GK & Current Affairs : 12-08-2020

Important Day

  • Theme of World Elephant Day (12 August) for the year 2020 – “Bringing the world together to help elephants”.
  • Theme of International Youth Day (12 August) for the year 2020 – “Youth Engagement for Global Action”.


  • This stock exchange has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Akola Sarafa Association and Akola Sarafa Va Suvarnakar Yuva Sangh, associations of bullion trade and industry based in Akola, Maharashtra - Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).


  • The sixth typhoon of 2020 that hit China on 11 August- Mekkhala.


  • The Conference was organised virtually by the India-_____ Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnership to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) on 6 August 2020 - Canada.


  • Institution launched by Ministry of Jal Shakti that will provide free of charge, access to on-demand, training courses - Swachh Bharat Mission Academy.
  • The Ministry of Tribal Affairs will set up “Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museums” in - Gujarat, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Manipur and Mizoram.
  • National Portal on Human-Elephant conflict – SURAKHSYA portal.
  • India’s first municipal corporation which distributed forestland right certificates to people of the urban area - Jagdalpur of Chhattisgarh.
  • An industrial design centre (IDC) of BEML was inaugurated in – Bengaluru.
  • National Agricultural Research & Education System with Cloud Infrastructure and Services - Krishi Megh.
  • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, in collaboration with this company launched Student Entrepreneurship Programme 2.0 (SEP 2.0) for young innovators of Atal Tinkering Labs - Dell Technologies.

Persons in News

  • New chairman of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) – Pramod Bhasin (replaced Isher Judge Ahluwalia).


  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has received the central government's formal approval to conduct Indian Premier League 2020 from September 19 to November 10 in - the UAE (cities - Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai).

State Current Affairs

  • New Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Mumbai - Patanjali Jha.
  • This state government has decided to appoint Special Secretary rank officers to assist District Magistrates in better management of health services in seven districts - Uttar Pradesh.
  • This state government launched Indira Van Mitan Yojana to form groups of youth in 10,000 villages of tribal areas to manage trees - Chattisgarh.

Science and Technology

  • "U+ Real Glass", the world's first 5G-based augmented reality (AR) glasses are made by - LG Uplus Corp. (South Korea).
  • Researchers from this institute developed durable, efficient, cost-effective the 2D Pd(BTA) catalyst for sustained & efficient Hydrogen Evolution - Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Bangalore.

General Knowledge

  • The Swachh Bharat Mission was launched in - 2014.
  • Elephant is mammal of the family - Elephantidae.
  • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)is a flagship initiative set up by the NITI Aayog in – 2015.
  • Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) – Established: August 1981; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • BEML Limited - Founded: 11 May 1964; Headquarters: Bengaluru

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