• India has jumped 22 places to 96th rank to break into the top 100 of the United Nation’s E-Government Development Index (EGDI) 2018. Denmark, with an index value of 0.9150, topped the 2018 E-Government Development Survey. The E-Government survey is released by the United Nations in every two years. The 2018 edition was titled as 'Gearing E-Government to Support Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies'
  • Gopalkrishna Gandhi has been chosen for the 24th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award for his contribution in promoting communal harmony, peace and goodwill. Gopalkrishna Gandhi is a former governor of West Bengal.  He will be presented with this award at an event on 20th August 2018 at Jawahar Bhawan in Delhi. 
  • Rajasthan has become the first State in the country to implement the national policy on biofuels unveiled by the Centre this year. The desert State will lay emphasis on increasing production of oilseeds and establish a Centre for Excellence in Udaipur to promote research in the fields of alternative fuels and energy resources. 
  • Akshay Venkatesh, a renowned Indian-Australian mathematician, is one of four winners of mathematics’ prestigious Fields medal, known as the Nobel prize for math. New Delhi-born Venkatesh, 36, who is currently teaching at Stanford University, has won the Fields Medal for his profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics.
  • Seven Indian companies have been listed in Fortune’s 500 list 2018 of world biggest corporations. Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is the highest ranked company from India followed by RIL which jumped 55 places. The US-based retail company, Walmart has topped the list. IOC ranked 137th in 2018 with a significant jump from 168th position from 2017. RIL is the top private sector company in India. It ranked 148th in 2018 from 203rd from 2017. ONGC ranked 197th in 2018 which not even featured in 2017. SBI got 216th rank 1 place higher than 217th in 2017.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for the years 2013-2017, in New Delhi. 
  • 1. Dr Najma Heptullah (for year 2013),
    2. Hukum Dev Narayan (for year 2014),
    3. Ghulam Nabi Azad (for year 2015),
    4. Dinesh Trivedi (for year 2016),
    5. Bhartruhari Mahtab (for year 2017). 
  •  Indian-American high school student Avi Goel has won the world championship at the International Geography Bee’s junior varsity division which was held in Berlin, Germany. 14-year old Avi is a tenth grader at Silver Creek High School in Evergreen, San Jose, California. 
  • The Global Innovation Index 2018 was launched in New Delhi by Ratan P Watal, Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog & Member Secretary of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.  India’s rank on the Global Innovation Index (GII) has improved from 60 in 2017 to 57 in 2018. 
  • Minister of Railways, Coal, Finance & Corporate Affairs, Piyush Goyal has released a report on Station Cleanliness conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI).  A1 category stations (out of 75): 1st: Jodhpur/North-Western Railway, 2ndJaipur/North-Western Railway, 3rd: Tirupati/South-Central Railway.   A category stations (out of a total of 332): 1st: Marwar/North Western Railway, 2nd: Phulera/North -Western Railway, 3rd: Warangal/South-Central Railway. Zonal Railway rankings are: 1st: North Western Railway, 2nd: South Central Railway, 3rd: East Coast Railway. 
  • BBC History Magazine conducted a reader's poll of 100 women who changed the world.  Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel prize in physics, first female professor at the University of Paris, and the first person to win a second Nobel prize.  Top 3 from the BBC History Magazine's '100 Women Who Changed The World' : 1.Marie Curie, 2.Rosa Parks, 3.Emmeline Pankhurst.
  •  The Ease of Living Index 2018 was released by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri with few most prominent cities failing to make a cut in the top 10. All the cities have been ranked on the basis of four parameters viz. institutional, social, economic and physical. Top 3 cities are: 1. Pune, 2. Navi Mumbai, 3. Greater Mumbai.
  •  Smitha V. Crishna, a third-generation heir of the Godrej family, ranks first in the Kotak Wealth Hurun-Leading Wealthy Women 2018 list with an estimated wealth of Rs37,570 crore. Ms. Smitha owns one-fifth of the Godrej Group.Roshni Nadar, CEO and executive director at HCL, ranks second in the list. The chairperson of the Times Group, Indu Jain, ranks third in the list.
  • India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has revised down its FY19 economic growth forecast to 7.2% from 7.4% earlier. 
  •  The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released the Global Liveability Index 2018, the ranking of 140 global cities based on their living conditions.Delhi was ranked at 112th position and Mumbai fetched 117th spot.  The Top three cities on the list are: 1. Vienna, 2. Melbourne, 3. Osaka. 
  • Oscar-winning director Ang Lee will be one of the recipients of the annual Directors Guild of America (DGA) honours at its ceremony. 
  •  Three US scientists James Allison, Carl June and Steven Rosenberg were declared winners 2018 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research.They were awarded in recognition of their research in immunology and translation of their ideas into effective therapies that have led to innovative treatments for cancer, HIV and other diseases. 
  • Delhi government’s additional director of health, SK Arora was awarded prestigious World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day 2017 Award for his extraordinary contribution towards tobacco control.
  • The United States government has awarded the Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) to General Dalbir Singh Suhag (Retired), of the Indian Army, for exceptionally meritorious service as chief of the Army staff, Indian Army. 
  • Serena Williams (with earnings of $18.1 million) was the highest paid female athlete for a third consecutive year in 2018, according to "List Of Highest Paid Female Athletes 2018" published by Forbes. 
  • Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan have made it to the Forbes’ list of World’s Highest-Paid Actors 2018, which was topped by George Clooney. Akshay and Salman made it to spot seven and nine, respectively.  Top 3 on Forbes’ list of the world’s best-paid male actors 2018: 1. George Clooney: $239m, 2. Dwayne Johnson: $124m, 3. Robert Downey Jr: $81m.
  • The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) has emerged as the second fastest growing airport in the world in the first half of 2018 in terms of actual growth in the number of passengers. New Delhi's  Indira Gandhi International Airport is placed sixth.
  • Former England captain David Beckham will receive the UEFA President's Award for his contribution to football and promoting the sport in "every corner of the planet". David Beckham will become the third Englishman to receive the UEFA President's Award.
  •  The Indian economy is expected to grow by around 7.5% in 2018 and 2019 as it is largely resilient to external pressures like those from higher oil prices, according to Moody's Investors Service Global Macro Outlook for 2018-19. Moody's put G-20 growth at 3.3% in 2018 and 3.1% in 2019. 
  • In a Historic day for the country's aviation and energy sector, India's first biofuel-powered flight landed in Delhi, covering the distance between Dehradun & Delhi. The biofuel is developed by CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), DehradunThe flight test was successfully completed by SpiceJet. 
  • The Statistics from 14 cities across India have been analysed by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the New Delhi-based think tank, to check how some cities, which hold sizeable shares of India’s urban population are positioned in the race for clean and low carbon mobility.   Bhopal tops for lowest overall emissions. Top 3 in Overall emissions and energy consumption:  1.Bhopal, 2. Vijayawada,3. Chandigarh.
  •  PepsiCo's India-born CEO Indra Nooyi will be honoured with the Game Changer of the Year award by a global cultural organisation Asia Society in recognition of her business achievements, humanitarian record and advocacy for women and girls around the world. 
  • Reliance Power has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Reliance Power Netherlands BV has won an international arbitration award of $56 million (Rs 390 crore) against Prestige Capital Holdings (a Seychelles-based company) and Kokos Jiang.