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Noted Kerala sculptor P.S. Banarji passes away
- Cartoonist, sculptor, and folk singer P.S. Banarji passed away in August 2021.
- A recipient of the Lalithakala Akademi Fellowship, Banarji was noted for his Ayyankali and Buddha sculptures at Venganur and Koduman.
- Known for his rendition of a string of folk songs, including the popular ‘Tharaka Pennale’, he was working as a graphic designer in an IT firm in Thiruvananthapuram.
Rabindranath Tagore’s 80th death anniversary
- The 80th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore was observed in West Bengal on 8 August 2021.
- Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath – poet, writer, playwright, composer, philosopher, social reformer, and painter.
- He founded the Visva-Bharati University at Santiniketan in 1921.
- He became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
International Cat Day: 8 August
- International Cat Day is observed every year on 8 August.
- The day was started by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2002.
- The theme of the day for 2021 was “Be Cat Curious- Training for Cats and their Humans”.
- The official “custodian” of the International Cat Day is the organisation, International Cat Care.
BOI AXA appoints Anthony Heredia as CEO
- Anthony Heredia has been announced as the Chief Executive Officer of BOI AXA Investment Managers Private Limited with effect from August 5, 2021.
- His last assignment was with Baroda Asset Management.
- His previous work experiences include tenures with Morgan Stanley Investment Management as Managing Director; HSBC Asset Management India as Senior Vice President, etc.
International Army Games to be held in Russia
- A 101 member contingent of the Indian Army will proceed to Russia to participate in International Army Games – 2021 from 22 August to 4 Sept 2021.
- The contingent will participate in Army Scout Masters Competition (ASMC), Elbrus ring, polar star, sniper frontier, and safe route games.
- The contingent will also contribute two observers (one each) for the Open Water and Falcon Hunting games.
CPI-M to hoist the flag in its headquarters
- For the first time in its history, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M), in West Bengal, will hoist the national flag in its headquarters Alimuddin and all other party offices across the state on the 75th year of India’s independence.
- The central committee has given permission to the state, after a written proposal by the Left leader and former MLA Sujan Chakraborty.
Nagasaki Day: 9 August
- Japan’s Nagasaki marked the 76th anniversary of the US atomic bombing on 9 August 2021.
- On August 9, 1945, the United States dropped the second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, three days after Hiroshima was destroyed by the first one – a uranium bomb- ‘Little Boy’.
- The bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki was code-named the ‘Fat Man’.
- It killed over 80,000 people.
Nifty 50 Index to fall to 15,500 by June 2022
- The NSE Nifty 50 Index will fall to 15,500 by the end of June 2022, according to the UBS Group AG.
- Of the Nifty companies that have reported so far, profits for about 58% have missed analyst estimates.
- Meanwhile, the surge in share prices has the Nifty trading at 21.3 times estimated 12-month earnings, much higher than its five-year average of 18 times.
Cyclothon event ‘Pedal for Dal’ flagged off
- J&K Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha flagged off a cyclothon event ‘Pedal for Dal’ from the shores of Dal Lake on 7 August 2021.
- The event was a part of the celebrations of ‘Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav’.
- It witnessed the participation of more than 200 boys and girls from different age groups along with professional cyclists.
Punjab announces reward for Neeraj Chopra
- Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced a special cash reward of Rs 2 crore for Neeraj Chopra for winning gold at the Tokyo Games.
- BCCI also announced a cash reward for medal winners at Tokyo Olympics.
- Neeraj will be given Rs 1 cr.
- Rs 50 lakh each will be given to silver-medalist – Mirabai Channu and Ravi Kumar Dahiya.
- Rs 25 lakh each to be given to bronze medalist.
Gujarat CM launches eNagar mobile app
- Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has launched eNagar mobile application and portal.
- The eNagar covers 10 modules with 52 services including property tax, professional tax, water and drainage, complaints and grievance redressal, building permission, fire and emergency services.
- Gujarat Urban Development Mission has been appointed as a nodal agency for the eNagar project.
SAI felicitates Tokyo Olympics medal winners
- The Sports Authority of India (SAI) felicitated India’s Tokyo 2020 medal winners on 9 August 2021.
- PM Narendra Modi also took part in the felicitation, via a video conference.
- The felicitation ceremony took place at the iconic Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, New Delhi.
- India ended at the 48th spot and returned with their best-ever Olympic showing, winning as many as 7 medals.
32nd Summer Games conclude
- The 32nd Summer Games closing ceremony was held at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on 8 August 2021.
- The Tokyo Olympic Games was delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- India’s campaign in the Tokyo edition was the most successful one yet that brought the country a first-ever gold medal in track and field as Neeraj Chopra secured a gold medal in the Javelin throw.
Int’l Day of the World’s Indigenous People
- The United Nations’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed on August 9 each year.
- It aims to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.
- The theme of the day for 2021 is “Leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract.”
- On December 23, 1994, the UN decided to observe this day on 9 August every year.
Golfer Forrest wins maiden European Tour title
- Scotland’s golfer Grant Forrest won his first European Tour title at the Scottish Championship on 8 August 2021.
- England’s James Morrison finished second, followed by Spain’s Santiago Tarrio in third.
- The 2021 European Tour is the 50th season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972 and the 13th edition of the Race to Dubai.
Bilateral exercise ‘Zayed Talwar 2021’ held
- Indian Navy undertook bilateral exercise ‘Zayed Talwar 2021’ with UAE Navy off the coast of Abu Dhabi on 7 Aug 2021.
- INS Kochi, with two integral Sea King MK 42B helicopters, deployed in the Persian Gulf, participated in the exercise.
- UAE participated with UAES Al – Dhafra, a Baynunah class-guided missile corvette, and one AS – 565B Panther helicopter.
