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 Railway RRB NTPC, JE, ALP, Group D:

📖 Complete August Current Affairs Revision for all Upcoming Exams #English


Part - 6


1) Taking an imperative towards conserving the diversity of indigenous crops in the country, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar has inaugurated the world’s second-largest refurbished state-of-the-art National Gene Bank at the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), Pusa, New Delhi.


2) HCL Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of HCL Technologies launched an online portal, 'My e-Haat', to empower artisans and strengthen the value chain of the handicraft sector in the country.


3) State Bank of India has launched a special deposit scheme to mark the celebratory occasion of 75 years of Independence. 

➨ The special deposit scheme, SBI Platinum Deposits is a limited period offer and will end on 14 September.

▪️ State Bank of India :- 

Founded - 1 July 1955

Headquarters - Mumbai, 

Maharashtra

Chairman - Dinesh Kumar Khara


4) Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a new target of making India an ‘Energy Independent’ nation by the time the country reaches 100 years of India’s independence, in 2047.


5) Indian Railways' West Central Railway(WCR) zone has installed the first Automatic Coach Washing Plants (ACWP) in Madhya Pradesh's Habibganj railway station.

▪️Madhya Pradesh 

➨CM - Shivraj Singh Chouhan

➨Governor -  Mangubhai Chhaganbhai

➨Bhimbetka Caves

➨Buddhist Monument at Sanchi

➨Khajuraho Temple


6) On the occasion of the 75th Independence Day of India on August 15, 2021, 144 Gallantry awards have been conferred on armed forces, police and paramilitary personnel, as approved by the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, President Ram Nath Kovind.


7) In Mizoram, 3rd Battalion of 23 sector Assam Rifles launched a video version of “Jana Gana Mana” sung by 5 years old prodigy Miss Esther Hnamte of Lunglei. The Assam Rifles has taken this effort as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate the 75 years of India's Independence.

☞Mizoram :-

CM - Zoramthanga 

Governor - Hari Babu Kambhampati


8) Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 100 lakh crore 'Gatishakti' initiative to bring employment opportunities for the youth and to help in holistic infrastructure growth.


9) All India Radio launched a unique innovative programme, ‘Azadi Ka Safar Akashvani Ke Saath’ on national as well as regional channels.

✸All India Radio :-

Owner - Prasar Bharati

Launch date - 23 July 1927

Headquarters - Sansad Marg, New Delhi

Motto - Bahujanahitaya Bahujanasukhaya


10) Mohammad Azam from Karimnagar district in Telangana has been awarded the National Youth Award recently by the Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur in Delhi for displaying exemplary leadership qualities.

▪️Telangana :-

➨CM - Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao

➨Amrabad Tiger Reserve 

➨Kawal Tiger Reserve


11) Komalika Bari became the new under-21 recurve world champion at the Youth World Championships in Wroclaw.

➨ India's Junior recurve archers also bagged gold in the men's and the mixed team event.

➨She became the second Indian woman after Deepika Kumari to claim both the U-21 World Championship and the U-18 title.


12) Calcutta University has secured the second rank in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). 

➨ West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated all teachers, administration staff, and students of Calcutta University.

▪️West Bengal :- 

👉CM - Mamata Banerjee

👉GOVERNOR - Jagdeep Dhankhar

👉Folk Dances - Lathi, Gambhira, Dhali, Jatra, Baul, Chhau, Santhali Dance

👉Kalighat Temple


13) As the country is celebrating the 75th Independence Day, Delhi Fire Service (DFS) Director Atul Garg announced that All India Institute of Medical Sciences has become the first hospital in the country to house a fire station on its campus, terming it a "proud moment".


14) Senior bureaucrat Apurva Chandra has been appointed the Information and Broadcasting Secretary.

➨ Mr Chandra, a 1988-batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer of the Maharashtra cadre, is currently the Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.


15) Anirudh Balaji, Founder and CEO of Horizon Group, has been elected as the new President of the Indo-Russian IT Association (IRITA), a first-of-its-kind forum for the promotion of the IT industry of the two countries.


16) Karnataka's Mandalapatti hills are blossoming with the blue Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms once every 12 years. A few photos of a rare type of flower wowed people after they were shared on social media platforms.

▪️Karnataka:- 

CM :- Basavaraj Bommai

Governor :- Thawarchand Gehlot

Formation :- 1 November 1956

Language :- Kannada

Port :- New Mangalore Port


17) With a network of solar-based electric vehicle charging stations, the Delhi-Chandigarh Highway has become the country’s first EV-friendly highway in the country. 

➨The network of stations was set up by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) under the FAME-1 (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) & Electric Vehicles) scheme of the Ministry of Heavy Industries.


18) Pune and Jodhpur-based facilities of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have jointly developed an advanced chaff technology to safeguard fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) from enemy radar threats.

