PIONEER CURRENT AFFAIRS
1 . Vijay Rupani sworn in as new Gujarat Chief Minister.
The BJP’s Vijay Rupani was sworn in as chief minister of Gujarat on Sunday in a ceremony that was attended by BJP heavyweights Arun Jaitley, Amit Shah and LK Advani.
Nitin Patel was sworn in as Rupani’s deputy and 23 others took the oath for spots in the state cabinet at a ceremony held in Gandhinagar.
The new government – sworn in after former BJP CM Anandiben Patel resigned last week – is expected to shoulder the responsibility of steering BJP to victory in the high stakes 2017 assembly polls in Gujarat. The state has been beset with trouble lately with the Patidar stir and with anti- Dalit atrocities like the flogging of dalits in Una .
- Telangana launches Water Resources Information System.
Telangana State Government on 6 August 2016 launched a unique Water Resources Information System to assess accurate reserves of water in thousands of Tanks and reservoirs across the state.
For this purpose, the Telangana Irrigation Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Space Research Organization over sharing satellite data.
The new system will be set up by ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre.
The unique system will help the government authorities to plan for new irrigation projects as well as maintaining transparency in governance. The Water Resources Information will also pave way for other states to explore possibilities to utilize technology.
- 2nd National Handloom Day observed across the country.
7 August: National Handloom Day
2nd National Handloom Day was observed across the country on 7 August 2016 with the main function being held at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. On this occasion, Sant Kabir Awards and National Handloom Awards were presented.
The Day was also celebrated at state level in all the states and Day was also celebrated in more than 200 handloom clusters.
The first National Handloom Day was inaugurated on 7 August 2015 at the Centenary Hall of Madras University in Chennai, Tamil Nadu by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where he also unveiled ‘India Handloom’ brand.
The Union Government declared 7 August as the National Handloom Day on 29 July 2015 with the objective to generate awareness about the importance of handloom industry.
The Day also seeks to highlight the contribution of handloom to the socioeconomic development of the country in general and to promote handlooms, increase income of weavers and enhance their pride in particular.
The date August 7 was chosen as on this day in 1905 the Swadeshi Movement was formally launched, at a massive meeting in the Calcutta Town hall. The movement involved revival of domestic products and production processes.