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August, 2018

Mughalsarai Junction has been renamed to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction railway station in Azamgarh
ISRO has announced to launch its heaviest satellite GSAT-11. It is scheduled for 30th November 2018
To facilitate transactions from cards to QR code based payments, a machine called MOPAD launched by State Bank Of India
HDFC Bank awarded as the best performing bank in CLSS schemes
Reliance Jio partnered for digital services with State Bank Of India
Japan becomes World's 2nd biggest stock market according to new reports
Ram Sewak Sharma has been reappointed as the chairman of TRAI
Rohit Kumar Paudel became the 4th youngest debutant in men's ODI Cricket.
Indian Government recently launched eAksharayan Software in 7 languages.
Gaganjeet Bhullar won the 2018 Fiji International Golf title in August 2018
S. Gurumurthy and Satish Kashinath Marathe became the part time non-official directors on the central board of RBI.
Smriti Mandhana became the 2nd Indian cricketer to smash a hundred in women's T20 cricket
The Latest version of the Android operating system 'Pie' was launched by Google
Popular Film of the Year' category will be introduced at the 91st Oscars this year
Apple became the 1st US company to reach $1 trillion market value in the world
The state of Kerala is the 1st state in India to make Yoga mandatory for all Colleges and Universities
ICC Rankings for the Best Test Batsmen was awarded to the Indian Captain Virat Kohli
Rashida Tlaib became the 1st Muslim woman to be elected to the parliament of United States
The state of Manipur constitutes two committees to deal with a possible influx of illegal immigrants in the state
A group of Chinese researchers created the World's first single-chromosome yeast in their labs this month.
Maharashtra State government has announced a special assistance of Rs 500 crore for OBC community to help them develop employment opportunities for the youth
Gita Mittal was appointed as new Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir high court this month.
World's first-ever thermal battery plant was unveiled in Andhra Pradesh, India in the first week of August
Former President of the country, Chile was named as New Chief of UN Human Rights Council
IKEA, the famous Swedish home furnishing chain of stores came to India and opened its 1st store in Hyderbad
Harivansh Singh was elected as the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha in August
Rashmi, is the name of the World's 1st Hindi-Speaking Robot!
PayPal joint hands with HDFC Bank to offer safer, faster and convenient payment experiences for the bank's cardholders
Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation have signed an MoU with BSNL for extending benefits in customer services.
HSBC launched a new digital platform 'MyDeal' to raise funds via Capital Markets
China is the country to successfully tests its first hypersonic aircraft: XingKong-2
Former Cricketer of Pakistan 'Imran Khan' took an oath as the Pakistan Prime Minister on August 18, 2018.
The 22nd edition of 'Parampara series - National Festival of Music and Dance' festival 2018 was held in New Delhi,India.
One of the most reputed football competitions, 22nd Cotif Cup football tournament 2018, won by Team India.
Karman Kaur Thandi became the 6th Indian woman to enter the top 200 Tennis rankings in Singles Tennis.
Akshay Venkatesh was bestowed with the prestigious 2018 Fields medal for Mathematics in August 2018.
Union Ministry of Earth Science unveiled a blueprint of Deep Ocean Mission to explore the deep ocean.
Lewis Hamilton won the 6th Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix this month.
One District One Product' Summit inaugurated by the President of India, Mr. Shri Ram Nath Kovind
India obtained the 96th rank at the United Nations E-Government Index recently.
The rank of Indian men's hockey team in the latest FIH latest ranking 2018 was 5th!
The State of Telangana is going to setup a state of the art "B-Hub" for Biotech and Bio-Pharma sector