▪️Defence Research and Development Organisation( DRDO) :- 

➠ Founded - 1958

➠ HeadQuarter  - New Delhi

➠ Chairman - G. Satheesh Reddy

➠ Recent News - Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)


19) Madhya Pradesh government launched the National Education Policy-2020 (NEP-2020) in the state and became the second state in the country to implement NEP-2020 after Karnataka.

➨ The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 was launched by the Centre on July 29, 2020.

▪️Madhya Pradesh 

➨CM - Shivraj Singh Chouhan

➨Governor -  Mangubhai Chhaganbhai

➨Bhimbetka Caves

➨Buddhist Monument at Sanchi

➨Khajuraho Temple


20) To celebrate second anniversary of Fit India Movement and as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur launched the Fit India Mobile Application at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi on National Sports Day.


21) In a bid to assist unemployed youth in the state, the Captain Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government gave a nod to a new project, Mera Kaam Mera Maan (MKMM). 

➨ The scheme aims at empowering the unemployed youth by improving their skillset and aptitude to find jobs easily in the preferred domains.


22) Uttrakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami conducted an on-site inspection of Sahastradhara-Maldevta road, which had caved in as a river submerged it following a rise in water level of the river triggered by heavy rains.

➨ The Chief Minister directed the District Magistrate Dehradun R Rajesh Kumar to channelize the river and get the damaged part of the road repaired at the earliest.

▪️Uttarakhand CM :- Pushkar Singh Dhami

👉Asan Conservation Reserve

👉Country's first moss garden 

👉Country's first Pollinator Park 

👉Integrated Model Agriculture Village Scheme

👉Rajaji Tiger Reserve  🐅

👉Jim Corbett National Park


23) The Sahitya Akademi named authors Yashodhara Mishra and Omcherry N.N. Pillai as the winners of the 2020 awards for their works in Odia and Malayalam, respectively.


24) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced welfare measures worth Rs 317.40 crore for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in special camps in the state.

▪️Tamil Nadu :- 

➨ CM - M K Stalin

➨Governor - Banwarilal Purohit

➨Sathyamangalam tiger reserve  (STR)

➨Kalakkad Mundanthurai tiger reserve (KMTR)


25) The Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched the National Food and Nutrition Campaign for the farmers.

➨ It was organized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).


26) With the support of the French development agency Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), Rajasthan has undertaken a biodiversity conservation project in eastern districts of the state.

▪️ Rajasthan:-

CM - Ashok Gehlot

Governor - Kalraj Mishra

➭Amber Palace

➭Hawa Mahal

➭Ranthambore National Park

➭City Palace

➭Keoladeo Ghana National Park

➭Sariska National Park.

➭ Kumbhalgarh Fort


27) India's NCERT, Microsoft and its global training partner Tech Avant-Garde (TAG) have joined hands to usher in Digital Transformation in Education and to empower the most important stakeholders of education - School Teachers.

➨ The Hybrid Learning training workshop for teachers will be conducted over a period of five days from 30th August 2021 to 3rd September 2021 for one hour each day .


28) Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the renovated complex of Jallianwala Bagh Smarak to the nation through video conferencing. The Prime Minister also inaugurated museum galleries developed at the Smarak.

➨A wreath-laying ceremony was held and a two-minute silence observed in the memory of martyrs of the Jallianwala massacre.


29) Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur inaugurated and addressed the first India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Youth Summit through video conferencing.


30) The Ministry of Jal Shakti started 'SUJALAM', a 100-day campaign to create more and more open defecation free (ODF) villages across the country.

➨The 'SUJALAM' campaign would help in management of the waste water which in turn would help to revive the water bodies.


31) Bollywood actor Sonu Sood will be the brand ambassador for the Delhi government’s “Desh ke Mentor” programme, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced in New Delhi.

➨The programme entails “adopting” one or more Delhi government school students who can be mentored by citizens who are successful in their respective fields.


32) Astronomers have discovered the fastest orbiting asteroid in the solar system. The asteroid has been dubbed as “2021 PH27” and it is 1 kilometer in diameter and completes its orbit in just 113 Earth days. 

➨The asteroid also gets extremely close to the Sun by reaching a proximity of about 20 million kilometers.


33) The labour ministry unveiled the National Database for Unorgansied Workers or e-Shram portal, which is a single platform for registering over 380 million unorganised workers including migrant workers and gig and platform workers.


34) In view of the growing popularity of a wide variety of traditional regional handicrafts following the launch of One District One Product (ODOP) scheme, the Uttar Pradesh government is building the state’s first handicrafts park in Sector 29 of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA).

▪️Uttar Pradesh :- 

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister -  Yogi Adityanath

Governor - Smt. Anandiben Patel

➨Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary

➨Dudhwa National Park

➨National Chambal Sanctuary


35) India's Vinod Kumar bagged a bronze medal in the Discus throw F52 event on Sunday to win India its third medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics

➨ With a throw of 19.91m, he set a new Asian record. Poland's Piotr Kosewicz bagged the top honours with a best attempt of 20.02m. Croatian athlete Velimir Šandor took home silver by registering the best effort of 19.98m.

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