Current Affairs – August 18, 2020 [Top Headlines]

Here are top Current Affairs of August 18, 2020

INDIA

  • SC to examine when corruption allegations against judiciary can be made public
  • Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda launches Tribal Health and Nutrition Portal ‘Swasthya’ and quarterly e-newsletter ALEKH
  • IPS officer Rakesh Asthana appointed Director General of BSF
  • IPS officer V S K Kaumudi appointed Special Secretary (Internal Security) in Home Ministry
  • Uttarakhand: Woolly flying squirrel, considered extinct 70 years ago, spotted at Gangotri National Park in Uttarkashi
  • BJP candidate Jai Prakash Nishad elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from UP
  • Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj dies at 90; belonged to the Mewati Gharana, won: Padma Shri (1975), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), Padma Bhushan (1990), Padma Vibhushan (2000) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2010).
  • West Bengal: Trinamool Congress MLA Samaresh Das dies at 76 after testing positive for COVID-19
  • Manipur: Nitin Gadkari lays foundation stone for 13 highway projects worth Rs 3,000 crore; total road length 316 kms

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • India’s seafood exports pegged at 12,89,651 MT in FY 2019-20: MPEDA (Marine Products Export Development Authority)

WORLD

  • Nepal, India hold virtual talks on the progress made on various India-aided developmental projects; delegations led by Nepalese Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra
  • UK launches £3 mn innovation challenge in India to tackle Covid-19 pandemic
  • MV Wakashio, the carrier that ran aground, spilled oil off Mauritian coast, breaks up

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