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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.