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16 August 2018

The Uttar Pradesh government has approached the Centre for its approval to rename Bareilly airport to 'Nath Nagri', which is believed to be an ancient name of the city which had worshippers of Lord Shiva. It has also proposed renaming Kanpur's Chakeri airport after freedom fighter Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi and Agra airport after RSS leader Deendayal Upadhyaya. 

16 August 2018

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will have two unmanned missions and spacecraft will be launched using GSLV Mark-III. GSLV Mark III launch vehicle will be fully equipped with crew module and life support system for a manned mission in the next two years.  If successful, India would be fourth nation to achieve that feat.

16 August 2018

The government of Assam has declined the Centre’s move in reducing the ‘disturbed areas’ under the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA).  On July 19, the parliamentary committee headed by P.Chidambaram, former Union Finance Minister and senior Congress leader, reported that by improving the security situation in most northeast States the government should gradually reduce the area under AFSPA, especially in the States of Assam and Meghalaya. But the Assam government did not concur as it said that was not the right time to reduce the area under AFSPA. AFSPA: AFSPA provides power to the Army and Central forces personnel deployed in disturbed areas to kill anyone acting in contravention of the law, arrest and search any premises without a warrant and provide cover to forces from prosecution and legal suits without the Centre’s sanction.

16 August 2018

British police have returned a 12th-century bronze Buddha statue which was stolen from Bihar in 1961 to the Indian High Commission in London. The statue along with 13 other statues were stolen 57 years ago from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) site museum in Nalanda.  The bronze Buddha statue was identified at a trade fair in London in March 2018. The Metropolitan Police’s Art and Antiques Unit reviewed the idol and ASI confirmed the idol’s identity. The British Police has agreed to return it to ASI.

16 August 2018

Smitha V. Crishna, a third-generation heir of the Godrej family, ranks first in the Kotak Wealth Hurun-Leading Wealthy Women 2018 list with an estimated wealth of ₹ 37,570 crore. Roshni Nadar, CEO and executive director at HCL, ranks second in the list with an estimated wealth of ₹30,200 crore. Indu Jain, the chairperson of the Times Group, ranks third in the list  with an estimated wealth of ₹26,240 crore.

16 August 2018

Usha Ananthasubramanian was, three months back, divested of all her powers as MD of Allahabad Bank, after being named in a CBI charge-sheet in the Rs 14,000 crore (Rs 140 billion) Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case but had continued to be an employee of the bank. A Mumbai branch of PNB had fraudulently issued LoUs (letters of undertaking) for the group of companies belonging to Nirav Modi since March 2011.

16 August 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind approved these names on the eve of Independence Day along with three Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 93 Sena Medals (Gallantry) and, 11 Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry). He also conferred Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Group Captain Abhishek Sharma, Squadron Leader Vernon Desmond Keane and Sergeant Shashidhar P Prasad.

16 August 2018

Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri handed over a cheque of the grant to Secretary, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport of Nepal, Madhusudan Adhikari in Kathmandu, Nepal.  The amount has been released to maintain fund liquidity for the ongoing construction of 14 road packages under Postal Highway Project.

16 August 2018

For better tackling of air pollution related issues in the Delhi, Supreme Court has approved the central government's proposal to use hologram-based colour-coded stickers for vehicles in Delhi based on the fuel used. The vehicles that run on petrol and CNG will have light blue stickers, while the diesel vehicles will have orange stickers. The scheme is based on a model used in Paris.

16 August 2018

A 10-day pineapple festival showcasing different varieties of the fruit has been organised in Manipur's Thayong village, which produces 20-30 tonnes of pineapple in a year. The Thayong village has a population of approximately 750 people with more than 90 percent of their major sources of income lying in farming of pineapple.

16 August 2018

On the occasion of India's 72nd Independence Day, India gifted 30 ambulances, six buses to Nepalese hospitals, charitable organisations and educational institutions. India also gifted books to 68 schools and libraries across Nepal. At a function organised at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, Indian ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri also hoisted the Indian flag and read out a message by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind. On the occasion, Puri also felicitated widows and wards of deceased soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces by distributing cheques worth 53.5 million Nepalese rupees.

16 August 2018

An 1100 feet-long, 9 feet-wide tricolour flag was unfurled with thousands of people taking part in a 5km-long 'Shaan-e-Tiranga' rally, organised by the Agrawal Vikas Trust. This was the biggest 'Tiranga Yatra' organised in Gujarat so far. A 3.5 kilometre long Tricolour was made in Assam's Uparkhuti village by a local club for Independence Day. The large flag was made to arouse national pride among the youngsters and honour the Assam Athlete Hima Das, who is the first Indian to win a gold medal in a track event at the World Junior Athletics Championship in Finland this year.

