Current Affairs- Today’s Headlines: August 26, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for August 26, 2021

INDIA

– Govts should take approval of HC before withdrawing cases against MPs/MLAs: SC
– PM chairs 37th PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation) Meeting
– Jal Shakti Ministry begins SUJALAM, a 100 days campaign as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations
– Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai attends UNESCAP Regional Conversation Series 2021: Ministerial Panel on Disaster, Climate and Health Resilience
– India makes E-Visa mandatory for all Afghan citizens; all previous visas stand invalidated
– Armies of India and Kazakhstan to conduct 13-day military exercise “KAZIND-21” from Aug 30 in Kazakhstan
– Dr Gail Omvedt, US-born renowned Dalit researcher, dies at 81 in Sangli, Maharashtra
PSBs
– Finance Ministers awards best performing PSBs
– PSBs reported a profit of Rs. 31,817 crores in FY21 as compared to a loss of Rs. 26,016 crores in FY20.
– PSBs total gross non-performing assets stood at Rs. 6.16 lakh crore as of March 2021 – a reduction of Rs. 62,000 crores from March 2020 levels
– Govt hikes pension payout for families of deceased PSB bankers to 30% of last drawn salary

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

– ¬RBI extends tokenization services to Internet of Things (IoT) devices
– CCEA approves Rs 15,000-crore FDI proposal of Anchorage Infrastructure Investment Holding, a subsidiary of Canada-based pension fund OMERS
– Cabinet approves an increase in Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) on sugarcane to Rs 290 per quintal
– Cabinet approves pact between ICAI and Institute of Professional Accountants of Russia
– Minister of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Ashwini Vaishnaw launces Startup Accelerators of MeitY for Product Innovation, Development and growth (SAMRIDH) programme to support startups and entrepreneurs in their initial phase
– In a first, Army receives hand grenades from a private sector company – Nagpur-based Economic Explosives Limited (EEL)
– India-ASEAN Engineering Partnership Summit organized by EEPC India

WORLD

– Marion Cotillard wins lifetime achievement award at Spain’s San Sebastian film festival
– Former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera dies at 65
– Chad’s former dictator Hissene Habre dies in Senegal at 79
– Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies aged 80

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