July, 2018

The renowned vocalist, Aruna Sairam was chosen for the 2018 Sangita Kalanidhi Award by the Music Academy, Madras.
The biennial multi-national large force employment warfare exercise, Pitch Black was conducted by the Royal Australian Air Force from 24 Jul 18 to 18 Aug 18 in which the Indian Air Force was participating for the first time.
Pakistan cricket player, Fakhar Zaman, became the quickest in history to score 1000 runs (in 18 matches) in one-day internationals breaking the record of Vivian Richards who scored it 21 matches.
The Australian captain, Aaron Finch broke his own record of the highest individual score of 158 runs in T20i by scoring 172 runs against Zimbabwe.
Indian PM Shri Narendra Modi has launched countrywide emergency ambulance services in Sri Lanka with grant assistance from India.
The former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral JG Nadkarni passed away on 02 July 2018.
The Australian Hockey Team won the Hockey Champions Trophy 2018 by defeating India in the finals in Breda, Netherlands.
Harry Kane was the Top Scorer, Luka Modric was the Best Player, Kylian Mbappe was the Best Young Player and Thibaut Courtois was the Best Goalkeeper at the FIFA Wold Cup 2018
The place in Uttar Pradesh where the world's largest mobile phone factory was jointly inaugurated in Noida by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in
The new headquarters building of Archaeological Survey of India, Dharohar Bhavan was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently.
Turkey have lifted its state of emergency 2 years after it was imposed following a failed coup attempt
Sunil Chhetri was awarded with The Player Of The Year Trophy in AIFF Player Of The Year Awards in July 2018
Ease Of Doing Business Rankings 2018 were released by World Bank in July 2018. Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Haryana topped the list.
The Indian language, Gujarati is the language in which BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) has launched its first television bulletin in India.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 was held in Russia with 32 qualifying teams. France,for the 2nd time, won the World Cup by beating Croatia 4-2
Haryana State launched a programme named Paudhagiri aimed at increasing its green cover in July 2018
Vancouver, Canada was where 17th World Sanskrit Conference held from 09 to 13 July 2018 (inaugurated by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar).
China has launched 2 remote sensing satellites for Pakistan named PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A from its Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre.
The three former cricketers, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting and Claire Taylor were inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame in July 2018.
GST Rates were revised for many items. Items like rakhis, sanitary napkins, marble etc were revised to 0% GST rates.
Nozomi Okuhara (Japanese badminton player) defeated Indian shuttler PV Sindhu to win the Thailand Open Women's Singles title.
Indian Kabaddi Team won the 2018 Dubai Kabaddi Masters' title by defeating Iran in the finals.
The new 100 Rupee Note was announced by the Govt. during July 2018. The Note is Lavender in colour with the Motif of Rani KI Vav
National Doctors Day was celebrated on 1st July 2018 across the globe.
GDP of the Top 10 countries in 2017 was announced by the World Bank. USA, China and Japan were on the top of the list and India was ranked 6th.
The 3rd BRICs Film Festival was held in Durban South Africa this July. Newton won the Best Picture Award at the event
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh is where UNESCO is setting up Design University for Gaming in collaboration with Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board
The 59th International Mathematical Olympiad held in Cluj Napoca, Romania from July 4 to 14 at which India won 3 silver and 2 bronze medals.
Wimbeldon 2018 were held in July of this year. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) won the Men's Singles Cup and Angelique Kerber (Germany) won the Women's Singles Cup

