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21 August 2018

Union Ministry of Women and Child Development announced to observe September 2018 as the National Nutrition Month to mark the country’s fight against malnutrition.  The month-long intensive campaign will be undertaken with an aim of reaching every household with message of nutrition — ‘har ghar posha.  

21 August 2018

Using data from the Chandrayaan-I spacecraft, Scientists have found frozen water deposits in the darkest and coldest parts of the Moon’s polar regions. M3, aboard the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, launched in 2008 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), was uniquely equipped to confirm the presence of solid ice on the Moon.

21 August 2018

He became the first men's tennis player in history to win all nine Masters 1,000 tournaments after finishing as the runner-up in Cincinnati five different times. He won Wimbledon Title before the Australian Open, Mercedes Cup and ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.

21 August 2018

Marco Villiger, the man who was the key link between FIFA and U.S. anti-corruption investigators, has left the FIFA organisation. Villiger was FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General and Chief Legal and Integrity Officer.

21 August 2018

The Kandy Esala Perahera also known as 'The Festival of the Tooth' is a grand festival celebrated in July or August in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.

21 August 2018

India and Japan have resolved to expand their maritime cooperation and work together to ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. Both sides also exchanged views on the current security situation in the Indo-Pacific region, including developments in the Korean Peninsula.

21 August 2018

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) constituted a group of experts from the health and nutrition sector to look into the issue of food labelling. About FSSAI Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. HeadQuarters : Delhi

21 August 2018

Maxxis India, the Indian subsidiary of Taiwan-based tyre-maker Maxxis, plans to launch 5 new manufacturing plants in India. The company had been supplying Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) tyre fitments to HMSCI through the Vietnam facility since 2016. But recently, it rolled out its first two-wheeler tyre consignment from its Sanand facility, Gujarat to Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSCI), Gurgaon.  The Sanand facility is currently manufacturing two-wheeler tyres and tubes. It has a capacity to produce about 20,000 tyres and 40,000 tubes a day. The company now targets to supply one million tyres to its OEM partners by the end of this year. It also aims to capture at least 15% of the country’s two-wheeler tyre market by 2023.

21 August 2018

Russia has invited the Taliban for the international peace talks on Afghanistan on 4th September. Russia is hoping that the Taliban will react positively to the offer as it has not responded yet.  In the meantime, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered a proposal for a three-month ceasefire and still awaits for the Taliban's response. This truce offer by Afghan was welcomed by the United States and NATO after nearly 17 years of war.

21 August 2018

 A two-week long platoon level military exercise called ‘Exercise Maitree 2018’ concluded at Jammu & Kashmir Srinagar.  The main aim of the military exercise is to strengthen the partnership between armies of the two countries.  

21 August 2018

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has become the first public sector enterprise to make a transaction on the "TReDS platform", which is an online electronic institutional mechanism for facilitating the financing of trade receivables of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) through multiple financiers. TReDS refers to Trade Receivables Discounting System. During October 2017, the central government mandated all major PSUs to join TReDS platform to facilitate payments to MSME vendors. RXIL (Receivables Exchange of India) is India’s first TReDS platform operating since January 2017 and is promoted by the National Stock Exchange, Small Industries Development Bank of India, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank and Yes Bank. 

21 August 2018

He is one of the famous journalist to openly advocate for a Palestinian state. After independence, he became a great publisher, member of parliament, author and activist.  

21 August 2018

Among polluting fuels, petroleum coke (Petcoke) remains one of the most polluting ones as it emits 11% more greenhouse gas compared to coal. India is the world's biggest consumer of Petcoke. Industries use pet coal because it's much cheaper than coal and is easier to handle as fuel. Import of Petcoke is allowed for only cement, lime kiln, calcium carbide and gasification industries, when used as the feedstock or in the manufacturing process on actual user condition. This is in an effort to tackle India’s severe air pollution.

21 August 2018

S K Arora got award from Henk Bekedam, WHO India country head in New Delhi. This award given every year by World Health Organisation(WHO) to individuals or organisations alike in each of six WHO regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.

21 August 2018

The envoys of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) said that it suffers from a lack of visibility in the region and has called for the speedy conclusion of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). BIMSTEC Summit 2018 is to be held in Kathmandu on August 30-31. Indian PM Narendra Modi will participate in the summit to hold bilateral talks with the leaders.  In an event organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) prior to the summit, it was observed that FTA should be held the top priority. It was also said that the upcoming summit should promote security issues including terrorism and violent extremism in the region.  BIMSTEC:  ♦ Secretariat: Dhaka, Bangladesh ♦ Chairmanship:  Nepal (since 2014) ♦ Established on: 6 June 1997  ♦ Member countries: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal  ♦ BIMSTEC is an international organisation of seven nations. It has a combined Gross Domestic Product of $2.5 trillion (2014).  ♦ The 14 main objective areas of BIMSTEC are Environment and disaster management, Energy, Public health, Trade & Investment, Technology, Tourism, Agriculture, Fisheries, Transport and Communication, Counterterrorism and transnational crime, Poverty Alleviation, People-to-People Contact, Climate Change, Cultural Cooperation.

