Important Weekly Current Affairs PDF Download (August 15th to 21st August 2021)

Dear Readers, Here we have given the list of Important Weekly Current Affairs of 15th to 21st August 2021. Candidates those who are preparing for Upcoming SBI Clerk 2021 and other competitive exams can make use of it.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

  • PM Modi announces August 14 to be observed as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the national flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort to celebrate the country’s 75th Independence Day
  • World Humanitarian Day is observed every year on 19 August & the theme for World Humanitarian Day 2021 focuses on the immediate human cost of the climate crisis.
  • August 19 of every year is celebrated as World Photography Day across the world, dedicated to the art, craft, science and history of photography & the theme is Pandemic lockdown through the lens.
  • Akshay Urja Diwas is celebrated every year on August 20 & It is an awareness campaign aimed at enlightening the masses about the benefits of renewable energy resources in their lives as well as that of our blue planet.
  • Sadbhavana Diwas (Harmony Day) is celebrated in India on 20th August every year.
  • World Mosquito Day is observed every year on August 20 & the theme of World Mosquito Day 2021 is “Reaching the zero malaria targets”.
  • World Senior Citizens’ Day is celebrated on August 21 & the theme is, “Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?”
  • International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism Observed on Aug 21
  • Sanskrit Week has been celebrated from August 19 to August 25 to promote and popularise the ancient language.

Highlights of Independence Day:

  • Culture Minister G. Kishan Reddy inaugurated an Exhibition – Katha Kranthiveeron Ki to mark the 75th years of Independence as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav at Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has approved 144 Gallantry awards to Armed Forces, police and paramilitary personnel on the eve of Independence Day.
  • PM Modi stated the Gatishakti plan will help local manufacturers turn globally competitive and also develop possibilities of new future economic zones.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a new target of making India an ‘Energy Independent’ nation by the time the country reaches 100 years of India’s independence, in 2047.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

  • Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh released “IndiGau’, India’s first Cattle Genomic Chip for the conservation of pure varieties of indigenous cattle breeds like, Gir, Kankrej, Sahiwal, Ongole etc.
  • The Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smriti Zubin Irani, on the eve of Independence Day, launched 2nd phase of SAMVAD programme in Bengaluru and commemorated the successful completion of one year of SAMVAD – Support, Advocacy & Mental health interventions for children in Vulnerable circumstances And Distress.
  • On the occasion of 75thIndependence Day, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar Participating in ‘Operation Blue Freedom’.
  • Director Dr Randeep Guleria stated The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Delhi, has become the first hospital in India to house a fire station inside the hospital premises.
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to phase out single use plastic by 2022, keeping in view the adverse impacts of littered plastic on both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, has notified the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021, which prohibits identified single use plastic items which have low utility and high littering potential by 2022.
  • On India’s 75th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of the National Hydrogen Mission (NHM).
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government will fortify the rice distributed to the poor via different schemes such as Midday Meal in a bid to address the problem of malnutrition.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that all Sainik Schools in the country will now be open for girls also. 
  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has approved proposals for construction of 16,488 houses at the 55th meeting of Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U).
  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Sekhawat and Minister of State for Jal Shakti Prahlad Singh Patel launched Season-2 of ‘Rag Rag Mein Ganga’.
  • Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw launched the ‘Amrit Mahotsav Shri Shakti Challenge-2021’ to encourage technology solutions developed by Women Entrepreneurs that facilitate Women’s Safety and Empowerment.
  • Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has stated that Vehicle Scrappage Policy is a win-win policy for all the stakeholders and for the country.
  • The Ministry of Textiles has stated that ten more Handloom Design Resource Centres will be set up in the country with the aim to build and create design-oriented excellence in the Handloom sector.
  • The Civil Aviation Ministry gave conditional permission to 10 organizations, including Mahindra and Mahindra, Steel Authority of India (SAIL) and Bayer Crop Science, to use drones for various purposes.
  • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) NITI Aayog in collaboration with La Fondation Dassault Systemes (Dassault Systemes Foundation) in India launched the third series of the ‘Student Entrepreneurship Program’ (SEP 3.0) for the young innovators of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL).
  • Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates Centre for Research & Innovation in Artificial Intelligence set up at IIT-Hyderabad
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will launch Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC) 5.0 in New Delhi through video conferencing.
  • The Delhi High Court asked the Centre to respond to a plea seeking to declare the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) a ‘State’ under the Constitution.
  • In a bid to use technology to act against those violating traffic rules, the Union ministry of road transport and highways issued a notification amending the Central Motor Vehicles Rule 1989 for what it called “Electronic Monitoring and Enforcement of Road Safety.” 
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved a Rs 77.45 crore package for the revival of state-run North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Ltd.
  • The Union Heavy Industries Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey inaugurated the country’s very first Solar Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station at the Karnal Lake Resort.
  • In a major boost to the employment-generating textiles sector, the government constituted an eight-member committee to double the production and quadruple the exports of handlooms in three years.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved implementation of the National Mission on Edible Oils – Oil Palm.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • The Taliban declared the war in Afghanistan was over after terrorists took control of the presidential palace in Kabul as US-led forces departed and Western nations scrambled to evacuate their citizens.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has created a new advisory group named, The International Scientific Advisory Group for Origins of Novel Pathogens, or SAGO.
  • Malaysia’s Muhyiddin Yassin has stepped down as prime minister after months of political turmoil culminated in the loss of his majority.
  • Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been declared the winner of the presidential election.
  • The government announced a new category of electronic visa to fast-track applications from Afghans who wish to leave the Taliban-controlled country.
  • India in collaboration with the UN launched a technology platform to ensure the safety and security of peacekeepers who are operating in increasingly complex and risky environments across the world.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind accepted credentials from four envoys in a virtual ceremony.
  • President-Designate of 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) Alok Sharma welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s global leadership in setting up the International Solar Alliance.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

