Current Affairs Today (English) Date: 29.08.2017

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Current Affairs Today (English) Date: 29.08.2017:
  • First in India: Docs make a bid to split twins joined at head
  • TN wind power tariff Rs 3.42|unit, lowest in country
  • New Chief Justice of India: Justice Dipak Misra hails from renowned literary family
  • Reform labour laws to boost job creation, says NITI survey
  • Suri wins maiden European golf title
  • ‘All women stations an outdated concept’
  • Sindhu loses epic final to Okuhara
  • Lifetime awards for Manuel Aaron and Philips
First in India: Docs make a bid to split twins joined at head
Indian doctors for the first time attempted to separate twins joined at the head on Monday . At the time of going to press, the surgery , which started around 9am, was still on at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The twins, born to Bhuiyan and Pushpa, farmers from Odisha's Kandhamal district, were referred to AIIMS last month

TN wind power tariff Rs 3.42|unit, lowest in country
The cost of wind power in Tamil Nadu has fallen to `3.42 per unit, the lowest in the country . The price now is 4 paise lower than that quoted in the Union renewable power ministry's wind power tender bid. On Monday , when the wind power price bids were opened, Tangedco found ReGen Power Tech Company had bid `3.42 per unit for a capacity of 200MW .

New Chief Justice of India: Justice Dipak Misra hails from renowned literary family
Justice Dipak Misra succeeded Justice J S Khehar on Monday to become the 45th Chief Justice of India, and the first in 67 years to have `Z' category security cover. He will have a tenure of a little over one year and retire on October 2 next year. On July 30, 2015, in a predawn hearing, a Justice Misraheaded bench had rejected 1993 Mumbai serial blasts condemned prisoner Yakub Memon's last gasp plea for commutation of his death penalty .Shortly thereafter, an anonymous threat letter was thrown into his official residence necessitating `Z' category security. The cover remains in place and he is the only SC judge to use a bullet-proof ambassador car with police escort.

Reform labour laws to boost job creation, says NITI survey
Flexible labour laws will allow firms to grow larger and reap economies of scale, raise productivity, create jobs and spur higher growth, a survey of companies by NITI Aayog and IDFC institute showed on Monday . “Reforming labour laws and achieving greater flexibility in their implementation can greatly help enhance the ease of doing business,“ said the survey of 3,276 manufacturing enterprises, including 141 early stage firms. It said that firms in the labour-intensive sectors find compliance with labour-related regulations particularly onerous and this fact translates into firms avoiding labour intensive sectors.

 “ A large number of firms in labour intensive sectors report that finding skilled workers, hiring contract labour and firing employees was a major obstacle,“ the survey , which was conducted in 2016, said.It further recommended faster reforms in the power sectors, facilitatation of entry and exit of firms, level-playing field for small and large firms, improvement in access to finance and informing firms about the improvements in ease of doing business norms. The survey does not rank states as it focusses on specific aspects of the business environment.

The Aayog recommended the creation of a handful of Coastal Employment Zones, which may attract multinational firms in labour-intensive sectors from China to India. Making a case for reforming labour laws, the Aayog noted that recently fixed-term employment has been introduced in the textiles and apparel industry.

Suri wins maiden European golf title
Julian Suri had a splendid Sunday as he pocketed his maiden European Tour title at the Made In Denmark event. The 26-year-old caught the attention of many in May this year when he bagged his first European Challenge Tour win -the D+D Real Czech Challenge.

‘All women stations an outdated concept’
In the early 1990s, Tamil Nadu pioneered the concept of All Women Police Station (AWPS) and established the first such station in Thousand Lights in Chennai. However, over 25 years later, the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) Director General of Police Meeran C. Borwankar feels the concept of having an exclusive police station managed entirely by women is “outdated” and has “outlived its utility”.

Sindhu loses epic final to Okuhara
P.V. Sindhu’s gallant effort to become India’s first ever World Champion ended in a heart-wrenching defeat to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in an epic final here on 28.08.2017. In the longest match of the tournament, which tested the physical and mental strength of both players, Sindhu lost 21-19, 20-22, 22-20 after battling for one hour and 49 minutes.

Lifetime awards for Manuel Aaron and Philips
India’s first chess International Master Manuel Aaron and 1975 hockey Word cup winner V.J. Philips were honoured with Lifetime Achievement awards at the Arise Steel-TNSJA (Tamil Nadu Sports Journalists’ Association) awards function here on 28.08.2017.

Courtesy: The Hindu / Times of India

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