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Important Days

India’s 74th Independence Day

India celebrates its 74th Independence Day on 15th August 2020. This day is observed to pay tribute and to recognise the loss and struggle of our brave heroes in the fight for freedom.

The main function was held at the Red Fort of the national capital where Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the National Flag. Every year on 15 August, we celebrate our freedom in quiet happening ways by gathering at red fort, parades, performances, and many more exciting events.

Independence Day is celebrated annually on 15 August as a national holiday in India commemorating the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947.

National Headlines

Education Minister notified Council of Architecture Regulations, 2020 

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has virtually rolled out Council of Architecture (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 2020 in New Delhi.

The regulation will replace Architecture Regulations, 1983. Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations, 2020 will come into force from 1st November 2020. It has been prepared by the experts of the Council of Architecture (CoA).

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Council of Architecture (COA) is a body constituted by the Government of India under the provisions of the Architects Act, 1972.
  • It has the responsibility to regulate the education and practice of profession throughout India besides maintaining the register of architects.

PM Modi announces “One Sun, One World, One Grid” initiative

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the “One Sun, One World, One Grid” (OSOWOG) plan. Under this, there will be a trans-national electricity grid, for supplying solar power across the globe.

As per the draft plan prepared by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the OSOWOG will connect 140 countries through a common grid that will be used to transfer solar power. “The vision behind the OSOWOG mantra is “the Sun never sets” and is a constant at some geographical location, globally, at any given point of time.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of State (IC) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy: Raj Kumar Singh.

Manipur celebrates Patriots’ day, remembers fallen heroes of Anglo-Manipuri war

In Manipur, the Patriots’ Day is being observed commemorating the 1891 Anglo-Manipuri war during which many Manipuris sacrificed their lives to safeguard the independence of the State.

The day is observed every year on the 13th August to pay homage to the great martyrs. It was on this day in 1891,  brave Manipuris including the then Prince of Manipur Bir Tikendrajit and Thangal General were hanged before the general public in the present Imphal area. This year, the day is being held without involving the general public due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Capital: Imphal
  • Chief Minister: N. Biren Singh
  • Governor: Najma A Heptulla

International Headlines

Historic peace agreement between UAE & Israel

President of USA, Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Nahyan have agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

About peace agreement between UAE & Israel:

  • This historic diplomatic agreement will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
  • Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East’s most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation, and forging closer people-to-people relations.
  • The United Arab Emirates and Israel will immediately expand and accelerate cooperation regarding the treatment of and the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus.
  • Israel and the United Arab Emirates will join with the United States to launch a Strategic Agenda for the Middle East to expand diplomatic, trade, and security cooperation.


Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi assumes charge as DGNO

Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, AVSM, NM has become the Director General Naval Operations (DGNO). He is a specialist in Communication and Electronic Warfare and was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 01st July 1985.

The alumnus of National Defence Academy Khadakwasla, has served on frontline warships of the Navy as Signal Communication Officer and Electronic Warfare Officer.

He has commanded INS Vinash, INS Kirch and INS Trishul. He has also served as the Executive Officer and Principal Warfare Officer of Guided Missile Destroyer INS Mumbai.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.

SS Mundra becomes new non-executive Chairman of IBH

Former RBI deputy governor, Subhash Sheoratan Mundra has been appointed as non-executive chairman of Indiabulls Housing Finance (IBH) with immediate effect. He had joined the board of IBH in 2018 as an independent director.

Sameer Gehlaut, the co-founder and Chairman of Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd ( IBHFL) has stepped down as the Executive Chairman of the company to take charge as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Indiabulls Ventures Ltd, a subsidiary company of IBHFL.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd Headquarters: Gurugram.
  • Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd Founded: 2005.

Sebi appoints G P Garg as Executive Director

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has appointed G P Garg as executive director (ED). Prior to his promotion as ED, Garg was Chief General Manager in Sebi and has handled several assignments since joining in January 1994. He has been closely associated with Sebi’s initiatives on financial literacy and investor education in the country.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Chairperson: Ajay Tyagi

Sports News

World Cup Winning Indian Captain MS Dhoni retires from International Cricket

Former Indian Captain and the World Cup winner, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced his retirement from the International Cricket. He was the only captain to win all three major International Cricket Council (ICC) trophies i.e. the World Cup, the World Twenty20 and the Champions Trophy.

He represented India in 350 ODI’s, 98 T20 Internationals (T20Is) and 90 test matches. He announced his retirement from the International Test Cricket on 30 December 2014.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his international debut as the wicket-keeper batsman in 2004 against Bangladesh and was named the captain of the Twenty20 side in 2007.

Suresh Raina announces retirement from International Cricket

Indian batsman Suresh Raina has announced his retirement from the International Cricket. He made his international debut against Sri Lanka in 2005 and represented India in 226 ODIs, 78 T20Is and 18 Tests in his cricketing career that spanned over 13 years.

He amassed 7,787 runs across all the formats in international cricket. He also claimed 167 catches in his international career, setting the bar high with his athleticism on field. Suresh Raina is the first Indian batsman who has scored a century in all three formats of the game.

He was also part of the Indian team that won the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. His cameo of 34 runs against Australia in the quarterfinal in the 2011 World Cup was a testimony to his glittering career. He is considered as one of the finest T20 batsmen.

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