GK Capsule August 2021

Welcome to Endeavor’s news bulletin for August 2021. In this blog, we will cover major news, current affairs, and the happening of this month.

On 7th August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the renaming of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award after the legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand.

Just days after the Central Government changed the name of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award to Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, the Maharashtra government has announced a new award named after Rajiv Gandhi.

Radhakishan Damani, the owner of India’s leading retail chain DMart, has entered the list of the world’s 100 richest people, as per the latest rankings on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Singh passed away at the age of 89 years. He was admitted to the hospital on July 4 due to an infection.

Maki Kaji, a puzzle enthusiast and publisher who was known as the “Godfather of Sudoku” has died at the age of 69. A university dropout, Kaji founded Japan’s first puzzle magazine.

Indore, has been declared as India’s first ‘water plus’ city under the Swachh Survekshan 2021. A Water Plus city certificate is provided to a city for maintaining cleanliness in rivers and drains under its administration.

Four more sites from India have been recognized under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. With the latest addition, the total number of Indian sites in Ramsar List have increased to 46.

Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, has become the first city in India to achieve 100 per cent vaccination coverage against Covid-19.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated India’s first-ever smog tower at the Connaught Place on 23rd August. A smog tower work as a large-scale air purifier in order to reduce air pollution particles.

The Border Road Organisation (BRO) has inaugurated world’s highest motorable road in Ladakh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the national flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort to celebrate the Independence Day 2021.

Nine new judges, including three women, were appointed to the Supreme Court of India on 26th August.

The 20-year long American involvement in Afghanistan finally came to an end with the last US military planes leaving Afghanistan.

Six months after the Myanmar military snatched power from the country’s civilian government, the military has announced to extend its rule for 2 years.

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on 14th August, dealing a devastating blow to the Caribbean island nation.

The Chinese Parliament formally approved the 3-children policy on 20th August.

One of the most challenging games in the history Tokyo Olympics finally concluded successfully on 8th August. Tokyo 2020, as the name suggests, was originally scheduled to take place last year when no one had even the slightest idea about the pandemic.

The 17-year-old long jumper Shaili Sigh won the silver medal in the Women’s Long Jump at the U20 World Athletics Championships in Nairobi on 21st August.

Thailand has banned sunscreens containing chemicals that damage coral from all of its marine national parks.

The four-day long naval exercise ‘Malabar-2021’ concluded on 29th August. In a strong message to China, the 25th edition of the MALABAR exercise was conducted in the Philippines Sea.

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