? Flipkart has announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna to help create industry-focused applied research in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML).
? India has been ranked first in the number of organic farmers and ninth in terms of area under organic farming. Sikkim has become the first state in the world to become fully organic.
? Fino Payments Bank has announced the introduction of Jan BachatKhata, an Aadhaar Authentication-based digital savings account for its customers. The primary segment would be low income household families and beneficiaries of government’s direct benefit transfer (DBT), Fino said.
? Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on August 20, 2020, launched the ‘Indira Rasoi Yojana’ in order to provide quality nutritious food to poor people at just Rs. 8. The newly launched scheme will be rolled out in 213 urban local bodies of the state which will include 10 locations each in the state capital’s c greater and heritage area.
? World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is observed globally on 19th August every year.
? The ancient holy town of Varanasi was named as India’s cleanest town on the banks of river Ganga in Swachh Bharat Survekshan 2020.
? The Railways has procured Ninja unmanned aerial vehicles for monitoring its assets and ensure safety for passengers. These drones are capable of real-time tracking, video streaming and may be operated on automatic fail-safe mode.
? India, Australia, and Japan have started the discussions for the launch of a trilateral Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) in order to reduce the dependency on China.
? A MoU was signed between All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) and Delhi Police today for extending the Ayurveda Preventive and Promotive health services in the residential colonies of Delhi Police. These services are to be provided through a mobile unit named ‘Dhanwantari Rath’ and Police Wellness Centres and are to be catered by AIIA, supported by Ministry of AYUSH.
? Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma and wrestler Vinesh Phogat are among the four sportspersons who have been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award — India’s highest sporting honour.