Current Affairs, August 2018
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18th August, Current Affairs:
• Former United Nations Secretary
General and Nobel Peace Laureate Kofi Annan died at the age of 80 at a
hospital in Bern, Switzerland.
• The Asian Games 2018 starts from today with a opening ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) main stadium in Jakarta, Indonesian. 10,000 athletes from 45 countries compete in 58 games in Asian Games 2018. Form India, 572 athletes will took part in this mega event.
• The 11th World Hindi Conference inaugurated in Mauritius.
17th August, Current Affairs:
• Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari
Vajpayee cremated in New Delhi with full state honours.
• The death toll in the recent rain- and flood-related incidents across Kerala rose to 164. More than 1.5 lakh people have been shifted to 1,200 relief camps.
• Imran Khan elected as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan by Pakistan lawmakers in the National Assembly.
16th August, Current Affairs:
• Former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna
Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away this evening just past 5 pm at the age of
93 years. He was admitted to AIIMS with a kidney tract infection and chest
congestion on June 11. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was Prime Minister for 13 days
in 1996, 13 months in 1998 and for five years from 1999.
• Former cricket captain Ajit Wadekar died at the age of 77 after a prolonged illness at Jaslok Hopsital in South Mumbai. Wadekar led India to their first overseas win in England and the West Indies in 1971.
15th August, Current Affairs:
• 72nd Independence Day is celebrated in
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from Red Fort. He announced the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan, a national healthcare scheme that will "impact 50 crore Indians".
14th August, Current Affairs:
• The President of India Ram Nath Kovind
addresses the nation on the eve of 72nd Independence Day.
• The Indian rupee value crashed to all-time low of 70.09 against the US dollar.
13th August, Current Affairs:
• Former Lok Sabha Speaker and 10 times
Member of Parliament, Somnath Chatterjee died at the age of 89 in Kolkata.
• Union Government published the inaugural 'Ease of Living Index', where Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai from Maharashtra were ranked today India's three most livable places. Rampur in Uttar Pradesh figured at the bottom of the livability index released by the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry.
12th August, Current Affairs:
• Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
formally inducted India's first all Women SWAT Commando unit into Delhi
• Nobel Prize-winning writer V.S. Naipaul from Trinidad died in London at the age of 85. VS Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 2001.
10th August, Current Affairs:
• The Ministry of Road Transport and
Highways has made it legal that a digital copy of documents such as driving
license and a vehicle's registration, insurance etc. which are stored in
Digilocker or mParivahan mobile app, will now be accepted legally along with
the actual physical documents.
• The Monsoon Session of the Parliament is concluded today. It is the most productive session for Lok Sabha since 2000.
• 26 people died in the flood caused by heavy monsoon rains in Kerala.
9th August, Current Affairs:
• First-time lawmaker Harivansh from Janata Dal United had been elected as the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman. He was declared the winning candidate with 125 votes, while United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA’s) B K Hariprasad received 105 votes.
7th August, Current Affairs:
• Five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi died at a hospital in Chennai at the age of 94. He was admitted to the hospital on July 28 after he contracted urinary tract infection and developed a high fever.
6th August, Current Affairs:
• India became home to the world’s first-ever thermal battery plant, that was inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh. This plant aims to create a new energy storage form that is expected to have commercial applications, while also maintaining a low carbon footprint.
5th August, Current Affairs:
• President Ram Nath Kovind has given
assent to a law that will deter fugitive economic offenders to evade legal
process in India and flee the country.
• India shuttler PV Sindhu settled for the silver medal after losing her BWF Badminton World Championships final clash to Spain's Carolina Marin by 19-21, 10-21 at Nanjing, China.
4th August, Current Affairs:
• Justice Geeta Mittal was today
appointed as the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, becoming
the first woman judge in the history to head it.
• India has become the first south Asian to get the Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) status. This status will pave way for high-technology product sales to India, particularly in civil space and defence sectors.
• Indian-origin mathematician Akshay Venkatesh gets prestigious Fields Medal.
3rd August, Current Affairs:
• Lok Sabha passes National Sports University Bill to establish a National Sports University in Manipur to promote sports education.
2nd August, Current Affairs:
• Apple Inc became the first $1 trillion
publicly listed US company in the World.
• The Lok Sabha unanimously passes the Bill for constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).
1st August, Current Affairs:
• The Union Cabinet gave its nod to a
Bill to restore the original provisions of a law on atrocities against
Dalits and tribals.
• The Reserve Bank of India today hiked its repo rate by 25 basis points, for the second consecutive time.