Daily Current Affairs (English) - 02.08.2018

National

JAIPUR’S WALLED CITY PROPOSED FOR UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE

The site namely 'The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India’ is the next proposed site for Unesco World Heritage. According to Operation Guidelines 2017, only one site can be nominated by the state party each year. There are a total of 37 World Heritage sites in India at present. "The recognition of World Heritage is a matter of great pride. It impacts the local economy by giving a boost to domestic and international tourism leading to increased employment generation, creation of world class infrastructure and augmentation of sale of local handicrafts, handlooms and heritage memorabilia. Besides, it adds to the prestige of the country as well as prescribed site", added Sharma.

Who is the World Heritage Site of UNESCO?
In UNESCO World Heritage Site, such special places (like forest area, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, or city etc.) are called, which are selected by the World Heritage Committee. These sites are also supervised by the World Heritage Committee. The purpose of this program is to select and preserve such sites in the world which are important for humanity in terms of world culture. Financial assistance is also provided by these committees to such sites in certain circumstances.

Trade & Economy

EIGHT CORE SECTOR INDUSTRIES' GROWTH CLIMBS TO 6.7% IN JUNE

According to the data released today by the commerce and industry ministry, eight sectors including coal, refinery products, fertilisers, steel and cement showed better performance due to better outcome by cement, refinery and coal segments.The release said that the expansion in cement was 13.2 per cent, in refinery products 12 per cent and coal 11.5 per cent year-on-year basis.Crude oil registered a negative growth of 3.4 per cent while natural gas witnessed a negative growth of 2.7 per cent in June compared to the year-ago period.

Steel sector, however, witnessed a slower growth of 4.4 per cent compared to 6 per cent in June 2017. The core sector had logged 3.6 per cent growth in May 2017, which was a 10-month low due to a decline in production of crude oil and natural gas.

What is core sector: Coal, crude oil, fertilizer, steel, petro refining, electricity and natural gas industries are considered to be the foundation of any economy. These eight zones are called core sector.

Awards

GOPAL KRISHNA GANDHI TO GET RAJIV GANDHI SADBHAVANA AWARD 2018

West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi has been chosen for this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award for promoting communal harmony and peace.  The advisory committee of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award in its meeting held on 28th July, 2018, decided that the 24th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award be given to Gopalkrishna Gandhi for his outstanding contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill,” said Motilal Vora, member secretary of the committee, in a statement.

The award will be presented on August 20, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It was instituted to “commemorate the lasting contribution made by him to promote peace, communal harmony and fight against violence.”

Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavna Award: Under this award, a citation and cash of Rs. 10 lakhs are given. This award is given on the occasion of the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It was started in memory of their long-standing contribution in peace, promotion of communal harmony and violence against women. Prior to this, this award will be given to Mother Teresa, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Mohammad Yunus, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, Dilip Kumar, Kapila Vatsyan, Teesta Setalvad, Swami Agnivesh, KR Narayanan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Muzaffar Ali and Shubha Mudgal have met.

Information about Gopalakrishna Gandhi

  • Gopalakrishna Gandhi was born on April 22, 1945. He is the son of Devdas Gandhi and Laxmita Gandhi.
  • Gopalkrishna Gandhi served as an IAS officer from 1968 to 1992, after securing an MA degree in English Literature from St Stephen's College.
  • He served as an IAS officer in Tamil Nadu.
  • he was Secretary of the Vice-President from 1985 to 1987. Joint Secretary of the President of India from 1987 to 1992 and also Secretary of the Nationality in 1997.
  • He served in Lesotho as High Commissioner of India.
  • After that he was appointed the ambassador of India in Sri Lanka in 2000 and the ambassador of India in Norway in 2002.
  • Gopalakrishna Gandhi was also working as the Governor of West Bengal from 2004 to 2009.

RESIGNATION

RENU SATTI

The Paytm Payments Bank CEO (Chief executive officer) Renu Satti has resigned from the role and will now head Paytm's new retail initiative.Under its 'New Retail' model, consumers will be able to discover nearby pharmacies, groceries and other shops to place an order and get instant deliveries.Earlier, Satti has built businesses ground up that include the marketplace, movie ticketing and most recently Paytm Payments Bank.Renu had taken over as the CEO of the Paytm Bank in May 2017.

Death

RAMAPADA CHOWDHURY

Ahitya Academy awardee Bengali writer ‘Ramapada Chowdhury’(95-year) passed away at a city hospital in Kolkata.Chowdhury's novel ‘Abhimanyu’ was based on the life and work of Dr Subhas Mukhopadhyay who created India's first and the world's second test-tube baby in 1978.