18th August 2020 – Current Affairs
Staff Reporter | 20-08-19

? Union Youth and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju launches nation-wide initiative of Fit India Youth Clubs. The Fit India Youth Club which is a part of the Fit India Movement envisioned by the Prime Minister, endeavours to harness the power of youth to create mass awareness about the importance of fitness.

? The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras has retained its top rank in the list of top innovative educational institutes in India for the second consecutive year. The institute was ranked number-one in the ‘Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements,’ released by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in a virtual event on August 18, 2020.

? Ministry of AYUSH has launched a campaign “Ayush for Immunity” to aware people about strengths of various Ayush-based solutions for enhancing immunity and preventing diseases.

? HDFC Bank Ltd today announced the launch of a 1st-of–its-kind product for the armed forces. Called ‘Shaurya KGC Card’, this product comes with never-seen-before features and eligibility criteria specially crafted for over 45 lakh Indian armed forces personnel.

? Israel and UAE have inaugurated direct telephone services between the two countries following their agreement on the historic peace deal brokered by the United States. The foreign ministers of the two nations called on each other and exchanged greetings.

? The National Sports Awards Committee has recommended the names of cricketer Rohit Sharma, table tennis champion Manika Batra, Paralympian Mariappan Thangavelu and wrestler Vinesh Phogat for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.

? Indian batsman Suresh Raina has announced his retirement from the International Cricket.

? Former Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced his retirement from the International Cricket.

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