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Latest Current Affairs 19th August 2020

Indian Coast Guard launches interceptor boat in Surat:A newly-built `Interceptor’ boat of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was launched in Surat on Wednesday, said a Defence release.

PM expresses happiness over setting up of National Recruitment Agency:Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has expressed happiness over setting up of National Recruitment Agency.

Bihar: Over 81 lakh population spread over 16 districts facing flood fury:There is no let up in flood fury in Bihar. A population of over 81 lakh spread over 1317 panchayats in 130 blocks of 16 districts is still facing the deluge.

Bhagat Singh Koshyari assumes additional charge as Goa Governor:Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari was on Wednesday sworn in as Governor of Goa at a ceremony held at the Raj Bhavan in Panaji.

India, China to hold 18th meeting of WMCC on Thursday:India and China will be holding the 18th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) on Thursday.

Cabinet approves setting up of National Recruitment Agency to conduct Common Eligibility Test:The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has given its approval for creation of National Recruitment Agency (NRA), paving the way for a transformational reform in the recruitment process for central government jobs.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses Naval Commanders’ Conference:Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh addressed Naval Commanders on the inaugural day of the Naval Commanders’ Conference on Wednesday; He complimented the men and women of Indian Navy for their role in protecting the maritime interests of the nation and expressed the confidence in the Indian Navy’s preparedness to meet any challenge through a proactive response in deploying its ships and aircraft.

Health Ministry’s ‘eSanjeevani’ telemedicine service records 2 lakh tele-consultations:The ‘eSanjeevani’ digital platform of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has completed 2 lakh tele-consultations. This milestone was achieved in a short time period of ten days only since the 9th of August when Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare presided over a meet to commemorate the completion of 1.5 lakh tele-consultations.

SC orders CBI probe in Sushant Singh Rajput case :The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) probe into the FIR lodged against actress Rhea Chakraborty in connection with the death of Sushant Singh Rajput is lawful.

COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 73.64% in India:With sustained, pre-emptive and timely interventions over two million people in the country have successfully recovered from COVID-19 so far.

Defence Minister appreciates role of Indian Navy in Operation Samudra Setu:Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday addressed the top brass of the Navy and appreciated the role of Indian Navy in Operation Samudra Setu and innovation in fighting Coronavirus pandemic.

J&K Lt Governor reviews PMGSY progress:Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha took a comprehensive review of the progress achieved under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in a meeting held at Raj Bhavan in Srinagar on Tuesday.

Weather forecast for today:The National capital Delhi is expected to have generally cloudy sky with heavy rain.

India negotiating air bubble agreement with 13 more countries:Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said India is negotiating with 13 countries, including Australia, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore, to establish separate bilateral air bubble arrangements for international flight operations.

Chocolate snow covers Swiss town after malfunction at Lindt unit:Residents of a town in Switzerland saw to their disbelief snowing flakes of chocolates after a ventilation system in a world-famous chocolate factory malfunctioned.

India ready to assist Bangladesh in its fight against COVID:Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla wrapped up his two day visit to Bangladesh on Wednesday after holding a meeting with his Bangaldeshi counterpart Masud Bin Momen in Dhaka. During the discussion a range issues of mutual interest was discussed including the issue relating to the vaccine development and therapeutics.

Trump says he postponed trade talks with China:U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he postponed trade talks with China, adding that he does not want to talk to China right now.

Strong quake strikes off Indonesia’s Sumatra, no tsunami risk:A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday, with strong tremors felt in the area, though seismology agencies said there was no risk of a tsunami and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

FS Shringla meets Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka:Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla met with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday evening in Dhaka.

Mali’s President Keita resigns after military mutiny:Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned on Tuesday and dissolved parliament hours after mutinying soldiers detained him at gunpoint, plunging a country already facing a jihadist insurgency and mass protests deeper into crisis.

Cabinet okays hike in sugarcane FRP, to benefit 1 crore farmers:The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a hike in the fair and remunerative price (FRP) of sugarcane by Rs 10 to Rs 285 per quintal, for upcoming crushing season 2020-21 (October-September).

BSE Sensex ends 86 points higher to settle at 38,614.79; Nifty tops 11,400:Domestic equity benchmark Sensex rose 86 points on Wednesday; After touching a high of 38,788.51 during the day, the BSE Sensex settled 86.47 points or 0.22 per cent higher at 38,614.79; The NSE Nifty rose 23.05 points or 0.20 per cent to 11,408.40.

Gujarat govt allows more than 70 storey skyscrapers in five big cities:In Gujarat, the five big cities Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and Gandhinagar can now have tall buildings with a height of 70 storey or more.

New Electronics Manufacturing Policy announced in UP:In a bid to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of achieving ZERO import of electronics goods, Uttar Pradesh government has announced it’s Electronics Manufacturing Policy 2020.

RBI releases framework for pan-India entity for retail payments:Reserve Bank of India has unveiled the framework for setting up of pan-India Umbrella Entity for Retail Payments.

Sumit Nagal advances to quarters in Prague Open tennis meet:Sumit Nagal advanced to the singles quarterfinals of the Prague Open with a hard-fought victory over lower-ranked Kiri Lehecka.

BCCI announce Dream11 as Title Sponsor for IPL 2020:The IPL Governing Council has announced Dream11 as the new Title Sponsor of the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League. Dream11 (Sporta Technologies Pvt. Ltd) is an Indian company based in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Rohit Sharma among 4 athletes recommended for Khel Ratna Award:Cricketer Rohit Sharma is among the 4 athletes who have been recommended for India’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.

Dream11 wins IPL 2020 title sponsorship rights with bid of Rs 222 crore:Fantasy gaming platform Dream11 has won the IPL title sponsorship rights with a bid of 222 crore rupees.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan digitally addresses FSSAI’s Eat Right Challenge Orientation Workshop:Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan presided over an online orientation workshop organised by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) as part of its Eat Right Challenge. He also launched FSSAI’s ‘Eat Right India’ Handbook and the website eatrightindia.gov.in to help various stakeholders scale up ‘Eat Right India’ initiatives across the country. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare was also present.

Union Minister Arjun Munda flags off ‘Tribes India On Wheels’ Mobile Vans:Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda flagged off “Tribes India On Wheels” Mobile Vans via Video Conference in 31 cities across the country on Wednesday.

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