1) 18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting begins in New Delhi: The 18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting will be held on August 7-8, 2014 at New Delhi. The two-day 18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting will provide an important opportunity to BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) to enhance coordination on important issues under consideration in Climate Change negotiations and arrive at a common position. Environment Ministers of BASIC countries will meet in New Delhi to discuss important issues relating to current United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.
2) Construction Work of World’s tallest Railway Bridge began at Noney in Manipur: The construction work of the world’s tallest railway bridge began on 28 July 2014 near Noney in Manipur, India. Northeast Frontier Railway Construction Organisation (NFRCO) will be administering the whole project. At 141 meters, the height of the tallest pillar of the bridge of Jiribaum – Tupul – Imphal railway line is slated to become the tallest bridge in the world from viewpoint of pillar’s height. The height of the other piers of this 700 metres bridge varies between 50-90 metres.
3) Gujarat Governor assumed additional charge of Goa: Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli was sworn in as Governor of Goa at a simple ceremony held at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, near Panaji on Thursday evening. Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Justice Mohit Shantilal Shah administered the oath of office to the new Governor. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
4) Indian Chamber of Commerce appoints new Vice-President: Aditya Vardhan Agarwal, Director, Emami Group, has been nominated and appointed as the Vice-President of the Indian Chamber of Commerce. He is the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Ethiopia in Kolkata.
5) Padho Pardesh scheme for minority community: Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah has said the government has launched a scheme titled, Padho Pardesh, for providing interest subsidy on educational loans for overseas studies for students belonging to the notified minority communities like Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis. She said the objective of the scheme is to award interest subsidy to meritorious students belonging to economically weaker sections of the notified minority communities so as to provide opportunities for higher education abroad and enhance their employability.
6) Kapil Dev to head Arjuna Awards selection committee: Former India cricket captain Kapil Dev will head the Arjuna Awards selection committee for choosing this year’s outstanding sportspersons of the country while former hockey skipper Ajitpal Singh is likely to be in charge of selecting the Dronacharya awardees.
7) Former Home Secy RK Singh to head panel reviewing Parliament security: Parliament, which was targeted by terrorists 13 years back, is set to be strengthened further with a special committee being set up on Thursday to suggest measures for it within a month. The committee, formed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, will be headed by former Union Home Secretary RK Singh and will include former Rajasthan DGP Harish Chandra Meena and former Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh, who are also BJP members in Lok Sabha.
8) India equal record for most ducks in an innings: Indian cricket team on 7 August 2014 equaled the world record of maximum number of 6 ducks (zero runs) in a Test innings. India equaled the record on the first day of the Manchester Test played against England. Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pankaj Singh were the batsmen to be out for duck.