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Latest Current Affairs 18th August 2020

Naval Commanders’ Conference-2020 to begin from Wednesday:The Naval Commanders’ Conference-2020 will be held in the National Capital starting from Wednesday.

Weather forecast for Wednesday:The National Capital Delhi will have generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. It will have a minimum temperature of around 27 degrees Celsius and maximum of 33 degrees

India sets record of conducting nearly 9 lakh COVID tests in a single day: more than 19 lakh people recovered so far:India is continuously stepping up its COVID testing capacity. In the last 24 hours, the country moved closer to testing one million samples in a day.

SC reserves its order on pleas opposing UGC final term exam guidelines:The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order on the pleas challenging 6th July circular of the University Grants Commission (UGC) mandating to conduct the final year degree exams by the end of next month.

Drone based surveillance system introduced for Railway Security:Indian Railways have introduced Drone based surveillance system for Railway security.

SC refuses to direct transfer of money from PM CARES Fund to NDRF:The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to direct the transfer of money collected under the PM CARES Fund set up for COVID-19 relief to the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).

PM Modi to announce results of Swachh Survekshan 2020 on August 20:Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce the results of Swachh Survekshan 2020, at 11 AM on Thursday i.e the 20 August.

Bihar Floods: No relief for state; MeT forecasts more rainfall:There is no improvement in the flood situation in Bihar despite the scanty rainfall in catchments of the rivers.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee continues to be on ventilator: R&R Hospital:There is no change in the medical condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee.

Governor of Goa Satya Pal Malik appointed as Meghalaya Governor:Satya Pal Malik, Governor of Goa has been transferred and appointed as the Governor of Meghalaya.

SC dismisses plea to transfer PM CARES Fund to NDRF:The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the PM Cares Funds need not be transferred to National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF).

Home Minister Amit Shah admitted to AIIMS:Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after he complained of fatigue and body aches for the last 3-4 days.

Take a look at the weather forecast in your city:National capital Delhi is expected to have a generally cloudy sky with heavy rainfall on Tuesday.

PM Modi invites citizens’ suggestion for Mann Ki Baat on August 30:Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to send in their suggestions on topics which they want discussed in the upcoming Mann Ki Baat.

Record 8.97 lakh COVID-19 tests done in India in the last 24 hours:A new peak of 8.97 lakh COVID-19 tests were done in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry.

India sets new landmark, exceeds 3 crore COVID tests:In a testament to the focussed, consistent and coordinated efforts of the Centre and the State/UT governments, India has set a new landmark of conducting 3 crore tests. Expanded diagnostic lab network and facilitation for easy testing across the country have given a substantial boost.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla in Dhaka on a two day visit to Bangladesh:Foreign Secretary of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday on a two-day official visit to Bangladesh.

Brazil’s indigenous community demands help against coronavirus:Brandishing bows and arrows, dozens of indigenous protesters blocked a main highway through the Brazilian Amazon on Monday, demanding help against the new coronavirus and an end to illegal mining and deforestation.

Wuhan – where coronavirus emerged – sees partygoers cram water park:Thousands of partygoers packed out a water park over the weekend in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged late last year, keen to party as the city edges back to normal life.

Finance Minister holds bilateral meeting with UAE counterpart Obaid Al Tayer:Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday held a bilateral meeting with Minister of State for Financial Affairs of UAE Obaid Al Tayer through video conferencing.

ADB Approves $1 Billion Package Delhi–Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System:Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $1 billion loan to support the construction of the modern, high-speed Delhi–Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System.

58 lakh MT steel to be consumed in construction of houses sanctioned under PMAY(U): Hardeep S. Puri:About 158 lakh Metric Tonne steel and 692 lakh Metric Tonne cement is likely to be consumed in construction of all the houses sanctioned under PMAY(U) as per estimates, said Hardeep Singh Puri, MoS, I/C, MoHUA and MoCA.

Exports of agricultural products during March to June 2020 rose by 23.24%:Self-reliant agriculture is critical for the goal of an Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Hockey India to provide financial aid to 61 unemployed players amid COVID-19 pandemic:Hockey India (HI) on Tuesday announced it will provide 61 unemployed players, including 34 women, with financial assistance amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Employee of National Institute of Sports, Patiala tests COVID-19 positive:Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports (NSNIS) Patiala’s catering manager, who travelled from Lucknow earlier this week, has tested positive for COVID-19.

World No. 2 Halep to skip US Open:World number two Simona Halep joined a growing list of tennis stars when she said on Monday that she would skip the US Open over coronavirus fears.

Barcelona sack coach Setien; Koeman favourite to take charge:Barcelona have sacked Quique Setien as coach, the club confirmed on Monday, with Ronald Koeman as the frontrunner to be his replacement.

Nishikori tests COVID-19 positive ahead of US Open:Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, said Sunday that he has contracted COVID-19 and has withdrawn from an ATP event in New York with this year’s US Open only two weeks away.

NASA confirms dent in Earth’s protective shield:The protective layer fending off the deadly solar radiation is in peril.

Bengaluru scientists fabricate invisible shield for electromagnetic interference:H G Wells’ ‘Invisible Man’ tweaked optical properties of the body to become invisible.

First synthesis path for tuberculosis & chikungunya inhibiting flavonoid molecules deciphered:In a massive breakthrough to combat the menace of tuberculosis and chikungunya, scientists have unearthed the route to synthesize the molecules in the lab.

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