Current affairs is one of the inevitable and compulsive topic in almost every competitive examinations. It is inevitable for an aspirant to get updated on daily current affairs happening around the world. Daily newspaper reading and follow-ups are necessary for mastering these current affairs section. In this article, we have provided the top weekly current affairs from July 27 to August 02, 2020 which will help all aspirants to improve scores in their competitive examination like PSC, SSC, RRB and Banking.
Top Weekly Current Affairs for all Competitive Exams 2020 July 27 to August 02
Here are the list of top current affairs of the week July 27 to August 02, 2020 which will be helpful for all competitive examinations like PSC, SSC, RRB, Banking etc.
Haryana to host 2021 Khelo India Youth Games
- Haryana will host the 4th edition of the Khelo India Youth Games after the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
- The announcement was made by the state’s chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju via video conference.
- The Games will be held in Panchkula.
Global Forest Resources Assessment of FAO: India ranks third in raise in forest cover
- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recently released the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) report.
- According to the report, India ranked third among top 10 countries where forest cover has increased in the last decade.
- According to the report, the following 10 countries have gained forest area between 2010 and 2020
- United States
Jordan Henderson wins 2020 FWA Footballer of the Year award
- Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been named the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year for the 2019-20 Premier League season.
- The Reds midfielder played a central role as the Anfield club stormed their way to the Premier League title, their first English top-flight crown in 30 years.
- Henderson has played in 30 of Liverpool’s league matches so far this season and scored four goals.
Indian team’s 2018 Asian Games silver medal upgraded to gold
- The silver medal of the Indian 4×400 mixed relay team’s 2018 Asian Games, Jakarta has been upgraded to gold.
- The medal was upgraded to gold following the disqualification of the Bahrain squad that finished first in the 4×400 mixed relay final.
- The Bahrain squad was disqualified as Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain has been handed a 4-year ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit for failing a dope test.
Dr Harsh Vardhan launched “Mausam” app for weather forecasts
- Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched the mobile app “Mausam” for weather forecasts.
- This app is launched on the occasion of the 14th foundation day of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES).
- The mobile-based application will provide weather forecasts, forecasts and warnings for various cities and locations.
Hichem Mechichi becomes new Prime Minister of Tunisia
- Tunisia’s interior minister, Hichem Mechichi has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of the country.
- He succeeded Elyes Fakhfakh, who resigned over allegations of a conflict of interest.
- He has previously been chief of staff at the Ministry of Transport and also served in the Ministry of Social Affairs.
India to set up Solar Power Plant in Sri Lanka
- Under the aegis of International Solar Alliance(ISA) NTPC Ltd, Largest power generation utility of India plans to establish solar power plants in Sri Lanka.
- It is part of the strategy to exhibit the presence of India in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) amid China’s attempt to attract nations into the “Belt and Road” initiative.
- International Solar Alliance(ISA):
- Director General– Upendra Tripathy
- Headquarters– Gurugram, Haryana
India’s first solar ferry “Aditya” wins Gustave Trouve Award
- India’s first solar-powered ferry, Aditya has won the prestigious Gustave Trouve Award for Excellence in Electric Boats and Boating.
- The ferry was adjudged the world’s best electric boat in the category of ferries designed for paid passenger service.
- The Aditya, from Navalt Boats, is a sun-powered commuter ferry that is one of the great stories of the future of electric marine propulsion.
- The ferry belongs to the Kerala State Water Transport Department (KSWTD) and has been playing on the Vaikkom-Thavanakkadavu route in Alappuzha district since January 2017.
- The awards, handed out for the first time, is the world’s only such honour given to individuals and companies building and innovating in state-of-the-art electric boats.
- It was instituted this year in honour of Frenchman Gustave Trouve for his groundbreaking work in mobility based on electric transport, moving away from conventional fossil fuels.
Archana Soreng named by UN chief to new advisory group
- Indian climate activist Archana Soreng has been named by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to his new advisory group.
