Current Affairs,August 2022

15th August, Current Affairs:

• India is celebrating its 76th Independence Day today.
• Britain has become the first country to authorise a Covid-19 vaccine that targets the Omicron variant. The UK medicine regulator (MHRA) approved the 'bivalent' vaccine made by Moderna as a booster for adults.

14th August, Current Affairs:

• President Droupadi Murmu address the nation on the eve of the 76th Independence Day today.
• A total of one thousand 82 Police personnel have been awarded Police Medals on the occasion of Independence Day, 2022. 347 personnel awarded Police Medal for Gallantry, 87 with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and 648 personnel awarded Police Medal for Meritorious Service.
• India has added 11 more wetlands to the list of Ramsar sites, bringing the country’s total tally to 75.
• Ace stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala died this morning at a Mumbai hospital. He was also the co-founder of Akasa Air, India's newest airline.

12th August, Current Affairs:

• Mr Jagdeep Dhankar was sworn in as the 14th Vice President of India today.
• Renowned Bangladeshi architect, researcher and educator Marina Tabassum became the first person from the global south and first south Asian to win the prestigious Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Lifetime Achievement Award.
• American tennis legend Serena Williams, the winner of 23 Grand Slam titles, has announced retirement from professional tennis.
• Today is World Elephant Day.

10th August, Current Affairs:

• Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar was today sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for a record eighth time. RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav was also sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister for the second time.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated to the nation the Second Generation (2G) Ethanol Plant at Panipat in Haryana through video conferencing.
• President Droupadi Murmu has appointed Justice as the 49th Chief Justice of India, CJI. He will take over the charge on 27th of this month.
• Today is World Biofuel Day.
• World Lion Day is being observed globally today.

9th August, Current Affairs:

• Nitish Kumar called off the alliance between the JD(U) and BJP in Bihar and resigned as the state's chief minister. Nitish Kumar also staked claim for formation of new government in the state along with RJD.
• International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples being celebrated today.

8th August, Current Affairs:

• Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu beatCanada's Michelle Li 21-15, 21-13 in the 2022 Commonwealth Games women's singles badminton final to win her first gold medal in women's singles at a multi-sport event. India's Lakshy Sen also win the Gold medal after defeating Tze Yong in the final to win the CWG 2022 Badminton Men's Singles Gold in Birmingham. Till now, India finished fourth in the medals tally with 22 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze.
• Gustavo Petro sworn in as Colombia's first leftist President.
• The 13th Edition of the Indo-US Joint Special Forces exercise “Ex Vajra Prahar 2022” commenced at the Special Forces Training School (SFTS), Bakloh in Himachal Pradesh.
• Parliament has passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill 2022 with the Rajya Sabha approving it today with a voice vote.

7th August, Current Affairs:

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired the 7th Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog at Rashtrapati Bhawan Cultural Centre, New Delhi.
• India's Annu Rani clinched 3rd place in the women's javelin throw finals to become the first Indian woman to win the Javelin medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.
• Two satellites that were onboard the first flight of a new Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) rocket got placed in an unstable orbit and are no longer usable, the space agency said.
• Senior scientist Nallathamby Kalaiselvi appointed as director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the first woman to lead the consortium of 38 research institutes across India.
• Indian chess legend Viswanathan Anand elected as the deputy president of FIDE (International Chess Federation), the sport's world governing body.

6th August, Current Affairs:

• Indian wrestlers Bajrang Punia (men's 65kg), Sakshi Malik (women's 62kg) and Deepak Punia (men's 86kg) have won gold on Friday. Anshu Malik (women's 57kg) won a silver medal.
• NDA Presidential candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar has been elected as the new Vice President of India. He will be India's 14th Vice-President.

5th August, Current Affairs:

• The monetary policy committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided unanimously to increase the policy repo rate by 50 basis points to 5.4%, with immediate effect.
• The indigenously developed Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missiles ATGM were successfully test-fired from Main Battle Tank MBT Arjun by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
• The world's largest floating solar project is set to be built on river Narmada as the Madhya Pradesh government signed a contract for the first phase of the project.

4th August, Current Affairs:

• Chief Justice of India NV Ramana today recommends Justice UU Lalit's name as his successor. Justice Lalit to become the 49th CJI.
• Parliament has passed the Family Courts (Amendment) Bill 2022 with the Rajya Sabha approving it today amid din. The Lok Sabha has already cleared the Bill.

3rd August, Current Affairs:

• The Lok Sabha today passed the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021, seeking to increase the species protected under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, and implement the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES.
• Vigilance Commissioner Suresh N. Patel today appointed as the Central Vigilance Commissioner. He was sworn in as the chief of the probity watchdog Central Vigilance Commission by President Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
• Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has improved its rank by 51 places to secure 104th position in the latest Global 500 ranking of top 500 companies published by Fortune for the year 2022.
• The Personal Data Protection Bill, which sought to regulate how an individual's data can be used by companies and the government, has been withdrawn after a joint parliamentary committee suggested 81 changes to it. The Bill was introduced on December 11, 2019.
• The Lok Sabha today passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2022 through a voice vote.

2nd August, Current Affairs:

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi held delegation-level talks with President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in New Delhi today.
• A CIA drone strike has killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan.
• The Indian lawn bowls women's fours team has created history by winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. It is India's first medal in the sport.