August 2018 Current Affairs Monthly


Current Affairs August 2018: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of August 2018 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Appointments Current Affairs
  • Oscar Karketta has been appointed the next High Commissioner of India in the Republic of Rwanda. Indian Prime Minister Modi on July 24 emphasized India's commitment to growing relations with Rwanda and declared that India will set up its High Commission in the African nation.
  • Justice Gita Mittal was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on 11 August 2018. Mittal became the first female Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court. He was the former acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
  • Former Indian off-spinner Ramesh Powar has been appointed as new head coach of Women's Indian cricket team. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the name of Powar on 14 August 2018. After the resignation of coach Tushar Aroot, Powar was on the team's interim coach. Powar will be the coach of the team till November 30, 2018.
  • Imran Khan the President of Tehreek-e-Insaf party, took oath as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 17, 2018. In the oath ceremony of Imran khan many celebrities were present like Indian state Punjab's Ministe Navjot Singh Sidhu, former cricketer Wasim Akram and actor Javed Shaikh.
  • India's President Ramnath Kovind has announced the appointment and transfer of new governors in 7 states of the country on August 20, 2018. The new governors in all the seven changed states are: Satpal Malik: Jammu-Kashmir, Lalji Tandon: Bihar, Satyadev Narayan Arya: Haryana, Captain Singh Solanki: Tripura, Baby Rani Maurya: Uttarakhand, Tathagat Rai: Meghalaya and Ganga Prasad Sikkim has been appointed as Governor.
  • Former bureaucrat Uday Kumar Verma has been appointed as the new Secretary-General of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Assocham) on August 23, 2018. He would take the place of D.S. Rawat, who was working as General Secretary for the last 14 years.
  • The Indian government has appointed the famous scientist Dr. G. Satish Reddy as Chairman and Secretary of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) on August 25, 2018. Reddy is a scientific adviser in the Ministry of Defense. Reddy has been appointed for two years.
  • External Affairs Ministry has appointed Ruchi Ghanshyam as the next High Commissioner of India on 28 August 2018 in the UK. Ruchi is currently posted as Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. She will replace Y. K. Sinha in London.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Akshay Venkatesh, a renowned Indian-Australian mathematician, is one of four winners of mathematics’ prestigious Fields medal, known as the Nobel prize for math. This medal is given once in four years to the emerging mathematician of 40 years of age. Akshay Venkatesh is the second person of Indian origin to win this award. Manjul Bhargava has also won the award n 2014.
  • The film, "Xhoixobote Dhemalite", focused on the sensitive issue of children's, who are growing up in the violent atmosphere, won the best screenplay award at the Florida Coast International Film Festival.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • The first SAARC Agricultural Cooperative Business Forum started on 29 August 2018 in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu.This forum is being organized jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Asian Farmer Organization (AFA) with the International Agricultural Development Fund.The theme of this three-day forum is "Organize and strengthen familial farmers"
Top Important Days Current Affairs
  • International Youth Day was observed all over the world on 12 August. The theme for International Youth Day 2018 is "Safe Spaces for Youth". This day is celebrated with the aim of preventing conflicts, change, as well as for the contribution of young people in social justice and enduring peace. The International Youth Day was started by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1999.


Top India Current Affairs
  • The Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, one of the highest ecosystems in the world, has been added to UNESCO's list of World Network of Biosphere Reserve (WNBR). The Khangchendzonga reserve will be the 11th internationally designated WNBR. 
  • The Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 2018 has been passed in Parliament. The Rajya Sabha passed it on 6th August 2018 by voice vote Lok Sabha has passed it last month itself. Now the provision of minimum punishment for misbehaving with girls below 12 years of age has been reduced to 20 years (earlier this sentence used to be 10 years old) can be extended to life imprisonment or death penalty and gang rape for life imprisonment or death sentence can be given.
  • NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh has won the Rajya Sabha's Deputy Speaker's election. He defeated Congress candidate BK Hariprasad, who was elected on August 09. During the second voting process, Harivans got 125 votes while UPA candidate BK Hariprasad got 105 votes. 2 members remained absent from voting.
  • The country's first interstate wind energy transmission system has started in Bhuj. The capacity of this project is 126 MW.
Top Obituaries Current Affairs
  • Tamil Nadu's 5th Chief Minister and President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), popularly known as 'Kalaignar' Muthuvel Karunanidhi passed away on August 07, 2018, at the age of 94 in Kaveri Hospital in Chennai. Karunanidhi remained active in politics for nearly eight decades. He contested the Assembly elections 13 times and won each time.
  • Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away on 13th August 2018 at the age of 89. Somnath Chatterjee became the CPM member in 1968. He has been the Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009. Somnath Chatterjee was elected Lok Sabha MP 10 times. He contested the Lok Sabha election for the first time in 1971.
  • Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died on August 16, 2018 after a long illness in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. He was 93 years old.
  • Former General Secretary of United Nations Kofi Annan passed away on August 18, 2018 at the age of 80 years. He was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work.
  • The famous director of Malayalam films K.K. Haridas passed away on August 25, 2018 due to a heart attack. He started his film career as an assistant at 52 years of age. He started working in the 1980s and he has directed a total of 20 films so far.
Top Reports Current Affairs
  • According to the National Council for Applied and Economic Research (NCAER) 2018 State Investment Potential Index, Delhi has emerged as the most attractive state for investors.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • Netherlands were crowned Women's Hockey World Cup winners for a record eighth time as a crushing 6-0 victory ended Ireland's fairytale tournament. Four goals in a seven-minute spell around the half-time break earned the Dutch an emphatic victory.
  • Indian Veteran Golf Player Gaganjeet Bhullar won his maiden European Tour title with a brilliant chip-in eagle on the 17th hole for a one-stroke win over a charging Anthony Quayle of Australia at the Fiji International on 05 August 2018. He is now becomes the most successful Indian player on Asian Tour, overtaking the tally of eight tour wins by Arjun Atwal and Jyoti Randhawa. - read more...
  • England's Test captain Jo Root became the third youngest batsman in the world to complete 6000 Test runs on 01 August 2018 Root has achieved this feat in his 70th Test match against India. Root is now 27 years and 214 days and he is the youngest batsman to reach the 6,000 mark. Sachin Tendulkar, 26 years 331 days ago, and fellow Alistair Cook had achieved this position in 27 years and 33 days.
  • Neeraj Chopra, the first-ever Indian to win gold in javelin throw at Commonwealth Games, has been chosen as India's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games 2018 which started in Jakarta (Indonesia) on 18th August 2018.
  • India's 24-year-old Wrestler Bajrang Punia won the first gold medal from India in the 18th Asian Games held in Jakarta on August 19, 2018. he won the gold medal in the 65kg final by defeating Takatani Daichi of Japan. With this, Bajrang Punia has become the first wrestler to win India's gold medal in wrestling in the history of Asian Games.
  • Vineesh Phogat made a new history by winning gold medal in wrestling competition of the Asian Games on 20th August 2018. Along with this, Vineesh Phogat has become the first Indian female wrestler to win gold medal in Asian Games.
  • The famous Indian badminton player and Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal won the Bronze Medal in the Badminton at the 2018 Asian Games. She is the first Indian woman to win a medal in this tournament.
  • Swapna Barman of India created a new history by winning gold medal in the heptathlon of the 18th Asian Games on 29 August 2018. She has become the first Indian woman to win gold medal in Asian Games.
  • Japan defeated Spain 3-1 in the final and won the title of the women's Under-20 World Cup. Japan won the tournament for the first time. Prior to that, he was in third place in 2012 and 2016.
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