Current Affairs, News & Facts of 21 Aug 2014

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  • KV Thomas is the new Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.  
    • The Congress leader will head the yearly panel set up to analyze the CAG report in Parliament.
    • The Committee comprises a maximum of 22 members (15 from Lok Sabha and remaining from the upper house).
    • The office of the PAC chairman is, by convention, given to the opposition party.
    • Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi held this post in the previous government.
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  • Partha Mitra, an Indian-American neuroscientist, has been honoured with Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) under President Barack Obama's multi-year Brain Initiative to map the human brain.  
    • He shares the prize with his fellow researcher Florin Albeanu. 
    • The money will be given over two years for the development of innovative conceptual and physical tools to advance neuroscience. 
    • The $300,000 grant will help them to develop a “virtual neuroanatomist - an artificial-intelligence system that can identify cell types and neural structures in microscopic images of brain slices.
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  • Delhi ranks a dismal 111th place out of 140 world cities in liveability.  - read more cat
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  • Dutch racer 'Max Verstappen' is all set to become the youngest Formula One (F1) driver in the history.  
    • He, the son of former Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen, will be of little over 17 years when he participates in the 2015 season. 
    • The record is currently held by Jaime Alguersuari (Spain), who was 19 years and 125 days old at his debut in 1990 in Hungarian Grand Prix.
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  • Centre set up a high-level committee to suggest roadmap to revamp FCI (Food Corporation of India).  
    • The panel, chaired by former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shanta Kumar, is required to hand in the report within three months.
    • The move is aimed at improving efficiency and financial management of the public body.
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  • Centre approves Metro Rail Project for Nagpur.  
    • It will span across 38 kms along two corridors (i) North-South Corridor from Automotive Square to MIHAN, and (ii) East-West Corridor from Prajapati Nagar to Lokmanya Nagar.
    • Nagpur is the 13th largest urban conglomeration in India.
    • The government also dedicates the 1000MW ( 2X500 MW) stage I of Mouda Super Thermal Power Project to the nation in Nagpur (Maharashtra). 
    • The project is slated to be the biggest power station of NTPC in the State. 
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