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Today's Event – 18th August 2021

  • 1492 – First grammar text for Spanish language (Gramática de la Lengua Castellana) is presented to Queen Isabella I

  • 1612 – Pendle witch trials began at Lancaster Assizes.

  • 1826 – Timbuktu was visited for the first time by a non-Muslim Major Gordon Laing 

  • 868 –Helium was discovered by French astronomer Pierre Janssen 

  • 1945 – Sukarno becomes the first president of Indonesia

  • 1958 – Brojen Das from Bangladesh swam across the English Channel in a competition, becoming the first Bengali and the first Asian to do so. He came first against 39 other competitors.

National Events- 

  •  India has recorded 35k cases and 440 deaths

  •  Centre allotted Rs.1.3k crores to Northeast states of India for covid management

  •  CBI took the investigation into the rape and some cases against Ex-CM of Kerala Oomen Chandy

  •  The BJP accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of pursuing “reckless” politics by revealing the identity of a minor rape victim’s family and that too with their consent

  • 2 ISIS Operatives arrested by NIA in Kerala

International Events- 

  •  Germany has stopped development aid for Afghanistan

  •  Taliban orders female government employees to return to work

  •  Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) congratulated the Afghan Taliban for victory over the Afghan government

  •  Russia is in no hurry to recognise the Taliban government

  • Statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh vandalised in Pakistan

Job alerts-

  • HPNLU Shimla Jobs for Non-Teaching and other posts. Last date 30th September 2021

  • Punjab Haryana High Court Jobs for stenographer and other posts. Last date 7th September 2021

  • UKMSSB Jobs for technician, receptionist and other posts. Last date 15th September 2021

  • Nagaland University Jobs for and other posts. Last date 14th September 2021

  • TN Wakf Jobs for Junior Assistant and other posts. Last date 27th August 2021


  •  India beats England in the 2nd Test series at Lords

  •  Odisha government to sponsor Indian hockey team for next 10 years

  •  PM Modi encourages wrestler Vinesh Phogat to not be discouraged by defeat

  •  Celebrations take a toll on Neeraj Chopra’s health, slightly down with fever

  • Cristiano Ronaldo blasted rumours of returning to Real Madrid

Awards and honours-

  •  PM Modi wanted to honour hockey by renaming Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna to Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna


  •  Ex-Uber exec Manik Gupta hired by Microsoft for consumer app business

  •  Battlegrounds India is available now on iOS

  •  1st 5G platform for drones unveiled by Qualcomm

  •  JBL wave 100 launched at a price of Rs. 3499

  • Google launched Pixel buds A-Series at Rs. 9,999 in India

Economy – 

  •  Government to settle dues with exporters under schemes like MEIS and SEIS

  •  Sensex scaled 55,854 while Nifty sets at 16,614.60

  •  Rupee drops by 11 paise at 74.35 against the US dollar

  •  The market cap of BSE listed companies has recorded a lifetime high of Rs. 242 lakh crores

  • WhatsApp featured Payments Backgrounds in India

Environment –

  •  California wildfire escalates due to heavy winds

Local –

  •  Husband and grandson tested delta negative after family member tested positive

  •  Odisha Bar Council identifying non-practising advocates

  •  Bihar government announced 43 spinning-weaving training centres for women

  •  Uttar Pradesh becomes the first state to cross 6 crore vaccines

  • Goa to auction 2 million tonnes of iron ore

Person in News – 

  •  Congress leader Shashi Tharoor cleared of charges related to the Sunanda Pushkar death case

GK –

In which State/UT, Narendra Singh Tomar has inaugurated the world’s second-largest refurbished state-of-the-art National Gene Bank?

[A] New Delhi
[B] Uttar Pradesh
[C] Gujarat
[D] Goa


Recently, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has resigned. He was the prime minister of which country?

[A] Afghanistan
[B] the Philippines
[C] Cambodia
[D] Malaysia


With which bank, Tata Motors has partnered with to offer car loan facilities?

[A] State Bank of India
[B] Bank of Maharashtra
[C] Bank of Baroda
[D] ICICI Bank


Recently, which organization has launched a digital onboarding for its Alternate Investment Fund (AIF),the first of its kind in the industry?

[A] SBI Mutual Fund
[B] Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund
[C] ASK Investment Managers Ltd
[D] JPMorgan Chase


Recently, which organization was given conditional permission by the Civil Aviation Ministry to use drones for various purposes?


[A] Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
[B] Coal India
[C] Steel Authority of India
[D] Rashtriya Ispat Nigam