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Today's Event – 20th August 2021

  • 1191 – Richard I of England started the Massacre at Ayyadieh, which left behind 2,600–3,000 Muslim hostages dead.

  • 1858 – Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, along with Alfred Russel Wallace's same theory.

  • 1882 – Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuted in Moscow, Russia

  • 1920 – First ever commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ),started in Detroit

  • 1960 – Senegal declared independence from Mali Federation

  • 1962 –, World's first nuclear-powered civilian ship NS Savannah embarked on its first voyage.

  • 1975 – NASA launched Viking 1 planetary probe on the surface of Mars.

  • 1977 – NASA launched Voyager 2 spacecraft.

National Events- 

  •  Johnson and Johnson sought approval for vaccine trials for the age group 12-17

  •  India has reported a daily rise of 36k cases and 540 deaths in 24 hours

  •  PM Modi and other leaders paid their tribute on Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary

  • Two terrorists were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir 

  • President Ram Nath Kovind gives consent to the OBC bill

International Events- 

  •  As per the report, the US is testing the Moderna vaccine for heart inflammation risk

  •  US VP Kamala Harris visited Vietnam in the middle of Afghanistan strife

  •  Australia extended lockdown till September 2021 due to Delta variant outbreak

  •  UNESCO called for the preservation of Afghan culture and heritage

  • A study in the UK has stated that vaccines are less effective against Delta variant

Job alerts-

  • CSIR NBRI Jobs for Jr Secretariat, Assistant and other posts. Last date 30th September 2021

  • NLC Jobs for Apprentice and other posts. Last date 25th August 2021

  • NIELIT Jobs for Staff, Car Driver and other posts. Last date 14th September 2021

  • DSE Odisha Jobs for Online Teacher and other posts. Last date 14th September 2021

  • HPNLU Shimla Jobs for Non-teaching and other posts. Last date 30th September 2021


  •  Legend P.T. Usha’s coach Om Nambiar passed away

  •  Afghan footballer Zakir Anwari dies after falling from a plane

  •  New Zealand cricket team to go through security clearance in Pakistan after Taliban takeover in Afghanistan

  •  Wrestler Bipasha wins silver at Junior Wrestling World Championships

  • Four Arsenal footballers tested covid positive

Awards and honours-

  •  Students of Amrita University wins Best Design Award at IDC 20201, TokyoTech University

  •  Teacher Umesh Khose of Aurangabad was chosen for national awards for searching 51 offline apps for study

  •  Teacher Khurshid Sheikh has chosen for a national award from Maharashtra


  • As per reports, Steve Jobs wanted to launch iPhone nano, a cheaper version of iPhone 4 

  •  Facebook beta test of Facebook’s Horizon Workrooms to build a futuristic metaverse

  •  Vivo Y21 launches two variants prized Rs. 13,990 and Rs. 115,490 respectively

  •  India ranked second in adopting crypto-currency payment formats

  • 20% rise in prices of flagship products by Microsoft

Economy – 

  •  Petrol stands at Rs.101.84; diesel stands at Rs. 89.27

  •  Sensex stands at 55,135; Nifty falls at 16,419

  •  Jet Airways files case against NCLAT over compensation issues

  •  ONGC bid to privatise 43 oil fields

  • N.K. Singh appointed Chairman of Institute of Economic Growth (IEG)

Environment –

  •  Delhi University’s Institute of Eminence gathers a pool of talent to tackle climate health, public health and governance

  • 3.6 earthquake hits Katra, Jammu and Kashmir

Local –

  •  42 doctors charged for issuing fake diplomas in (Mumbai) Maharashtra

  •  Karnataka schools have reported parents are reluctant to send children to school due to covid 19

  •  Vilathikulam peripheral hospital is the first hospital to get a centralised oxygen supply

  • Thieves who stole RS. 1 lakh in BJP rally in Thane, Maharashtra 

  • 36k weddings registered in West Bengal in six weeks despite covid fears

Person in News – 

  • TBA 

GK – 

With which country, the Indian navy has signed a ‘Joint Guidance’ for naval cooperation?

[A] Australia
[B] Japan
[C] the United States
[D] South Korea


Recently, with which country’s navy, the Indian Navy has carried out joint drills in the South China Sea?

[A] Thailand
[B] Japan
[C] Cambodia
[D] Vietnam


In which State/UT, Ministry of Textiles has inaugurated an international exhibition on Folk & Tribal Art Paintings “Reetiyon se Kalakritiyon ka Safar?”

[A] Maharashtra
[B] New Delhi
[C] Odisha
[D] Goa


With which country, the Union Cabinet has given approval for India to partner in the field of Disaster Management?

[A] South Korea
[B] Switzerland
[C] Bangladesh
[D] Nepal


Which organization has conducted the pilot run of the International Bullion Exchange (IBE)?


[A] Reserve Bank of India
[B] World Bank
[C] World Trade Organization
[D] International Financial Services Centres Authority