Honours & Awards
1. Subhash Runwal receives the Lifetime Achievement Award 2023
- Chairman Subhash Runwal, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award 2023 at the first-ever RICS South Asia Awards.
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is a global industry body representing professionals across the country.
- Aim: To acknowledge outstanding accomplishments in both global and Indian industries, showcasing the commitment to the highest levels of professionalism and ethics by individuals and teams working within built and natural environments.
2. 69th edition of Nehru Trophy Boat Race to be held in Kerala
- The 69th edition of the famed Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2023 would be held at the picturesque Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha district in Kerala.
- 72 boats, including 19 Chundan Valloms or Snake Boats vying for the coveted trophy, will be participating in the boat race, held every year on the second Saturday of August.
- Chief Minister of Kerala PInarayi Vijayan would inaugurate the event.
- The current champion, Pallathuruthy Boat Club from Alappuzha, has bagged the Trophy thrice
3. Telangana launched India’s first Agricultural Data Exchange and ADMF
- Telangana IT and Industries Minister K Taraka Ramarao launched India’s first Agricultural Data Exchange (ADeX) and Agriculture Data Management Framework (ADMF) in Hyderabad in August 2023.
- The ADeX has been developed as a digital public infrastructure (DPI) for the agriculture sector
- Aims: To ensure fair and efficient usage of agricultural data by the industry and startups and provide a big boost to the data economy specifically in the agriculture sector.
4. CM Solar Mission launched in power deficit Meghalaya
- Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma launched the Rs 500 crore Chief Minister's Solar Mission for minimizing the power deficit in this northeastern hill state in August 2023.
- The mission will be a flagship Renewable Energy intervention committed to fostering green and clean energy transformation across the state.
- The mission will begin a new era of resilience, independence, and green progress for Meghalaya.
5. NCLT Approves $10 Billion Mega-Merger Between Zee and Sony
- The National Company Law Tribunal approved the merger scheme of India’s homegrown entertainment company Zee Entertainment Enterprises with Culver Max Entertainment in Aug 2023.
- Aim: To create a $10-billion Indian media giant.
- ZEE will have 30 days to file with the registrar of companies, following which, the shares of the company will be de-listed from the stock exchanges and the merged company will get re-listed in another six weeks
6. International Youth Day is observed on12 August
- International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August.
- he theme of International Youth Day 2023 is Green Skills For Youth: Towards A Sustainable WorldT
- Aims: To encourage youth around the world to organize activities to raise awareness about the situation of youth in their country.
- Objective: Bringing youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrating the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.
7. IEPFA and Common Service Centre (CSC) launches “Niveshak Sarathi” Vans
- Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (IEPFA) CEO Anita Shah Akella and Common Service Centre (CSC) launched two Investor Awareness Vans titled “Niveshak Sarathi”
- Theme: From Unawareness to Financial Independence.
- Aims: To disseminate crucial financial education and raise awareness against fraudulent schemes across the Delhi NCR region.
- These vans are equipped with a TV screen running “Hisab Ki Kitab,” developed by IEPFA.
8. Amit Shah lays foundation stone for IFFCO Nano Urea Plant
- Union Minister Amit Shah laid the foundation stone for the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited Nano Urea Plant at Gandhidham in Kutch in August 2023.
- Aims: To fulfill 3 primary goals which include achieving self-sufficiency in food production and bringing prosperity to the farmers.
- This will reduce imports of fertilizers and make India self-reliant in the field of fertilizers and conserve the nutrients of the soil and ensure judicious use of fertilizers.
9. Dharmendra Pradhan launches DBT in National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme
- Union Minister for Education, Dharmendra Pradhan launched the Direct Benefit Transfer in National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme in New Delhi in August 2023.
- The Scheme marks a stride towards transparency and efficiency as the skilled workforce is paramount, to encompass policy evolution
- Objective: To focus on the vision of making skilling an apprenticeship aspirational as well as encouraging earning while learning as envisioned in the National Education Policy.
10. Bangladesh appointed Shakib Al Hasan as ODI captain for both Asia Cup
- Bangladesh appointed veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as its ODI captain for both the Asia Cup and the 2023 ODI World Cup.
- He had also led Bangladesh in 49 ODIs between 2009 and 2011, when he first became captain, and won 22 of those.
- He later captained Bangladesh in three more ODIs in 2015 and 2017, each time standing in for Mashrafe.
- Shakib has so far led Bangladesh in 19 Tests and 39 T20Is, and the last of his 50 ODIs as captain was in 2017.