Current Affairs 21st August 2016

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Current Affairs

Current Affairs 21st August 2016

National News:

  • Nation remembering former PM Rajiv Gandhi on his 72th Birth Anniversary today
  • PM Modi’s monogrammed suit enters Guinness Records as ‘most expensive suit sold’
  • Maharashtra seeks Chinese investment in infra
  • Kerala Cabinet approves new debt relief scheme
  • Oil minister distributed around 3,000 free LPG stoves under free cooking gas scheme titled Ujjwala Yojana in Mumbai
  • Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti launched projects worth 560 crore under the Namami Gange programme in Kanpur, UP
  • Two-day meeting of BRICS women Parliamentarian’s forum to begin in Jaipur

International News:

  • India-Mauritius treaty: Now, quasi-equity likely to be taxed
  • India, China Hold High Level Meeting On Economic Cooperation
  • US, Ukraine urge end to soaring tensions with Russia

Banking:

  • The State Bank of India (SBI) will gain $120 billion in assets following its merger with associate banks and Bhartiya Mahila Bank
  • Deputy Governor of the RBI Urjit Patel has been appointed as the 24th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India

Business & Economy:

  • Forex reserve at record high of USD 365.82 billion
  • The Gurgaon-based online classified company’s majority investor Astro Entertainment Networks Limited (AENL) exited AskMe a few weeks ago, due to disagreements with the minority shareholders
  • India has jumped 15 spots to become 2nd most innovative middle income economy in world

Awards and Honours:

  • Renu Khator, Indian-American woman academic, will be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame for making significant contribution for the benefit of the US’ second largest state
  • SK Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director, BEL, has been awarded as the Most Enterprising CEO in Electronics Sector by the Indo Global Business Council (IGBC), a policy think-tank based in New Delhi. M M Joshi, Executive Director (National Marketing), BEL, received the award on behalf of CMD
  • Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma will be conferred upon with the annual Sangeet Martand Ustad Chand Khan Lifetime Achievement Award this year, Sursagar Society of Dilli Gharana has announced

Sports:

  • P.V. Sindhu’s bold shot at the Olympic gold was competently handled by two-time World Champion Carolina Marin
  • Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt created an unprecedented record, a triple treble, as he bagged his third Gold in Rio Olympics 2016 –
  • Great Britain women’s hockey team won its first ever Olympic gold on Saturday, after defeating the defending champions Netherlands in the penalty shootout of the final
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