June, 2018

The Indian cricketer, Mithali Raj became the first from the country to cross 2000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals (while playing against Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2018)
Gandhinagar,Gujarat was where the world's first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics was launched jointly by International Committee of Red Cross and Gujarat Forensic Science University.
The world's largest multilateral naval exercise, RIMPAC involving 26 countries (including India) was conducted in the western Pacific Ocean.
Jharkhand State has decided to completely prohibit polythene from 31 July 2018.
The import of Oxytocin has been banned by the Govt of India wef 01 July 2018.
The prominent jurist and politician, Giuseppe Conte was appointed the new Prime Minister of Italy in June 2018
The United States territory in the Pacific Ocean in which the joint naval exercise Malabar 2018 by the Navies of India, US and Japan was scheduled to be held in June 2018
Pallavi Durua from Koraput district of Odisha was crowned the first Tribal Queen of India in a beauty pageant titled Adi Rani 2018 in Bhubaneshwar.
The 19th IIFA Awards were announced on 24th June 2018 in Bangkok. Tumhari Sulu won the Best Picture, Irrfan Khan (For Hindi Medium) won the Best Actor Award and Late Sridevi (For Mom) won the Best Actress Award.
Norman is the name of the psycopath artificial intelligence (AI) developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) based on a community on Reddit.
The Bangladesh Cricket team won their maiden Women's Asia Cup T20 tournament defeating India in the finals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The England Cricket Team set a new record of the highest ODI score by scoring 481 for 6 against Australia at Nottingham.
The island on which India and Seychelles have agreed to jointly develop a naval base is known as Assumption Island.
Aditya Birla Retail signed a pact to sell retail chain 'More' to Samara Capital for Rs 4,300 cr
The countries, Mexico, Canada and USA won the bid to hold the 2026 FIFA World Cup jointly.
The Nistar Operation was launched by the Indian Navy to evacuate 38 Indian nationals stranded on the Yemeni island of Socotra in the aftermath of cyclone Mekenu.
Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar is the venue of the 106th Indian Science Congress to be held from 03 Jan to 07 Jan 2019 with the theme 'Future India: Science and Technology'.
The oldest centre of Yoga, Yoga Institute, Mumbai was established by Shri Yogendra has been awarded the Prime Minister's Award for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of Yoga for the year 2018 in the Organisation category.
The venue of the 3rd annual meeting of Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank held from 25 to 26 June 2018 was Mumbai.
World Environment Day was celebrated on 05 June 2018.
The Government decided to celebrate July 1 as 'GST Day'.
World Blood Donor Day was celebrated on 14 June 2018
The railway station in Uttar Pradesh, Mughalsarai was renamed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar Junction.
Tajikistan was decided as the venue of high-level Conference on “International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028” from 20 to 21 June 2018.
The crowdsourcing app, Neighbourly was launched by Google to help people find local answers in their neighborhood.
French Open 2018 was conducted in June of this year. Rafael Nadal(Spain) bagged the Men's Singles title and Simona Halep(Romania) bagged the Women's Singles title.
The mobile app, ReUnite was launched by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, to track and trace missing and abandoned children in India.
The mobile app, Rail Madad was launched by Ministry of Railways to expedite and streamline passenger grievance redressal.
The Indian cricketer, Mithali Raj became the first from the country to cross 2000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals (while playing against Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2018)
Gandhinagar,Gujarat was where the world's first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics was launched jointly by International Committee of Red Cross and Gujarat Forensic Science University.
The world's largest multilateral naval exercise, RIMPAC involving 26 countries (including India) was conducted in the western Pacific Ocean.
Jharkhand State has decided to completely prohibit polythene from 31 July 2018.
The import of Oxytocin has been banned by the Govt of India wef 01 July 2018.
The prominent jurist and politician, Giuseppe Conte was appointed the new Prime Minister of Italy in June 2018
The United States territory in the Pacific Ocean in which the joint naval exercise Malabar 2018 by the Navies of India, US and Japan was scheduled to be held in June 2018
Pallavi Durua from Koraput district of Odisha was crowned the first Tribal Queen of India in a beauty pageant titled Adi Rani 2018 in Bhubaneshwar.
The 19th IIFA Awards were announced on 24th June 2018 in Bangkok. Tumhari Sulu won the Best Picture, Irrfan Khan (For Hindi Medium) won the Best Actor Award and Late Sridevi (For Mom) won the Best Actress Award.
Norman is the name of the psycopath artificial intelligence (AI) developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) based on a community on Reddit.
The Bangladesh Cricket team won their maiden Women's Asia Cup T20 tournament defeating India in the finals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The England Cricket Team set a new record of the highest ODI score by scoring 481 for 6 against Australia at Nottingham.
The island on which India and Seychelles have agreed to jointly develop a naval base is known as Assumption Island.
Aditya Birla Retail signed a pact to sell retail chain 'More' to Samara Capital for Rs 4,300 cr
The countries, Mexico, Canada and USA won the bid to hold the 2026 FIFA World Cup jointly.
The Nistar Operation was launched by the Indian Navy to evacuate 38 Indian nationals stranded on the Yemeni island of Socotra in the aftermath of cyclone Mekenu.
Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar is the venue of the 106th Indian Science Congress to be held from 03 Jan to 07 Jan 2019 with the theme 'Future India: Science and Technology'.
The oldest centre of Yoga, Yoga Institute, Mumbai was established by Shri Yogendra has been awarded the Prime Minister's Award for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of Yoga for the year 2018 in the Organisation category.
The venue of the 3rd annual meeting of Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank held from 25 to 26 June 2018 was Mumbai.
World Environment Day was celebrated on 05 June 2018.
The Government decided to celebrate July 1 as 'GST Day'.
World Blood Donor Day was celebrated on 14 June 2018
The railway station in Uttar Pradesh, Mughalsarai was renamed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar Junction.
Tajikistan was decided as the venue of high-level Conference on “International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028” from 20 to 21 June 2018.
The crowdsourcing app, Neighbourly was launched by Google to help people find local answers in their neighborhood.
French Open 2018 was conducted in June of this year. Rafael Nadal(Spain) bagged the Men's Singles title and Simona Halep(Romania) bagged the Women's Singles title.
The mobile app, ReUnite was launched by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, to track and trace missing and abandoned children in India.
The mobile app, Rail Madad was launched by Ministry of Railways to expedite and streamline passenger grievance redressal.