  • Four new sites in India added to Ramsar list as ‘wetlands of International importance’, These sites are: Thol, Gujarat, Wadhwana, Gujarat, Sultanpur, Haryana, Bhindawas, Haryana
  • The Kerala Police will launch a first-of-its-kind Drone Forensic Lab and Research Centre to address a rising security threat.
  • Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel greeted people on the country’s 75th Independence Day and announced the creation of four new districts in the state as well as development of parks exclusively for women in all districts of the state.
  • Tamil Nadu government will launch a State Level Credit Guarantee Scheme to enable more MSMEs, particularly micro enterprises to access credit.
  • Chhattisgarh, carved out of Madhya Pradesh on November 1, 2000, became the first State, August 9 to recognize the Community Forest Resource Rights in urban areas.
  • The Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana will enable each family to get up to Rs.5 lakh as treatment cost a year.
  • Tamil Nadu government appointed trained aspirants of all castes as priests in temples
  • On August 14, Tamil Nadu will become the third state after Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to have a separate agricultural budget.
  • In a major relief to consumers, the price of petrol in Tamil Nadu has been slashed by Rs.3, State Finance Minister Palanivel Thiagarajan announced during his budget speech.
  • The Vice President of India Shri M Venkaiah Naidu unveiled the foundation stone of Innovation and Development Centre of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, JNCASR in Bengaluru.
  • Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the world’s second-largest refurbished National Gene Bank at the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, Pusa in New Delhi.
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha unveiled a mobile application named PROOF, to bring more transparency and accountability in the governance system.
  • Maharashtra’s Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray inaugurated the charging facility for electric vehicles at the parking lot of Mumbai’s Kohinoor building.
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray launched the e-crop survey initiative which will become effective in Maharashtra from August 15.
  • Bangladesh was the most polluted country across the world in 2020, followed by Pakistan, India and Mongolia – report prepared by British company HouseFresh.
  • For making available high quality and high speed internet access to the States of North Eastern Region of the country, Universal Service Obligation Fund USOF has signed an Agreement with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited BSNL for hiring of 10 Gbps International Bandwidth for Internet Connectivity to Agartala from Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited BSCCL Bangladesh through Cox Bazar and Kuakata.
  • The Chhattisgarh government has decided to provide Rs 6,000 per year to landless agricultural labourer families of rural areas in a major move. 
  • The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to set up a training centre for Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) commandos in Saharanpur’s Deoband, known for its Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband.
  • Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will inaugurate the country’s first smog tower on August 23, 2021, at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place.
  • Faridabad Smart City Limited has roped in an unlikely collaborator to help promote its initiatives on social media – comic hero Chacha Chaudhary.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of multiple projects in Somnath, Gujarat via video conferencing.
  • The Aligarh district panchayat has sent a proposal to the Uttar Pradesh government, seeking a change in the name of the city to ‘Harigarh’.
  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh has stated that the government will set up a separate Civil Services Exam Centre for Ladakh to be located at Leh. 
  • The Tamil Nadu government has constituted a seven-member committee to study the exploration of hydrocarbon projects which will be headed by Sultan Ahmed Ismail, part-time member, State Development Policy Council.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Vehicle Scrappage Policy while virtually addressing the Gujarat Investor Summit.
  • Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited has launched door-to-door delivery of ‘High-Speed Diesel’ to meet the growing demand.
  • Confederation of Indian Industry, CII has welcomed the announcement of Remission of Duties and Taxes on Export Products-RoDTEP rates by the Government.
  • The Office of the Economic Adviser, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) released index numbers of wholesale prices in India (Base Year: 2011-12) for the month of July, 2021.
  • Seventeen years after it sold its stock for the first time in a relatively late public debut, Tata Consultancy Services crossed the Rs 13-lakh-crore mark in market value, becoming only the second in the country to do so  after Reliance Industries.
  • China appears to be taking greater control of ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns global video app TikTok, and Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.
  • India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has revised GDP growth rate to 9.4 per cent for FY22 from its earlier estimate of 9.6 per cent. 
  • Facebook India announced a new programme called the “Small Business Loans Initiative”, in partnership with online lending platform Indifi, to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) that advertise on Facebook to get quick access to credit through independent lending partners.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING NEWS

  • The Indian Navy has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) FIRST Bank to initiate ‘Honour FIRST’, a premium banking solution for serving personnel and veterans of the Indian Navy.
  • The Dharwad-headquartered Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB), in association with the Karnataka government, has launched ‘Farmer Registration and Unified Beneficiary Information System’ (FRUITS) portal.
  • HDFC Bank stated the bank plans to raise capital by additional tier- I (AT1) bonds in the overseas market to fund its business growth.
  • The country’s largest mortgage lender, HDFC Ltd, launched a “green and sustainable” deposits programme for retail clients, funds from which will be used to finance sustainable housing credit solutions and services.
  • The Reserve Bank of India has created a composite Financial Inclusion Index (FI-Index) to capture the extent of financial inclusion across the country.
  • To deliver a superior repayment experience for customers and increase efficiencies, Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMBL) announced that it has deployed a secure, Do It Yourself (DIY) Digital Repayment Platform for missed loan repayments, in a tie-up with Creditas Solutions.
  • RBI to introduce ‘Regulatory GAAR’ for round tripping
  • State Bank of India (SBI) Life Insurance recently announced the launch of ‘SBI Life eShield Next’ – a new age-term insurance policy, which raises or ‘levels up’ the protection coverage with the life milestones of the insured.
  • The Reserve Bank came out with revised guidelines for the hiring of lockers under which the liability of banks will be limited to 100 times its annual rent in case of fire, theft, building collapse or frauds by bank employees.
  • NPCI’s global arm NPCI International Payments Ltd (NIPL) has partnered with UAE-based Mashreq Bank to provide its mobile-based real-time payment system UPI in the gulf nation.
  • The Reserve Financial institution of India (RBI) is putting in a Platform for Regulated Entities for Built-in Supervision and Monitoring (PRISM), a web-based end-to-end workflow automation system, to strengthen compliance by supervised entities (SEs).

