GK Update & Current Affairs: 21st August 2018
1. Gopalkrishna Gandhi conferred with 2018 Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award:
- Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi was conferred with 2018 Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award. He was presented award in New Delhi on occasion of 74th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
- Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award is awarded every year on persons for outstanding contribution towards promotion of communal harmony, national integration and peace.
2. NOTA Option Not Applicable For Rajya Sabha Elections: Supreme Court
- The Supreme Court ruled that the ‘None of The Above’ (NOTA) option will not be applicable for voting in the Rajya Sabha elections. The ruling was made by a bench of Justices comprising CJI Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.
- The bench held that the NOTA option is meant only for universal adult suffrage and direct elections and not for the polls held by the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote as done in the Rajya Sabha.
3. September 2018 will be observed National Nutrition Month:
- Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has announced to observe September 2018 as the National Nutrition Month to mark the country’s fight against malnutrition.
- The month-long intensive campaign will be undertaken with an aim of reaching every household with message of nutrition — ‘har ghar poshan tyohar’ (every house a celebration of nutrition).
4. Historic Esala Maha Perehera Festival Begins in Sri Lanka:
- In Sri Lanka, the ten-day festival of the historic Esala Maha Perehera began in Kandy with a grand procession. The procession set off from the biggest Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka, Sri Dalada Maligawa at an auspicious time.
- The Esala Perahera is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers and lavishly decorated elephants.
5. Former Army General Dalbir Singh Suhag awarded Legion of Merit by US Government:
- United States Government has awarded Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) to General Dalbir Singh Suhag (Retired) of Indian Army.
- The award was given to Singh for his exceptionally meritorious service as Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) from August 2014 to December 2016. With this, he becomes second Indian to get this award, first being General Rajendrasinghji Jadeja in 1946.
- The award commended his leadership for Indian Army’s counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations and its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) during Nepal earthquake in 2015.
6. IIT Kharagpur to set up Re-Water Research Center:
- Indian Instituted of Technology (IIT)-Kharagpur has decided to set up Re-Water Research Center to replenish and rejuvenate water resources.
- It will be seed-funded by two alumni members – Aneesh Reddy & Aditya Choubey and named after them as Aditya Choubey Center for Re-Water Research.
- The purpose of this centre will be to tackle challenge of resolving two burning issues faced by urban India – sewage disposal and access to clean potable water.
- It will network with government bodies to take up technology developed by it and process and meet the water challenge faced by various cities.
7. Paytm Partners With Alibaba:
- Digital payments firm Paytm has partnered with China’s Alibaba to launch AI-based cloud computing platform ‘Paytm AI Cloud’.
- The platform will offer business-centric apps to developers, startups and enterprises that need cloud-computing solutions including customer engagement and easy-to-integrate payments. It will process and store all consumer data locally in servers located only in India.
8. Novak Djokovic Wins Western and Southern Open 2018:
- Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) in straight sets, high-profile championship match at the 2018 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
- With this win, Djokovic became the first men’s tennis player in history to win all nine Masters 1,000 tournaments after finishing as the runner-up in Cincinnati five different times.
9. Saurabh Chaudhary Wins 10m Air Pistol Gold:
- 16-Year-Old Saurabh Chaudhary became only the fifth Indian shooter to claim a gold in the Asian Games history, beating a field of multiple world and Olympic champions in the 10m air pistol finals in Indonesia.
- Another Indian making his international debut, 29-year-old Abhishek Verma, shot 219.3 to secure bronze.
10. Vinesh Phogat, 1st Indian Woman Wrestler To Bag Gold At Asian Games:
- India got its second Gold medal at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia when Vinesh Phogat defeated Japan’s Yuki Irie in the final of freestyle 50 kg category in Women’s Wrestling.
- With this victory, Vinesh created history as she is the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in the Asian Games.