Current Affairs 28 August 2018

Current Affairs of 28 August 2018 following as:-

1. PV Sindhu wins India's first Asian Games silver in badminton:-

  • World number three PV Sindhu lost to world number one Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-ying in the women's singles final to bag India's first-ever silver medal in badminton at Asian Games.
  • Saina Nehwal had won the bronze medal in the event.
  •  Syed Modi’s bronze in men’s singles at the 1982 Games in New Delhi was the only individual medal in badminton for India at the Asian Games.

2. Scotland 1st country in the World to give students free sanitary products:-

  • Scotland has become the world's first country to provide free sanitary products to all students in a bid to tackle "period poverty".
  • Scottish government approved a £5.2 million ($6.7 million) initiative that will make sanitary products free at all schools, colleges, and universities. Nearly 4 lakh pupils and students are expected to benefit from the Scottish government's scheme.
  •  One UNESCO report estimates that one in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa miss 20 percent of the school year because of their period.

3. European Space Agency launches world’s first wind-sensing satellite Aeolus:-

  • European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched a wind-sensing satellite named ‘Aeolus’ into orbit on board of Vega rocket from French Guyana. 
  •  It is world’s first wind-sensing satellite dedicated to mapping Earth’s wind on a global scale in particular tropical winds which are very poorly mapped.
  •  The satellite is named after guardian of wind in Greek mythology. 
  •  It will be placed at an altitude of 320km above the Earth. 

4. Neeraj Chopra wins India's first javelin gold medal in Asian Games history:-

  • 20-year-old Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian javelin-thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal as he shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m in Jakarta.
  • Chopra's gold is India's only second medal in the javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won a bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.

5. Satya S Tripathi appointed as Assistant Secretary-General & Head of New York Office of UNEP:-

  •  Veteran Indian development economist Satya S Tripathi has been appointed as the Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) by UN Chief Antonio Guterres. 
  • Tripathi, who will succeed Elliott Harris of Trinidad and Tobago, served as Senior Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at UNEP since 2017.
  •  Tripathi has been working for the United Nations since 1998 in Europe, Asia, and Africa on strategic assignments in sustainable development, human rights, democratic governance and legal affairs. 

6. CBSE has developed Parinam Manjusha, a digiLocker facility:-

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) along with National e-Governance Division has developed ‘Parinam Manjusha’, digital academic repository, to provide digital mark sheets, migration certificates and pass certificates to students from CBSE-affiliated schools in Kerala, whose board exam academic documents have been lost or damaged in the recent floods.
  • This academic repository has been integrated with DigiLocker. Over 1,300 schools are affiliated to the CBSE in Kerala.
  • The digital academic documents are digitally signed by the Controller of Examinations of CBSE which make them legally valid digital document as per the IT Act.
  • These documents are also having QR codes and such documents can be verified for the authenticity using the DigiLocker mobile app.

7. Pakistan government banned VIP protocol at airport:-

  • Pakistan government has banned the VIP protocol given by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to influential people at airports. The VIP protocol was given to politicians, legislators, senior bureaucrats, judges, military officials, and journalists.
  • The decision came into effect on 26th August.  The Interior Ministry said that the ban will be strictly implemented to provide equal opportunities to all travelers.
  • It also warned that in case any FIA official is caught giving protocol to a VIP, he would face strict action.

8. Manjit Singh wins gold in men's 800m, Jinson Johnson bags silver:-

  • India's gold account opened on Day 10 of the 18th Asian Games with Manjit Singh, who came first in the men's 800m final with a timing of 1.46.15. Jinson Johnson followed close behind with a timing of 1.46.35 to finish at the second place.
  • The Indians secured the gold and silver medals. In the day of silvers, Pinky Balhara also won a silver in the women's 52 kg final after she lost to Uzbekistan's Gulnor Sulaymanova by 10-0.
  • This was India's second medal in Kurash. India's first medal in the event came through Malaprabha Yallapa Jadav, who picked up bronze following her semifinal defeat.

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