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Latest Current Affairs 17th August 2020

PM Gram Sadak Yojana providing connectivity to unconnected habitations in J&K, Ladakh UTs:Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, is a flagship program of Centre for providing connectivity to unconnected habitations, based on census 2001.

India reports highest ever single day recoveries of 57,584:India has been marching firmly on the road to enhanced recoveries every day. On Monday, the country registered the highest single day recoveries with as many as 57,584 COVID-19 patients getting cured and discharged in the last 24 hours.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates IIT Delhi’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations:Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the year-long Diamond Jubilee celebrations of IIT Delhi via video conferencing on Monday in the presence of Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

Govt focuses on enhancing forest quality & increasing tree cover in country: Prakash Javadekar:“Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) is focused on enhancing forest quality and increasing tree cover for maximizing carbon stock.”, said the Union Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar at the States Forest Minister’s Conference held in New Delhi.

NEG on Vaccine Administration meets Domestic Vaccine Manufactures :The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration today met leading domestic vaccine manufactures- Serum Institute of India, Pune; Bharat Biotech, Hyderabad; Zydus Cadila, Ahmedabad; Gennova Biopharmaceuticals, Pune; and Biological E, Hyderabad.

EAM Dr. S Jaishankar & UAE FM Co-Chair 13th India-UAE JCM:The 13th Session of the India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting on Trade, Economic and Technical Cooperation held today. The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India and Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates.

NIA nabs two accused in FICN Bagdogra Case:NIA today arrested two accused Md. Baitullah and Md. Mukhtar both residents of Kishanganj, Bihar in connection with a conspiracy hatched by a network of individuals for production, circulation and smuggling of High Quality Counterfeit Indian Paper Currency Notes.

J&K UT reports 422 new COVID-19 positive cases:In the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir 422 new positive cases.. 81 from Jammu Division and 341 from Kashmir Valley have been reported during the last 24 hours.

Tamil Nadu records 5890 fresh positive Covid-19 cases; tally 3,43,945:5890 persons tested positive for Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu today. They included 5870 residents and 20 who had returned from outside the state.

Karnataka state BJP president meets state Home Minister to discuss Bangalore riots:A delegation of BJP leaders led by Karnataka state BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel met state Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai to discuss the riots that hit 3 police station limits in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Delhi Metro starts casting of U-Girders for Aerocity – Tughlakabad Metro corridor:The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation today commenced the casting work of U-girders which would be installed on a 4.2 KM elevated section of the Aerocity –Tughlakabad corridor of Phase 4. This stretch includes construction of four elevated stations namely Sangam Vihar, Khanpur-Devoli, Ambedkar Nagar and Saket-G of this 22 KM long corridor.

India, Nepal hold 8th meeting of Oversight Mechanism:India and Nepal held the 8th meeting of the Oversight Mechanism (OSM) through Digital Video Conferencing today. The meeting was Co-chaired by Indian ambassador in Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra and Nepali foreign secretary Nepal Shanker Das Bairagi.

Flood situation in Bihar remains critical:The flood situation in Bihar remains critical even as the catchment areas of various rivers received scanty rainfall today.

Dr Harsh Vardhan digitally addresses inaugural session of CII Public Health Conference:Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan presided over the inaugural session of the two-day CII Public Health Conference virtually.

Environment Minister asks all states to come up with an outline for Project Dolphin:With a focus to enhance forest quality and increase tree cover for maximising carbon stock, Union Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar along with MOS Babul Supriyo on Monday attended a meeting of all state forest ministers through video conferencing at Paryavaran Bhawan in the national capital.

High speed 4G mobile internet services restored in two districts of J&K:In Jammu and Kashmir, high speed mobile data services were restored on a trial basis in Ganderbal and Udhampur districts from Sunday evening for post-paid sim card holders.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was architect of India-Bangladesh relations: HC Riva Ganguly Das:High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das has said that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the architect of the India-Bangladesh relations.

New Zealand general election postponed to Oct. 17:New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday postponed the general election by four weeks to October 17 but ruled out delaying it any further, as the country tackles a new outbreak of the coronavirus.

Japan’s GDP contracts at its worst in 40 years:Japan was hit by its biggest economic contraction on record in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic crushed consumption and exports, keeping policymakers under pressure for bolder action to prevent a deeper recession.

Union Minister Gadkari lays foundation stone of 13 National Highway Projects in Manipur today:Union Road and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for 13 highway projects in Manipur through video conferencing on Monday.

Six National Hockey players who had tested COVID 19 positive discharged from hospital:Six Hockey players Manpreet Singh , Surender Kumar,  Jaskaran Singh, Varun Kumar, Krishan B Pathak  and Mandeep Singh, who had  tested Positive for COVID 19 earlier this month and were later shifted to hospital as a precautionary measure and for better monitoring were discharged from hospital earlier today and are now under quarantine at Sports Authority of India’s National Centre of Excellence (NCOE) in Bengaluru.

Nishikori tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of U.S. Open:Japan’s Kei Nishikori said on Sunday he had tested positive for COVID-19 while in Florida – just two weeks ahead of the U.S. Open that begins in New York on Aug. 31.

Music legend Pandit Jasraj passes away:Music legend and classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj passed away at the age of 90 in the USA.

Prof. Biman Bagchi of IISc selected for 2021 Joel Henry Hildebrand Award:Prof. Biman Bagchi, Honorary Professor at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids.

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