16 August 2018

He became the governor of Chhattisgarh in July 2014 and has served on various other posts including the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab. Tandon was one of the founding members of the Jan Sangh which later became the BJP. In his 65 years of political career, Tandon was six-time MLA and state BJP president of Punjab for two years. Tandon has served as cabinet minister in 1977-79 and in 1997-2002 in the ministries headed by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. He was elected from Amritsar five times between 1960 and 1977, and was again elected from Rajpura in 1997.

16 August 2018

For the first time, Austria's capital Vienna has topped the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index for 2018, beating Australian city Melbourne, which had topped the list for the past seven years. Osaka in Japan came third followed by Calgary in Canada while Sydney is fifth. Syrian city Damascus was placed at the bottom of the list.

16 August 2018

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari launched three short films for generating public awareness towards road safety.  Akshay Kumar featured in these films, which are directed by Shri R.Balki.

16 August 2018

It is a mobility pitch competition that aims to provide budding entrepreneurs of India a unique opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a distinguished jury. The main aim is to identify and incentivise the startups, which will help the Government realize its vision of Shared, Connected, Intermodal and Environment-Friendly Mobility for India.   

16 August 2018

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) held a ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) in the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) area along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting was led by Brigadier JKS Virk from the Indian side and Senior Colonel Chen Zheng Shan from the Chinese side.  The meeting was to mark India’s Independence Day. It was the first time such an event has happened between the two armies. The occasion was marked by a salute to the Chinese flag and was followed by ceremonial addresses by the leaders of the two delegations. The BPM ended with a feeling of friendship and commitment towards enhancing the existing cordial relations and maintaining peace along the LAC.

16 August 2018

U.T. Khader, district minister in-charge of Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, announced that the Minor Irrigation Department is to construct 11 vented dams across west-flowing rivers in Dakshina Kannada. This plan will be executed under the Paschima Vahini project. The Karnataka government has proposed to spend Rs.265.25 crore for the construction of vented dams in the district.

16 August 2018

Asad Qaiser of Pakistan Tehrik-e Insaf (PTI) party has been elected as the Speaker of Pakistan’s parliament. He secured 176 votes and defeat Khursheed Shah. He was sworn in as the Speaker of the National Assembly, Parliament’s lower house on 15th August.  PTI leader Imran Khan is set to become the prime minister after the National Assembly voting by the  342 members on August 17. The swearing-in ceremony has been scheduled for August 18.

16 August 2018

Addressing the nation on the 72nd Independence Day, PM Narendra Modi said, 'India has registered its name as the sixth largest economy in the world.' In 2013, India used to be counted as part of the ‘Fragile Five’ in the world. But today, India is seen as a destination for multi-billion dollar investments. This was the Prime Minister Modi's fifth and the last Independence Day speech before the 2019 general elections.

16 August 2018

Former Indian Skipper Ajit Wadekar, 77 years old,  passed away on 15th August. Due to his ill health, he was hospitalized since the month of July.  He played for the Indian national team between 1966 and 1974. He was the first Indian captain to achieve overseas wins while touring the West Indies and England in 1971. India won over five matches in the West Indies in the early 1970s and then defeated England over three. He has been awarded the Arjuna Award (1967) and Padmashri (1972).

16 August 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh announced his resignation from the party and cited a very very personal reason. Arvind Kejriwal, the party convener and Delhi Chief Minister, has refused to accept the resignation. He had urged Ashutosh to reconsider his resignation.  Ashutosh was a television journalist and he had joined the AAP in January 2014. He then contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi.

16 August 2018

This decision was informed by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)secretary Amitabh Choudhary. He was appointed interim coach of the team last month after the resignation of Tushar Arothe.

16 August 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PMJAA) or Ayushman Bharat scheme will be launched on 25th September. The scheme aims to provide a healthcare cover of Rs.5 lakh per family per annum. The scheme is expected to benefit more than 10 crore poor families. Ayushman Bharat: ♦ Ayushman Bharat is a government-sponsored healthcare scheme to provide healthcare cover of Rs 5 lakh to 10 crore poor families every year for secondary and tertiary hospitalisation ♦ The scheme will be applicable only to the poor who are from the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) database ♦ The benefits of the scheme are portable across the country ♦ The scheme also allows the poor people to benefit from cashless healthcare services from a public/private hospital ♦ Around 1 lakh ‘Ayushman Mitras’ will be set at the hospitals as part of the scheme to assist patients enrolled under the scheme