U’khand CM names Vandana as brand ambassador
- Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has named Indian women’s hockey team player Vandana Kataria as the state’s Department of Women Empowerment and Child Development brand ambassador.
- Earlier, Pushkar Singh Dhami had announced a cash reward of Rs 25 lakh to Vandana Katariya.
- Vandana Katariya made history as she became the first Indian woman to score a hat-trick at Tokyo Olympics.
Handicraft project ‘Ujjwal Abahan’ launched
- Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Rameswar Teli has launched the 3rd ONGC handicraft project ‘Ujjwal Abahan’.
- It would support and train over a hundred artisans of Assam in Hathkharga handicraft.
- This project is in line with the government’s observance of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, under which ONGC has earlier launched two projects supporting the indigenous handicrafts of the country.
IIT develops a low-cost water purification unit
- Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur has developed a low-cost water purification and treatment unit.
- The water purification unit uses membrane-assisted sorption-based Ultrafiltration (UF) technology to make sure the water is purified and retreated for efficient usage.
- The developed unit is portable and has initially been installed in five schools of rural areas of Rajasthan.
Mercedes-Benz inks pact with DSEU
- The Mercedes-Benz India has signed a memorandum of understanding with Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) for the mechatronics program.
- It would offer a highly specialized course under the Auto Mechatronics Research Centre (AMRC), DSEU.
- It would also extend apprenticeship and placement support to students of the Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University.
India exports 8 LMT coal to its neighbours
- India exported 8 lakh tonnes of coal to its neighbouring nations, including Nepal, in the fiscal year ended March 2021, according to the Coal Ministry’s Provisional Coal Statistics 2020-21.
- Of the said quantity, the maximum 77.20 percent was exported to Nepal, followed by 13.04 percent to Bangladesh.
- In the year 2020-21, the import of coal decreased by 13.50 percent over the previous year.
SEBI amends rules to empower independent Dir.
- Capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has amended the rules to empower independent directors.
- It has overhauled rules about the appointment, removal, and remuneration of independent directors to ensure their independence and effectiveness.
- To give effect to the new rules, Sebi has amended LODR (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations.
Punjab to cover farming families under HIC
- The Punjab government has decided to bring nearly 8.5 lakh farming families under the ambit of the health insurance cover (HIC) for the year 2021-22.
- All the farmers having ‘J’ forms and ‘sugarcane weighment slips’ would be eligible for this health scheme.
- To facilitate the farmers to apply for this scheme, the Punjab Mandi Board has launched a dedicated portal for the first time.
PM Modi to launch Ujjwala Yojana 2.0
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch ‘Ujjwala 2.0’ (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana-PMUY) by handing over LPG connections at Mahoba district of Uttar Pradesh on 10 Aug’21.
- Along with a deposit-free LPG connection, Ujjwala 2.0 would provide the first refill and hotplate free of cost to the beneficiaries.
- Ujjwala 2.0 would help achieve the Prime Minister’s vision of universal access to LPG.
Anupam Shyam passes away
- Veteran actor Anupam Shyam passed away in August 2021.
- He was best known for his work on the TV show “Mann Kee Awaaz: Pratigya” and appearances in films like “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Bandit Queen”.
- In his nearly three-decade-long career, Shyam featured in films like “Satya”, “Dil Se”, “Lagaan”, “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi”, etc.
Equitas launches fintech accelerator programme
- Equitas Small Finance Bank has launched Equitech.
- It is a fintech accelerator aimed at the startup ecosystem that will help fintechs curate their products and define a market strategy.
- The program was launched on 7 August 2021 and the application process for enrolment has commenced.
- Equitech will focus on banking technology such as payments, lending, CASA, transaction banking, etc.
Tata to market Odisha’s Koraput Coffee
- The Odisha government has roped in Tata Coffee to promote the indigenously grown coffee beans, the bulk of it coming from tribal-dominated Koraput.
- Tata Coffee will procure the produce from Koraput and market it by maintaining its uniqueness without tampering with its quality or flavor.
- The state government has granted 46,000 acres of forest land for coffee plantations.
James becomes the third-highest wicket-taker
- James Anderson surpassed Anil Kumble (619) to become the third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket on Day 3 of the first England v India Test in Nottingham, in August 2021.
- With 620 wickets, he is only behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Shane Warner (708) on the list of highest wicket-takers in the longest format of the game.
- He had already become the most prolific fast bowler in Tests.
ITBP inducts two women officers in combat
- In a first, the India-China LAC guarding the Indo-Tibetan Border Police force (ITBP), on 9 Aug’21, commissioned its first two women officers in combat after they completed their training in Mussoorie.
- The two women officers Prakriti and Diksha will be posted as company commanders in ITBP battalions.
- A first-ever ‘History of ITBP’ book containing many unknown facts of ITBP was also released.
UP government renames Kakori Kand
- Uttar Pradesh government has renamed the ‘Kakori Kand’ to ‘Kakori Train action’.
- It has been renamed since the word ‘Kand’ denotes a sense of insult to this incident under India’s Independence struggle.
- The UP govt celebrated the anniversary of the ‘Kakori Train action’ on 9 August 2021 under the program ‘Chauri Chaura Mahotsav’ which is going to complete 100 years in 2022.
First Deputy NSA level meeting held
- The first Deputy NSA level meeting took place in Colombo in Aug’21.
- The meeting was held under the Colombo Security Conclave and was attended by India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka.
- Countries including Bangladesh, Seychelles, and Mauritius also participated as observers.
- After the NSA Trilateral Meeting on Maritime Security in Nov’21, this grouping was renamed as `Colombo Security Conclave’.