Current Affairs- Today’s Headlines: August 24, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for August 24, 2021

INDIA

– Farmers have right to protest but stir should not hinder traffic: SC
– Indian Army clears way for promotion of 5 women officers to Colonel rank, post completion of 26 years of reckonable service
– India’s first smog tower inaugurated in Delhi’s Connaught Place; will purify 1,000 cubic metres of air per second within a radius of around 1 km
– Manipur CM N. Biren Singh launches COVID-19 Affected Livelihood Support Scheme
– Indian naval ship Shakti with 100 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) reaches Sri Lanka

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

– FM Nirmala Sitharaman launches Rs 6 lakh crore ‘National Monetisation Pipeline’ scheme
– RBI appointed panel under the chairmanship of N. S. Vishwanathan suggests 4-tier structure for Urban Co-operative Banks; minimum CRAR (Capital to Risk-Weighted Assets Ratio) for them could vary from 9 per cent to 15 per cent
– CCI (Competition Commission of India) imposes penalty of Rs 200 crore on Maruti Suzuki for restricting discounts offered by its dealers
– Union Minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Giriraj Singh launches new portal under Bhuvan “Yuktdhara” to facilitate planning of new MGNREGA assets using Remote Sensing and GIS based information
– IIT, Madras develops India’s first indigenous motorised wheelchair vehicle called ‘NeoBolt’
– India pitches indigenously built fighter aircraft, anti-tank missiles at ‘ARMY- 2021’ in Moscow

WORLD

– International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition commemorated on August 23
– US FDA grants full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine; had emergency-use authorization since December
– US: Thousands without power as tropical storm Henri makes landfall near Rhode Island

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