21 August 2018

World Mosquito Day is a commemoration of British doctor Sir Ronald Ross's discovery in 1897 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans. Mosquito name comes from Spanish word meaning "little fly". Around 6 million deaths every decade occur owing to malaria. Various Mosquito-borne diseases: ♦ Malaria, ♦ Dengue, ♦ Yellow Fever, ♦ Encephalitis, ♦ Zika, ♦ Chikungunya, ♦ West Nile Virus.

21 August 2018

Shooter Deepak Kumar handed India it's third medal at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games after he clinched silver in the Mens 10m Air Rifle category. Nineteen-year-old shooter Lakshay won India' second silver medal in shooting, by finishing second in the men's trap event. Another Indian shooter, 41-year-old Manavjit Singh Sandhu, finished fourth in the event.

21 August 2018

One97 Communications, the parent entity of Paytm launched “Paytm AI Cloud for India”, an AI Cloud computing platform designed for developers, startups and enterprises. Paytm AI Cloud will process and store all the data of the consumer locally in servers located only in India while conforming to the highest security and privacy standards.  For this cloud computing infrastructure, Paytm had partnered with Chinese technology giant Alibaba. The company has committed around Rs.250 crore in this business.  The AI Cloud computing platform will offer a suite of business-centric apps for organisations that need solutions for cloud computing, ready-to-use services to automate their workflow, easy to integrate payments, messaging and customer engagement. 

21 August 2018

Sixteen-year-old shooter Saurabh Chaudhary won the men’s 10m Air Pistol event to bag India’s first shooting gold at the 2018 Asian Games. While another Indian shooter, Abhishek Verma won bronze in the same event. India have won five medals in shooting at the Games so far.

21 August 2018

M.K.Stalin, the working president of DMK is likely to be elected as the President of DMK party in Tamil Nadu. The official announcement will be made in DMK general council which will be meeting on 28th August 2018. After the demise of the veteran leader M. Karunanidhi, former CM of Tamil Nadu and President of DMK party, K.Anbazhagan, DMK general secretary, announced that the general council of the party would elect the president and treasurer of the party. Duraimurugan, DMK’s principal secretary is likely to be elected as the treasurer.  To condole the death of the great leader M. Karunanidhi, the party is currently holding a series of meeting at various centres in Tamil Nadu. The national leaders are expected to participate at a public meeting in Chennai on August 31.

21 August 2018

Maruti Suzuki launched a new version of Ciaz 2018 with prices starting from Rs.8.19 lakh. The mid-sized sedan is designed with a new 1.5-litre K15 petrol engine along with smart hybrid technology featuring a lithium-ion battery. Manual, as well as automatic transmissions, are available for the petrol version. The price of the manual variants of the petrol version is between Rs.8.19 lakh and Rs.9.97 lakh and the automatic transmission version is between Rs.9.8 lakh and Rs.10.97 lakh. The fuel efficiency of the newly launched Ciaz will be 21.56 km/litre.  The diesel versions of the same would continue to be powered by the original 1.3-litre diesel engine with hybrid technology. It would be priced between Rs.9.19 lakh and Rs.10.97 lakh.

21 August 2018

Pakistan’s newly elected Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi extended the hand of friendship. He offered an Uninterrupted dialogue. This talk is aimed to resolve all outstanding issues so that peace can be maintained between the countries. He also said that Pakistan is interested in resolving the Kashmir issue and to rebuild ties with eastern and western neighbours and to create peace in the region.  Mr.Qureshi welcomed the wishes from India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. He said Pakistan will bilaterally try to resolve all issues with Afghanistan as it will be working through socio-economic development.

21 August 2018

Vinesh Phogat won gold in 50 kg Freestyle Wrestling at Asian games 2018. She overpowered Japan’s Yuki Irie and scored 6-2. By winning the event, Vinesh became the first female wrestler from the country to win a gold medal at any Asian Games event ever.  In women’s 57 kg category, Pooja Dhanda lost to North Korea’s Jong Myong Suk securing 0-10. In women’s 62 kg category,  Sakshi lost to Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan securing 7-8.

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