Top 5 Current Affairs: 22 August 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind on August 21, 2018 appointed Governors for seven states inluding Bihar, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Meghalaya, and Tripura.

Aug 22, 2018 17:36 IST
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President Ram Nath Kovind appoints 7 new Governors; Satya Pal Malik replaces NN Vohra in J&K

President Ram Nath Kovind on August 21, 2018 appointed Governors for seven states inluding Bihar, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Meghalaya, and Tripura.

In this major reshuffle, Governor Satya Pal Malik was transferred from Bihar to Jammu and Kashmir, replacing NN Vohra. On the other hand, senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon was appointed as the Governor of Bihar. Tripura governor Tathagata Roy was now appointed as Governor of Meghalaya, replacing Ganga Prasad.

Asian Games 2018: Shooter Rahi Sarnobat clinches 4th gold for India

Day 4 Highlights: The Day 4 of Asian Games 2018 has taken off for India with shooter Rahi Sarnobat winning the 4th gold in the finals of women’s 25m pistol event. With the feat, she has become the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in shooting at the Asian Games.

Unfortunately, India’s prime favourite - Manu Baker was eliminated after the fifth round. The 16-year-old had scored a games record total of 593 to top the qualifying list for finals. Rahi was placed 7th with a score of 580. The win takes India's medal tally to a total of 11 medals comprising 4 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze.

Chhattisgarh to rename Naya Raipur as Atal Nagar

The state government of Chhattisgarh has decided to rename the state’s new capital city Naya Raipur as Atal Nagar in the memory of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The decision was taken during the state’s cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh on August 21, 2018.

The Chhattisgarh government has decided to develop an Atal Memorial in an area of five acres at the state’s new capital. It has also decided to install a statue of the former Prime Minister in the state capital and district headquarters of all 27 districts. It will also be renaming few other places and institutions including Bilaspur University and Rajnandgaon Medical College after Vajpayee.

Ministry of Health notifies new Health Warnings on Tobacco Products Packs

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on August 20, 2018 notified new sets of specified health warnings for all tobacco product packs. The new set of health warnings was notified through an amendment in the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labeling) Rules, 2008.

The words ‘Quit Today Call 1800-11-2356’ will be inscribed in white on a black background along with the pictorial warning from September 2018. The quit line number 1800-11-2356 is an online on-call assistance facility launched for those people seeking support to quit the use of tobacco products.

Chandrayaan-I data confirms presence of ice on Moon: NASA

The NASA scientists, using data from the Chandrayaan-I spacecraft, on August 21, 2018 confirmed that there are frozen water deposits in the darkest and coolest parts of Moon’s Polar Regions. The findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Scientists have directly observed definitive evidence of water ice in the darkest and coldest parts of Polar Regions of the Moon. At the southern pole, most of the ice is concentrated at lunar craters, while the northern pole’s ice is more widely and lightly spread. The ice deposits are patchily distributed and could possibly be ancient.


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