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Daily GK Update – Current Affairs 26th August 2018

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

  • European Space Agency (ESA) has 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 because of the almost complete absence of direct observations.

Asian Games 2018: Tejender Pal Singh Toor Wins Historic Gold in Shot Put

·         India’s Tejinder Pal Singh Toor wins the Gold medal in Men’s Shot Put final at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. He brought India its seventh gold medal by winning the men’s shot put event with an Asian Games record throw of 20.75 meters in Jakarta. 

US Senator John McCain Passes Away At 81

  • US Senator John McCain,a celebrated Vietnam war hero, passed away after losing a battle to brain cancer. He was 81. The six-term senator, McCain was also a Republican presidential nominee in 2008.
  • A fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, he spent more than five years as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down.

Govt policies & scheme-II

  • UIDAI has made facial recognition mandatory for every authentication that requires Aadhaar.
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the Bhamashah Techno Hub on 23rd August 2018.
  • Bhopal and Kolkata topped in CSE rankings of ‘Urban Commute’ on clean transportation
    On August 26, 2018, the New Delhi-based think tank, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)released its analysis – titled The Urban Commute in Kolkata on pollution in urban commute.

India Banking Conclave 2018 Held In New Delhi

  • India Banking Conclave 2018was held in New Delhi. The India Banking Conclave 2018 was organized by Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Knowledge Partner of the conclave was NITI Aayog. The conclave focused on reforming the banking sector.

National News

  • The International Council on Monuments and Sites, a global monument conservation body, will assess the damage occurred to the monuments in Kerala.
  • Former President Pranab Mukherjee launched ‘Neta App‘ that allows voters to rate and review their political representatives.
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