Current Affairs : 21-08-2019 in English

Days in Focus

  • Akshay Urja diwas in India - 20 August.
  • World Mosquito Day - 20 August.

Economy

  • On 17 August 2019, this private bank announced signing of an agreement with CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd to enhance digital and kiosk banking facilities in many rural unbanked and under-banked areas - Axis Bank.

Environment

  • According to environmental NGO Greenpeace, largest emitter of anthropogenic Sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the world – India (over 15% of all).

International 

  • World Skills International Competition 2019 held at - Kazan in Russia.

Persons in News

  • Legendary music composer who died on 19 August 2019 - Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi (Khayyam).
  • Winner of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in National Sports Awards-2019 - Bajrang Punia (Wrestling) and Deepa Malik (Para Athletics).
  • Winner of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (Maka) Trophy, 2019 - Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Sports

  • Winner of the Women’s single event at the ATP Cincinnati Masters 2019 - Madison Keys (American).

General Knowledge

  • British doctor who discovered in 1897 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans - Sir Ronald Ross.
  • World Tourism Organisation – Founded in: 1975; Headquarters: Madrid, Spain.
  • World Trade Organisation – Founded in: 1995 (01 January); Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • World Health Organization – Founded in: 1948 (07 April); Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) – Founded in: 1946 (11 December); Headquarters: New York, US.
  • World Food Programme – Founded in: 1961 (19 December); Headquarters: Rome, Italy.

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