Top 5 Current Affairs: 16 August 2018

Aug 16, 2018 17:26 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 16 August 2018

EIU releases Global Liveability Index 2018: Vienna tops; Delhi ranks at 112th

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on August 14, 2018 released the Global Liveability Index 2018, the ranking of 140 global cities based on their living conditions. Austria’s capital Vienna has been ranked as the world’s most liveable city, displacing Australian city of Melbourne.

Delhi and Mumbai were the only two Indian cities that featured in the EIU’s annual index. Delhi was ranked at 112th position and Mumbai fetched 117th spot. The rankings of both Delhi and Mumbai have slipped by two places this year even as their liveability score remained unchanged due to improvements made by other cities.

PM Modi’s Independence Day Speech 2018 - Key Highlights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15, 2018 addressed the country on the occasion of the 72nd Independence Day at Red Fort, Delhi. PM Modi highlighted the overall achievements during the past year, important social issues and also drew attention on further developments in the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of world's largest government-funded programme – ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan’. It will be launched on the birth anniversary of Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay on September 25, 2018. PM Modi also announced manned space mission taking Indian astronauts to space on board 'Gaganyaan' by 2022.

Supreme Court approves colour coding of vehicles as per fuel type

The Supreme Court on August 13, 2018 approved a proposal to have hologram-based coloured stickers on vehicles which would indicate the nature of fuel being used in Delhi- National Capital Region (NCR).

The proposal was made by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).

The apex court ruling allows for blue stickers to be used for vehicles running on petrol and CNG, and orange stickers for diesel vehicles. The colour coding will help authorities identify vehicles running on high-polluting fuel from specified routes on particular days.

Mario Abdo Benitez sworn in as new President of Paraguay

Colorado Party’s Mario Abdo Benitez was sworn in on August 15, 2018 as the new President of Paraguay for a five-year term.

Benitez clinched the top spot after defeating his closest rival, Efrain Alegre from the liberal opposition alliance, by four percentage points in the nation’s elections, which were held in April 2018.

Abdo Benitez is the son of a close aide to ex-military dictator Alfredo Stroessner. He has faced criticism for defending the former leader's record.

Former Indian cricket captain Ajit Wadekar passes away

Former Indian cricket captain Ajit Wadekar passed away on August 15, 2018 after a prolonged illness. He was 77.

In a side that included cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar, G Viswanath and Bishan Singh Bedi, Wadekar took over the captaincy from M A K Pataudi in 1971. He led team India to their first overseas Test wins in England and the West Indies in 1971.  

He was also India’s first ODI captain. Though, he appeared in just two matches.


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