Current Affairs- Today’s Headlines: August 21, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for August 21, 2021

INDIA

– PM Modi lays foundation stone of multiple projects in Somnath, Gujarat including foundation stone for Parvati temple
– DCGI approves Zydus Cadila’s DNA-based vaccine ZyCoV-D for Emergency Use Authorization
– Delta variant driving infections in India, says genome consortium INSACOG
– Rajnath Singh flags off Army’s fleet of five trauma care ambulances donated by Borderless World Foundation to the J&K-based Chinar Corps
– Assam announces Covid relief package for drivers, helpers, priests
– U. Raja Babu appointed as Director of Hyderabad-based Research Centre Imarat
– External affairs minister S. Jaishankar slams China for terror stand at UNSC

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

– India’s foreign exchange reserves decrease by USD 2.099 billion to stand at USD 619.365 billion for the week ended August 13
– Facebook India launches ‘Small Business Loans Initiative’ to help SMBs get quick access to credit

WORLD

– World Mosquito Day observed on August 20; theme: “Reaching the zero-malaria target”
– Malaysia’s King appoints Ismail Sabri Yaakob as new Prime Minister
– China passes tough new online privacy law aimed at preventing businesses from collecting sensitive personal data
– Sonny Chiba, a Japanese martial arts expert and actor who appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill,” dies at 82

SPORTS

– O.M Nambiar, coach of former athlete PT Usha, dies in Kozhikode, at the age of 89; won Dronacharya Award and Padma Shri
– India’s Manika Batra & G Sathiyan wins mixed doubles title at the WTT Contender table tennis tournament in Budapest

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