Top 5 Current Affairs: 19 August 2017
President Ram Nath Kovind presented the National Safety Awards (Mines) for the years 2013 and 2014.
World Humanitarian Day (WHD) was observed across the globe on 19 August 2017 with the theme #NotATarget. This campaign follows a report by UN Secretary General António Guterres, which called for the protection of civilians. Guterres appealed for enhanced respect for international humanitarian and human rights law and protection of civilians.
The WHD 2017 saw several humanitarian partners come together to reaffirm the fact that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget.
President gives away National Safety Awards (Mines) for the years 2013 & 2014
President Ram Nath Kovind presented the National Safety Awards (Mines) for the years 2013 and 2014. In all, there were 37 Winner prizes and 34 Runner-up prizes which were given away to the winning mines in the award function organized by the Ministry of Labour and Employment. The award recognizes and encourages any notable and exemplary performance for prevention of accidents in mines.
Union Cabinet approves new Metro Rail Policy
The Union Cabinet has approved new Metro Rail Policy focussed on compact urban development, cost reduction and multi-modal integration. The policy enables private investments across a range of metro operations making Public-Private Partnership (PPP) component mandatory for availing central assistance for new metro projects.
Private participation either for complete provision of metro rail or for some unbundled components will form an essential requirement for all metro rail projects seeking central financial assistance.
Union Environment Ministry launches Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali Campaign
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan launched the “Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali” campaign aimed at enlightening the children about harmful fire crackers. The campaign is aimed at motivating children to not to buy fire crackers, instead buy a gift, food items, or sweets for the poor and underprivileged children living in their locality.
As a part of the campaign, the Environment Ministry will undertake various activities to create awareness among various stakeholders and encourage people to participate in combating air pollution.
Sanjiv Gupta appointed as President and MD of General Motors India
Sanjiv Gupta was recently appointed as the President and Managing Director (MD) of General Motors India. Prior to this appointment, Gupta was serving as the Chief Financial Officer. Gupta will succeed Kaher Kazem, who has been appointed as the President and CEO of General Motors Korea.
Gupta joined General Motors in 2003 and since then, he has served various critical roles in VSSM, Auto Financing, Business Planning, Corporate Finance and Financial Planning in the US and Canada.