AUGUST 1ST WEEK CURRENT AFFAIRS 2020

 

 

  1. India-European Union Agreement on scientific & Technological Cooperation renewed for next 5 years.

 

  1. TRIFED signed tripartite MOU with IIT DELHI & VIBHA under UNNAT BHARAT ABHIYAN of MHRD.

 

  1. INDIA_UK’s 14th joint Economic & Trade Committee meeting 2020 held virtually.

 

  1. RAJNATH SINGH Inaugurated the Air Force Commanders Conference at the air headquarters Delhi.

 

  1. HARSH VARDHAN participated virtually in the SCO Health Minister’s Digital Meet chaired by MIKHAIL MURASHKO.

 

 

  1. According to the report title “Childcare in a global crisis : The impact of COVID-19 on work & family life” by the UNICEF, 22 Million children from South Asia missed out on early childhood education.

 

  1. Bank of MAHARASHTRA joined hands with UNIKEN for OMNI- Channel security.

 

  1. SOMALIA’S Deputy PM MAHDI MOHAMMED GULAID appointed as Interim PM.

 

 

  1. TUNISIA’s Interior Minister HICHEM MECHICHI appointed as new PM.

 

  1. The CROATIAN Parliament approved the new government led by PM ANDREJ PLENKOVIC after election.

 

 

  1. China launched new high resolution mapping satellite ZITUAN-III 03 from SHANXI

 

  1. GOI funded 10 Broad Gauge Locomotives handed over to Bangladesh by Indian Railways in a virtual

 

 

  1. Government released guidelines for 4 schemes to boost domestic manufacturing of bulk drugs & medical devices Parks.

 

  1. The Central Government collaborated with the World Bank has decided to convert the area of ravines in the region of Gwalior-Chambal belt of Madhya Pradesh into cultivable land.

 

  1. International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystems 2020 celebrated on July 26.

 

  1. World Nature Conservation Day 2020 is celebrated on July 28.

 

  1. World Hepatitis Day 2020 is celebrated on July 28.

 

  1. RAM VILAS PASWAN launched ‘BIS-Care’ App to Check the Authenticity of ISI and Hallmark Quality Certified Products.

 

  1. Tata AIA Life Insurance Appointed NAVEEN TAHILYANI as its new MD & CEO.

 

  1. Indian climate activist ARCHANA SORENG becomes a member of ANTÓNIO GUTERRES’S new Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change.

 

  1. The government has appointed former chairman of Coal India Ltd(CIL) ANIL KUMAR JHA, as a member of Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) that deals with violation of environment rules.

 

  1. IOC and France’s Total S.A. formed 50:50 JV to make superior quality bitumen

 

  1. SBI provided 20M$ liquidity support for local businesses in Maldives as COVID-relief

 

  1. BHARTI AXA General Insurance Launched Crop Insurance Campaign, ‘BOHOT ZAROORI HAI’ for Farmers.

 

  1. IRCTC and SBI Card launched a Co-branded Contactless Credit Card on RUPAY

 

 

  1. GAIL and CCSL signs MOU to partner in Compressed Bio Gas projects in India.

 

  1. According to The report titled, ’Implications of AI on the Indian Economy’by NASSCOM along with ICRIER & Google, India’s GDP boosts to 2.5% by AI.

 

  1. ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ contest for innovators and startups launched by DRDO.

 

  1. Bombay Flying Club, Mumbai has become the India’s first DGCA approved drone training school.

 

  1. GUWAHATI became the first city in the Northeast region to get a manhole cleaning robot called “BANDICOOT”.

 

  1. World In Vitro Fertilization Day 2020 is celebrated on July 25.

 

  1. 29th July is annually celebrated as International Tiger Day.

 

  1. A debut novel ‘Burnt Sugar’ authored by AVNI DOSHIhas been published in the United Kingdom (UK) and it was one among the 13 authors long listed for the prestigious 2020 Booker Prize.

 

  1. Veteran BOLLYWOOD Actor KUMKUM Passed Away at 86 in Mumbai

 

  1. CSIR’s CSIO along with AMESYS INDIA developed a microorganism decontamination box named ‘SURAKSHA’.

 

  1. ICRA Limited appointed SIVARAMAN as its new MD and Group CEO.

 

  1. ADB Approves 3 Million USD Grant to India to Support COVID-19 Response

 

  1. A 300-year-old temple SREE JOY KALI MATAR temple reconstructed with Indian support in NATORE, Bangladesh .

 

  1. Maldives launched 9 development projects under 6 M$ Indian Grant for HICDP

 

  1. The 5th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of AIIB was held virtually from Beijing, China, on the theme “Connecting for Tomorrow”.

