1.Person in News

Kaushik Khona becomes new CEO of GoAir

1 15 Daily Current Affairs Update | 19 August 2020

Kaushik Khona has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of GoAir Airline

He will be replacing Vinay Dube in this role

He has more than 32 years of corporate experience, especially at the CXO level.

Quick Fact: GoAir is owned by the Indian business conglomerate Wadia Group

2.Person in News

Harbhajan Singh becomes Brand Ambassador of eBikeGO

2 15 Daily Current Affairs Update | 19 August 2020

eBikeGO is an Amritsar based e-mobility start-up

The company aims to capture 10% of electric two-wheeler market share by 2022

It has appointed Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh as its brand ambassador

3.Government Schemes

Ministry of Youth and Sports launches Fit India Youth Club

3 16 Daily Current Affairs Update | 19 August 2020

Fit India Youth Club initiative will be a nation-wide initiative to promote fitness among every citizen.

To unite fitness and voluntarism, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and National Service Scheme, Scouts and Guides, NCC and other youth organisations will register as Fit India Youth Clubs.

Each member of the Club will encourage others to perform 30-60 minutes long fitness activities daily.


Atal Rankings of Institutions on Innovative Achievements, 2020 (ARIIA 2020)

4 15 Daily Current Affairs Update | 19 August 2020

AIIRA  aims to systematically rank all major higher educational institutions and universities in India on indicators related to “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development”

It was launched by Ministry of Education and will be implemented by All India council for Technical Education (AICTE)

IIT Madras ranked first in the institute of national importance category. Other categories include Centrally funded institutions, State Funded Universities, State Funded Autonomous Universities, Private Institutions (self finance) and Private or Deemed Universities.

Quick Fact: This year introduced a special prize for women higher educational institutions

5.Science and Technology

Dwarf Planet Ceres of Solar System has an Ocean World

5 15 Daily Current Affairs Update | 19 August 2020

Ceres is a dwarf planet located between Mars and Jupiter

Latest studies have revealed that it is a remnant ocean world and still has a 40 km deep brine reservoir

The Ceres was first spotted in 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi. NASA’s Dawn Mission also orbited it.

Quick Fact: Pluto, Eris, Haumea, Makemake and Ceres are the five dwarf planets of the solar system.

6.National Affairs

World Tallest Pier Bridge to be constructed in Manipur

6 12 Daily Current Affairs Update | 19 August 2020

Indian Railways is constructing the world’s tallest pier bridge in the state of Manipur 

It is 141 metres high and is a part of the 111 km long Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway line project

This project will boost trade and connectivity between Manipur and the South East Asian countries, boosting India’s Act East Policy

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