Top GKToday’s News Headlines-15 August 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for August 15, 2020


  • President approved 84 awards and decorations to the Armed Forces personnel and members of the Paramilitary Forces
  • The awards include one Kirti Chakra, nine Shaurya Chakras, five Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 60 Sena Medals (Gallantry), four Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry)and five Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry).
  • Kirti Chakra, country’s second highest peacetime gallantry award was awarded posthumously to Abdul Rashid Kalas, Head Constable, J&K Police
  • Shaurya Chakra is the third highest peacetime gallantry award while Ashok Chakra is the highest peacetime gallantry award


A total of 926 Police personnel has been awarded Medals
Police Medals for Gallantry (PMG) have been awarded to 215 police personnel for their conspicuous gallant action
President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service has been awarded to 80 police personnel
Police Medal for Meritorious Service awarded to 631 police personnel.


  • NITI Aayog’s AIM, NASSCOM launch AI-based module for school students
  • Jharkhand: CM Hemant Soren unveils new State logo displaying national emblem and ‘Palash flower’ (Butea monosperma)
  • Rajasthan: Ashok-Gehlot led Congress govt. wins trust vote in the Legislative Assembly
  • Madras HC suspends order restraining Patanjali from using term ‘Coronil’ for COVID-19 medicine
  • SC holds lawyer Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt for tweets against judiciary
  • ISRO, IISc Bengaluru develop process to make space bricks on lunar surface
  • Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter captures Moon images of “Sarabhai” Crater named after ISRO’s founder Vikram Sarabhai


  • Two memorandum of understandings (MoUs) were signed between Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs)
  • Goa Shipyard Limited signed an MoU with IIT, Goa on areas such as artificial intelligence, internet of things and computational field dynamics.
  • An MoU on development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones was signed between Bengaluru-headquartered BEML and IIT Kanpur


  • BEML signed an MoU with NASSCOM CoE (Centre of Excellence) for artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT)-related areas
  • Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) signed an MOU for “indigenous overhauling of main motor of SSK Class Submarines” with Medha Servo Drives Private Limited.


  • Defence Minister launches SRIJAN portal to promote indigenization in defence sector by private sector companies
  • Indian Navy inks deal with Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority for setting up centre of excellence in UP defence corridor
  • Konkurs Missile Test & Launcher Equipment developed by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) launched
  • India’s foreign exchange reserves at a record high of $538.191 billion in the week ended August 7
  • RBI transfers Rs 57,128 crore surplus to the government for the year 2019-20
  • SEBI penalises LIC, BoB and SBI for failing to pare stake in UTI MF below 10%
  • NSE, IIM-Bangalore join hands, unveil platform for investor education


  • India’s Ambassador to China Vikram Misri meets PLA Major General Ci Guowei in Beijing
  • UAE to establish diplomatic ties with Israel, 3rd Arab nation after Egypt and Jordan
  • Sri Lanka: Former Navy Chief Admiral Jayanath Colombage appointed new Foreign Secretary
  • Computer scientist Russell Kirsch, who invented pixel, passes away at 91


  • Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju virtually launches Fit India Freedom Run; will conclude on October 2



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