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Anandiben Patel takes oath as Governor of Chhattisgarh

On 15th August 2018, Madhya Pardesh Governor Anandiben Patel was sworn in as Governor of Chhattisgarh.
Anandiben Patel – additional charge as Governor of Chhattisgarh:
i. President Ram Nath Kovind gave Anandiben Patel the additional charge as Governor of Chhattisgarh following the death of Chhattisgarh governor Balramji Dass Tandon.
ii. Chhattisgarh High Court Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi administered the oath of office to Anandiben Patel.
iii. Anandiben Patel will perform additional duties as Chhattisgarh governor until regular arrangements for the office of the governor of Chhattisgarh are made.
Some National Parks in Chhattisgarh:
Indravati National Park
Kanger Ghati National Park

D Bala Venkatesh Varma appointed the new Ambassador of India to Russia

On August 15, 2018, D Bala Venkatesh Varma has been appointed as the Ambassador to Russia.
D Bala Venkatesh Varma appointed the new Ambassador of India to Russiai. He is currently serving as Indian envoy in Spain.
ii. He will succeed Pankaj Saran who has been appointed as the deputy National Security Advisor. iii. Varma is a 1988 batch IFS officer.
Other announcements:
i. A 1990 batch IFS officer, Partha Satpathy has been appointed as the Ambassador of India to Ukraine.
ii. He is currently a joint secretary at the MEA headquarters.

India Releases 470 million Nepali Rupees Grant For Terai Roads Project in Nepal

i. The Government of India has released 470 million Nepali rupees grant for Terai roads project in Nepal. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri handed over a cheque of grant to Secretary, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport of Nepal, Madhusudan Adhikari in Kathmandu, Nepal.
ii. The amount has been released to maintain fund liquidity for the ongoing construction of 14 road packages under Postal Highway Project. With this payment, 2.35 billion Nepali rupees have been released so far out of total grant assistance of 8 billion Nepali rupees committed by the Government of India for implementing 14 packages under Postal Highway Project.
Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli is the current Prime Minister of Nepal.
Bidhya Devi Bhandari is the current President of Nepal and commander in chief of Nepalese Army.
The Nepalese Rupee is the currency of Nepal.

PM Modi Announces Launch of World’s Largest Healthcare Insurance On Independence Day

i. With an aim to provide country’s poor access to quality and affordable healthcare, government on announced the launch of Ayushman Bharat (now Jan Aarogya Abhiyan) on September 25, covering 50 crore people. Nearly 10 crore families will get health cover worth Rs 5 lakh each year under the scheme.
ii. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his last Independence Day address from the ramparts of Red Fort ahead of the next Lok Sabha elections. The world’s largest healthcare cover plan that covers 10 crore families provides 5 lakh cover to them each year.

Film Actor Akshay Kumar Becomes Brand Ambassador For Road Safety Campaigns

i. Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari launched three short films for generating public awareness towards road safety.
ii. Film actor Shri Akshay Kumar has featured in these films, which are directed by Shri R.Balki. Mr Gadkari announced the appointment of Shri Akshay Kumar as Road Safety Brand Ambassador.

NITI Aayog Launches ‘Pitch to MOVE’

i. NITI Aayog has launched “Pitch to MOVE” - a mobility pitch competition that aims to provide budding entrepreneurs of India a unique opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a distinguished jury.
ii. Winners of the event will be felicitated by PM during the Global Mobility Summit. Pitch to MOVE aims to identify and incentivise the startups, which will help the Government realize its vision of Shared, Connected, Intermodal and Environment-Friendly Mobility for India.

Rifleman Aurangzeb, Major Aditya Kumar To Conferred Shaurya Chakra

i. Rifleman Aurangzeb and Major Aditya Kumar of Indian Army will be conferred the Shaurya Chakra along with 18 others Armed Forces Personnel and members of Paramilitary Forces.
ii. Besides, Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh will be awarded with Kirti Chakra posthumously. President Ram Nath Kovind has approved these names on the eve of Independence Day along with three Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 93 Sena Medals (Gallantry) and, 11 Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry).
iii. The President also conferred Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Group Captain Abhishek Sharma, Squadron Leader Vernon Desmond Keane and Sergeant Shashidhar P Prasad.

David Silva : Spanish International Player and Manchester City Midfielder retired

On August 15, 2018, Manchester City midfielder 32 year old David Silva announced his retirement from international football.
David Silva : Spanish International Player and Manchester City Midfielder retired. He is also known as “Spain’s Lionel Messi”.
i. He was in the Spanish team which won the 2010 World Cup as well as the 2008 and 2010 European Championships.
ii. He made 125 appearances and scored 35 goals over 12 years.
iii. His final match was the penalty shootout defeat to Russia in the 2018 World Cup round of 16.

Ramesh Powar Named Head Coach Of Women’s National Team

i. Former India spinner Ramesh Powar was named head coach of the women’s national team till the ICC World T20 in West Indies, scheduled to be held in November 2018.
ii. This was informed by BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary. Powar was appointed interim coach of the team last month after the resignation of Tushar Arothe.

India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day

On 15th August 2018, India celebrated its 72nd Independence Day.
i. India attained independence from the British rule on 15 August 1947. This day is celebrated as Independence Day, every year on August 15, in India.
ii. This day remembers and honours all those who fought and sacrificed their lives for the freedom of India.
iii. This year the Indian Navy was the coordinating service for Independence Day celebrations. The Guard of Honour was commanded by Commander PR Jagan Mohan of the Indian Navy.
iv. India’s first all-women SWAT team recently inducted by Delhi Police, provided security cover to the Red Fort in Delhi, for the Independence Day celebrations.
v. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, and addressed the nation from the Red Fort.
Some important announcements:
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that, India’s manned space mission will be launched by 2022.
ii. He also launched Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme, the world’s largest government-funded healthcare programme.