Current Affairs of 08 August 2018 areas:-
1. World's largest bird sculpture Jatayu sculpture will be inaugurated in Kerala:-
- The Jatayu sculpture at the Jatayu Earth Center (JEC) at Chadayamangalam in Kollam district, Kerala, said to be world’s largest bird sculpture, will be inaugurated on August 17 by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
- This Rs 100 crore-project is a creation by film director and sculptor Rajiv Anchal.
2. Government appoints S Gurumurthy, Satish Marathe as part-time Directors on RBI Board:-
- The Central Government on August 7, 2018, appointed journalist Swaminathan Gurumurthy and Sahakar Bharathi patron Satish Kashinath Marathe as part-time non-official Directors on the Central Board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) following the approval from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
- With these latest appointments, the total number of government-appointed directors on the RBI board comes to 10, the maximum permitted. Besides, the government also has two government officials on the board.
- The RBI's affairs are governed by a Central Board of Directors. The board is appointed by the Central Government in keeping with the RBI Act, 1934.
3. Germany's Mario Gomez retires from International Football:-
- Veteran German striker Mario Gomez (33-year-old), who made his debut for Germany in 2007, scored 31 goals in 78 international appearances.
- He represented his country at the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and 2018 and the Euro Cup in 2008 and 2012.
- He is now looking to pay his full attention to the domestic football league, Bundesliga.
4. Games period to be made compulsory in schools: Sports Minister:-
- The Union Sports Minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore announced on August 6, 2018, that a games period will be made mandatory in all schools from 2019 onwards.
- Along with this, the Minister said that the Ministry of Education will ensure a 50 percent reduction in the syllabus.T
- The Sports Ministry is ensuring that Sports Authority of India (SI) reduces its manpower by 50 percent by 2022 so that they can cater to sports and it has a lean body and the money is spent more on sports.
5. Election for the post of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha to be held on Thursday:-
- Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu announced in the Upper House that the election for Deputy Chairman will be held on the August 9th. The post of the Deputy Chairman has been lying vacant since June this year.
6. UK rejects India's request to ban pro Khalistan event in London:-
- A US-based pro-Khalistangroup ‘Sikhs for Justice’ (SFJ) will hold a so-called “London Declaration” to further its ‘Referendum2020’ agenda on August 12 at London's Trafalgar Square.
- On the same day, Indians based in London will gather to celebrate India’s 71st Independence Day at the venue.
- The group's ‘Referendum2020’ calls for the people of Punjab to determine independence from India.
7. Goa becomes the first state by starting its own app-based taxi service:-
- Goa CM Manohar Parrikarand Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar flagged off the Goa Tourism Development Corporation's app-based taxi service called "GoaMiles".
- A taxi owner did not have to pay anything and GTDC’s charges would be recovered from the consumer. GTDC will charge the consumer around Rs 20-80 as the service fee.
- Customers will get honest service and will get to know the fare before the journey starts.
8. UK announces new organ donation plan to address Indian origin shortages:-
- The UK government has announced new plans to change the law for organ and tissue donation to address the urgent need for organs within the Indian-origin communities in the country.
- The proposed new system of consent for organ and tissue donation is expected to come into effect in England in 2020, as part of a drive to help black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people desperately waiting for a life-saving transplant.