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National – Across the India:
1. Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor’s autobiography released recently, titled ‘Shashi Kapoor – the Householder, the Star’.
The biography has been authored by film journalist Aseem Chhabra and with foreword by Karan Johar.
It unveils the chapters of actor’s personal and professional life.
He has been conferred the following awards: -
National Film Award for Best actor for the film New Delhi Times (1986)
National Film Award Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) for Muhafiz (1993)
National Film Award Best Feature Film in Hindi (as Producer) for Junoon (1979)
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2010)
Padma Bhushan (2011) and Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2014).
International – Across the Globe:
1. Switzerland Government has honoured late veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra by unveiling bronze statue at Interlaken.
The bronze statue weighing about 250 kilos was inaugurated by his wife Pamela Chopra and daughter-in-law Rani Mukerjee.
Chopra was known for opening a legacy of South Asian tourists flocking to Switzerland and spend much time in the country besides shooting his movies.
This statue has been installed at the heart of Interlaken, inside the Kursaal area near the Congress Centre which is a prime, popular spot with tourists.
1. Pakistan has won the third edition of the Asian Kabaddi Championship 2016 (Circle Style) by defeating India.
In the final match held at Pakistan Ordinance Factory Sports Complex in Wah Cantonment, Pakistan (defending champion) defeated India by 50-31 points.
This is Pakistan’s second successive win in the Asian Kabaddi title as they had won it in 2012.
Appointments & Resignations:
1. Former South African cricketer Mickey Arthur has been appointed as cricket team’s head coach.
It was announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
With this appointment he fills the role vacated by Waqar Younis’ resignation in April 2016 following Pakistan’s early exit from the T20 World Cup.
This is Arthur’s third assignment with an assignment of international coaching.
Earlier he coached South Africa from 2005 to 2010 and Australia from 2011 to 2013.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
1. India’s largest private sector lender ICICI Bank has inked a MoU with the BRICS Grouping-promoted New Development Bank (NDB) for a partnership in bond issuances, co-financing, treasury management and human resources.
With this ICICI Bank becomes first financial institution in the country to tie up with the BRICS Grouping-promoted NDB.
The MoU was signed by BDB’s first President and ICICI Bank veteran KV Kamath and ICICI Bank Chief Chanda Kochhar in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
NDB is a multilateral development bank promoted by BRICS Nations viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. It is outcome of 6th BRICS Summit being held in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Science & Technology:
1. Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has launched Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Shaurya at Panaji.
It was launched by the Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha, in the presence of GSl and ICG officials.
ICGS Shaurya is fifth of a series of six Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) designed in-house and built by GSL.
2. US based private space transport Service Company, SpaceX has successfully launched Japanese JCSAT-14 communication satellite into the space.
The satellite was place into its intended preliminary geostationary transfer orbit by SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket which was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, US.
JCSAT-14 Satellite is owned by Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation.
The satellite will boost the company’s fleet of relay stations to 17.
The satellite is built by Space Systems/Loral and is equipped with 26 C-band and 18 Ku-band transponders.