Current Affairs – 2020

Mauritius Oil Spill: India deputes 10-member specialist team under Mission SAGAR

On August 16, 2020, India sent 30 tonnes of technical equipment and material to Mauritius. The country is fighting to contain an oil spill that occurred in its pristine south-east coast. ContentsHighlightsMission SagarNeed for Mission SAGARSignificanceCOVID-19 Highlights India has deployed a 10-member Indian Coast Guard team under Mission SAGAR to contain oil spill. Earlier in Read More…

NTPC develops infrastructure for increased use of Fly Ash

The National Thermal Power corporation developed infrastructure at Rihand project in Uttar Pradesh to transport fly ash to cement plants at cheaper cost. ContentsHighlightsFly AshBackgroundFly Ash usageRulings on fly ashLegislation Highlights The infrastructure is being developed to help NTPC achieve its goal of 100% utilisation of fly ash from power plants. This will enable power Read More…

Defence Minister approves proposal to expand NCC in 173 border areas and coastal districts

On August 16, 2020, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved a major Expansion Scheme. Under the scheme, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) is to be expanded to 173 border areas and coastal districts. Around 100,000 new cadets are to be inducted. ContentsHighlightsBackgroundNational Cadet Corps (NCC)Motto of NCC isNCC Girls DivisionSignificance Highlights With the deployment of NCC, Read More…

Top Current Affairs Today’s News Headlines-17 August 2020

Here are Top Current Affairs Today’s News Headlines for August 17, 2020 INDIA Defence Minister approves proposal for expansion of NCC to cover 173 border and coastal districts ECONOMY & CORPORATE NTPC develops infrastructure at Rihand project for increased use of fly ash WORLD 4th session of BRICS anti-drug working group held under the chairmanship Read More…

August 16: Death Anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

On August 16, 2020, India commemorated death anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah paid respect to the former Prime Minister. He served as the Indian Prime Minister for three terms. He served for 13 days in 1996, then for a period of 13 months between 1998 and 1999 and full Read More…

USFDA clears simple Saliva test called “SALIVA DIRECT” to detect COVID-19

On August 16, 2020, the United States Food and Drugs Administration authorised the emergency use of saliva based diagnostic test for COVID-19. This is to be a game changer as it provides the results rapidly. The testing method has been named “SALIVA DIRECT” ContentsHighlightsAbout Saliva TestingWhen can Saliva Testing used?Success Rate of Saliva TestingLAMP TestingLAMP Read More…

BRICS Anti-Drug Working Group held

The fourth session of Anti-Drug Working Group was held virtually. All the member countries of the group such as India, Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa participated in the session. ContentsHighlightsAnti-Drug Action Plan 2020-21National Survey on Extent and Pattern of Substance UseBRICS Summit Highlights The group reaffirmed their commitments towards the Anti-Drug Conventions. The meeting Read More…

PM Modi to inaugurate Atal Tunnel by September 2020

On August 15, 2020, the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minsiter Jai Ram Thakur announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate “Atal Tunnel” by the end of September 2020. ContentsHighlightsHistoryChallengesKeylong Railway StationRohtang PassBorder Road Organization Highlights The tunnel is being built under Rohtang Pass in the Pir Panjal range on the Leh-Manali highway. It is located Read More…