Current Affairs: August 3, 2011

Brahmasree Malliyoor Sankaran Namboothiri passed away


  • Eminent Sanskrit scholar and Bhagavatham proponent Malliyoor Sankaran Namboothiri passed away in Kuruppanthara, near Kottayam
  • ‘Bhagavata-Hamsam’ Brahmasree Malliyoor Shankaran Namboothiri (91) was a well known proponent of ritual narration of Bhagavatam-stories

Obama Signs Bill To Raise Debt Ceiling

  • US President Barack Obama signed an agreement raising the US Government’s debt ceiling
  • The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 74 to 26
  • The new law instantly authorized the Treasury to borrow an additional $400 bn, with additional borrowing allowed later
  • The Bill also planned to reduce the nation’s $14.3 trillion deficit by at least $2.1 trillion over 10 years
  • After an intense debate for weeks, the House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 269 to 161
  • As per the bill, a bipartisan committee in Congress to work in order to find further savings in federal budgets

New Chairperson of NCW: Mamta Sharma

  • New chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW): Mamta Sharma
  • Succeeded Ms Girija Vyas
  • Ms Sharma was a member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly and President of Rajasthan State Women Congress Committee

26th Asian Men’s Elite Boxing Championship starts in South Korea

  • The 26th Asian Men’s Elite Boxing Championships starts in Inchio, South Korea
  • 160 boxers from 23 nations entered the Asian Boxing Confederation’s biggest event of the year
  • 10-member Indian squad is participating in the tournament
  • The Indian squad consists qualified athletes such as Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Amandeep Singh, talented Santosh Harijan, Asian Championships silver medalist Jai Bhagwan Singh, Beijing Olympian Dinesh Kumar and Commonwealth Games winner Paramjeet Samota

Next CM of Karnataka: Mr. Sadananda Gowda

  • Next CM of Karnataka: D V Sadananda Gowda
  • Elected as leader of the BJP legislature party through secret ballot

Aadhaar Scheme launched in 4 Circles of Rajasthan

  • State Government of Rajasthan launched Aadhaar scheme in order to provide 12-digit Unique identification numbers in Rajasthan Postal Circle, Jaipur
  • Scheme also launched in Ajmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur through video conferencing
  • The special cover of Aadhaar also launched by the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) and department of Posts

NSSF: Approved by the Union Cabinet of India

  • NSSF: National Social Security Fund
  • NSSF approved by the Union Cabinet of India
  • NSSF intended for unorganized sectors, likely to profit 43.3 crore workers in the unorganized sector

Nirupama Rao to be awarded by the Sree Chithira Tribunal Trust for the year 2011

  • Ms Nirupama Rao (Former Foreign Secretary and U.S. Ambassador-designate) selected for the yearly annual award instituted by the Sree Chithira Tirunal Trust for the year 2011
  • Award constitutes Rs.1 lakh and a citation

Ms. Rao selected for the award for her role in shaping the country’s Foreign Policy and her rich understanding of the India-China border issu

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