Current Affairs 20th August 2016

Current Affairs

National News:

  • With the aim to promote sustainable mining, the Centre launched an online portal for star rating of mines
  • Cricket icon and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar has selected Donja village in Osmanabad district for development under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna

International News:

  • In China, typhoon Dianmu landed in south Guangdong Province, bringing torrential rain to much of the region
  • China set to open world’s highest and longest glass bridge


  • To make mobile payments easier, ICICI Bank has launched a payment service using a smartphone keyboard named ‘iMobile SmartKeys’.
  • India Post Payments Bank has received the certificate of incorporation from the Registrar of Companies, paving the way for the postal department’s bank to begin operations in 2017 as announced
  • The board of country’s largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI) has approved share swap ratio to merge 5 associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with itself
  • Kerala-based private sector lender Federal Bank has announced its tie-up with MMTC for distribution of Indian Gold Coins (IGC)

Business & Economy:

  • India signed a short-term route agreement with Bangladesh to allow transport of petroleum goods from Assam to Tripura through Bangladesh after heavy monsoon damaged roads and made the transportation between the two states difficult

Awards and Honours:

  • The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday announced to honour Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik who won a bronze at the Rio Olympic Games with the prestigious Rani Laxmi Bai Award
  • Hindi scholar and writer Sunita Jain was today awarded the prestigious 25th Vyas Samman 2015 for her poetry collection “Kshama”

Science & Technology:

  • MEA launches app integrating various social media handles


  • Rio Olympics: PV Sindhu enters badminton final, assured a medal
  • Rio Olympics 2016: Usain Bolt wins 200m gold, his eighth Olympic gold
  • India’s offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin has retained his second position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test bowlers’ rankings
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport suspends wrestler Narsingh Yadav for four years
  • Sakshi Malik to receive rewards worth Rs 3.5 crore
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