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Facts- 7th and 8th August

1. PM-DAKSH Portal & PM-DAKSH Mobile App

  • Under the Scheme, eligible target group are being provided skill development training programmes on Up-skilling or Re-skilling, Short Term Training Programme, Long Term Training Programme and Entrepreneurship Development Program.
  • These training programs are being implemented through Government Training Institutes, Sector Skill Councils constituted by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and other credible institutions.

2. Google celebrates India’s first woman pilot, Sarla Thakral 107th birthday with Google Doodle

  • Sarla Thukral was born in Delhi, British India, on August 8, 1914, later moving to Lahore in present-day Pakistan. Inspired by her husband, who was an airmail pilot from a family of fliers, she began training to follow in their footsteps.
  • “At age 21, dressed in a traditional sari, she stepped into the cockpit of a small double-winged plane for her first solo flight,” Google elaborated while showcasing the doodle. “Lifting the craft into the sky, she made history in the process.”


  • Founders: Larry Page, Sergey Brin
  • Founded: 4 September 1998, Menlo Park, California, United States
  • CEO: Sundar Pichai
  • Headquarters: Mountain View, California, United States

3. Union Minister G Kishan Reddy inaugurates exhibition on Quit India Movement

  • Quit India Movement was a mass civil disobedience movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi on 8 August 1942.
  • Every year, the day is celebrated by paying tribute to freedom fighters who laid their lives for the country. It is very well known that Gandhi delivered his speech, which commenced the Quit India Movement, at Mumbai’s Gowalia Tank Maidan, popularly known as August Kranti Maidan.

4. Karnataka becomes first state to issue order Implementing NEP-2020

  • Once implemented the National Skills Qualification Framework will become part of the graduation programme. They can get a maximum of 40 percent credits through official online courses and 50 percent credits from any University. They have the option to discontinue and integrate courses after a specific period. A single regulator will oversee higher education in the country.

5. Rekha Sharma gets 3-year extension as NCW chief

  • The National Commission for Women (NCW) is the statutory body of the Government of India, generally concerned with advising the government on all policy matters affecting women. It was established on 31 January 1992 under the provisions of the Indian Constitution, as defined in the 1990 National Commission for Women Act. The first head of the commission was Jayanti Patnaik. As of 30 November 2018, Rekha Sharma is the chairperson.

6. Indian Navy Undertakes Naval Exercise With UAE, ‘Zayed Talwar 2021’


  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham
  • President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Indian Navy

  • Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS): Vice Admiral G. Ashok Kumar, AVSM, VSM
  • Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS): Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh, AVSM, NM
  • Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS): Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM

7. Nicaragua’s poll body disqualifies main opposition party

  • Capital: Managua
  • President: Daniel Ortega
  • Currency: Nicaraguan córdoba

8. US State Dept adds five Islamist militants to its Specially Designated Global Terrorist list

  • A Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) is a person or entity that has been designated as such by the United States Department of State or the US Department of the Treasury. A SDGT designation is made under authority of US Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001, as amended by Executive Order 13268 of July 2, 2002, and Executive Order 13284 of January 23, 2003, and Title 31, Parts 595, 596, and 597 of the US Code of Federal Regulations, among other US laws and regulations. The main regulatory framework underlying the SDGT designation was established two weeks after the September 11 attacks in 2001 by US President George W. Bush.

9. Neeraj Chopra wins Gold in Javelin Throw at Tokyo Olympics

  • The javelin throw at the Summer Olympics is one of four track and field throwing events held at the multi-sport event. The men’s javelin throw has been present on the Olympic athletics programme since 1908, being the last of the current throwing events to feature at the Olympics after the shot put, discus throw and hammer throw. The women’s event was first contested at the 1932 Olympics, becoming the second women’s throws event after the discus in 1928.

10. 32nd Summer Games conclude with closing ceremony at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo

  • Overall, India finished with seven medals — one gold, two silver and four bronze — the country’s best ever finish at the Games.
  • In the end as always, the biggest sporting games aim to underscore the message of the Founder of modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin that the most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.

11. Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project in Bhutan gets Brunel Medal

  • The Mangdechhu project was funded by India through a 70 per cent loan and a 30 per cent grant.
  • The Brunel Medal is an award given by Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), London to recognize excellence in civil engineering and valuable service or achievement, which has been rendered to or within the civil engineering industry.

12. National Handloom Day: 7th August

  • In 2015, the Government of India decided to designate the 7th August every year, as the National Handloom Day. The first National Handloom Day was inaugurated on 7 August 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai.
  • Handloom, an Indian legacy is the theme of 2021’s National Handloom Day celebrations.