Monday, August 09, 2021

Current Affairs August 2021

8th August, Current Affairs:

  • Tokyo Olympics 2020 closing ceremony took place today. Wrestler Bajrang Punia led the Indian contingent out during the parade of athletes during the closing ceremony of Tokyo 2020. India won a total of 7 medals in this Olympics. India ended up surpassing their previous best tally at an Olympics of six medals, which the contingent achieved at the 2012 London Olympics. United States finished the Games with 113 medals, the most amongst all nations.
  • For the first time, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police has inducted two women officers in combat. Two women, Prakriti and Diksha, joined the ITBP as combatised officers after completing their training at the academy in Mussoorie.
  • England pacer James Anderson overtake former India spinner Anil Kumble to become the third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket. The 39-year-old took his tally in Tests to 621 wickets ahead of Kumble's 619. He is behind first-placed Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and second-placed Shane Warne (708).

7th August, Current Affairs:

  •  India's Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal in the men's javelin throw event with a throw of 87.58m in his second attempt. This is the first ever Olympic Gold for India in the history of Athletics. This is also the second individual Gold in Olympics after Abhinav Bindra won in 2008.

  • US pharmaceutical Johnson & Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine has received emergency use approval in India.
  • Wrestler Bajrang Punia won bronze after defeating Kazakhstan's Daulet Niyazbekov in men's 65kg freestyle match in Tokyo Olympics.
  • National Handloom Day is observed today.

6th August, Current Affairs:

  • Xiaomi has beaten both Samsung and Apple to emerge as the number one smartphone vendor in the world during June 2021.
  • Louis Vuitton chairman Bernard Arnault has surpassed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to become the world's richest person, according to Forbes real-time billionaires list.
  • The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honour of India, has been renamed Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today.
  • India and China have undertaken disengagement from Gogra area of Eastern Ladakh following an agreement at the 12th round of Corps Commander talks.

5th August, Current Affairs:

  • The Indian men's hockey team beats Germany 5-4 to win Olympic men's hockey medal after 41 years. The last time India had won a medal in hockey was at the 1980 Moscow Games where they got the gold.
  • Wrestler Ravi Dahiya wins the silver medal after losing the wrestling freestyle 57kg final against ROC's Zavur Uguev.
  • Parliament has passed the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021. The Bill provides for the constitution of a Commission for better co-ordination, research, identification, and resolution of problems related to air quality in the NCR and adjoining areas.
  • Parliament has passed the Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021. The Bill allows the central government to prohibit strikes, lock-outs, and lay-offs in units engaged in essential defence services.
  • Thailand has banned sunscreens containing chemicals that damage coral from all of its marine national parks.

4th August, Current Affairs:

  • The Border Roads Organisation has constructed the world's highest road in eastern Ladakh at Umlingla Pass at an altitude of 19,300 feet. It betters previous record of a road in Bolivia at 18,953 ft.
  • India's Lovlina Borgohain wins the bronze medal from the Tokyo Olympics after losing her semi-final bout in women's welterweight (64-69kg) boxing to Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey. Borgohain became the third Indian boxer after Vijender Singh and MC Mary Kom to win a medal at the Olympic Games.
  • Indian wrestler, Ravi Dahiya defeated Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan in the semi-finals of the men's Freestyle 57kg wrestling and assured the country of a medal.

2nd August, Current Affairs:

  •  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched e-RUPI, an electronic voucher-based digital payment solution. e-RUPI is a person-specific and purpose-specific payment system that will ensure that the benefits reach its intended beneficiaries in a targeted and leak-proof manner.
  • Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, has become the first city in India to have vaccinated 100 per cent of its population against Covid-19.
  • India ended their 49-year wait at the Olympics on Sunday by reaching the men's hockey semi-final after a comprehensive 3-1 win over Great Britain in their quarterfinal at Tokyo 2020.
  • Johnson & Johnson has withdrawn its proposal seeking approval of its single-shot Covid-19 vaccine in India.
  • The Indian women’s hockey team scripted history by qualifying for the Olympic Games semifinals for the first time, beating three-time champions Australia by a solitary goal.
  • Kamalpreet Kaur finished sixth in the women's discus throw final in Tokyo Olympics with a best attempt of 63.70.

1st August, Current Affairs:

  • India's PV Sindhu defeated He Bing Jiao of China to win the women's singles bronze medal at Tokyo Olympics. With this win, Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win two individual Olympic medals.
  • Australia swimmer Emma McKeon becomes the first female to win seven medals at single Olympics. She won her seventh medal in Tokyo, a feat no other female swimmer has ever achieved at a single Olympics.
  • The European Space Agency launched the world's first commercial fully re-programmable satellite, Eutelsat Quantum from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
  • India has assumed the presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the month of August.
  • Alexander Zverev defeated Karen Khachanov in straight sets to seal themen's singles title at the Tokyo Olympics and win Germany's first tennis gold since 1992.
  • Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs wins the Olympic gold in the men's 100m with 9.80 seconds.