Latest Current Affairs 20th August 2018

PM Modi remembers Atal ji at all party prayer meet:Remembering former Prime Minister Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled his decisiveness as a leader during Pokhran 2 in May 1998. He also said that his strong-willed nature made him stay the course despite being victim of what he called was an ‘era of untouchability’ for political leaders like Atal ji.

On a visit to India, Japan’s defence minister calls on PM Modi:Visiting Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Monday.

PM remembers former PM Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday recalled the “efforts” of former premier Rajiv Gandhi “towards the nation” on his birth anniversary on August 20.

Kerala floods: Toll crosses 195 as rescue and relief operations continue in full swing:Rescue and relief operations are in full swing in flood-ravaged Kerala. President Ram Nath Kovind spoke with Kerala Governor and CM and assured the people of the state that entire nation is with them in this hour of crisis.

Hindi will strengthen world peace: Acting President of Mauritius:Acting President of Mauritius Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory has said that Hindi will strengthen world peace. Addressing the concluding session of 11th World Hindi Conference in Port Louis Mr. Vyapoory said that present state of Hindi is very encouraging and it will find rightful place in the United Nations as 7th recognised language.

Over 2 million Muslims begin Hajj in Saudi Arabia:More than 2 million Muslims from around the world, including India, began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam’s faithful face five times each day during their prayers.

ATMs to get time deadline for refill after February 2019:No ATM will be replenished with cash after 9 pm in cities and 6 pm in rural areas from next year, even as two armed guards will accompany crisp notes in transit as per a new directive issued by the Home Ministry.

Asian Games 2018: Deepak Kumar clinches silver in 10m air rifle:Indian shooter Deepak Kumar claimed the silver medal in men’s 10m air rifle event after producing excellent scores at crucial junctures, pipping fancied teammate Ravi Kumar at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on Monday.