 

  1. Green-Agriculture(Green-Ag), is a project funded by Global Environment Facility was launched in MIZORAM,INDIA.

 

  1. CHHATTISGARH’S BIJAPUR tops NITI AAYOG’S delta ranking of ASPIRATIONAL districts for Feb-June 2020.

 

  1. The United Nations(UN) International Day of Friendshipis observed annually on July 30.

 

  1. World day against trafficking in persons is celebrated on July 30. Theme for 2020 as per UNODC is “Committed to the Cause: Working on the Frontline to End Human Trafficking”.

 

  1. Indian Domestic Player RAJAT BHATIA Announces Retirement from All Forms of Cricket

 

  1. England Won the Final WISDEN TROPHY against West Indies by 2-1

 

  1. Indian GM HARIKRISHNA Finishes Second in Grandmaster Triathlon Tournament at Biel Chess Festival 2020

 

  1. Iran Launched the Underground Ballistic Missiles During ‘Great Prophet 14’ Military Exercise.

 

  1. The DEFENCE Institute of Advanced Technology has developed ‘AASHRAY’, the Medical Bed Isolation System to fight against COVID-19 pandemic by controlling the spread of infection released by the patient.

 

  1. ‘ADITYA’, India’s First Solar Powered Ferry won the 1st ‘Gussies’ electric boat awards officially known as GUSTAVE TROUVÉ AWARD.

 

  1. BOB Financial Solutions Limited has chosen FINSERV for Digital Transformation

 

  1. Cabinet approved National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 by replacing NEP, 1986 & HRD ministry renamed as Ministry of Education

 

  1. CSIR, UBA-IIT Delhi and VIBHA Signs a Tripartite MOU to Adopt CSIR Technologies for Rural Development

 

  1. 1st five of 36 French RAFALE fighter jets landed at Haryana’s AMBALA Airbase.

 

  1. DEFENCE Ministry of India and Indonesia agree to expand the military ties during DEFENCE Minister Dialogue in New Delhi

 

  1. Cabinet approves MOU between India and Zimbabwe on Traditional System of Medicine and Homeopathy

 

  1. UNICEF Publishes First of its kind report on Health crisis states that 1 in 3 children poisoned by lead.

 

  1. NARENDRA MODI & PRAVIND JUGNAUTH virtually inaugurated Supreme Court building in Port Louis, Mauritius

 

  1. SABIC in Spain to Become World’s First Large Scale Chemical Production Plant to Completely Run on Renewable Energy

 

  1. World Ranger Day is celebrated annually on July 31

 

  1. Former Taiwan president, LEE TENG-HUI dubbed as “Mr. Democracy” passed away

 

  1. Folk musician and PADMA SHRI AWARDEE SONAM TSHERING LEPCHA died at 92 in West Bengal

 

  1. VARUN SRIDHAR is appointed as the New CEO of PAYTM Money

 

  1. Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd Appointed Former RBI Governor URJIT PATEL as Additional & Independent Director

 

  1. Ivory Coast’s DEFENCE Minister HAMED BAKAYOKO Appointed as PM.

 

  1. Reliance Power, JERA ink loan agreement with banks for new power plant in

 

  1. MOBIKWIKlaunched ME, a UPI payment link service that allows users to send and receive money from any UPI payment app.

 

  1. KOTAK Mahindra Bank Launched a Two-Month Campaign, ‘KONAKONA UMEED’ with Offers, Discounts.

 

  1. SIDBI, TRANSUNION CIBIL launched financial knowledge platform “MSMESAKSHAM” for MSMEs

 

  1. PRAKASH JAVADEKAR represents India in 6th BRICS Environment Ministers’ Meeting.

 

  1. PIYUSH GOYAL Inaugurates CII National Digital Conference on “Easing Doing Business for ATMANIRBHAR Bharat”.

 

  1. Haryana’s Forest department used drone for aerial seeding to increase green cover in ARAVALLIS.

 

  1. Maharashtra Govt. Approved MAGNET project worth Around Rs 1,000 CR to Help Farmers & 70% funded by ADB.

 

  1. Madhya Pradesh launched “EK MASK-ANEK ZINDAGI” public awareness campaign from August 1-15.

 

  1. World Breastfeeding Week 2020 from Aug 1-7.

 

  1. ‘Green lights’ the debut book authored by Oscar-winning actor MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY

 

  1. SAHITYA AKADEMI AWARDEE Sa. KANDASAMY passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

 

  1. German Footballer BENEDIKT HOWEDES retires at the age of 32.

 

  1. India, Israel Collaborated to develop rapid testing for COVID-19 in under 30 seconds.

 

  1. Ministry of Tribal Affairs receives SKOCH Gold Award for “Empowerment of TRIBALS through IT enabled Scholarship Schemes”.

