Current Affairs : August 14, 2011

Palestine to present its candidature for realization as a state to the UN

  • Palestine to present its application for international recognition of statehood to the UN next month
  • It will submit the application at the 66th General Assembly in New York in September 2011
  • The Palestinian Authorities feel that they could no longer wait for independence to be reached via the dilly-dally peace talks with Israel
  • Since Lebanon will take over as president of the General Assembly for coming session, the Palestinians feel that this would boost their chances of success

Shammi Kapoor passes away

  • Shammi Kapoor (Shamsher Raj Kapoor) was an Indian film actor and director
  • He was a outstanding and extremely versatile lead actor in Hindi cinema from the late 1950s until the early 1970s
  • Debuted in Bollywood in 1953 with the film “Jeevan Jyoti”
  • Received the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1968 for his performance in Brahmachari and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for Vidhaata in 1982

Some of the major awards / recognitions received by Shammi Kapoor :

  1. 1968 – Filmfare Best Actor Award, Brahmachari
  2. 1982 – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, Vidhata
  3. 1995 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
  4. 1998 – Kalakar Awards – Special Award for “contribution in Indian Cinema”
  5. 2001 – Anandalok Awards Lifetime Achievement Award
  6. 2002 – Invaluable Contribution To Indian Cinema at the IIFA.
  7. 2005 – Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bollywood Movie Awards
  8. 2008 – Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian cinema at the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF)
  9. 2009 – Phalke Legend Actor Award by the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy

Prime Minister of Nepal resigns

  • Mr. Jhala Nath Khanal has resigned as Prime Minister of Nepal
  • Mr. Khanal handed over his resignation to President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav
  • Mr. Khanal had been recently under pressure from his own party that opposed the reshuffle of his ministry and swearing in of 9 ministers from the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)
  • The Opposition Nepali Congress also asked his resignation as per the five point deal that was signed on June 30th leading to the extension of the Constituent Assembly by 3 months

New CMD Air India: Rohit Nandan

  • Joint Secretary in the Civil Aviation Ministry Mr. Rohit Nandan took over as CMD of the skint Air India
  • Mr Nandan, a 1982 batch IAS officer, has been appointed for a period of 3 years

William Bratton to act as consultant on how to curb street violence

  • William Bratton: Former New York Police Commissioner
  • Mr. Bratton has agreed to act as an unpaid consultant to British authorities on how to curb street violence
  • The announcement comes after several days of riots that erupted in London and other cities across Britain
  • The violence was in the first place triggered off by the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man in London’s economically dejected Tottenham area
  • Britain would look to the US for solutions to curb violence and seek advice from U.S. cities that have fought gangs, including Boston, Los Angeles and New York
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