26-27th August 2018 Current Affairs from The Hindu and PIB . Read Important Current Affairs for UPSC/SSC/Bank and other state exam
Asian Games 2018: PV Sindhu storms into historic final, Saina Nehwal wins bronze
India’s medal account opened on Day 9 of the 18th Asian Games with star shuttler Saina Nehwal winning a historic bronze after losing to World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in women’s singles semifinals.
Nehwal lost to Tzu Ying in straight games of 17-21, 14-21 in a match that lasted barely for 37 minutes. Despite losing the chance of competing for the gold, Nehwal with her bronze medal became the only second singles player and the first female one to win an Asiad bronze after Syed Modi, who had won a bronze in 1982.
In another first, India’s PV Sindhu defeated Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in their semifinal clash to become the first-ever badminton player to reach the final of Asian Games in either singles or doubles. Sindhu will now face World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the final.
Defence Ministry clears procurement of 111 naval helicopters at cost of Rs 21000 crore
The Union Defence Ministry on August 25, 2018 gave its approval for the acquisition of 111 utility helicopters for Navy at an estimated cost of over Rs 21,000 crore. The Ministry also approved separate procurement proposals worth nearly Rs 25,000 crore.
The procurement of the naval utility helicopters will be the first project under the ambitious strategic partnership (SP) model that provides for roping in private firm to build select military platforms in India in partnership with foreign defence manufacturers.
The utility helicopters will be used in attack missions as well as for search and rescue and surveillance operations.
India’s first flight powered by biofuel lands at IGI Airport
India’s first flight powered by Biofuel landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on August 27, 2018. The test flight had taken off from Dehradun.
The experiment is first-of-its-kind in India. Its successful implementation provides a significant boost to encourage alternative fuels in transport and aviation sector, as envisaged in the National Biofuel’s Policy.
India has been attempting to promote biofuels to reduce dependence on fossil fuel. The environment-friendly initiative is expected to reduce the country’s import bills.
FAME India phase II to be launched in September
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the second phase of the FAME India scheme on September 7, 2018. The scheme offers incentives for mass adoption of electric vehicles with an outlay of Rs 5,500 crore.
The second phase of the scheme spanning five years will offer a subsidy to all categories of electric vehicles, including two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers including taxis and electric buses that are used in public transportation.
‘Atal Ji Ne Kaha’, A book On AB Vajpayee Launched
“Atal Ji Ne Kaha” is the latest of the books on the BJP patriarch and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee launched today with a message by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who says the life of the stalwart from Jana Sangh days to “sanyas” from politics in 2007 is a golden document, dedicated to the nation.
Authored and compiled by Brijendra Rehi, noted Doordarshan producer, senior journalist and then advisor to the former Highways Minister C P Joshi, the 320-page book is a rich repository of the former Prime Minister’s select speeches and photographs besides having three interviews by the author. In his message in the book by Darpan Publication, a unit of Darpan Video India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi exuded confidence that the book encompassing historic moments through the powerful words by Vajpayee will touch deeply to the psyche of the masses.