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Current Affairs August 11, 2017

1. India’s new Vice-President Shri Venkaiah Naidu took oath of his office:

  • He is an NDA backed candidate from the BJP party who recently won VP elections by winning 771 votes against his opponent’s 244 votes.
  • Gopalkrishna Gandhi who is the candidate of opposition lost by a wide margin.
  • He took oath as the 13th Vice President of India which is the second highest constitutional post in India.
  • According to the article 69 of Indian Constitution, President of India administers oath of office and secrecy to Vice President.


2. Hamid Ansari gave his farewell speech in Rajya Sabha:

  • The outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari was given farewell bid by the members of Rajya Sabha.
  • He was the 12th and the longest serving Vice-President of India.
  • He was the only VP to serve during the terms of three Presidents and these were Pratibha Patil, Pranab Mukherjee and Ramnath Kovind.
  • He is from the family who worked during Khilafat movement which paved the path for partition of India.
  • He is succeeded by the new and 13th Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.


3. NITI Aayog made partnership with six Indian states to transform their Health and Education sectors:

  • The selected states for healthcare improvement are UP, Assam and Karnataka.
  • And Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand are made partners for the transformation in their education sectors.
  • The transformation of the governance structure of these states will be made in the next 30 months.
  • This partnership is part of NITI Aayog’s Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital (SATH) inititative.




4. Global Entrepreneurship Summit will be co-hosted by India and US at Hyderabad:

  • This summit is a unique opportunity to bring together entrepreneurship and start-ups with global leaders.
  • GES will be co-hosted at Hyderabad, Telangana from 28-30 November.
  • Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump will be present at this summit.


5. Government to launch new sub-scheme under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM):

  • The scheme is named as Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana
  • Interest free loan will be provided to these SHGs upto Rs. 6.5 lakh for the purchase of vehicle.
  • The Community Investment Fund under DAY-NRLM scheme will be utilized under this sub-scheme.
  • This will also provide an additional avenue of livelihood for SHGs.


6. Kerala and Haryana top performers in Swacch Survekshan Gramin 2017:

  • Swachh Sarvekshan Gramin 2017 is a survey launched by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in which Kerala and Haryana performed top as almost all their rural households has access to toilets.
  • Sikkim, Manipur and Nagaland are top performers among the North Eastern states where 95% rural households have access to toilets.
  • This survey is conducted by Quality Council of India.

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