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Current Affairs 29 August 2016

ISRO tests Scramjet Rocket engine

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully test-fired its Scramjet Rocket Engine.
  • It will use oxygen from the atmosphere thereby reducing launch cost, from the spaceport of Sriharikota.

Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, 2016

  • The 7th edition of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival 2016 Kicked off in the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan Thimbu on 26 August 2016.
  • The festival was inaugurated by Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, (Royal Patron) which aims to provide a platform for the greatest literary minds to engage in a cultural dialogue.

Sania wins Connecticut Open doubles title

  • Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Monica Niculescu defeated Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine and Chuang Chia Jung of Taiwan in the final.
  • The Indo-Romanian pair won 7-5, 6-4.

Sharmila Tagore appointed as a new member of the BCCC

  • Film actress Sharmila Tagore, theatre activist Arundhati Nag and film studies academician Ira Bhaskar have been appointed new members of Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC).
  • The Board of Directors of Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF) headed by Star India chairman Uday Shankar has approved these appointments for a term of three years in the eminent persons.

Himachal Health Minister launches ambulance mobile app

  • Himachal Pradesh Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur has launched a mobile application called ‘108 HP’ to facilitate efficient access to ambulances for medical emergencies.
  • Quoting sources, our correspondent reports that now the number of ambulances under the service has increased to 199.

Punit Misra named CEO of Zee Entertainment domestic broadcast biz

  • Zee Entertainment Enterprises has appointed Punit Misra as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for its domestic broadcast business.
  • Earlier Misra was Executive Director-Sales and Customer Development at Hindustan Unilever and joined HUL as a management trainee in 1996.

India’s first textile university to come up at Surat

  • Gujarat government is planning to set up India’s first textile university at Surat.
  • The university will build on over 250 acre land in Surat and it is expected to get operational in the next one and a half years.