constitution and was against the guiding principles of the Commonwealth of promotion of international understanding, world peace and democratic governance.

3. BHEL commissioned 500 MW unit of Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) commissioned 500 MW Unit-13 of Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station (STPS), Stage-V of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). The project is located in Vindhyanagar in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh.
With the commissioning of this unit, BHEL has now commissioned seven sets of 500 MW each aggregating to 3500 MW at Vindhyachal power station, which is the highest by BHEL in a power project.
BHEL involvement in the project comprised of designing, engineering, manufacturing, supply and erection & commissioning of steam generator and steam turbine generator along with associated auxiliaries and state of the art controls and instrumentation.

4. Tendong Lho Rum Faat, annual festival of ethnic Lepcha tribe of Sikkim celebrated
Tendong Lho Rum Faat (Prayer of the Tendong Mountain), an ancient and natural festival of the ethnic Lepcha tribe of Sikkim was celebrated with traditional devotion and fanfare on 9 August 2015. It is an annual festival celebrated in the month of July-August.
On this day, the tribe worships the Mount Tendong, which, according to the folklore, is the saviour for them. The Lepchas, said to be the aboriginals of the State, are worshippers of nature.
According to Lepcha belief, their ancestors went atop the Tendong Mountain to escape from 40 days and 40 nights of continuous rain. This festival commemorates that happening.

5. BCCI announced Ad-Hoc Committee for Cricket Administration in Bihar and Uttarakhand
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)  announced the formation of Ad-Hoc Committee for cricket administration of Bihar and Uttarakhand.
The panel for Bihar will be headed by its chairman Niranjan Shah. The other members of the panel include
• Vinod Phadke, Secretary, Goa Cricket Association
• Sourav Dasgupta, Secretary, Tripura Cricket Association
• Bharat Zaveri, Executive member, Gujarat Cricket Association
• Ratnakar Shetty, General manager — Game Development, BCCI
The panel for Uttarakhand will be headed by MP Pandove. The other members of the panel include
• Vishal Marwaha, Secretary, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association
• Subir Ganguly, Joint Secretary, Cricket Association of Bengal
• Vinod Shah, Vice-President, Maharashtra Cricket Association
• KVP Rao, Manager — Game Development, BCCI
The Ad-Hoc Committee for these states will function till the affiliation issues of these states are resolved and it will help ensure participation of budding cricketers from these states in the BCCI Associate and Affiliate members tournament.

6. Accenture appointed Rekha Menon as Chairperson of India's operation
Rekha M Menon was appointed as the chairperson of Accenture India. She will 
take the charge of the company from 21 August 2015.
Rekha replaced Avinash Vashista who was both Chairman and Managing Director of Accenture India, since 2011.
She has been associated with the US-based global software major as Managing Director, Human Resources and was driving Accenture's human capital strategy for Asia-Pacific, West Asia, Africa, Russia, Turkey and Latin America.
Besides, the 30 billion US dollars outsourcing firm also appointed Anindya Basu as Managing Director of Accenture India who will take the charge from 21 August 2015.
He will be responsible for driving Accenture's India business and building relationships with key clients by leveraging our capabilities in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.
The Chief Executive Officer of Accenture is Gianfranco Casati.

7. Union Government to allow Aadhaar enrolments of NRIs, PIOs, OICs
Union Government has decided to allow Aadhaar enrollment of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs). It was announced by Union Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh in written reply to Lok Sabha. This move will help all persons on the Indian soil (including resident Indian, OCI/PIO, NRIs and visa holding visitors) to authenticate their identity digitally. In this regard Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is working on the policy for Aadhaar enrolment of NRIs, PIOs and OICs as per directions from the government. However, no time frame has been formulated at this stage for achieving the goal. Presently, UIDAI is providing Aadhaar number all residents including Indian national and foreigners with valid visas who are enrolling for it.

8. TurkmenGaz to head TAPI pipeline, Consortium to jointly own the project
TurkmenGaz, a company owned by Turkmenistan government will lead the consortium for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline. This decision was collectively taken at the 22nd Steering Committee meeting held in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. TurkmenGaz has done major investment and owns larger stake in Project, other state run firms involved are Afghan Gas Enterprise, Inter State Gas Systems (Pvt) Ltd of Pakistan and GAIL (India) Ltd. During the summit all countries agreed to jointly take ownership of a pipeline project and make investments as per to each techno-commercial viability. This will make each member country the owner of the project and also will hold them accountable to implement it successfully.

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