1. No renewal of insurance for vehicles without pollution certificate
Supreme Court wants owners to produce Pollution Under Control Certificates if they want their vehicle’s insurance renewed.
The court also asked the Centre to ensure that all petrol pumps have PUC centres.
The court granted 4 weeks to the Centre to ensure that there are functional PUC centres in NCR.
2. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta secured a second term in office, setting off wild street celebrations by his supporters and protests in opposition strongholds in the capital and the west of the country.
Speaking after the result of Tuesday’s election was announced, Mr. Kenyatta offered an olive branch to the opposition, urging national unity and peace with rivals who have rejected the result and raised the prospect of street protests.
3. Facebook launches YouTube competitor called Watch
In an apparent bid to take on Google-owned YouTube, Facebook has rolled out ‘Watch’ — a redesigned video platform for creators and publishers.
The social media giant last year launched ‘Video’ tab in the US which offered a predictable place to find videos on Facebook.
Shows are made up of episodes — live or recorded — and follow a theme or storyline.
4. Industrial output enters negative zone
Industrial activity in June contracted 0.1%, the slowest since June 2013, driven primarily due to a contraction in capital goods.
This is the first time in the current fiscal that the industrial output has shown a decline. Segments like manufacturing and capital goods, mining, power generation, infrastructure/construction goods and consumer durables recorded poor performance.
5. Prasoon Joshi replaces Pahlaj Nihalani as CBFC chief
Veteran producer Pahlaj Nihalani was replaced by writer-lyricist-adman Prasoon Joshi as the head of the Central Board of Film Certification on Friday by The ministry of information and broadcasting.
Nihalani, a filmmaker, was appointed head of CBFC in 2015 and his incomplete tenure has been mired in a number of controversies. Nicknamed ‘Sanskaari Nihalani’ on social media, he has often been criticised for his orthodox approach to censoring, and not necessarily certifying films
6. India deploys more troops along China border
In a strategically key move, India has poured in more troops along the entire stretch of its border with China in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in the face of heightened rhetoric by Beijing over the Doklam standoff.
The officials told Press Trust of India that The “caution level” among the troops has also been raised and The decision to increase the deployment along the nearly 1,400km China-India border from Sikkim to Arunachal Pradesh was taken after carrying out a detailed analysis of the situation and considering China’s aggressive posturing against India on Dokalam.
7. Population of elephants declined by about 3,000 in past five years
Today, 12 August – is World Elephant Day, has brought some bad news for wildlife lovers. The population of elephants has declined by nearly 10% or 3,000 in the last five years. The government, however, claims the reduction is mainly on account of a more scientific count this time.
Preliminary results of the 2017 elephant census will be released by Harsh Vardhan, Union minister for environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) on Saturday on the occasion of World Elephant Day, launched in 2012 to draw attention to the plight of Asian and African elephants.
8. Economic Survey says deflationary risks weighing on economy
According to the second volume of the Economic Survey presented by finance minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament on Friday, A raft of deflationary impulses is weighing on the Indian economy, which is likely to fall short of the 7.5% upper band of its forecast growth range this year.
Farmers’ incomes stressed by lower non-cereal food prices, farm loan waivers and the consequent fiscal tightening by state governments, and strains in the power and telecommunication sectors that are exacerbating the so-called twin balance sheet problem are among the deflationary impulses that will limit economic growth in the short run, the Survey said.
9. David Rasquinha appointed as Exim Bank MD
David Rasquinha, who is currently Deputy Managing Director of Exim Bank of India, has been appointed as Managing Director of the bank. This appointment will be valid for a period of three years.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has given its nod for elevation of Rasquinha to the post of Managing Director, official sources said.
10. PM lauds Pune resident’s efforts towards Swacch Bharat
The Prime Minister has lauded the efforts of a Pune-based resident for doing innovative work by linking gardening to the Swacch Bharat Mission. Recently, Prachi Deshpande wrote a letter to the PM, regarding her efforts to make compost fertilizer from waste collected from her house and neighbourhood, which she used to start organic farming on her house’s rooftop.