Latest Current Affairs 17th August 2021

Winners announced for MeitY-NASSCOM Start-up Women Entrepreneur Awards 2020-21 in partnership with UN Women: Government of India has set a new benchmark in inclusive development with the basic values being set around ‘antyodaya’ with the core philosophy being Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayaas.

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UK expresses willingness for collaborating with India on Green Hydrogen: India has already retired 16369 MW of inefficient thermal units till March, 2021. This was stated by the Union Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Shri RK Singh, in a meeting with the Rt Hon Alok Sharma, COP 26 President, here today.

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh flags-in climb-a-thon organised as part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’: Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh flagged-in a climb-a-thon organised by Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling to celebrate ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, in New Delhi on August 17, 2021. The climb-a-thon was organised at four smaller peaks of Sikkim Himalayas from April 20-25, 2021.

To mark 75 years of Independence, TRIFED adds 75 new tribal products to Tribes India catalogue: As India celebrates its 75 years of Independence, there are various initiatives being launched and events being organized to commemorate this landmark day through the Amrit Mahotsav, an initiative fuelled by the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Vriksharopan Abhiyan – 2021”of Coal Ministry to be Launched on 19th August, 2021 as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Celebrations: During this year, coal/lignite PSUs of the Ministry of Coal  have set an ambitious target under the “Go Greening” drive to cover 2385 hectares of area under bio-reclamation/plantation.

V.O.C. Port sets a record by unloading 57,090 Tonnes of Coal in 24 hours: On 15.08.2021, the V.O. Chidambaranar Port created a new record by unloading 57,090 Tonnes of Coal in 24 hours, at Berth No.9 from the vessel, ‘M.V. Star Laura, surpassing the earlier record of 56,687 tonnes of Coal handled at Berth No.9, from the vessel ‘M.V. Ocean Dream’ on 27.10.2020.

India scales the peak of Highest ever Single Day Vaccination with the administration of more than 88.13 lakh vaccine doses in the last 24 hours: In a landmark achievement, nearly 88 lakh (88,13,919) doses have been administered under the Largest Vaccination Drive yesterday on the 16th of August 2021.

COVID Cooperation: India hands over 31 ambulances, 9th Oxygen express leaves for Bangladesh: Continuing with a series of steps towards cooperation with neighbouring countries in fighting COVID 19 pandemic, India handed over 31 life support ambulances to Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Bangladesh refuses US request to shelter some Afghans: The government of Bangladesh has turned down a request from the US to provide temporary shelter to some people from Afghanistan in the wake of the political developments there.

Centre Notifies RoDTEP Scheme Guidelines and Rates: Centre has today notified RoDTEP Scheme Guidelines and Rates (Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products). The scheme for zero rating of exports will boost our exports & competitiveness in the global markets .The rates of RoDTEP will cover 8555 tariff lines.

Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Thakur meets World Youth Archery Championship winners; congratulates them for big medal haul: Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Thakur interacted with the World Youth Archery Championship winners during an event on Tuesday and congratulated them for making the nation proud.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 schedule announced: India will open their campaign against Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium on 24 October.

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