Current Affairs- Today’s Headlines: August 5, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for August 5, 2021

INDIA

– Lok Sabha passes bill which seeks to set up a statutory authority with appropriate powers to tackle air pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR) and adjoining areas
– Cabinet approves continuation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Fast Track Special Courts for further two years till 31st March 2023
– Cabinet approves continuation of Samagra Shiksha Scheme for school education for next 5 years
– India-Russia joint military training Exercise INDRA 2021 starts in Volgograd
– Chief of Staff of US Army General James C McConville visits India
– Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria visits Israel
– Sea trials of India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant begin; India currently has only one aircraft carrier: INS Vikramaditya
– Assam: No new cases to be registered against Gorkha community at foreigners’ tribunals; existing cases to be withdrawn
– Border Roads Organisation (BRO) constructs world’s highest motorable road of 19,300 feet height at Umlingla Pass in eastern Ladakh, previous highest was 18,953 ft road in Bolivia
– Former Prasar Bharati chief executive and TMC leader Jawhar Sircar takes oath as Rajya Sabha member
– Dogri writer Padma Sachdev dies at 81; awarded Padma Shri in 2001 and Sahitya Akademi Award in 1971

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

– Rajya Sabha passes Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (Amendment) Bill which safeguards interests of depositors even if a bank is temporarily unable to fulfil its obligations due to restrictions such as moratorium
– Rajya Sabha passes Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill which seeks to encourage the start-up ecosystem
– Parliament passes Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2021 to facilitate privatisation of a small loss-making airport by clubbing it with a larger airport
– Government signs US $ 250 million loan agreement with World Bank for 2nd phase of Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project (DRIP)
– CBIC launches Compliance Information Portal (CIP) that provides free access to information on all Customs procedures and regulatory compliance
– RBI cautions public against online buying and selling of old coins, notes
– 30-share BSE Sensex closes above 54,000 points for the first time

WORLD

– UNSC says it does not support the restoration of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan

SPORTS

– Tokyo Olympics: India’s Lovlina Borgohain wins boxing bronze medal in women’s welterweight (69 kg) category

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