Current Affairs – August 21, 2020 [Top Headlines]

Here are top Current Affairs of August 21, 2020

SWACHH SURVEKSHAN 2020

  • Swachh Survekshan 2020 report released by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry
  • Among the cities with population above 1 lakh, Indore was ranked the cleanest for the fourth year in a row
  • Among cities with population under 1 lakh, top three cities are Karad, Sasvad and Lonavala – all from Maharashtra
  • Indore, Ambikapur, Navi Mumbai, Surat, Rajkot and Mysuru rated as 5-star cities, 86 cities as 3-star and 64 cities as 1-star
  • Chhattisgarh was ranked the cleanest state out of those with over 100 urban local bodies (ULBs)
  • Jharkhand was ranked the cleanest state among those with less than 100 ULBs
  • In the category of “Ganga towns”, Varanasi ranked the cleanest
  • In the category of cantonments, Jalandhar got the top rank
  • In the category of capitals, New Delhi was cleanest
  • Survey covered 4,242 cities, 62 cantonment boards and 97 “Ganga towns” earlier this year over 28 days

INDIA

  • Chandrayaan-2 completes a year around Moon, adequate fuel for 7 more years: ISRO
  • Rajasthan govt. launches Indira Rasoi scheme; poor to get food at Rs. 8 per plate
  • MP to offer govt. jobs on the basis of score in CET (Common Eligibility Test (CET) test conducted by NRA (National Recruitment Agency); claims to be the first state to do so
  • India was the fifth largest ‘requestor’ among countries for removing content on Twitter during July-December 2019
  • IIT Kharagpur opens Academy of Classical and Folk Arts

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • RBI unveils ‘National Strategy for Financial Education 2020-2025’ (NSFE); based on 5Cs: Content, Capacity, Community, Communication and Collaboration
  • NITI Aayog task force headed by Ramesh Chand recommends linking sugarcane prices to sugar rates
  • DGCA to implement e-governance project for approvals, licenses by year-end
  • Govt operationalises Rs 20,000 crore stress fund for MSMEs; issues guidelines to avail loan from banks
  • RBI to introduce a mechanism of Positive Pay for cheques above Rs 50,000
  • RBI removes restrictions on salary of Bandhan Bank CEO Chandra Shekhar Ghosh after compliance with shareholding norms
  • Religare Health Insurance Company Ltd renamed as Care Health Insurance Ltd

WORLD

  • India, Israel sign cultural agreement to further boost people-to-people ties
  • Iran unveils missiles martyr Qassem Soleimani (1400-km surface-to-surface) and martyr Abu Mahdi (1,000 km cruise)

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