Current Affairs in Short: 17 July 2019
Sangeet Natak Akademi has been selected Sonal Mansingh, Zakhir Hussain, K Kalyanasundaram Pillai and Jatin Goswami for Akademi Ratna category for the year 2018.
Sangeet Natak Akademi awards – 2018 announced
• Sangeet Natak Akademi has been selected Sonal Mansingh, Zakhir Hussain, K Kalyanasundaram Pillai and Jatin Goswami for Akademi Ratna category for the year 2018.
• 44 artists from the field of Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre, Music, Dance, Theatre, Puppetry and Overall contribution have been selected.
• Three joint awards are also included in these 44 awards. These awards will be conferred by President of India Ram Nath Kovind at a special ceremony.
Kids will be given eggs at home: Chhattisgarh Govt.
• Chhattisgarh government announced that if parents have issues with serving eggs in mid-day meals at the school, authorities should arrange to serve eggs to the students whose families have no objection at home.
• School education department suggested this year that eggs or food item with equivalent nutrition value should be served to the students.
• However, students who don’t eat eggs will be provided Soya Milk, protein crunch, fortified pulses etc.
First female President of European Commission
• Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen has been elected as the First female President of the European Commission by the European Parliament.
• Von der Leyen has resigned from the post of Germany’s Defence Minister to take over the new role at the European Union’s executive body.
• She will succeed Jean-Claude Juncker who is set to step down on October 31.
Bill Gates overtaken by Arnault as world’s second richest person
• A report released by Bloomberg said that Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates is no longer the world’s second-richest person as his wealth was surpassed by French luxury goods tycoon Bernard Arnault’s wealth.
• Now, Gates is the world’s third-richest person with USD 107 billion as compared to second-richest person Arnault’s USD 108 billion wealth.
• Arnault derives most of his wealth from his holdings in Louis Vuitton owner LVMH.
Maharashtra Govt. raised aid for martyrs’ kin to Rs. 1 crore
• The Maharashtra Cabinet approved an increase in the financial assistance given to families of martyred and disabled soldiers hailing from the state.
• Kin of martyred soldiers will now get Rs. 1 crore as opposed to the current Rs.25 lakh assistance.
• The government will provide Rs. 60 lakh to soldiers left 51-100% disabled, instead of the current Rs. 15 lakh.