? The construction of the grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya is scheduled to begin in the first week of August 2020. The Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust is planning to conduct ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ or place worship of the construction area on either August 3rd or August 5th.
? The Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched MANODARPAN initiative to provide psychosocial support to students for their mental health and well-being on July 21, 2020 in New Delhi.
? A portal named “Automobile Solutions Portal for Industry, Research & Education (ASPIRE)” has been launched by the International Centre for Automotive Technology to improve the technological capability of Indian automotive sector.
? The Jammu and Kashmir administration on July 18, 2020 announced a life insurance cover of Rs 25 lakhs for all elected members of urban local bodies and Panchayati raj institutions. This is significant as the locally elected members in J&K are under constant threat from terrorists.
? The Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Zoram mega food park in Mizoram on July 21, 2020 that will benefit around 25,000 farmers and generate around 5,000 job opportunities.
? The 3rd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting was held under the presidency of Saudi Arabia.
? England’s Dom Sibley became the first cricketer to violate ICC’s ‘saliva ban’ rule during Day 4 of England’s second test series against West Indies at OId Trafford in Manchester. Dom Sibley accidentally applied saliva on the ball during the match. However, he immediately informed the umpires about it and they used disinfectant to disinfect the ball.
? Oxford Vaccine Partner, Serum institute plans to begin clinical trials of Oxford COVID Vaccine in India. The Oxford COVID vaccine trials have shown the most promising results and are much ahead of other clinical trials happening around the world. The Oxford vaccine trials will begin in India as soon as the required licence is procured.
? The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has approved the proposal to ensure geographical and gender representation on the BWF Council. The newly approved changes to the constitution will ensure at least 30 percent representation of each gender on the Council.
? The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has provided its indigenously-developed drone named Bharat to the Indian Army. The drones will help the army carry out accurate surveillance in high altitude areas and mountainous terrain, especially along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh.
? The Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has directed the telecom companies to stop free internet services to its subscribers for accessing social media. The regulatory authority stated that it gives rise to unhealthy competition between the companies.
? The United States has listed Reliance Jio among the companies that are becoming “Clean Telcos”, saying they are rejecting doing business with companies like Huawei that are tools of the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance state.
? NASA has rescheduled the launch of James Webb Space Telescope to October 31, 2021. The launch was earlier scheduled for March 2021. The space agency had confirmed last month that the March 2021 launch target was not possible due to the delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and other technical challenges.
? The Indian Naval Ships conducted a passage exercise (PASSEX) with the United States Navy’s USS Nimitz carrier strike group on July 20, 2020 near the Andaman and Nicobar islands as it is transiting the Indian Ocean.
? The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has launched an e-campaign on Voluntary Compliance of Income Tax for the fiscal year 2018-19. The campaign will run for 11 days between July 20-July 31, 2020.
? The International Cricket Council confirmed on July 20, 2020 that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to be held Australia 2020 has been postponed to October-November 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
? Russian Parliament has initiated the process of banning same-sex marriage. The Russian lawmakers had on July 14, 2020 submitted draft legislation that seeks to ban same-sex marriage.