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Manduadih Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh to be renamed as ‘Banaras’: MHA

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) approved the renaming of Manduadih Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh (UP) as ‘Banaras’.  In 2019, Former Union Minister Manoj  Sinha had written to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath requesting the change in name of the Manduadih Railway Station.

About Uttar Pradesh:
Capital – Lucknow
Chief Minister – Yogi Adityanath
Governor – Anandiben Patel

President gives Nod for Renaming of HRD Ministry to Ministry of Education

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (3) of article 77 of the Constitution, President Ram Nath Kovind amended the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 by Government of India (Allocation of Business) Three Hundred and Fifty Sixth Amendment Rules, 2020.

Dream11 wins IPL title sponsorship rights

IPL 2020 is to be held in UAE(United Arab Emirates) from September 19 to November 10, 2020.

India ranked 1st in number of organic farmers and 9th in terms of area under organic farming: MoA&FW 

About Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW):
Union Minister– Narendra Singh Tomar
Minister of State (MoS) for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare– Parshottambhai Rupala
MoS for Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare– Kailash Choudhary

Dr Harsh Vardhan addressed CII Public Health Conference; India Healthcare Week (Aug 17-21, 2020) launched

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare; Science & Technology and Earth Sciences virtually addressed the inaugural session of the two-day long CII Public Health Conference, where he inaugurated “India Healthcare Week” with the theme “Redefining Healthcare Ecosystem” from 17th – 21st August 2020


UAE-Israel agreed for peace agreement namely “Abraham Accord”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates have agreed for the Israel–United Arab Emirates peace agreement, or the Abraham Accord to establish full diplomatic ties. In this regard, Israeli will halt further annexation of Palestinian lands.

About Israel:
Capital– Jerusalem
Currency– Israeli Shekel


Muthoot Finance Partnered with Kotak Mahindra General Insurance to Offer COVID-19 Insurance Cover Against Gold Loan

Muthoot Finance has partnered with Kotak Mahindra General Insurance to offer COVID-19 insurance cover of up to Rs 1 lakh under the initiative Muthoot Finance Ayush Gold Loan. 


Flipkart signs MoU with IIT Patna for Industry Focused Research

Flipkart signed a memorandum of understanding(MoU) with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna to support the industry focused applied research in the fields like Artificial Intelligence(AI), Natural Language Processing(NLP) and Machine Learning(ML).


Soumya Swaminathan honoured with Tamil Nadu CM’s special award

Soumya Swaminathan ,Chief Scientist of World Health Organisation(WHO) has received Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s(CM’s) special award on the 74th Independence Day celebration at Fort St George, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Akshay Kumar Ranked 6th, the only Indian Actor in the List, Dwayne Johnson tops: Forbes’ list of ‘The Highest-Paid Actors 2020’

As per the Forbes’ list of highest paid actors for the year 2020, Bollywood Actor Akshay Kumar ranked 6th with his estimated earnings of USD 48.5 million and is the only Indian features on the list comprising top 10 actors. The list is topped by Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson for the consecutive second time, with an estimated net worth of USD 87.5 million.


Satya Pal Malik Appointed as Governor of Meghalaya; Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari given Additional Charge of Goa

About Goa:
Capital– Panaji
Bird Sanctuary– Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Rakesh Asthana IPS, appointed as the Director General of the Border Security Force

the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the appointment of Rakesh Asthana, Gujarat cadre IPS officer of 1984 batch as the Director General (DG) of the Border Security Force (BSF).
along with the Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) till 31st July 2021.

DBS Bank India Ltd Appointed Prashant Joshi as MD and Head of National Distribution

DBS Bank India Ltd  has appointed Prashant Joshi as Managing Director(MD) and Head of National Distribution. He will report to Surojit Shome, Managing Director and CEO of DBS Bank India Limited.

Cricketer Rohit Sharma Appointed Oakley’s Brand Ambassador in India

Indian Limited-overs Team Vice-Captain Rohit Sharma has been appointed as Brand Ambassador of Sports eyewear brand, Oakley for a period of two years in India.


MoTA: Launched Tribal Health & Nutrition Portal – “Swasthya” and Opened National Overseas Portal & National Tribal Fellowship Portal

Union Minister Arjun Munda inaugurated the first of its kind e-portal Swasthya”, a tribal health and nutrition portal.
Renuka Singh Saruta, MoS for Tribal Affairs released ALEKH”, the quarterly e-newsletter.

Nitin Gadkari Launched VedKrishi.com an Online Farm to Fork Service Promoted by Farmers

The platform was set up by the VedKrishi Farmer Producer Company, Nagpur based farmer producer Company.


Hindustani Classical Vocalist & Padma Awardee Pandit Jasraj Passed Away at 90

He is a recipient of the Padma Shri (1975), Padma Bhushan (1990) and Padma Vibhushan (2000).

British Tennis Great Angela Buxton dies at 85

Inventor of Pixel & Computer Scientist, Russell Kirsch passed away at 91


Andhra CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Launches UPI-based Payment facilities in Village, Ward Secretariats

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has entered into a tie-up with National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) and Canara Bank for this digitalisation process. 

Gujarat Names Two Flyover of Ahmedabad After Late Arun Jaitley & Sushma Swaraj

  • The flyover bridge at Income Tax circle, Ahmedabad will be named as Arun Jaitley Flyover.
  • The flyover at the Anjali cross road will be named Sushma Swaraj Bridge.
About Gujarat:
Chief Minister– Vijay Rupani
Governor– Acharya Devvrat
Capital- Gandhinagar

Jharkhand introduced new State Logo at Ranchi 

Draupadi Murmu, governor of Jharkhand and Hemant Soren Chief Minister of Jharkhand introduced the New State emblem at the Aryabhatta Auditorium, Ranchi.