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT AND RESIGNATION NEWS

  • Godrej Industries Limited (GIL) Chairman Adi Godrej will step down from the board of Godrej Consumer Products Limited.
  • Amway India has appointed Olympian Saikhom Mirabai Chanu as the brand ambassador for its Nutrilite range of products. 
  • Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has appointed Team India’s hockey player Vandana Katariya as the brand ambassador of the state’s Department of Women Empowerment and Child Development.
  • Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas was announced as the chairperson of Jio MAMI Film Festival, almost four months after Deepika Padukone stepped down from the position.
  • Olympian R. Sreejesh will be made brand ambassador of adventure tourism in Kerala.
  • Nitin Chugh has resigned from the position of Managing Director and CEO of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank, a subsidiary of the listed entity Ujjivan Financial Services, with effect from September 30.
  • The government has appointed Lalit Kumar Chandel, Economic Adviser, Department of Financial Services, on the board of Bank of Maharashtra.
  • The Appointment Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Shanti Lal Jain as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of lndian Bank for a period of three years.
  • The 15th Finance Commission chairman, NK Singh, was elected as the president of the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) Society on August 16.
  • Broadcast Audience Research Council announced the appointment of Nakul Chopra as its chief executive.
  • Apurva Chandra, a 1988-batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre, has been appointed the secretary of information and broadcasting ministry. 

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has conferred the Shaurya Chakra on the Air force officers, Wing Commander Varun Singh Flying who is a pilot in a Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Squadron for the act of exceptional gallantry.
  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin presented the Kalpana Chawla Award for Courage and Daring Enterprise to P. Shanmuga Priya, posthumously, at the Independence Day celebrations at Fort St. George.
  • Bengaluru girl Manasa Gonchigar is one of the 10 young winning entrepreneur teams of the agri-enterprise challenge O.L.V.E.D (Social Objectives-Led Volunteer Enterprise Developed), who were felicitated by Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
  • A social activist from Karimnagar district has received the National Youth Award for the year 2017-18, which is the highest award conferred on youths in India by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs for those who render outstanding service in the field of social service and fall in the 18-29 years age group.
  • Eminent poet Prabha Varma has been selected for this year’s Padmaprabha Literary Award.
  • Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal conferred the National Intellectual Property Awards at an virtual event in New Delhi.
  • The men’s team won a bronze, 41 years after it won a medal in the Moscow Olympics, while the women’s hockey team reached the semi final for the first time.
  • Malayalam writers Sethu and Perumbadavam Sreedharan has been hounoured with Kerala Sahitya Akademi fellowships for the year 2020. 
  • Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur conferred the National Youth Awards 2017-18 and 2018-19 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • The Mahatma Gandhi National Council for Rural Education (MGNCRE) has recognised Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, as this year’s District Green Champion recognising its contribution in the field of cleanliness.
  • MeitY-NASSCOM Start-up Women Entrepreneur Awards 2020-21 in partnership with UN Women announced

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU’s AND AGREEMENTS   

  • Public sector Indian Bank stated it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) as one of the banking partners of the Paralympic Games scheduled to commence from August 24 in Tokyo, Japan.
  • The government of Bangladesh will sign an MoU for the co-production of the COVID 19 vaccine with China.
  • Homegrown auto major Tata Motors stated it has partnered with Bank of Maharashtra to offer retail financing for its passenger vehicles.
  • The Union Cabinet Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the MoU on cooperation in the field of Disaster Management, Resilience and Mitigation signed between India and Bangladesh in March this year during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Bangladesh.
  • The UK government is looking at wrapping up a quick “interim” trade deal with India, which could see tariffs slashed on products like Scotch whisky before a full agreement is in place.
  • The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $500 million loan to expand the metro rail network in Bengaluru with the construction of two new metro lines totaling 56 km in length.
  • The Ministry of Tourism has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MakeMyTrip (India) Private Limited and Ibibo Group Private Limited as part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen the hospitality and tourism industry in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

