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Current Affairs (15-22 August 2020)

India celebrates its 74th Independence Day.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina announced his retirement from the International Cricket.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the “One Sun, One World, One Grid” (OSOWOG) plan. Under this, there will be a trans-national electricity grid, for supplying solar power across the globe.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) has won the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix 2020 held at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain.

The Union Territory of Puducherry has celebrated its 59th anniversary of the “De-Jure” day on 16th August.

A campaign on “Ayush for Immunity” has been launched by the Ministry of AYUSH.

Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio has launched “Yellow Chain” a centralized e-commerce system to provide the people of the state integrated platform to build sustainable businesses either in products or services from their own locations for sustainable economic activity.

HDFC Bank has launched “Shaurya KGC Card” for Indian armed forces personnel.

Punjab National Bank has launched a campaign named ‘DIGITAL APNAYEN’ to encourage customers to use digital banking channels.

Ministry of Tribal Affairs has launched the Tribal Health and Nutrition Portal “Swasthya” and e-newsletter on health and nutrition “ALEKH”.

Quality Control Lab has been set up by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) in Porbandar, Gujarat.

Chhattisgarh government has announced to launch a student centric scheme named as “Padhai Tuhar Para”. The scheme will enable the school students to study with the help of community in their localities and villages.

Government of India has appointed Rakesh Asthana as the new director-general of the Border Security Force (BSF).

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has appointed GP Garg as executive director (ED).

Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) will launch India’s first bullion index named “Bulldex”, on August 24, 2020.

Google and Central Water Commission(CWC) of India have launched the flood forecasting initiatives across India for the past several months.

Indian Railways has introduced Drone based surveillance system for Railway security.

The National Sports Awards selection committee have recommended four sportspersons for India’s highest sporting honour, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2020. Indian cricketer, Rohit Sharma and wrestler Vinesh Phogat are among the four sportspersons. Apart from Rohit and Vinesh, table tennis player Manika Batra and Paralympian M Thangavelu are the other two names.

The title sponsorship rights of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has been bagged by the fantasy gaming start-up “Dream 11”.

Cabinet approves setting up of National Recruitment Agency.The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will result in transformational reform in the recruitment process for central government jobs.
NRA will comprise of representatives of Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance/Department of Financial Services, the SSC, RRB as well as IBPS.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 1 billion (Rs 7,485 crore) loan to construct the modern, high-speed 82-kilometre (Delhi – Meerut) Uttar Pradesh Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) in India.

Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, DIAT (DU) has launched two products namely “Pavitrapati” & “Aushada tara” to fight against COVID-19. “Pavitrapati” is an Ayurvedic based Biodegradable Face Mask and “Aushada tara” is an anti-microbial body suit.

Every year on 20th August, the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi is celebrated as Sadbhavana Diwas or Harmony Day.

Indian Akshay Urja Day or Renewable Energy Day is observed on 20th August every year.

India Post has released a set of five commemorative postage stamps and a miniature sheet on UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India on 15th August 2020. These five cultural sites of India are-
The Historic City of Ahmedabad,
Churches and Convents of Goa,
Group of Monuments at Pattadakal,
Khajuraho Group of Monuments,
Qutub Minar.

Ministry of Tribal Affairs has signed a joint communication with Ministry of Rural Development to promote sustainable livelihood opportunities in rural India.

The tertiary processing centres of “Trifood Project” of TRIFED, Ministry of Tribal Affairs has been virtually launched by the Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda.
The Trifood project has been launched in Raigad, Maharashtra and Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh. This project is expected to help in encouraging the tribal entrepreneurship.

Swachh Survekshan 2020 awards have been announced and Indore became India’s cleanest city for the fourth year in a row.

The governing body for the Olympic Movement in India, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and INOX Group has signed a sponsorship agreement to support Team India for Tokyo Olympics, which was rescheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

Uttar Pradesh government has signed a ‘plan of cooperation’ with Israel government to resolve water crisis in Bundelkhand region.

The Chhatarpur Police of Madhya Pradesh has been running a campaign “Ek Sankalp-Bujurgo ke naam” in the midst of corona infection in the state.

Government of India has appointed Rajiv Kumar as the new Election Commissioner of India.

Ronnie O’Sullivan has won the World Snooker Championship 2020.

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has launched an Interceptor Boat ‘ICGS C-454’ in Surat, Gujarat. Director-General of Indian Coast Guard is Krishnaswamy Natarajan.

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