Current Affairs- Today’s Headlines: August 16, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for August 16, 2021

PM’s INDEPENDENCE DAY SPEECH

– ₹100 lakh crore ‘Pradhan Mantri Gatishakti National Master Plan’ to develop the possibilities of new future economic zones
National Hydrogen Mission to make India the new global hub of green hydrogen and its largest exporter
– Target of becoming ‘energy independent’ by 2047 through a mix of electric mobility, gas-based economy, doping ethanol in petrol and making the country a hub for hydrogen production
– Rice provided under any scheme will be fortified by 2024
– 75 ‘Vande Bharat’ trains to be run in the 75 weeks of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, connecting different parts of country
– Government has decided to open all Sainik schools to girls
– Exhibition ‘Katha kranthiveeron ki’ to mark the 75 years of Independence inaugurated as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav at Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi by Union Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) G. Kishan Reddy
– Chhattisgarh: CM Bhupesh Baghel announces creation of four new districts: Mohla-Manpur, Sakti, Sarangarh-Bilaigarh and Manendragarh
– Odisha govt. to give smart health cards under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana to enable each family to get treatment cost up to ₹5 lakh per annum

WORLD

– Afghanistan: President Ashraf Ghani leaves the country as Taliban enter capital Kabul
– 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Caribbean island nation Haiti, at least 304 people dead

SPORTS

– Gerd Müller, legendary Bayern Munich and former West Germany footballer, dies aged 75
– Germany’s Alexander Donchenko wins RTU Open chess tournament in Riga, Latvia

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