  • Chief Election Commissioner of India & Chairman of FEMBoSA, Sushil Chandra inaugurated the 11th Annual meeting of the Forum of the Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA) for the year 2021 Virtually.
  • On Aug 18, 2021, The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal chaired the 5th BRICS Industry Ministers Meeting through video conferencing under the Chairship of India with the Theme of : [email protected]: Intra BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus for its Chairship.
  • Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare chaired the event  Aarogya Dhara- 2.0 to mark the completion of 2 Cr treatments under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).
  • On Aug 18, 2021, Minister of State for Culture, Arjun Ram Meghwal participated in the SCO Culture Ministers Meeting hosted by Tajikistan during their ongoing Chairship of SCO in 2021 through virtual mode.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : APPS & SERVICES

  • On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Independence Day, the corporate social responsibility arm of HCL Technologies, HCL Foundation, launched an online portal, ‘My e-Haat’
  • The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has launched an online portal Training for Augmenting Productivity and Services, or TAPAS.
  • Indian cinema icon Amitabh Bachchan has become India’s First Celebrity to lend his voice for Amazon’s Alexa.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank has partnered with fintech firm Creditas Solutions to launch a digital repayment platform called ‘Neo Collections’ which is a Do It Yourself Digital Repayment Platform for missed loan repayments.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), GSLV-F10 failed to place Earth Observation Satellite (EOS-03) into earth’s orbit.
  • Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay have developed a novel method of using infra-red technology to rapidly test which patients are most at risk of becoming severely unwell from Covid-19.
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) successfully carried out the Ground Run and Low Speed Taxi Trials (LSTT) of the Hindustan-228 (VT-KNR) aircraft in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an advanced chaff technology to safeguard fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) against threats.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BOOKS & AUTHORS 

  • A New Book Titled Ramrao: The Story of India’s Farm Crisis authored by Journalist Jaideep Hardikar.
  • A New Book Tiled Art Cinema And India’s Forgotten Futures: Film And History in the PostColony” authored by film historian Rochona Majumdar.
  • A New book titled , “The Dream of Revolution: A Biography of Jayaprakash Narayan” to explore life and works of independence activist Jayaprakash Narayan.
  • Indian author Manreet Sodhi Someshwar authored a new book titled Lahore: Book 1 of the Partition Trilogy.
  • A new book titled ‘Operation Khukri’, has been written by Major General Rajpal Punia & co-authored by his daughter, Damini.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves acquisition by Lighthouse India Fund III, Limited (Fund III) and Lighthouse India III Employee Trust (Lighthouse Employee Trust) of Bikaji Foods International Limited (Target) under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002.
  • On Aug 16, 2021, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL), Adani Road Transport Ltd (ARTL), has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 49 percent stake of Maharashtra Border Check Post Network Ltd (MBCPNL) a Subsidiary of Sadbhav Infrastructure Project (SIPL) an option to acquire additional stake.
  • The government of India will sell up to 25 percent stake in National Seeds Corporation (NSC) through an initial public offering (IPO).

