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Facts- 16th August

1. Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar inaugurates world’s second-largest refurbished gene bank

  • The Gene Bank was established in 1996 to preserve the seeds of Plant Genetic Resources for future generations.
  • It has the capacity to preserve about ten lakh germplasm in the form of seeds.
  • Presently, it is protecting four lakh 52 thousand accessions, of which over two lakh are Indian germplasm.

2. Ten more Handloom Design Resource Centres to be set up in country

  • These Design Resource Centres will be set up by National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) at Weavers’ Service Centres of Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kannur, Indore, Nagpur, Meerut, Bhagalpur and Panipat.
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is an autonomous institute that offers courses in fashion, designing, technology, and management. Its head office is located in New Delhi, India.
  • NIFT was established in 1986 under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. It was declared as a statutory institute in 2006 and empowered to grant its own degree by the NIFT Act of the Indian Parliament.

3. 75 Hunar Haats to be organised under ”Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”

  • Under the “Amrit Mahotsav”, ”Mera Watan, Mera Chaman Mushairas and Kavi Sammelans” will also be organised across the country till 2023 in which renowned as well as emerging poets will give effective and patriotic message of “Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat”, the minister said.
  • The Ministry of Minority Affairs is a ministry of the Government of India which was carved out of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and created on 29 January 2006.
  • Ministers:   

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister

John Barla, Minister of State

4. Assam govt. to grant an extra 7-day leave to employees to spend time with elderly parents

  • Capital: Dispur
  • Chief minister: Himanta Biswa Sarma
  • Governor: Prof. Jagdish Mukhi

5. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment launched TAPAS

  • Ministers responsible:    

Virendra Kumar Khatik, Cabinet Minister

Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State

Pratima Bhowmik, Minister of State

A. Narayanaswamy, Minister of State

6. India working for return of Karmapa

  • The 14th Dalai Lama, known as Gyalwa Rinpoche to the Tibetan people, is the current Dalai Lama, the highest spiritual leader of Tibet, and a retired political leader of Tibet.
  • The Karmapa has a strong following in Sikkim where his exile seat, the Rumtek Monastery, is located. But he has not been able to even visit it due to a legal dispute from a rival claimant to the Karmapa throne as well as the government of India restrictions.

7. Israel condemns Poland restitution law

  • Before World War II, Poland was home to Europe’s largest Jewish community of nearly 3.5 million people. Most were killed in the Holocaust and their properties confiscated by the Nazis.


  • President: Andrzej Duda
  • Capital: Warsaw
  • Currency: Polish złoty

8. Canadian PM calls for snap election on September 20

  • Canada is a country in North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world’s second-largest country by total area. Wikipedia
  • Prime minister: Justin Trudeau
  • Capital: Ottawa

9. PM congratulates Indian contingent at World Archery Youth Championships for winning 15 medals

  • The World Youth Archery Championships, an international competition in archery, have been held in alternate years since 1991 each time in a different host city. There are events in cadet and junior categories using the recurve and compound bows.
  • Following a change of date and location, the 2021 World Archery Youth Championships is taking place in Wroclaw, Poland from 9-15 August.

10. Home ministry notifies August 14 as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’

  • Pakistan was carved out as a separate country after the Partition in 1947. Millions of people were displaced and many lakhs of them lost their lives in the communal violence that followed.