Current Affairs India - 30 August 2014

1. National Sports Day was celebrated yesterday (29th August) across the country. The National Sports Day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of famous hockey player Dhyan Chand. Major Dhyan Chand was India-s greatest hockey player. He helped India win 3 Olympic Gold medals including the first in 1928 (Amsterdum Olympic games) and then in 1932 (Los Angeles Olympic games) and 1936 (Berlin Olympic games).

The President presented all the sport-related awards such as the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and Dronacharya Award on this day at the Rashtrapati Bhavan to sports achievers and coaches across various sporting fields.

2. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today during his 5 day visit to Japan and both the countries signed a MoU today to develop Varanasi into a -smart city- by using the experience of Kyoto, the -smart city- of Japan. A Partner City MoU was signed by Indian Ambassador Deepa Wadhwa and Kyoto Mayor Daisaka Kadokawa at a ceremony in presence of Prime Ministers of both the countries.

The MoU provides for cooperation in heritage conservation, city modernisation and cooperation in the fields of art, culture and academics, as per External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin. This will serve as framework for Smart heritage city programme between the two countries, he added.

3. Vinod Kumar Duggal resigned as Manipur Governor, becomes the ninth government to resign since the newly elected NDA government took charge 100 days back. He was appointed as governor of Manipur by President Pranab Mukherjee in December 2013.

4. Chairman of Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) RN Ravi was appointed as Naga interlocutor on 29th August, as per notification released by the PMO. He will be representing Govt of India in Naga peace talks.

5. After Governors, the Narendra Modi government planned to remove independent directors appointed by the previous UPA regime on PSU boards. NDA government begins that with sacking of four directors on the board of Indian Oil Corp.

As per regulatory filing by Indian Oil Corp, K Jairaj, Nesar Ahmad, Sunil Krishna and Sayan Chatterjee have ceased to be Independent Directors on the Board of the company on August 27, 2014. All of them were appointed to IOC board in March this year for a three-year term by previous UPA government.

6. In a rare honour, the US Post Service will issue a special postage stamp to commemorate legendary Indian actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao. The Telugu actor, who has spent 70 years in the industry, was awarded with all the top honours of the Indian film industry including the top most honour -Dada Saheb Phalke Award-.

Popularly known as ANR, he was a leading pillar of the Telugu film industry, beginning from Chennai to moving to Hyderabad and contributing to its growth as one of the biggest in the country now. The AFA also plans to release the stamp in India at the first "International Akkineni Awards Ceremony" in the presence of ANR family members.

7. Famous historian Bipin Chandra passed away at his residence today after prolonged illness. He was 86. He had played multiple roles including that of chairperson of the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Member of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Chairman of the National Book Trust (NBT).

He had authored several books including 'The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism', 'In the Name of Democracy: The JP Movement and the Emergency', 'Nationalism and Colonialism in Modern India' and 'The Making of Modern India: From Marx to Gandhi' etc. He was also awarded with Padma Bhushan by the Central Government.