Current Affairs 2021: Today’s News Headlines: May 8, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for May 8, 2021:


  • DMK president M. K. Stalin sworn in as CM of Tamil Nadu by Governor Banwarilal Purohit
  • AINRC (All India N.R. Congress) leader N. Rangasamy sworn in as CM of Puducherry by Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan
  • 4-digit security code in CoWIN from May 8 to minimise data entry error about vaccination
  • WhatsApp scraps May 15 deadline for accepting privacy policy terms
  • Election Commission’s counsel in the Supreme Court, Mohit D. Ram, resigns
  • Delhi govt announces free Covid-19 vaccination drive for all media houses –electronic, digital and print–in the national capital
  • Music composer Vanraj Bhatia dies at 94; won National Film Award for Best Music Direction for TV series Tamas (1988), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1989) and Padma Shri (2012)
  • Renowned sitar player Prateek Chaudhuri dies due to Covid-19 at the age of 49
  • Journalist Shesh Narayan Singh dies at 70

Economy & corporate

RBI sets up an advisory group headed by SBI MD S. Janakiraman to assist 2nd Regulatory Review Authority (RRA 2.0)

India’s foreign exchange reserves rise by USD 3.913 billion to reach USD 588.02 billion in the week ended April 30

SBI, EIB (European Investment Bank) to invest up to €100 mn in Indian SMEs focused on climate change

Government of India and European Investment Bank sign finance contract for second tranche of Euro 150 million for Pune Metro Rail project

TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) waiver to scale up manufacturing and timely availability of affordable COVID-19 vaccines: India


  • Interpol launches ‘ID-Art’ app to help identify stolen cultural property around the world
  • 3 Indian-American CEOs Sunder Pichai from Google, Punit Renjen from Deloitte and Shantanu Narayen from Adobe join steering committee of the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response to help India fight COVID-19
  • Swadhin Bangla Betar artist Anup Bhattacharya passes away in Dhaka at 77
  • Mumbai-born Dr. Tahera Qutbuddin wins Sheikh Zayed Book Award for her book ‘Arabic Oration: Art and Function’


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