tennis player Ankita Raina won the bronze medal at the Asian Games
after losing to China’s Zhang Shuai in the women’s singles
this bronze medal, Ankita became second Indian woman to have her name
in the Asian Games’ singles medallist list.
is India’s first tennis medal in this edition and 16th overall –
4 gold, 3 silver, 9 bronze.
clinches 4 medals in wushu
Indian wushu players won bronze medals at the Asian Games on 22
Roshibini Devi, Santosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Partap Singh and Narender
Grewal won the bronze medal in Wushu.
this edition, India had taken part in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Asian
2014 Incheon Asian Games, India had won two bronze medals.
wins silver in men’s double trap
Vihan clinched the silver medal in the men’s double trap shooting
event at the 18th Asian Games on 23rd August, 2018.
Shin Hyunwoo clinched the gold medal while Qatar’s Al Marri Hamad
Ali bagged the bronze medal.
had grabbed four gold medals at Shotgun Nationals Championship in
Beckham will receive UEFA Prez’s award
England captain David Beckham will receive the UEFA President’s
Award for his contribution to football and for promoting the
sport around the world.
played for Manchester United, La Galaxy, Real Madrid, AC Milan and
made 115 appearances for England and won 19 club trophies, including
10 league titles.
will receive the award in Monaco.
imposed on import of bio-fuels
government has imposed the restriction on import of bio-fuels
including ethyl alcohol and other denatured spirits, bio-diesel,
petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals other than
import of these items, which was free earlier, will now only be
allowed for non-fuel purpose on actual user basis.
restrictions were imposed through an amendment in import policy.
launches an initiative in Kerala
ICOMOS, a global monument conservation body, has launched an
initiative to assess the damage to the rich cultural and built
heritage in flood-devastated Kerala.
International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is
a non-government organisation (NGO).
is dedicated for conservation of architectural and archaeological
heritage across the world.
notifies standards for Honey
Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has come out with
food safety standards for honey and its products, in a bid to curb
per the FSSAI notification, honey should comply with 18 parameters
like that of sucrose content, glucose ratio, pollen count, foreign
oligosaccharides among others.
FSSAI has fixed maximum 5% limit for sucrose content in the
seeks revision in price of gas via TAPI
has sought renegotiation of the natural gas price it is to source
through a proposed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI)
pipeline due to slump in global energy markets.
4 nations to the pipeline projects had in 2013 signed a gas sale
gas will be sourced from the Yoloten Usman field, which ranks amongst
the five biggest fields in the world.
asks for action plan on e-waste
National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Ministry of
Environment and Forests to submit an action plan on e-waste
management within three months.
direction came as the NGT was disposing of a plea against
unauthorised “recycling, collection, dismantling, burning, selling”
of e-waste and other solid waste.
plea had stated that electronic waste accounted for 40% of lead.
to target open urination too
new norms, cities and towns wanting to be declared ODF+ (Open
Defecation Free Plus) must also be free of public urination and not
just open defecation.
is the first time that the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) is
officially including the elimination of public urination in its
ODF+ and ODF++ protocols were released by the Ministry of Housing and
BIMSTEC summit to be held Kathmandu
fourth Summit of Heads of State/Government of Bay of Bengal
Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation
(BIMSTEC) will be held at Kathmandu in Nepal on August 30 and 31,
is a regional economic bloc comprising seven member states lying in
the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal.
is the current chair of BIMSTEC.
of cyber attacks on Indian sites
to a report, the maximum number of cyber attacks on official
Indian websites are from China, US and Russia.
report was prepared by the Indian
Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In),
which comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information
is the nodal agency which deals with cybersecurity threats like
hacking and phishing.
Techno Hub to be inaugurated in Raj
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the Bhamashah
Techno Hub on
23rd August 2018.
hub will provide free space, easier funding avenues and
mentorship to startups.
Rajasthan government has already announced setting up of a Rs
500-crore startup fund — Bhamashah Techno Fund.
hub would be able to accommodate over 700 startup ventures.
water colour festival in Ranchi
international watercolour festival will be organised in Ranchi,
is organised by the Department of Tourism, Art-Culture, Sports &
international watercolour festival aims to bring local artists in
touch with the international art and promote the rich art and culture
watercolour festival will come to a close on August 27, 2018.
launches independent ‘2GUD’ platform
largest e-commerce marketplace Flipkart launched ‘2GUD’,
its first-ever independent platform for refurbished goods.
product portfolio of 2GUD would
initially include smartphones, laptops, tablets and electronic
rollout of the platform is via mobile web initially.
will remain a distinct and separate platform aimed at value buyers.
SFB launches overdraft facility
Small Finance Bank announced the launch of its overdraft facility for
Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE).
facility is an add-on product to the existing MSE term loans offered
by the bank.
bank will offer this facility to all MSEs with a turnover of Rs 50
lakh or more.
Small Finance Bank (Ujjivan SFB) started its banking operations in
expects Q1 GDP growth at 7.7%
to the SBI’s report, India’s GDP is expected to grow by 7.7% in
the April-June quarter due to pick up in leading indicators like
cement production, the sale of vehicles and bank credit.
has based its assessment on its Composite Leading Indicator, which
takes into account 18 major macro-economic indicators.
report also said that GVA (Gross Value Added) growth would be 7.6%.
wind survey satellite launched
new satellite that will use advanced laser technology to track global
winds and improve weather forecasts has been successfully put into
name of the satellite is “Aeolus”
— named after the guardian of wind in Greek mythology.
satellite “will probe the lowermost 30 kilometres of the atmosphere
in measuring winds around the Earth.
journalist Kuldip Nayar passes away
Indian writer and journalist Kuldip Nayar passed away in New Delhi on
August 23, 2018.
a journalist, he has documented in detail, human rights violations by
was also the High Commissioner of India to the U.K. and nominated
member of the Rajya Sabha.
worked in several newspapers including as the editor in the
Jaitley re-appointed as Finance Minister
Ram Nath Kovind re-appointed Arun Jaitley as Finance Minister.
Jaitley will resume charge of both finance and corporate affairs
Jaitley has been the leader of Rajya Sabha since 2000.
Minister Piyush Goyal was looking after the Finance Ministry on an