The Union government on 5 August 2017 appointed noted economist Rajiv Kumar as the new Vice- Chairman of NITI Aayog. Kumar would be succeeding Arvind Panagariya, who recently announced his resignation in order to return to the field of academics.
Kumar, who holds a doctorate in economics from Oxford University and Lucknow University, is a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), a public policy think-tank. He has also authored several books on the Indian economy and India’s national security.
Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja on 8 August 2017 edged past Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan to become the number one all-rounder in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings 2017.
This honour adds to the bowler’s already existing top rank in the test bowlers’ chart. Jadeja with 438 points has a seven pointer lead over Shakib who has 431 points among the all-rounders.
Coincidently, the match that landed Jadeja at the top spot also led him to get suspended for one test. While Jadeja’s knock of 70 not out and seven wickets helped India sail through the second Test against Sri Lanka, beating the nation by an innings and 53 runs, his breach of the ICC’s Code of Conduct got him suspended from India’s upcoming third and final test match.
Venkaiah Naidu elected as next Vice-President of India
BJP-led NDA’s candidate M Venkaiah Naidu won the Vice Presidential election on 6 August 2017, becoming the 13th Vice President (in person) of the country and 15th overall.
Two Vice-Presidents- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Hamid Ansari have served the country twice.
With the victory, Naidu will succeed Mohammad Hamid Ansari whose term will come to an end on 10 August 2017. The 68-year-old won the Vice Presidential election by defeating the opposition candidate and former West Bengal Governor and Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi with an overwhelming majority, 516-244.
A total of 771 out of 785 parliamentarians voted in the election. After his swearing-in ceremony, Naidu will also be the third vice-President of India from Andhra Pradesh. The other two Vice Presidents from Andhra Pradesh were Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and VV Giri, both of whom later became President.
Senior bureaucrat Aparna appointed Executive Director at World Bank
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s Principal Secretary, S Aparna- a senior IAS officer has been appointed as the Executive Director at the World Bank in the United States.
The 1988- batch IAS officer has been appointed to the post for three years. She would be representing four nations- India, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the prestigious international body. The information was shared by an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
Aparna would be succeeding S C Garg, who was recently appointed as the Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in the Union Ministry of Finance.
The 3rd National Handloom Day was observed across India on 7 August 2017, in order to promote indigenous creations and honour the handloom weavers of the country.
The day mainly aims to highlight the contribution of handloom to the socioeconomic development of the country and promote handlooms to increase the income of weavers and also to bring their undying skill and hard work out in the limelight.
The Union Textiles Minister, Smriti Irani addressed a gathering at Ahmedabad to mark the occasion. The main function to celebrate the day this year was held at Guwahati and it was presided over by Union Minister of State, Textiles, Ajay Tamta.
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