Top 5 Current Affairs: 31 August 2018

Aug 31, 2018 18:09 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 31 August 2018

Home for widows ‘Krishna Kutir’ inaugurated in UP's Vrindavan

Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on August 31, 2018 inaugurated the widows’ home ‘Krishna Kutir’ at Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh.

Krishna Kutir is a special home for 1000 widows, set up by the Ministry of Women and Child Development under its ‘Swadhar Greh Scheme’ of the Ministry. It is the largest ever facility of its kind created by a government organisation. The Vrindavan home will offer shelter and protection to the large number of helpless widows of Vrindavan.

4th BIMSTEC Summit 2018: Kathmandu declaration adopted

The 4th BIMSTEC Summit concluded in Kathmandu on August 31, 2018 with the signing and adoption of the Kathmandu Declaration by all the seven members. The Summit began on August 30, 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The 18-point Kathmandu Declaration is expected to enhance the effectiveness of BIMSTEC Secretariat by engaging it in various technical and economic activities in the region.

Current chair of BIMSTEC, Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli gave a closing speech after handing over the Chairmanship of the next BIMSTEC Summit to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. Hence, Sri Lanka will be conducting the fifth summit of the BIMSTEC.

Asian Games 2018: India wins gold in women's 4x400 relay, Jinson Johnson bags gold in 1500m

India's gold medal account on Day 12 of the 18th Asian Games opened with Jinson Johnson, who with a time of 3:44:72 finished first in the men's 1500m final. Johnson, who had won the silver in 800m, took the gold this time, while Manjit Singh, who had won the gold in 800m, finished fourth.

India's second gold of the day came through the Indian women's relay team who clinched the top position in the women's 4x400 relay finals. Hima Das gave India the lead at first and the other three racers - MR Poovamma, SL Gayakwad and V Koroth- maintained it right till the end. India took the first place with a timing of 3:28:72.

NITI Aayog kick-starts ‘Mobility Week’ in run up to ‘MOVE: India’s First Global Mobility Summit 2018’

NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar, along with CEO Amitabh Kant, on August 30, 2018 unveiled a series of events to take place during the ‘Mobility Week’ from August 31 to September 6, 2018. These events will be organised in the run up to ‘MOVE: The Global Mobility Summit 2018’.

NITI Aayog, in collaboration with various ministries and industry partners, will organise ‘MOVE: Global Mobility Summit’ in New Delhi on September 7-8, 2018. The Summit will constitute three designated components – The Conclave, Digital Exhibition, and Featured Events.

HRD Ministry launches Atal rankings for Higher Education Institutions

The Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on August 30, 2018 launched the Innovation Cell and Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) in New Delhi. The development aims to promote a culture of innovation and research in higher education.

Named after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) has been launched to systematically rank education institutions and universities primarily for innovation output based on all major indicators and parameters that are used globally.


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