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World’s highest railway bridge over Chenab inaugurated in J&K’s Reasi
The ‘golden joint’ of the Chenab railway bridge, connecting two ends of the deck of the world’s highest railway bridge, was unveiled in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district.
- The bridge will provide direct connectivity to the Kashmir valley.
- The term ‘golden joint’ was coined by the civil engineers who worked on connecting the two ends of the deck of the bridge.
- Roughly, the 1.3-km bridge, which is being constructed at a cost of Rs 1,250 crore, is 98 per cent complete with the completion of the ‘golden joint’.
- The bridge is located 359 m above the Chenab riverbed and is 30 m higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
11 more wetland sites get Ramsar tag, tally rises to 75
India has added 11 more wetlands to the list of Ramsar sites, marshes that are of international importance, bringing the country’s total tally to 75, environment minister Bhupender Yadav announced.
- Of the 11 new sites, four are in Tamil Nadu, three in Odisha, two Jammu and Kashmir, and one each in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
- The latest additions are Tampara Lake (300 hectares), Hirakud Reservoir (65,400 hectares) and Ansupa Lake (231 hectares) in Odisha; Yashwant Sagar (822.90 hectares) in Madhya Pradesh; Chitrangudi Bird Sanctuary (260.47 hectares), Suchindram Theroor Wetland Complex (94.23 hectares), Vaduvur Bird Sanctuary (112.64 hectares) and Kanjirankulam Bird Sanctuary (96.89 hectares) in Tamil Nadu; Thane Creek (6,521.08 hectares) in Maharashtra; and Hygam Wetland Conservation Reserve (801.82 hectares) and Shallbugh Wetland Conservation Reserve (1,675 hectares) in Jammu and Kashmir.
Defence forces, RBI and PM office most trusted institutions
Defence forces, RBI and Prime Minister of India are the three most trusted institutions in the country, according to a survey by Ipsos India.
- The Supreme Court of India came fourth and it was followed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
- Defence Forces with at least 2 in 3 (65 per cent of respondents) reposing faith in them was ranked first, followed by Reserve Bank of India with 1 in 2 (50 per cent). Prime Minister of India as an institution was at the third spot with 49 per cent citizens having trust in it, the survey said.
IMD, Japan and UNDP join to expedite climate action in 10 States, UTs
India Meteorological Department (IMD), the government of Japan, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have announced a new initiative to accelerate climate action in 10 States and Union Territories across the country.
- It will support India’s pledge on ‘Nationally Determined Contributions’ to achieve net-zero emissions.
- The project will be rolled out in Bihar, Delhi-NCR, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh during 2022-23.
- Japan has extended $5.16 million in climate grant to UNDP India for the project. This is part of Japan’s global support to 23 countries through UNDP’s ‘Climate Promise — From Pledge to Impact’ programme.
BANKING & FINANCE
SBI launches Utsav fixed deposit scheme on account of 75th Independence Day
On the occasion of the nation’s 75th year of Independence, celebrated as Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the largest lender in the nation, State Bank of India (SBI), introduced a unique term deposit programme called “Utsav Deposit.” This fixed deposit scheme has higher interest rates and is only available for a limited time.
- On Utsav Fixed Deposit Scheme, SBI is offering an interest rate of 6.10% per annum on fixed deposits with a tenure of 1000 days. And senior citizens will be eligible to get an additional interest rate of 0.50% over and above the regular rate. These rates are effective as of 15th August 2022 and the scheme is valid for a period of 75 days.
FIFA suspends All India Football Federation
The Bureau of the FIFA Council has unanimously decided to suspend the All India Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect due to undue influence from third parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes.
- The suspension will be lifted once an order to set up a committee of administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF’s daily affairs.
- The suspension means that the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022™, scheduled to take place in India on 11-30 October 2022, cannot currently be held in India as planned.
Centre names top administrator Piyush Goyal as National Intelligence Grid CEO
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared the appointment of senior Nagaland cadre IAS officer Piyush Goyal as National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) CEO. Goyal is currently posted as additional secretary (AS) in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
- The NATGRID is a federal intelligence gathering organisation created to enhance India’s counter-terrorism capabilities.
107 Gallantry awards announced for Armed Forces and CAPF personnel
President of India, Droupadi Murmu has approved 107 Gallantry awards to Armed Forces and Central Armed Police Forces personnel on the occasion of Independence Day 2022. The awards include three Kirti Chakra, 13 Shaurya Chakras, two bar to Sena Medals (gallantry), 81 Sena Medals (gallantry), one Nao Sena Medal (gallantry) and seven Vayu Sena Medals (gallantry).
- Nk Devendra Pratap Singh, Armd, 55 Rr
- Sudip Sarkar, Constable/gd, Bsf (Posthumous)
- Paotinsat Guite, Sub-inspector/gd, Bsf (Posthumous)
- Maj Nitin Dhaania, 2 Para (Sf)
- Maj Amit Dahiya, Sm, 1 Para (Sf)
- Maj Sandeep Kumar, Grenadiers, 55 Rr
- Maj Abhishek Singh, Mech Inf, 50 Rr
- Hav Ghanshyam, Grenadiers, 55 Rr
- L/nk Ragh Vendra Singh, Mech Inf, 9 Rr
- Sep Karn Veer Singh, Rajput, 44 Rr (Posthumous)
- Gnr Jasbir Singh, Arty, 19 Rr (Posthumous)
- Lt Cdr Mritunjay Kumar
- Amit Kumar, Assistant Commandant, Crpf
- Somay Vinayak Munde, IPS, Addl. Superintendant of Police, Maharashtra Police
- Ravindra Kashinath Naitam, Police Naik, Maharashtra Police
- Tikaram Sampatrao Katenge, Police Naik, Maharashtra Police
Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry)
- Maj Archit Sharma, Sena Medal, Mech Inf, 42 Rr
- Maj Narender Singh Waldia, Sena Medal, Engrs, 44 Rr
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) Awards 2022 announced
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards 2022 which began on August 12 will conclude on August 30. Ranveer Singh’s 83 was announced the best film. Shefali Shah and Ranveer Singh were the best actors. The event was hosted by Rithvik Dhanjiani. The awards night took place at the iconic Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia.
Complete list of winners:
- Best Film: 83
- Best Director: Shoojit Sircar (Sardar Udham) and Aparna Sen (The Rapist)
- Best Actor: Ranveer Singh (83)
- Best Actress: Shefali Shah (Jalsa)
- Best Series: Mumbai Diaries 26/11
- Best Actor in a Series” Mohit Raina (Mumbai Diaries 26/11)
- Best Actress in a Series: Sakshi Tanwar (Mai)
- Best Indie Film: Jaggi
- Best Film from the Subcontinent: Joyland
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Kapil Dev
- Disruptor in Cinema Award: Vaani Kapoor (Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui)
- Equality in Cinema Award: Jalsa
- Leadership in Cinema Award: Abhishek Bachchan
Veteran stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala passes away
Veteran stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala passed away in Mumbai. He was 62. Akasa Air – India’s newest budget carrier – was one of the business ventures of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. The airline began commercial operations this month with a maiden flight from Mumbai to Ahmedabad.
- Known as India’s Warren Buffett, Jhunjhunwala’s wealth was pegged at 5.8 billion dollars. Jhunjhunwala started his journey in stock markets while still in college with a capital of just 5,000 rupees.