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Person Current Affairs August 5th Week 2017
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Person Current Affairs August 5th Week 2017

1. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Inaugurates India’s first ‘Videsh Bhavan’ in Mumbai.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday inaugurated the country`s first Videsh Bhavan in Mumbai and stressed that the face of theMinistry of External Affairs has changed ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi led-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014.

Speaking at the event in Mumbai, Swaraj said that the ministry has managed to open a number of passport centers all over the country.

"There were 77 passport centers in the country till 2014. We have managed to open up 235 centers in the past six months," she said.
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She added that the ministry has managed to get rid of a number of rules that created inconvenience among the ones, who applied for a passport."Earlier, orphans who didn`t have a birth certificate weren`t allowed to issue passports. 

Similarly, divorcees were not issued passports as well. We have changed these rules and amended them so that they are more citizen-friendly," she said.The country`s first Videsh Bhavan assimilates all Regional Passport Offices under one roof.

As a first pilot project, four offices of the MEA - Regional Passport Office (RPO), Protector of Emigrants (PoE) office, Branch Secretariat and Regional Office of the ICCR - have been assimilated and brought under one roof at the state-of-art office.

Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. (Retd.) V.K. Singh, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Administrator of Union Territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli Praful Patel and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. 
 
2. Dipak Misra Sworn in as Chief Justice of India.
Dipak Misra Sworn in as Chief Justice of India
Justice Dipak Misra, who led the Supreme Court bench that confirmed death to four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case in May this year, will succeed Chief Justice JS Khehar as the next Chief Justice of India.

Justice Misra was sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India at a brief ceremony in the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Justice Misra.

Chief Justice Misra will hold office for the next 13 months, till 2 October 2018. As per the established practice, Chief Justice Khehar had had last month recommended Justice Misra`s elevation as his successor.

Justice Misra was also among the three judges who were up all night in July 2015, giving a historic hearing to decide on terrorist Yakub Memon`s last-minute appeal against his hanging. 

Memon was convicted in 1993 Mumbai blasts, in which 257 people were killed. It was Justice Misra who announced the court`s decision at 5 am: "Stay of death warrant would be a travesty of justice. The plea is dismissed," he said. Memon was hanged two hours later.

Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court before he was elevated as a Supreme Court judge in 2011, Justice Misra had been described as a "pro-citizen judge" by his peers. It was, for instance, Justice Misra who had ordered the police to upload a copy of the police complaints registered by the police, or First Information Report, on their website within 24 hours so that the accused and victim did not have to run around for a copy.

Back in the high court, the judge was also known to entertain public interest litigation but cracked the whip when people tried to waste his court`s time, ruling the court wasn`t a laboratory where people could come to play at their own whim and fancy.

Justice Misra, 64, assumes office following the retirement of Justice JS Khehar as the Chief Justice of India yesterday.
 
3. Prime Minister to inaugurate National Highway projects in Rajasthan.
 Prime Minister to inaugurate National Highway projects in Rajasthan
Eyeing assembly polls in Rajasthan scheduled for next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate highway and road projects worth Rs15,000 crore in Udaipur on Tuesday.

Modi, who will be in the state on Tuesday along with Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Rajasthan chief minister Vashundhara Raje, is going to inaugurate several projects, including six-lane cable-stayed bridge across river Chambal in Kota, four-laning of Gomati Chaurha-Udaipur section of National Highway 8 and four-laning of Rajsamand-Bhilwara section, and lay the foundation stone of the Jaipur Ring Road. He will also address a public meeting in Udaipur.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is eyeing 180-plus seats out of 200 in the next assembly elections in 2018. The target was set in early May during the party’s state-level working committee meeting. In the 2013 assembly polls, BJP won 163 seats, while Congress got 22 and others 17.
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The road ministry said, in a press statement, that around 109 projects over 3,000 kilometres are being funded by the road transport ministry and public sector undertaking National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). The projects include widening and improvement of national highways in the state.

A senior government official, on the condition of anonymity, said the day would be historic as the Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay foundation stones of around 9,500 different projects, including both central and state government road projects. The projects come under the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and state government’s Rajasthan Road Sector Modernization Project (RRSMP) and Gramin Gaurav Path (GGP).
 