CURRENT AFFAIRS : ENVIRONMENT

  • On the Occasion of World Elephant Day 2021, Environment, Forest and Climate Change minister Bhupender Yadav released the all India Elephant and Tiger population estimation protocol.
  • Researchers from Kerala have identified three new species of wild balsam were named Impatiens achudanandanii, Impatiens shailajae, Impatiens danii
  • For the first time, A rare orchid species Cephalanthera erecta var. Oblanceolata has been discovered in the Mandal area of Uttarakhand Chamoli district by the state forest department.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : DEFENCE NEWS

  • INS Tabar is participating in the bilateral Exercise Konkan 2021 between the Indian Navy and Britain’s Royal Navy in Portsmouth, UK.
  • On Aug 18, 2021, The Indian Navy carried out a bilateral maritime exercise with the Vietnamese Navy in the South China Sea as part of maritime cooperation between the two countries.
  • A 400 Km “JAZBAA-E- TIRANGA” Relay Marathon, Organized by Army in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Indian Naval Ship INS Kochi will participate in the four-day Maritime Partnership Exercise at Manama in Bahrain.
  • On Aug 19, 2021, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC) 5.0 under Innovations for Defence Excellence – Defence Innovation Organisation (iDEX-DIO) in New Delhi through video conferencing.
  • On Aug 18, 2021, Chiefs of the Indian and Australian navies signed a Joint Guidance for the Australia- India Navy to Navy Relationship’ document.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : RANKING & INDEX

  • State Pollution Control Board of Odisha & Telangana has been ranked No-1 in Transparency Index rating, according to the Center for Science and Environment(CSE), New Delhi.
  • The Quality of Life for Elderly Index was released by Dr Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM).
  • According to the Hurun Global 500 Most Valuable Companies list 2021, Globally, Apple was ranked the most valuable company, up 15 percent to $2.4 trillion.
  • Out of 154 Countries India has been ranked second in terms of crypto adoption in the 2021 Global Crypto Adoption Index by blockchain data platform Chainalysis.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: PERSONS IN NEWS

  • On the occasion of World Photography Day on 19 August, 2021, a biopic of acclaimed photographer-photo journalist, Raghu Rai will be streamed by Films Division on its website and YouTube channels.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

  • 2021 World Archery Youth Championships, India won 3 gold medals in the compound cadet women’s and men’s and mixed team events in Wroclaw, Poland.
  • In World Archery Youth Championships 2021, Komalika Bari became the new under-21 recurve world champion in Wroclaw, Poland.
  • Harshit Raja, the 20-year-old youngster from Pune Maharashtra, has become the 69th Grandmaster of India in Chess after drawing his game against Dennis Wagner at the Biel Masters Open 2021.
  • The 15-year old Young Indian Grandmaster Raunak Sadhwani 19th Spilimbergo Open chess tournament by draw in the ninth and final round against GM Adam Kozak of Hungary.
  • Germany’s Alexander Donchenko won the title of  International Chess Festival “RTU Open 2021” with 7.5 points from nine rounds in Riga, Latvia
  • The Indian contingent won 15 medals at the World Archery Youth Championships 2021 in Wroclaw, Poland.
  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that the Odisha Government extended sponsorship of Indian National Hockey Teams by another 10 years after the current sponsorship ends in 2023.
  • On Aug 16, 2021, Two-time World Cup winner 39 year old Carli Lloyd, one of women’s soccer’s greatest players, announced her retirement.
  • On August 18, The U20 World Athletics Championships began in Nairobi, Kenya will conclude on August 22.
  • The Indian 4x400m mixed relay team clinched the bronze medal with a timing of 3:20.60 seconds at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • India’s Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won the mixed doubles title at the 2021 WTT Contender event in Hungary’s Budapest.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : OBITUARIES

  • On Aug 15, 2021, Footballer Gerd Muller, the Bayern Munich and Germany legend, passed away.
  • On Aug 15, 2021, Former India defender Chinmoy Chatterjee Passed away.
  • On Aug 14, 2021, Prominent Gujjar leader and Padma Bhushan awardee Mian Bashir Ahmed Passed away.
  • Maki Kaji, the creator of puzzle Sudoku passed away.
  • On Aug 19, 2021, Renowned athletics coach & Sprint queen P.T. Usha’s coach O.M. Nambiar passed away.
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