Current Affairs- Today’s Headlines: August 13, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for August 13, 2021


– PM interacts with women self-help groups (SHGs) under the “Aatmanirbhar Narishakti se Samvad” (dialogue with self-reliant women) initiative; releases Rs 1,625 crore as capitalisation support fund
– Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar addresses the Sixth Meeting of the Agriculture Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) Member States
– World Elephant Day celebrated on August 12
– Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav releases protocol for All India elephant and tiger population estimation in 2022
– WHO Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan calls on Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh in Delhi; discusses various aspects of COVID pandemic
– ‘Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation’ for 2021 awarded to 152 officers
– ISRO’s GSLV-F10 fails to launch earth observation satellite EOS-03 into intended orbit


– Govt. announces winners of Prime Minister’s Shram Awards (PMSA) for 2018 comprising Shram Bhushan, Shram Vir/Shram Veerangana and Shram Shree/Shram Devi Awards
– NITI Aayog releases handbook to help state governments and local bodies in framing policies for setting up charging networks for electric vehicles.
– Retail (consumer price index-based) inflation declines to 5.59% in July from 6.26% in June
– Industrial output (measured by the Index of Industrial Production-IIP) rises to 13.6% in June
– RBI imposes Rs 1 crore penalty on Cooperatieve Rabobank UA for deficiencies in regulatory compliances
– PM releases Rs 25 crore as seed money for 7,500 SHG members under PMFME (PM Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises) scheme


– Pakistan test-fires surface-to-surface ballistic missile ‘Ghaznavi’ of 290 kms range
– Afghanistan: Taliban capture provincial capital of Ghazni, 130 kms from Kabul
– Greece: More than 100,000 hectares burnt in forest fires since July 29
– International Youth Day celebrated on August 12; theme: “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”


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