5. Olympian Footballer Ahmed Khan Passes Away.
Olympian Footballer Ahmed Khan Passes Away
India`s two-time Olympic footballer and East Bengal legend Ahmed Khan passed away at the age of 90 here on Sunday, his former club confirmed.

"The Club is sad to announce the passing away of Ahmed Khan at Bengaluru today. He was nearly 91 years old. A legend in his own right and a Double Olympian, he was perhaps one of thegreatest footballer the country has ever produced. May his soul Rest in Peace," East Bengal said in a statement.

Khan played in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics and figured for East Bengal from 1949 to 1959. He was also the last of the `Five Pandavas` of the club who, besides him, comprised legendary forwards Dhanraj, Appa Rao, Saleh and Venkatesh.

The forwards helped East Bengal bag the IFA Shield, the Kolkata league and the Rovers Cup in 1949 and become the first Indian club to win the Durand Cup in 1951.Khan made his Olympic debut in London 1948 where India lost 1-2 to France. 
 
6. After Kalpana Chawla, Jalseen Kaur Josan becomes 2nd Indian woman to fly for NASA’s Mars Mission.
 
 
When we give examples of inspirations to the world, Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams who are the names which are the pride of India. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams were the first two Indian origin women to fly to space. Here is one more rising inspiration- Jaslin Kaur Josan becomes the first Indian Sikh woman to be selected by NASA for the Mars Expedition happening in 2030. 

After Kalpana Chawla, Jasleen Kaur Josan has become the 2nd Indian Women and first Sikh women to be selected by NASA for the Mars Expedition happening in 2030. The mission called the Orion Mission will be the first man mission to the red planet and candidates were selected from around the world.
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“It will likely take nine months to reach there, three months to stay there, and then another nine months to return. So it’s a 21-month mission in total”, said Jasleen Kaur. She shared that she and her family are more excited than nervous about the chance to go Mars.

The group will be the first to live and create a habitat on Mars and many people will not return. However, Jasleen is part of the two way mission where those going will return. The 2020 mission candidates will not return back to planet Earth. An earlier mission to Mars will take place in three years from now, although this is a one-way colonization mission where the group inhabiting Mars will not be returning to Earth. Josan is part of the two-way mission which is set to happen in 2030.

After Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams now Jasleen Kaur Josan has set an example for the world to look upto and get motivated to pursue their dreams. Indians are really proud of them.
 
7. Narendra Modi inaugurated Rs15,000-crore worth road projects in Rajasthan.
Narendra Modi inaugurated Rs15,000-crore worth road projects in Rajasthan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday arrived in Udaipur district in Rajasthan. He will inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of several major projects whose total outlay is estimated to be over Rs 15,000 crore.

PM Modi, accompanied by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, visited an exhibition on National Highway Projects.

He will also visit the Pratap Gaurav Kendra which provides information, through various exhibits, about the life, valour and achievements of Maharana Pratap, the famous King of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, reports PTI.
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"Tomorrow(Tuesday) I will be visiting Rajasthan, the land of the brave, where I will inaugurate & lay the foundation of key National Highway projects," Modi tweeted on Monday night.

"I will address a public meeting in Udaipur. I will also visit the Pratap Gaurav Kendra and pay my respects to the great Maharana Pratap," he said in another tweet.

The prime minister will inaugurate 11 completed National Highway projects, covering a total length of about 873 km, a Rajasthan government spokesman said in Jaipur.

Modi will also perform ground-breaking ceremony for six NH projects, covering a distance of about 556 km, said the spokesman in a release.

Among the projects being inaugurated are 6-lane cable stayed bridge across river Chambal at Kota; 4-laning of Gomati Chauraha-Udaipur section of NH-8; and 4-laning of Rajsamand- Bhilwara section of NH-758, the PMO spokesman said.

Among the important projects for which a foundation stone will be laid is the Jaipur Ring Road, he said.

Ahead of the prime minister`s visit, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje reached Udaipur today to take stock of the arrangements.

She was accompanied by state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, PWD Minister Yunus Khan and DGP Ajit Singh during the inspection.


 

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