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  1. Angela Ruggiero appointed Head of IOC Athletes’ Commission.

American ice hockey Olympic champion Angela Ruggiero on 1 August 2016 was elected as the new chair of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Athletes’ Commission.

IOC President Thomas Bach officially appointed Ruggiero during joint meeting between the IOC athletes’ commission and the IOC executive board.

Ruggiero will be replacing Claudia Bokel.

Who is Angela Ruggiero?

  • Angela Ruggiero is a former ice hockey player who has played more games for Team USA than any other man or woman.
  • She is the current Vice-Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.
  • She competed in 10 Women’s World Championships winning four Gold medals and six Silver.
  • She also authored a memoir about her hockey experiences called Breaking the Ice.
  • She announced her retirement from USA’s national hockey team on 28 December 2011.
  • On 29 June 2015, she was announced as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2015. She was inducted on 9 November 2015. She is only the fourth woman and second American woman to be inducted.

About IOC Athletes’ Commission

  • The IOC Athletes’ Commission is a body maintained by the International Olympic Committee for the purpose of representing athletes.
  • It was established in 1981 by the then-President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch.
  • Its creation was subsequently codified by the IOC in Rule 21 of the Olympic Charter.
  • Its function is to act as the link between active athletes and the IOC.
  1. West Bengal Cabinet cleared proposal to rename the state as “Bengal”

West Bengal Cabinet on 2 August 2016 cleared a proposal to rename the state as “Bengal” in English and “Bango” or “Bangla” in Bengali. The word “Bengal” has the state’s culture and heritage associated with it and so it has been decided to change it.

West Bengal Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said that a special session of the Assembly will be convened on 26 August to pass a resolution to this effect. Later, it will be sent to the Union Government for approval by the Parliament as changing of the name will require its approval.

The decision was taken in line to the names of other states like Odisha, and cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. The other reason for changing the name of the state is that whenever there is any meeting of all states, West Bengal comes at the bottom of the list alphabetically.

  1. Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in Rajya Sabha.

Rajya Sabha on 1 August 2016 passed the Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016 with voice Vote. The Bill seeks to amend the Dentists Act, 1948.

It also seeks to replace the Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 and states that its provisions will come in to force from 24 May 2016.

Lok Sabha passed the bill on 19 July 2016. Now, the bill will be sent to the President for his assent.

Key Features of the Bill

  • It seeks to introduce a uniform entrance examination for all dental educational institutions. This would be applicable at the undergraduate and the post-graduate level.
  • The Bill states that in case a state has not opted for the uniform entrance examination, then the examination will not be applicable at the undergraduate level for the academic year 2016-17. This provision will apply to state government seats in government and private dental colleges.
  • The Bill states that the entrance examinations will be conducted in Hindi, English and other languages.
  • The Bill provides powers to the DCI to frame regulations with regard to
  1. a) The authority designated with the conduct of the exams
  2. b) The manner of conducting the exams
  3. c) Specifying languages other than English and Hindi in which the examinations may be conducted.
  • The existing Act of 1948 provides for the constitution of the Dental Council of India (DCI) and regulate
  1. a) Permission to start colleges, courses or increase the number of seats
  2. b) Registration of dentists
  3. c) Standards of professional conduct of dentists; among others

The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in Lok Sabha by Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Jagat Prakash Nadda on 19 July 2016.

  1. BJP Parliamentary Board accepts resignation of Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel

BJP Parliamentary Board on 3 August 2016 accepted the resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. She will meet State Governor OP Kohli to submit her resignation.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and BJP General Secretary Saroj Pandey have been appointed as the observers to oversee the election of new legislature party leader in the State.

Anandiben Patel offered to resign on 1 August 2016, ahead of the state assembly elections expected in 2017, citing her age. The term of the current assembly ends in January 2018.

Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel

  • Born on 21 November 1941, Patel was sworn-in as the first woman Chief Minister of Gujarat on 22 May 2014.
  • She is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 1987.
  • Being a strict administrator, she has served the state under the then Narendra Modi led government in portfolios like roads and buildings, revenue, urban development and urban housing, disaster management and capital projects from 2007 to 2014.
  • She was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1994.
  • She represented India at the Fourth World women’s Conference at Beijing.
  • She contested her first assembly election in 1998 from Mandal and was the minister of education in the Keshubhai Patel ministry.
  • In 1987, she was awarded with state government’s gallantry award for saving two girls from drowning into Narmada dam.
  • She has served Gujarat as a school teacher of Mohniba Vidyalaya in Ahmedabad.
  1. National Tourism Awards for 2014-15 presented.

Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker, Lok Sabha, on 30 July 2016 presented the National Tourism Awards for the year 2014-15 to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry.

The Best State/Union Territory for Comprehensive Development of Tourism was presented to Madhya Pradesh followed by Gujarat and Karnataka.

On the other hand, American journalist Stephanie Pearson won the Best Foreign Journalist for India Award. She won the honour for her feature on Kerala ‘The Great Heaven.’

Excellence in Publishing in English :- Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala for their Coffee Table Book ‘Kerala & The Spice Routes’

Excellence in Publishing in Foreign Language other than English :- Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala for their Brochure ‘The Great Backwaters (Das Faszinierendste Gewässer der Erde)’ in German Language

 

Best Tourism Film :- Department of Tourism, Union Territory Administration of Daman & Diu for their film ‘Ilha De Calma’

  1. Department of Tourism, Union Territory Administration of Daman & Diu for their film ‘Ilha De Calma’

Sports Minister Vijay Goel on 2 August 2016 inaugurated ‘Wall of Wishes’ at India Gate Lawns in New Delhi. The Wall of Wishes was launched in presence of Olympian Boxer M C Mary Kom to celebrate the Olympic mood in the country.

Rio Olympics is scheduled to be held from 5 August to 21 August 2016.

Besides, Goel also launched Digital Campaign for general public to wish Indian Olympic Contingent for the Rio Games. He also urged the people especially students and youth to visit India Gate in large numbers to sign their wishes at the Wall to cheer the Indian players.

The Wall was inaugurated after the RUN FOR RIO, which was organised on 31 July 2016 by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs to connect public at large, with the Olympic spirit and power of sports. This year India is sending its largest ever contingent to participate in the Olympic Games.

  1. Indian-American Professor Emeritus Braj B Kachru passes away.

Renowned Indian-American linguist Braj B Kachru passed away on 29 July 2016 in Urbana, Illinois. He was 84.

Kachru coined the term World English. He is also known for his published studies on Kashmiri.

Who was Braj B Kachru?

  • Born on 15 May 1931 in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, Braj Bihari Kachru initiated, shaped and defined the field of World Englishes.
  • He researched in the fields of World Englishes and Kashmiri language and has published several books and research papers related to the field.
  • At the University of Illinois, he headed the Department of Linguistics from 1968 to 1979.
  • From 1985 to 1991, he directed the Division of English as an International Language at the University.
  • He was the Director of the Center for Advanced Study from June 1996 to January 2000 at the University.
  • In 1984, he was appointed director at the Linguistic Institute of the Linguistic Society of America.
  • He was named Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois in 1992.
  • He went on to become the president of the International Association for World Englishes from 1997 to 1999.
  • He has also authored and edited over 25 books and more than 100 research papers, reviews and review articles.
  • He authored the prize-winning The Alchemy of English: The Spread, Functions and Models of Non-Native Englishes.
  • He was also the associate editor for Contributor to the Cambridge History of the English Language and The Oxford Companion to the English Language.

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