May, 2018

Setting up of India's first central sports university has been approved by the Union Cabinet in Manipur
Sridevi was the former actress who was conferred with the BRICS Business Forum Leadership Award for lifetime achievement in Indian cinema.
Pithoragarh, is the place in Uttarakhand where India and Nepal are conducting 13th edition of joint military exercise Surya Kiran XIII
Olga Tokarczuk was the Polish writer who was awarded the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her book 'Flights'
The intellectual property mascot, IP Nani, was launched by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to create awareness about intellectual property crimes.
The integrated Scheme for school education, SamagraShiksha is extending support to States from pre-school to senior secondary levels launched by the Central Govt for the first time in New Delhi
The South African cricketer and former Captain, AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect.
The commonly used acronym AYUSH has been adopted by the Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology to mean "Traditional and non-conventional system of health care and healing which include Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeoeopathy.
Muhammad Yunus is The Nobel laureate from Bangladesh who was awarded the 11th Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences Humanatarian Award 2018
Asha Bhosle is the veteran singer who was awarded the PC Chandra Puraskar by PC Chandra Jewellers
Japan has won the Uber Cup badminton tournament (women's) for the first time after 1981 defeating Thailand in the finals.
Harimau Shakti 2018 is the first ever joint military exercise by the armies of India and Malaysia conducted at Wardieburn Camp in Setapak, Malaysia
Balkavi Bairagi, the noted poet, lyricist and former Rajya Sabha MP passed away on 13 May 2018.
Nasir ul Mulk, the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, has been named the interim Prime Minister until the general elections in July 2018
South Korea has won the 5th Champions Trophy (Women) hockey tournament defeating India in the finals at Donghae city (South Korea)
The noted media personality and entrepreneur, Sushant Singh Rajput with whom NITI Aayog has signed a Statement of Intent to collaborate and support Women Entrepreneurship Platform
Mahathir Mohammad, he former Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003 was re-elected to be its seventh Prime Minister (thus becoming the oldest Prime Minister in the world)
The 65th National Film award winners were decided in the last week of April and will be declared on 3rd May 2018
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone for NTPC's Patratu Super Thermal Power Project in Jharkhand
Sunil Nariane was the Most Valuable Player, Kane Williamson was the leading run scorer and Andrew Tye was the leading wicket taker in IPL 2018.
Guwahati Railway Station in Assam has become the first in the country to run on solar power
The former Australian cricketer, Justin Langer has been appointed the coach of Australian cricket team in place of Darren Lehmann, who resigned following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
The web portal and app launched by the Ministry of Power, 'Praapti' aims at bringing transparency in power sector of India
Russia's first floating nuclear power plant, Akademik Lomonosov, developed by Rosatom made its maiden voyage in the Arctic Ocean
The Investment cap for senior citizens under the Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandan Yojana (PMVVY) was increased from Rs. 7.5 lakhs to – 15 lakhs
World No Tobacco Day was celebrated on 31 May 2018
DadaSaheb Palke Foundation Awards 2018 were given out to Akshay Kumar(Best Actor), Bhumi Padnekar(Best Actress), Armaan Malik(Best Male Singer) and many more
Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad to become the Ipl 2018 Winners.
Deoghar, Jharkhand is where setting up of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences has been approved by the Union Cabinet

