Current Affairs, August 2020

14th August, Current Affairs:

• President address Nation on eve of Independence Day. He hailed the efforts of the Centre, State and Union Territories in effective management of the COVID-19.
• A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court found civil rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan guilty of criminal contempt by ‘scandalising the court’.
• The Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government won the confidence vote in the Rajasthan Assembly.
• Israel and the UAE agreed to full normalization of relations in a phone call with US President Donald Trump on Thursday, marking the first peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country in 25 years.

13th August, Current Affairs:

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a platform to honour the honest taxpayers of the country. According to the government, the “Transparent Taxation - Honoring The Honest” platform will initiate major tax reforms aimed at bringing transparency in income tax systems and empowering taxpayers.
• India’s retail inflation accelerated to 6.93% in July from 6.23% in the preceding month.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become the longest-serving non-Congress prime minister in India. PM Modi has surpassed BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee who served 2,268 days in Prime Minister's Office.

12th August, Current Affairs:

• World Elephant Day is observed today.
• International Youth Day is celebrated today.
• The festival of Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Lord Krishna, is being celebrated in different parts of the country today.
• Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden today picked Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. It makes her the first Black woman and the first Asian-American woman to be selected as the vice presidential nominee of a major party.

11th August, Current Affairs:

• Russia became the first country in the world to register a COVID-19 vaccine. Russia has developed the first vaccine offering "sustainable immunity" against the coronavirus, President Vladimir Putin announced today. Moscow has dubbed its new coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V.
• Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's oil-to-telecom conglomerate Reliance Industries has been ranked 96th in 2020 Fortune Global 500 list released today. This is the highest any Indian company has been ranked on the Fortune Global 500 listever.
• Celebrated poet and lyricist Rahat Indori passed away of cardiac arrest after being tested positive for the novel coronavirus. He was 70 years old.

9th August, Current Affairs:

• Mahinda Rajapaksa was administered the oath of office for the ninth Parliament by his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Rajamaha Viharaya in Kelaniya, a north Colombo suburb.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a debt financing facility under the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund with a budget of ₹ 1 lakh crore. Prime Minister also electronically transferred ₹ 17,100 crores to the bank accounts of over 8.5 crore farmers as part of the PM-KISAN scheme, aimed at providing direct support of ₹ 6,000 annually to them.
• International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples or World Tribal Day is being observed today.

8th August, Current Affairs:

• Eighteen people, including both pilots, were killed after an Air India Express flight from Dubai carrying 190 people skidded off a table top runway in heavy rain and broke into pieces on Friday evening at Kozhikode airport in Kerala.
• Australia will host this year's postponed Twenty20 World Cup in 2022 with India retaining their tournament next year.
• The ICC also confirmed the women’s 50-over World Cup that was scheduled to be held in New Zealand in February-March next year has been postponed to 2022 following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Mukesh Ambani has surged past Europe’s wealthiest man Bernard Arnault, making him the world’s fourth-richest person. Reliance Industries' chairman is now worth $80.6 bn.
• President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother, former two-term President Mahinda Rajapaksa wins a landslide win in Sri Lanka's parliamentary election.

7th August, Current Affairs:

• Former Jammu & Kashmir Governor Girish Chandra Murmu has been appointed the next Comptroller Auditor General. He will succeed Rajiv Mehrishi.
• National Handloom Day is observed today to commemorate the Swadeshi Movement which was launched on this day in 1905 in the Calcutta Town hall to protest against the partition of Bengal by the British Government.
• Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide funding of $150 million to Serum Institute of India (SII) to manufacture 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for India and low-and-middle income countries. Indian drugmaker has earlier joined hands with Astra Zeneca and Novavax to develop their COVID-19 candidates.
• Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today launched its Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy. In a bid to curb the air pollution problem in the national capital, the Delhi government is planning to facilitate faster adoption of EVs along with targeting registering 5 lakh EVs in Delhi by calendar year 2024.
• US President Donald Trump has signed executive orders banning popular Chinese apps like TikTok and WeChat, terming them a threat to national security and to the country's economy. The ban comes into effect in 45 days.
• Dr. Pradeep Kumar Joshi took oath as Chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

6th August, Current Affairs:

• Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Manoj Sinha appointed as the new Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir after Girish Chandra Murmu resigned yesterday.
• RBI monetary policy committee has decided to unanimously leave the policy repo rate unchanged at 4 per cent.
• Japan on Thursday marked 75 years since the world's first atomic bomb attack. The bomb attack on Hiroshima killed around 140,000 people, many of them instantly, with others perishing in the weeks and months that followed, suffering radiation sickness, devastating burns and other injuries.

5th August, Current Affairs:

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi today performed Bhoomi Poojan and laid the foundation stone of Grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya. With this ceremony, the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya starts today.
• About 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were stored in the Beirut port warehouse that exploded, devastating large parts of the Lebanese capital and killed more than 100 people and 4000 others injured.
• Theatre doyen, legendary drama teacher and connoisseur of the arts Ebrahim Alkazi died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack, his son said. He was 94. He is also known as "Father of Indian Theatre" for his contribution.
• In Sri Lanka, polling is being held for general elections to elect 225 members for its 16th Parliament with strict health guidelines amidst COVID situation.

4th August, Current Affairs:

• VIVO has pulled out as the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for this year's edition amid row in the backdrop of the clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh in June.
• Pradeep Singh has topped the Civil Services Examination, 2019, followed by Jatin Kishore and Pratibha Verma, according to the results declared by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) today.

3rd August, Current Affairs:

• Raksha Bandhan, the festival of special bond between brothers and sisters was celebrated across the country today.
• Mumbai becomes first Indian city to get traffic lights with female figures.
• VIVO IPL 2020 will be played from 19th September and the final will be played on 10th November 2020. IPL GC decided to stage the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi subject to necessary clearances from the Government of India.
• The United Kingdom is considering minting a coin to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi, amid growing interest in recognising the contributions of people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) communities.
• The SpaceX Dragon Capsule carrying Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken came down in the Gulf of Mexico just south of Pensacola on Florida's Gulf coast. The two US astronauts who were sent to the International Space Station two months ago return to the planet Earth safely following a 21-hour overnight journey.

2nd August, Current Affairs:

• Union home minister Amit Shah has tested positive for coronavirus. He has been admitted to Medanta hospital, located in Haryana's Gurugram near Delhi.
• Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari took charge as commander-in-chief of the Indian Air Force's Western Air Command (WAC).
• UP's Cabinet minister for Technical Education Kamal Rani Varun succumbed to Covid-19 on Sunday at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science in Luchnow.
• UAE becomes first country in Arab World to produce nuclear energy as the Barakah Nuclear Plant's 1st Unit got operational.
• Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to help his side secure a 2-1 win over 10-man Chelsea in the FA Cup final for a record-extending 14th FA Cup Trophy.
• FC Porto defeated Benfica 2-1 to win the Portuguese Cup for the 17th time.

1st August, Current Affairs:

• Eid-ul-Azha or Baqraeed is being celebrated with religious fervour today in India.
• Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh has died after battling an illness at the age of 64.
• One Nation One Ration card scheme has been extended to four more states from today. They are Manipur, Nagaland, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand. By 31st March next year, all the states will be covered under One Nation One Ration card so that all 81 crore beneficiaries can avail benefit under this scheme.
• PSG defeated Lyon 6-5 on penalties in the French League Cup final to clinch the French League Cup title.

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