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1. R Madhavan has been appointed the new CMD of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Where is the headquarters of HAL?
R Madhavan has been appointed chairman and managing director of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for a period of 5 years. He will succeed T Suvarna Raju, who will retire on August 31, 2018. Currently, he is an executive director of the HAL. The HAL is governed under the management of the Ministry of Defence and is headquartered at Bengaluru, Karnataka.
2. Mahiedine Mekhissi, who clinched gold at the men's 3000 metres steeplechase in the 2018 European Athletics Championships, is belong to which country?
Mahiedine Mekhissi, a French middle-distance runner of Algerian descent, has clinched gold at the men's 3000m steeplechase at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany on August 9. He joined an elite band of athletes after he claimed his 5th European title on a scintillating night of track and field in Berlin on August 9, 2018. Mekhissi, a 3-time Olympic and two-time world medalist, was imperious as he eased to a fourth victory in the 3000m steeplechase in 8min 31.66sec, having already won the discipline three times (2010, 2012, 2016) and the 1500m once (2014). With this, he joined the trio of German Harald Schmid and British pair Roger Black and Mo Farah as the sole athletes to have won 5 outdoor Golds on the continental stage.
3. The 2018 World Biodiesel Day (WBD) is observed on which date?
The World Biodiesel Day (WBD) is observed every year on August 10 to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and to highlight the various efforts made by the Government in the biofuel sector. The day also honours the research experiments by Sir Rudolf Diesel who ran an engine with peanut oil in the year of 1893. In India, the 2018 WBD is observed by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched "Pro Active and Responsive facilitation by interactive and Virtuous Environment Single window Hub" (PARIVESH) at WBD Programme at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. He also released book on National Biofuel Policy 2018. The Biofuels policy has the objective of reaching 20% ethanol-blending and 5% biodiesel-blending by the year 2030.