Current Affairs August 8, 2018
1. Shri M Karunanidhi, DMK chief and 5 Time CM, Passes Away
- Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Chief and former Tamil Naidu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi Passes away in Chennai.
- Muthuvel Karunanidhi was an Indian writer and politician who served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for five terms and twenty years between 1969 and 2011.
- He was the 94 year old veteran leader and writer.
- He was Born in Thirukkuvalai village in Nagapattinam district.
2. Nepal delegation meets Union Home Secretary
- An official delegation from Nepal headed by Inspector General, Armed Police Force of Nepal, Shri Shailendra Khanal is on official visit to India from August 7-10 for the 3rd India- Nepal Coordination Meeting.
- During the meeting, Shri Rajiv Gauba stated that India and Nepal relationship derives strength from shared history, trade, economic partnership, cultural ties and close and intense people-to-people contact.
- Several important matters like security scenario along the border, coordination meetings at field level, sharing of information about crimes and criminals, training of armed police personnel, mutual visits by officers of two countries, etc will be discussed.
- Khadga Prasad Sharma Oil is the current Prime Minister of Nepal.
3. Journalist Mony K. Mathew dies
- Senior financial journalist Mony K. Mathew, who retired as senior assistant editor at The Hindu-Bussiness Line, died of a heart attack in the morning. He was 66.
- He joined The Hindu- Business Line in Thiruvananathapuram in 1995, where he excelled in reporting on public sector undertakings, public finance and State government budgets.
- He had worked with The Indian Express and The Financial Express before joining The Hindu Business Line.
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4. Striker Mario Gomes retires from German National Team
- Striker Mario Gomez is retiring from international football after Germany’s first round exit from the world Cup.
- The 33 year old, who made his debut for Germany in 2007, scored 31 goals in 78 international appearance.
- He also represented his country at the FIFA world Cup in 2010 and the Euro Cup in 2008 and 2012.
5. Restricted Area Permit eased for Foreigners visiting 29 Andaman Islands
- In a major step to increase footfalls and promote tourism in the remote Andaman and Nicobar islands, the government has excluded 29 inhabited islands in the Union Territory from the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) regime till December 31, 2022.
- These include Havelock, Long Island, Curfew Island, North Andaman, Smith Island, Neil Island, Flat Bay and Strait Island among others.
- The lifting of RAP means that foreigners will now be allowed to visit these islands without prior permission from the government.
- Government is also planning to open 11 other uninhabited islands to foreigners.
6. Andhra Pradesh CM to Inaugurate First- Ever Thermal Battery Plant
- Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu unveil the world’s first –ever thermal battery in his Andhra Pradesh State.
- Manufactured by the Bharat Energy Storage Technology private Limited(BEST), the first of its kind cell is aimed at boosting up renewable sources of energy production, instead of non- renewable fossil fuel-based energy generation.
- It will also be used to store energy for telecommunication, commercial establishments, electric vehicles and highway charging stations.
- This is expected to be upgraded to a 10 GW Capacity by 2025.
- The thermal battery is based on alternative sources of energy production, and its presence is expected to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
7. Startup India Launched Startup Academia Alliance
- Start Up India has launched the Startup Academia Alliance Programme providing a unique opportunity between academic scholars and startups working in similar domains.
- The Startup Academia Alliance aims to reduce the gap between scientific research and its industrial applications in order to increase the efficacy to these technologies and to widen their impact.
- The first phase of the Programme was kick stated through partnering with the energy and Resources institute(TERI), Regional Centre for Biotechnology, council on Energy, environment and TERI School of Advanced Studies.
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