- Archana Soreng joins six other young climate leaders from around the world who have been named by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to his new Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change.
- Archana is experienced in advocacy and research, and she is working to document, preserve, and promote traditional knowledge and cultural practices of indigenous communities.
Indian origin author Avni Doshi’s ‘Burnt Sugar’ on 2020 Booker prize
- A debut novel ‘Burnt Sugar’ authored by Avni Doshi has been published in the United Kingdom (UK) and it was one among the 13 authors shortlisted for the prestigious 2020 Booker Prize.
- A version of the same novel has been published in India under the title Girl in White Cotton.
- The Book narrates the story about a woman, Tara who abandoned her loveless marriage to join ashram and ended as a beggar.
Union Cabinet Approves National Education Policy 2020
- The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the National Education Policy 2020.
- The recently approved National Education Policy 2020 will replace the thirty-four year old National Policy on Education (NPE), 1986.
- National Education Policy 2020 is the first education policy of the 21st century and aims to bring transformational reforms in both school and higher education sectors.
Guwahati gets Northeast’s first manhole cleaning robot ‘BANDICOOT’
- Guwahati Development Department Ministry has inaugurated first manhole cleaning robot ‘BANDICOOT’ to ensure minimal human involvement to clean the sewers.
- Guwahati is the first city in the entire Northeast region to get a manhole cleaning robot.
- Guwahati is the third city in the entire country to procure this innovative technology to clean manholes after Gurugram and Coimbatore.
Mars Perseverance Rover Launched Successfully by NASA
The third and final mission to the red planet of the month lifted off on Thursday 30th July at 17:20 IST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
- Mission Name: Mars 2020
- Rover Name: Perseverance
- Main Job: The Perseverance rover will seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for possible return to Earth
- Launched: July 30, 2020
- Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Hamed Bakayoko named as Prime Minister of Ivory Coast
- Ivory Coast‘s Defence Minister, Hamed Bakayoko has been named as the Prime Minister of the country.
- He was presently serving as the interim PM of the country since the sudden death of former Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly.
- Hamed Bakayoko was a founding member of the Rally of the Republicans (RDR) party and was also in charge of the party’s daily newspaper, Le Patriote.
Microsoft launches new Family Safety app for iOS and Android
- Microsoft has rolled out its new Family Safety app for iOS and Android users. Now parents will be able to monitor the time spent by the kids on devices and limit hours of play.
- Microsoft Family Safety app prevents kids from swapping devices to get some extra hours to play Minecraft or Fortnite. Specific apps can also be fully blocked.
- Family Safety can also be used for location sharing between family members.
One in every Three Child are Poisoned by Lead: UNICEF Report
- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in a recent report which is the first of its kind published impact of lead on children’s health across the world.
- As per the recent report one in every three children is being poisoned by lead.
- World’s one-third child population which is nearly around 800 million are affected by lead poisoning. Among the total affected nearly half of them are from South Asia.
- India accounts for nearly 275,561,163 of these cases around more than 27 crore
Arab World’s first ever nuclear reactor starts its operation
- Oil-rich Gulf state UAE finally starts its first-ever nuclear reactor “Barakah” at Abu Dhabi on the Gulf coast.
- Barakah was expected to start its operation in 2017.
- However, due to various safety issues, it kept on getting delayed.
- Developed in a joint venture with the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) Barakah means “blessing”
Ministry of Tribal Affairs receives SKOCH Gold Award
- SKOCH Gold Award has been awarded to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) for its “Empowerment of Tribals through IT enabled Scholarship Schemes” project.
- The project was launched to show the Government of India’s commitment to realize the dreams of Digital India and bringing transparency as well as ease in the delivery of services.
- The 66th SKOCH 2020 Competition was held with the name “INDIA RESPONDS TO COVID THROUGH DIGITAL GOVERNANCE”.
- The Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) participated in the DIGITAL INDIA & E-GOVERNANCE-2020 Competition.
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