Latest Current Affairs 16th August 2020

Pakistani troops violate ceasefire along LoC in Nowshehra; Indian Army retaliates befittingly:Pakistani troops on Sunday evening violated ceasefire and indulged in indiscriminate and unprovoked firing on Indian forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Nowshehra sector of  border district of Rajouri in Jammu division.

Indian Railways generates over 5.5 lakhs mandays of work under GKRA:Indian Railways generate more than 5.5 lakhs mandays of work under Gareeb Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan in 6 States viz. Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh

J&K reports 449 new COVID-19 positive cases:In the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir 449 new positive cases, 100 from Jammu Division and 349from Kashmir Valley have been reported during the last 24 hours.

No significant change in Bihar flood situation:There is no significant change in flood situation in Bihar, though the water level of most of the rivers flowing in the state is either receding or is stable.

Tamil Nadu records 5950 fresh COVID-19 cases; tally rises to 3,38,055:5950 persons tested positive for Covid-19 in Tamilnadu today. They included 5918 residents and 32 who had returned from outside the state.

MoS Mansukh Mandaviya visits NFL Panipat Unit; emphasises on balanced use of fertilizers:Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya visited Panipat unit of National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) on Sunday.

Centre to assist J&K to establish Grievances Portal in each district: Dr Jitendra Singh:Union Minister of State Dr Jitendra Singh announced in New Delhi today that Centre will assist the Union Territory Government of Jammu & Kashmir to establish Grievance Portal in each of the 20 districts of the UT.

Mauritius oil spill: Indian Coast Guard deputes 10-member specialist pollution Due to intermittent rainfall in several parts of Maharashtra the water levels in various reservoirs of the state received huge inflows of water  and are on verge to overflow.

President Ram Nath Kovind virtually unveils portrait of Atal Bihari Vajpayee at ICCR HQs:President Ram Nath Kovind, virtually unveiled the portrait of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India today on his second death anniversary, at the headquarters of Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

Mauritius Oil Spillage crisis: India flies equipment and experts to contain damage:India is sending over 30 tonnes of technical equipment and material on board an IAF C-17 Globemaster Aircraft to Mauritius to contain the oil spillage along the Southeastern part of the island nation.

National Digital Health Mission rolled out on pilot mode in 6 UTs:The National Digital Health Mission (NDHM), unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday in his Independence Day address has been rolled out on a pilot mode in six Union territories.

COVID-19 fatality rate in India one of world’s lowest with 1.94 %:The sustained decline in the COVID-19 fatality rate in the country has made India, one of the countries with lowest COVID related mortality across the world. The fatality rate stands at 1.94 per cent in the country.

Nation remembers Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his second death anniversary:President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with other senior leaders visited former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Samadhi, Sadaiv Atal and paid rich tributes, in the National Capital on Sunday.

Manipur extends complete lockdown till August 31:The Manipur government has extended the complete lockdown till August 31 to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Vaishno Devi yatra resumes from today in J&K:The pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir will resume today. The yatra was under suspension for nearly five months in view of the coronavirus pandemic since March 18.

Weather forecast for today:The National Capital Delhi may witness generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature was recorded at 27 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 71.61% in India:The country registered the highest number of recoveries from COVID-19 in a single day. Over 57 thousand people in the country got cured and returned to their homes in the last 24 hours.

More Intercity trains start; Cox’s Bazar Tourist spot, Sea Beach to reopen in Bangladesh:Continuing with the gradual resumption of economic activities in the country, the government of Bangladesh has decided to open the popular tourist spot and sea beach at Cox’s Bazar from Monday.

Kamala Harris greets on India’s 74th Independence Day in her maiden address to Indian-American community:Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris, during her maiden address to the Indian-American community, reflected on her proud Indian heritage and recalled how her mother always wanted to instill in her a “love for good idli”.Children represent 7.3 % of all COVID-19 cases in U.S:COVID-19 infections among American children account for 7.3 percent of all the country’s cases, according to data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday.

13 African countries see COVID-19 cases surpassing 10,000:Of the 54 countries in Africa, 13 had each registered more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19 by Saturday while South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, and Ghana had reported more than 570,000, 96,000, 48,000, 41,000 cases respectively

Indian Tricolour hoisted for first time at New York’s Times Square:The tricolour was hoisted for the first time at the iconic Times Square in New York yesterday to celebrate India’s 74th Independence Day.

NTPC develops infrastructure for increasing use of Fly Ash Utilization:NTPC Ltd., a central PSU under Ministry of Power and country’s largest power generation company, has developed an infrastructure at Rihand project in Uttar Pradesh to transport fly ash in bulk to cement plants, located at distance, at a cheaper cost. The development is in line with NTPC’s commitment towards 100 percent utilization of fly ash from power plants.

BCCI expresses grief over passing away of Chetan Chauhan:The BCCI expresses grief on the passing away of Chetan Chauhan. The former India cricketer was admitted to a hospital after being tested positive for COVID-19 and breathed his last on Sunday.

Men’s and Women’s national wrestling camp to commence in Sonepat and Lucknow respectively from September 1 to 30:With an eye on the Tokyo Olympics scheduled in 2021, the Sports Authority of India has sanctioned the national wrestling camp for Men at SAI Sonepat and for Women at SAI Lucknow from September 1 to September 30.

MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina announce retirement from International Cricket:Former Indian Cricket Team Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from International Cricket on Saturday.

MS Dhoni announces retirement from International Cricket:MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday, as he brought the curtain down on his illustrious 15-year career as an India cricketer when he posted on Instagram, calling an end to his international playing career.

Sports Minister launches Fit India Youth Clubs to promote fitness among every citizen:Union sports Minister Kiren Rijiju launched yet another nation-wide initiative, the Fit India Youth Club, on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day of the country.

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