- August 19: The World Humanitarian Day
To pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. The day recognizes humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.
- August 19: World Photography Day
To encourage photographers across the planet to share a single photo with the world with an aim – to share their world with the world. The idea behind the day is inspiring positive change in the world, by sharing the stories of the photographers from all around the world through their photographs.
- Genetic code of wheat cultivated crop for the first time
For the 1st time, the International team of scientists including 18 from India cracked the genetic code of wheat, the world’s most widely cultivated crop. The information generated will help to identify genes controlling complex agronomic traits such as yield, grain quality, resistance to diseases & pests.
- August 21
The first-ever International Day of Remembrance and tribute to the Victims of Terrorism is observed by United Nations on 21st August 2018 to honour the innocent victims of terror attacks around the world, who will forever remain in our hearts.
- Uri Avnery, was the renowned journalist
Uri Avnery (94), a trailblazing Israeli journalist & peace activist and one of the first to openly advocate for a Palestinian state.He was famous for crossing the lines during the Siege of Beirut to meet Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat on 3 July 1982. It was first time that the Palestinian leader ever met with an Israeli.
- DNA reveals first inter-species child
Mother was a Neanderthal, but her father was Denisovan, a distinct species of primitive human that also roamed the Eurasian continent 50,000 years ago, scientists reported on Wednesday in the journal Nature.
- Hi-tech drones come to the aid of Japan’s ageing farmers
The next generation farmhand in Japan’s ageing rural heartland may be a drone.For several months, developers and farmers in northeast Japan have been testing a new drone that can hover above paddy fields and perform backbreaking tasks in a fraction of the time it takes for elderly farmers.
- Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar passes away
As a journalist, Kuldip Nayar has documented in detail, human rights violations by the State.Apart from his work as a journalist, Mr. Nayar will also be remembered as a human right activists and peacenik, and a former High Commissioner of India to United Kingdom.
- Shardul Vihan 15, wins silver in men’s double trap
Fifteen-year-old Shardul Vihan on Thursday became the youngest Indian shooter to win a medal at the Asian Games after he finished second in the men’s double trap here, extending the sensational run of teenaged shooters from the country.
- Agri pest Fall Armyworm spotted in Telangana
The Fall Armyworm, a feared agricultural pest that was noticed in Karnataka for the first time in the country, has now been reported in neighbouring Telangana. It is regarded as a pest and can damage and destroy a wide variety of crops, which causes large economic damage.
- Wrestler Bajrang wins India’s 1st gold medal
Wrestler Bajrang wins India’s 1st gold medal at Asian Games 2018. Bajrang, who came into the Asian Games 2018 as favourite to win the gold, beat his Japanese opponent 11-8 in the final bout.
- New Chhattisgarh capital to be named Atal Nagar
Chhattisgarh’s proposed capital, Naya Raipur, will now be named Atal Nagar after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A memorial of Atal ji will come up in Naya Raipur. A statue of Vajpayee will also be installed at Naya Raipur as well as in all 27 district headquarters of the state and a central park will be developed.
- Rahi Sarnobat becomes first Indian woman to shoot Asiad gold
Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold at the Asian Games, achieving the feat after a nerve-wracking 25m air pistol finals. Sarnobat became the second Indian shooter to win a gold here after 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary’s.
- Chandrayaan-I data confirms presence of ice on Moon
Scientists have found frozen water deposits in the darkest and coldest parts of the Moon’s polar regions using data from the Chandrayaan-I spacecraft, that was launched by India ten years ago.
- Helicopter-launched, anti-tank missile Helina flight tested
India’s quest to equip itself with more short-range, tactical strike power got a boost with the testing of the helicopter-launched, anti-tank guided missile HELINA.The indigenously developed weapon system was successfully flight tested from an Army helicopter in the desert areas of Pokhran in Rajasthan. It is most advanced anti-tank weapons in the world.
- Fabless Chip Design Incubator (FabCI)
IIT-H has launched an exclusive incubator “FabCI) to boost chip design. It is a first of its kind in India that will focus on creating an ecosystem for start-ups in chip design. The purpose of FabCI is to incubate at least 50 ‘Make-in-India’ chip design companies that can compete globally and generate Intellectual Property Rights.
- Delhi-Mumbai 12-hour Expressway to come soon
The expressway will be built at a cost of about Rs 1 lakh crore
It will connect India’s two most backward districts, Mewat (Haryana) and Dahod (Gujarat).
- Mock tests for NEET, JEE, KCET/MHCET and Bank Exams