April, 2018

Gujrati Poet, Sitanshu Yashaschandra has been chosen to get the 2017 Saraswati Samman by KK Birla Foundation
Kidambi Srikanth, was ranked the No. 1 position by the World Badminton Federation (becoming the second Indian after Saina Nehwal)
Egyptian Press Photographer, Mahmoud Abu Zeid, has been chosen for the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2018
Vinod Khanna, the Veteran Bollywood actor (passed away on 27 Apr 17) has been conferred with the 49th Dadasaheb Phalke Award posthumously
Icarus is the name given to the most distant star discovered by NASA at a distance of nine billion light years
The largest ever country wide war exercise was conducted by the Indian Air Force from 08 to 22 Apr2018 was named The Gagan Shakti
Leander Paes is the Indian tennis player who has become the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup (he recorded his 43rd win with Rohan Bopanna against China) in April
Dalmia Bharat has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ministry of Tourism to adopt Gandikota Fort and Red Fort for a time period of 5 years at a cost of Rs. 25 crores
The Anti-Piracy activity conducted by the Coast Guards of South Korea and India off Chennai coast was named SAHYOG-HYEOBLYEOG 2018
The former Managing Director of Intel South Asia,Ms Debjani Ghosh, was appointed the new President of NASSCOM. She became the first woman President of NASSCOM.
World Health Day was celebrated on 7 April 2018
Rishad Premji, the former board member of Wipro Ltd was appointed the Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2018-19
Shooting has been excluded from the Commonwealth Games of 2022 to be held in Birmingham
Walmiki and Malhar are the two endangered languages spoken in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha discovered by University of Hyderabad linguist Panchanan Mohanty
Kerala's state team won the 2017-18 Santosh Trophy by defeating Bengal State team in the finals at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
Indu Malhotra, is The Supreme Court counsel who has become the first female lawyer to be elevated directly as a Supreme Court judge
Saudi Arabia has opened its first cinema after a gap of 35 years on April 18, 2018
Bijapur,Chhattisgarh is where PM Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated a Health and Wellness Centre, to mark the launch of the Union Government’s Health Assurance Programme – Ayushman Bharat
The State of Maharashtra has decided to provide free chemotherapy to cancer patients from June 2018 in 10 districts in the first phase
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu is where India's first insect museum was inaugurated by its Chief Minister EK Palaniswami
TCS is the first Indian company to achieve 100 billion dollar market capitalisation
The mobile app launched by the Minister of Coal Shri Piyush Goyal for coal quality monitoring is named UTTAM (Unlocking Transparency by Third Party Assessment of Mined Coal)
International Mother Earth Day was celebrated on 22 April 2018
During the Commenwealth Games, India won 66 Medals (26 Gold, 20 Silver and 20 Bronze)
Rupashree is the scheme introduced by the state of West Bengal for providing marriage assistance to girls from economically weaker families
Delhi has become the first in India to start selling BS-VI fuel (at present the cleanest fuel in the world)
Air Chief Marshall (Retd.) I.H. Latif, The former Chief of Air Staff, Governor of Maharashtra and Ambassador to France passed away on 30 April 2018

 

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