Current Affairs India - 11 August 2015

1. The Supreme Court ruled today that Aadhar card will be optional for availing various welfare schemes of the government and ordered that no personal information of the holders of such cards shall be shared by any authority. A three-judge bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar ruled that -no personal information of Aadhar card shall be shared by any authority- in order to secure fundamental rights of every Indian citizen.

It directed that the information received by UIDAI shall not be used for any other purposes, except in criminal investigation with the permission of the court.

2. Indian city Kochi becomes first Indian city to be a member of the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Council and join its league of leading tourism cities across the world. The invitation to be the member of the council was sent to Kerala Tourism Department by WTCF which was formally accepted the state Tourism Department on 10th August 2015. Kochi was invited to be the member of the council on ground of its partnerships in culture, sports and tourism.

3. President of India, Pranab Mukherjee presented the 24th Saraswati Sammaan for the year 2014 to Dr. M Veerappa Moily for his epic Sri Ramayana Mahanveshanam written in Kannada language. Divided into five volumes, Ramayana Mahanveshanam was first published in 2007 in Kannada and later the poem was translated into English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

4. India-s largest private sector bank, ICICI Bank has launched -ICICI Bank Saral-Rural Housing Loan- Scheme for weaker sections of society which will enable the bank to provide home loans with special interest rate for people from rural areas including women borrowers and from weaker sections. With this scheme, ICICI Bank seeks to support the socio-economic development of a larger section of the society especially economically deprived sections.

5. Sania Mirza was the only the second tennis player to be recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award after Leander Paes. Paes was given the award in 1996 after winning bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympics. Sania, currently ranked world number one in women's doubles, scripted history by becoming the first Indian to clinch a women's doubles Grand Slam along with her Swiss partner Martina Hingis for the Wimbledon trophy earlier this year.

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma and famous shooter Jitu Rai were chosen among the 17 sportspersons picked for this year's Arjuna awards.