 

  1. India & UK tie up for new 8 Million Pounds Medicinal Research

 

  1. NITIN GADKARI inaugurated upstream carriageway of Mahatma Gandhi bridge in Bihar

 

  1. MSME launched PROGRAMME under “GRAMODYOG VIKAS YOJANA” to benefit artisans manufacturing AGARBATTI

 

  1. India withdraws from Women’s World Team Squash Championship 2020

 

  1. Rajesh Kumar appointed as Manipur Chief Secretary.

 

  1. The Government of Rajasthan approved the 5% reservations to the More Backward Classes(MBC) in the state judicial service.

 

  1. Andhra Pradesh CM  Y. S. JAGANMOHAN Reddy  launched cybercrime awareness PROGRAMME ‘E-RAKSHA BANDHAN’ .

 

  1. First Muslim Women Rights Day Observed on August 1 2020

 

  1. World Sanskrit Day 2020 is observed on August 3

 

  1. “VISHESH: Code to Win”:Biography of India’s youngest Basketball captain, VISHESH BHRIGUVANSHI authored by NIRUPAMA YADAV to be released.

 

  1. Bihar CM NITISH KUMAR Released a Book Titled “SIYASAT MEIN SADASYATA” Authored by State Assembly Speaker VIJAY KUMAR CHOUDHARY.

 

  1. Minister of Technical Education of U.P, KAMAL RANI VARUN died at the age of 62.

 

  1. Former SAMAJWADI party leader and RAJYA SABHA MP AMAR SINGH

 

  1. Central Government gave nod to Indian Premier League 2020 in UAEfrom September 19 to November 10, 2020.

 

  1. Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Won British Grand Prix 2020 & Created Record by winning title for 7th

 

  1. UNICEF & ADB funds for Thermal screening at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport .

 

  1. MOHAMED IRFAAN ALI becomes the President of Guyana.

 

  1. IFSCA Set Up Expert Committee headed by PRADIP SHAH to Suggest Ways to Develop of International Retail Businesses

 

  1. BOB Financial Solutions Partnered with INNOVITI Payment to launch the New Credit Card EMI offering on POS Terminal.

 

  1. Union Minister HARSH VARDHAN launches ‘VIDYARTHI VIGYAN MANTHAN 2020-21’ for popularizing pure science among school students of Class 6th to 11th.

 

  1. 4th edition of Smart India HACKATHON 2020, Largest ever Online HACKATHON in the World Launched by RAMESH POKHRIYAL .

 

  1. Axis Bank unveils AXAA ,an AI powered conversational banking IVR.

 

  1. Two-day international webinar on ‘LOKMANYA TILAK – SWARAJ TO SELF-RELIANT INDIA’, organized by ICCR.

 

  1. DNHDD Launched E-GYAN MITRA Mobile Application for Online Education.

 

  1. Government of AP Signs MOU with Hindustan Unilever Ltd, P&G and ITC to Support Economic Empowerment of Women

 

  1. PADMA BHUSHAN AWARDEE & Former Arunachal Pradesh Governor RAM D PRADHAN passed away.

 

  1. Nobel Peace Prize Winner John Hume Passed Away.

 

  1. A COVID prevention kiosk named “UV Baggage Bath” inaugurated at Bangalore railway station.

 

  1. A health assistant robot “RAKSHAK” designed by the Mumbai Division of Central Railway.

 

 

  1. IIT Madras with HELYXON Developed First of Its Kind Remote Patient Monitoring Solution for COVID-19

 

  1. RBI Approved SASHIDHAR JAGDISHAN as Next MD & CEO of HDFC Bank & he will Succeed ADITYA PURI.

 

 

  1. SUNIL YDV SS received the KARMAVEER Chakra of United Nations and ICONGO at REX CONCLIVE.

 

  1. MOD releases draft DEFENCE Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020, aimed at 5B$ export by 2025.

 

 

  1. For the 1st time in India Railways uses NTC machine for track construction

 

  1. CANARA BANK Partnered with 3 insurers to Provide Individual Short-Term Corona KAVACH Policy.

 

 

  1. National Bank of Bahrain Selects Infosys FINACLE to Digitally Transform its Transaction Banking Business

 

  1. World Cup winner BENEDIKT HOWEDES retires from soccer

 

 

  1. MSME Minister launches KHADI’S GIFT BOX of Silk Mask

 

  1. UAE becomes 1st Arab Nation to open a Nuclear Power Plant

 

 

  1. NASA & ULA launched Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission