Current Affairs : 18-08-2020

Defence

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the proposal to expand the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in _____ border and coastal districts from where 100,000 new cadets will be inducted - 173.

Economy

  • This bank launched ‘Digital Apnayen’ campaign to encourage digital banking - Punjab National Bank.

International

  • Winner of the Red Dot Award 2020 for Brands & Communication Design category - HUAWEI Assistant * TODAY.
  • This city was the 26th fastest-growing prime residential market in the world in terms of annual price appreciation among major Indian cities, according to Knight Frank's Prime Global Cities index - Bengaluru.
  • Fastest-growing prime residential market in the world in terms of annual price appreciation, according to Knight Frank's Prime Global Cities index – Manila (followed by Tokyo, Stockholm).

National

  • Winner of the Swachh Survekshan 2020 award instituted by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) under sanitation management category - Chirala municipality.
  • Indian Railways is constructing 141 meter high world’s tallest pier bridge in Manipur across - river Ijai.
  • Third city after Chennai and Mumbai which have a Flood Early Warning System (FEWS) – Guwahati, Assam.
  • This person presided over the inaugural session of the two-day CII Public Health Conference virtually on 17 August - Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan.

Persons in News

  • Noted Carnatic musician and renowned veena vidwan who died in Trichy on 17 August - Dr B Siva Kumar.

Sports

  • Winner of the Prague Open 2020 - Simona Halep.
  • Indian Cricketer who has announced his retirement from International Cricket - Suresh Raina.
  • The seventh edition of Indian Super League will be held in – Goa (at Margao, Vasco da Gama and Bambolim).

State Current Affairs

  • This state government will set up 'Oxygen Jaanch Kendra' in 30,000 villages to combat COVID-19 - Delhi.
  • Scheme of Maharashtra government which envisages telemedicine healthcare through telecommunication/satellite technology for people residing in remote areas in the state - Shiv Aarogya scheme.
  • New general secretary in charge of Rajasthan, replaced Avinash Pandey - Ajay Maken.
  • This state government launched the Artificial Intelligence for Agricultural Innovation (AI4AI) programme in collaboration with the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, India (C4IR) and World Economic Forum – Telangana.

General Knowledge

  • Indian Nursing Council constituted in – 1947.
  • National Board of Accreditation (NBA) – Founded: 1994; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) – Established: 1969; Location: New Delhi.
  • Doordarshan – Founded: 15 September 1959; Location: New Delhi.
  • Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) – Established: 1960; Location: Pune, Maharashtra.
  • The Press Council of India was formed in – 1966.
  • National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) – Established: 1975; Location: Mumbai.

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