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Current Affairs of the Week

  1. National Thermal Power Corporation [NTPC] becomes the recipient of CII-ITC Sustainability Award 2019 under the category of Outstanding Accomplishment in Corporate Excellence. The award recognises the efforts made in the field of sustainable development.
  2. In collaboration with Indian start-up Plezmo, NITI Aayog has launched a free online course ‘ATL App Development Module’ which falls under Atal Innovation Mission [AIM]. The course aims to help students become app makers instead of just being the app users. This collaboration intends to push young minds towards the forefront of fast changing technology.
  3. An independent film maker from Arunachal Pradesh, Kezang D Thongdok honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2020 for his short documentary ‘Chi Lupo’ based on honey hunting.
  4. Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes wins the Styrian Grand Prix 2020 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria whereas second and third positions were secured by Valtteri Bottas [Mercedes] and Max Verstappen [Red Bull] respectively.
  5. The Asian Cricket Council [ACC] has postponed Asia Cup 2020 until June 2021 in the wake of pandemic. The tournament will be hosted by Sri Lanka in 2021 followed by Pakistan in 2022.
  6. In order to commemorate 70 years of excellence in his literary career, Ruskin Bond to release his new book ‘A Song of India’ that traces the beginning of his writing career at the age of sixteen. It is the fourth instalment of memoir series that comes after ‘Looking for the Rainbow’, ‘Till the Clouds Roll By’ and ‘Coming Round the Mountain’. The book will be published by Penguin Random House India.
  7. Technology baron Google all set to invest $10 billion in India through ‘Google for India Digitization Fund’. As announced by Sundar Pichai the investment shall take place over the period of next 5-7 years in order to boost the digital economy in India.
  8. In partnership with Central Board of Secondary Education [CBSE], Google to provide training to one million teachers by the end of 2020 for conducting online classes.
  9. Indian Space Research Organisation [ISRO] chief, Kailasavadivoo Sivan to be honoured with Von Karman Award 2020 by International Academy of Astronautics. Named after Theodore Von Karman this recognition is granted for exceptional achievements in science.
  10. Rail Infra and Mobility Business Digital Awards [RIMBDA] declared Ved Parkash Dudeja as the recipient of Infra Business Leader of the Year Award 2020 for his outstanding contributions to infrastructure development.
  11. Ministry of Human Resource Development [MHRD] rolled out guidelines for digital education, Pragyata in order to regulate the screen time for students. The Pragyata guidelines encapsulate eight steps to implement digital learning as Plan, Review, Arrange, Guide, Yak [Talk], Assign, Track and Appreciate.
  12. In the wake of climatic concerns, Ministry of Railways is undeterred to transform Indian Railways into Green Railways by 2030 through electrification and use of solar energy.
  13. Bestselling contemporary author Stephen King released his new book ‘If It Bleeds’ which is a sequel to his previous work ‘The Outsider’. The book is published by Hachette India.
  14. Google to invest 33737 crores in Jio Platforms resulting in acquisition of 7.73% stake in India’s telecom giant.
  15. Spanish football league, La Liga title 2020 won by Real Madrid.  
  16. Roshni Nadar Malhotra takes over her father Shiv Nadar as the new chairman of HCL Technologies.
  17. The International Olympic Committee [IOC] postpones 2022 Dakar Youth Olympic Games to 2026.
  18. Telangana Police launches a campaign ‘CybHER’ to keep a check on cybercrime against women and children.
  19. Chairman of TATA Group, Natarajan Chandrasekaran and CEO of Lockheed Martin, Jim Taiclet to be honoured with Global Leadership Award 2020 by US-India Business Council [USIBC] for promoting Indo-US trade.
  20.  Marcus Rashford becomes the youngest person to be conferred with honorary doctorate from ‘The University of Manchester’ for his efforts in combating child poverty.

Sagar

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  1. Parthi

    very informative

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