Current Affairs : 29-08-2020 in English

Important Day

  • Theme of International Day against Nuclear Tests (29 August) for the year 2020 – “Embrace a world free of Nuclear weapons”.
  • National sports day - 29 August.
  • Telugu Language Day - 29 August.


  • The defence ministry has taken an in-principle decision to host the next edition of ‘Aero India’ exhibition from 3 to 5 February 2021 in - Bengaluru.


  • The central government has launched the 2020-21 disinvestment programme, amounting the Rs 5,000-crore offer for sale (OFS), with - Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).


  • This organisation has signed an agreement with Russian state-owned company, Russoft and Lomonosov Moscow State University to create the world’s largest and fastest hybrid quantum computer in India - Indian Institute of Technology’s Alumni Council.
  • This organisation has launched the initiative "Beirut" to attract funds to be used in rehabilitating Beirut's 640 heritage buildings - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
  • Britain's World War II spy who became the first Indian-origin woman to be honoured with a memorial Blue Plaque at her former family home in central London - Noor Inayat Khan.


  • India’s first international women’s trade centre (IWTC) will be set up at – Angamaly (Kochi, Kerala).
  • The two days World Urdu Conference inaugurated on 27 August which was organised by National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) in - New Delhi.
  • As on 19th August 2020, Number of Total Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Accounts - 40.35 Crore.
  • Number of recipients of National Award to Teachers 2020 – 47.
  • From November 20th to 28th, the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be held in – Goa.
  • Top three spots in the latest smart city rankings, issued by the Smart City Mission under the Ministry of housing and urban affairs - Ahmedabad, Surat and Indore (respectively).

Persons in News

  • First person from Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) who won 'National Award to Teachers 2020' - Ms. Sudha Painuli (Vice Principal, EMRS-Kalsi, Dehradun, Uttarakhand).
  • Jatin Paranjpe and Anand Vasu have penned down a book titled ‘Cricket Drona’ that is based on - Vasudev Jagannath Paranjpe (Cricket coach).
  • New Director (Projects) of NTPC Limited - Ujjwal Kanti Bhattacharya.

State Current Affairs

  • This state’s assembly on 28 August 2020 has passed a resolution to bring the state under the ambit of Sixth Schedule of the Constitution which seeks to safeguard the rights of tribal population through the formation of Autonomous District Councils (ADC) - Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Campaign that launched in Doda District of Jammu and Kashmir with a view to cover the eligible left-out beneficiaries under various social welfare schemes - ‘Iraada’.
  • The Assam Cabinet has approved the Assam Skill Development University Bill which provides for setting up of Skill University at - Mangaldoi.
  • This state cabinet has approved the Orunodoi Scheme which provides financial assistance of 830 rupees per month to families with annual income of less than 2 lakh rupees - Assam.
  • Ladakh has observed the first Martyrs Day on ________ to pay homage to martyrs who laid down their lives in the agitations for Scheduled Tribes status, and Union Territory status to Ladakh - 27 August 2020.
  • Manipur State Health and Family Welfare Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh launched Teleconsultation using eSanjeevaniOPD platform in - Imphal.

Science and Technology

  • Researchers from this Indian institute have developed a micropump and microneedle to deliver painless drug and vaccination - Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.

General Knowledge

  • Bureau of Police Research and Development was established on - 28 August 1970.
  • National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) - Founded: 01 April 1996; Headquarters: Delhi.
  • 22 constitutionally recognised official languages - Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
  • Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna was launched on - 28 August 2014.
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) - Founded: 1940; Headquarters: Bangalore, Karnataka.
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