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19th Aug 2020 Current Affairs Headlines

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Important Days

World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day or (WHD) is commemorated on 19th August. This day is observed to give tribute to compassionate personnel and those workers who lost or endangered their lives while doing humanitarian service.

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) 2020 is the 11th edition of World Humanitarian Day. This year World Humanitarian Day comes as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic over recent months.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of WHO: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Director-general of WHO: Tedros Adhanom.

National Headlines

Drone based surveillance system introduces by Indian Railways

The drone-based surveillance system has been introduced by the Indian Railways for Railway security. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has chosen to apply a large number of drones for the purpose of Railway security. As a result, RPF has procured nine drones at a cost of around Rs 32 lakh at the South Eastern Railway, Central Railway, Modern Coaching Factory, Raebareli and South Western Railway.

The deployment of drones tries to give a force multiplier and improves the security personnel deployed. Two Ninja UAVs have been procured by the Mumbai Division of Central Railway for better security and surveillance in Railway areas such as station premises, Railway track sections, yards as well as workshops.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Railways: Piyush Goyal.

‘Ek Sankalp – Bujurgo ke Naam’ campaign proves to be boon for senior citizens amid corona pandemic

In Madhya Pradesh, a unique campaign ‘Ek Sankalp – Bujurgo ke Naam’‘a commitment for elders’ is being run by the Chhatarpur Police in the midst of corona infection in the state.

This unique campaign is proving to be a boon for elderly people living alone in homes during the global pandemic COVID-19. In this campaign, the police are taking care of the elderly people from the food to their health.

By this campaign, the motto of Madhya Pradesh Police- Desh Bhakti-Jansewa has now become a reality.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Capital: Bhopal
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel(additional charge)
  • Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Home Ministry approves renaming of Manduadih railway station in UP as Banaras

The Union Home Ministry has approved the renaming of Manduadih railway station in Uttar Pradesh as ‘Banaras’. The Uttar Pradesh government had sent a request for renaming the railway station in Varanasi district.

‘no objection certificate’ has been issued for changing the name of the Manduadih railway station to ‘Banaras’. The home ministry considers proposals for name change according to the existing guidelines in consultations with agencies concerned.

It gives its approval to any proposal for change of name of any place after taking no-objections from the Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts and Survey of India.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of Home Affairs: Amit Anilchandra Shah
  • Constituency: Gujarat

International News

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigns after military mutiny

Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has resigned and dissolved parliament hours after mutinying soldiers detained him at gunpoint, plunging a country already facing an insurgency and mass protests deeper into crisis.

Keita won a second term in elections in 2018, but there has been anger over corruption, the mismanagement of the economy and the rise of communal violence in areas of the country.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Republic of Mali Capital: Bamako; Currency: West African CFA franc.


Fino Payments Bank launches “Jan BachatKhata”

Fino Payments Bank has launched Jan BachatKhata, which is an Aadhaar Authentication based digital savings account that brings neo-banking experience to consumers.

Under the Jan BachatKhata, customers can transact at a Fino branch or merchant point with fingerprint and OTP combination, while at non-Fino points they need Aadhaar authentication. Earlier, Fino Payments Bank had introduced Shubh and Bhavishya, subscription-based savings accounts targeted at specific customer segments.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Fino Payments Bank: Prof Mahendra Kumar Chouhan.
  • Fino Payments Bank established: 13 July 2006.
  • MD & CEO of Fino Payments Bank: Rishi Gupta.
  • Headquarters of Fino Payments Bank: Mumbai, Maharashtra.


Flipkart establishes academic collaboration with IIT Patna

A Memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by India’s homegrown e-commerce player “Flipkart” with Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Patna.

The MoU will encourage industry focused applied research in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML). This is flipkart’s effort towards strengthening its academic collaboration which it has been promotiong for past 5 years now.

The partnership is expected to bring real world industry exposure to students and scholars of IIT Patna. It will also offer opportunities to the faculty members to work closely with Flipkart on various research projects.

IIT Patna will also conduct a number of programs like joint research activities, writing research papers, organizing seminars, internship/mentorship opportunities etc.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Executive Officer of Flipkart: Kalyan Krishnamurthy.

Appointment News

Satya Pal Malik appointed as Governor of Meghalaya

President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Satya Pal Malik as the Governor of Meghalaya with effect from 18 August 2020. Prior to this, He was serving as the Governor of Goa.

Satya Pal Malik replaced Tathagata Roy who completed his 5-year term by serving as governor of Tripura for 3 years and remaining in Meghalaya. Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has been given additional charge as the Governor of Goa, in addition to his own duties.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Meghalaya National Park: Balphakram National Park, Nokrek National Park.
  • Chief Minister of Meghalaya: Conrad Kongkal Sangma.

Rohit Sharma appointed Oakley’s brand ambassador in India

Sports eyewear brand “Oakley” has appointed Indian cricketer, Rohit Sharma as its brand ambassador for a period of two years in India. As a part of the partnership, Sharma will be sporting Oakley eyewear equipped with patented Prizm technology created specifically for sports lenses.

Sports Headlines

England World Cup winner Laura Marsh retires

England World Cup winner all-rounder, Laura Marsh has announced her retirement from all forms of cricket. She was a key member of the England Women’s team that won the 2017 World Cup.

In her international career, she played 9 Tests, 103 ODIs and 67 T20Is. She managed to score 1,588 runs across all formats and also registered 217 wickets.


Computer scientist Russell Kirsch passes away

Computer scientist Russell Kirsch who invented the “pixel” and scanned the world’s first digital photograph, passed away. He created a small, 2-by-2-inch black-and-white digital image of his son, which was among the first images ever scanned into a computer.

Pixels are the digital dots that are used to display photos, video and more on the phone as well as computer screens. Russell Kirsch also developed a technique to smooth out images with the help of pixels with variable shapes instead of the squares.

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