Latest Current Affairs of July 2020

The Stay in India and Study in India committee setup by HRD Ministry to form guidelines and recommend measures for students to study and stay in India is headed by D.P. Singh, Chairman UGC
The eminent Indian danseuse (wife of dancer Uday Shankar) awarded Banga Bibhushan in 2011, who passed away on 24 July 2020Amala Shankar
The unmanned mission to Mars launched by China from Wenchang Launch Center aboard a Long March 5 rocket on 23 July 2020 is namedTianwen-1
The Indian animation director who has been posthumously chosen for the ‘Legend of Animation’ award instituted by the Toonz Media Group (TMG) as part of the Animation Masters Summit (AMS) 2020 - Digital Edition Arnab Chaudhary
The helicopter launched Nag Missile (Helina) which was successfully test-fired at the Interim Test Range (ITR) in Odisha has now been renamedDhruvastra
The theme of India Ideas Summit hosted by US-India Business Council (USIBC) held virtually on 22 July 2020Building a Better Future
The initiative launched by HRD Ministry to provide psychosocial support to students for their Mental Health and Well-being is namedMANODARPAN
The Governor of Madhya Pradesh (also former Gover of Bihar) who passed away on 21 July 2020Lalji Tandon
The unmanned space probe to Mars launched by UAE from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan on July 19, 2020 is namedHope
Indian election commissioner who has been appointed the Vice-President of Asian Development Bank succeeding Diwakar Gupta whose term ends on 31 August 2020Ashok Lavasa
The IPL Chief Operating Officer who has been appointed the interim CEO of BCCI following the resignation of Mr Rahul JohriHemang Amin
The Chairman of ISRO who has been chosen for the 2020 Von Karman Award by the International Academy of Astronautics, Sweden K Sivan
The short term health insurance policies launched by general and health insurance companies and approved by IRDA have broadly namedCorona Kavach
The ruling People's Action Party leader who has been re-elected as the Prime Minister of Singapore for the 4th termLee Hsien Loong
The veteran Bollywood actor and comedian who passed away on 08 July 2020 aged 81 yearsJagdeep (Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jaffrey)
The former social networking platform Google+ has been relaunched by Google for Android and iOS system asGoogle Currents
The place in Madhya Pradesh where an Ultra Mega Solar Power project was dedicated to the nation by the PM Shri Narendra Modi via video conferenceRewa
The spy satellite launched by Israel using a Shavit-2 rocket from Palmachim air base is namedOfek 16
The new Prime Minister of France appointed by its President Emmanuel MacronJean Castex
The rank of India in terms of generation of e-waste as per United Nations ‘Global E-waste Monitor 2020’ (China and US ranked at No. 1 and 2 respectively)Third
The renowned dance choreographer of Hindi cinama who passed away on 03 July 2020 at the age of 71 yearsSaroj Khan
The country with which India conducted a day long joint naval exercise, PASSEX in the Strait of Malacca Japan
The 1990-batch IFS officer and an additional secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) who has been appointed as India's next Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva successing Rajiv K ChanderIndra Mani Pandey
The theme of 36th Biannual Edition of ASEAN held virtually under the Chairmanship of Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN
The theme of National Doctors Day observed on 01 July 2020 to mark the birth and death anniversary of Dr. Bidhan Chandra RoyLessen the Mortality of COVID-19
The place in Tamil Nadu where a boiler blast in a thermal power plant killed 13 people and injured several other Neyveli, Cuddalore

United Nations Nelson Mandela Prize 2020

1. Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis: is a Greek philanthropist and world advocate for human rights and the protection of children’s health and welfare. She is a Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO since 1999, founder and president of “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation” and of “ELPIDA Friends’ Association of Children with cancer”.

2. Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté: He is a leading advocate on ending violence against women and girls in Africa. He initiated efforts to address violence against women with the African Union Commission, leading to the Maputo Protocol, Africa’s regional instrument on ending violence against women.

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Important Days of July

International Day of Co-operatives: 04 July 2020

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 1993

Theme: Cooperatives for Climate Action

World Population Day: 11 July 2020

Designated by: United Nations Development Programme

First observed: 1989

World Youth Skills Day: 15 July 2020

Designated by: UNESCO

First observed: 2015

Theme: Skills for a Resilient Youth

Nelson Mandela International Day: 18 July 2020

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First observed: 2010

World Hepatitis Day: 28 July 2020

Designated by: World Health Organisation

First observed: 2008

Theme: Hepatitis-free future

International Tiger Day: 29 July 2020

Designated by: St Petersburg Tiger Summit

First observed: 2010

World Day against Trafficking in Persons: 30 July 2020

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 2014

Arrival of Rafale in India

Number of aircraft: 5

Airborne from: Dassault Aviation Facility, Merignac, France

Stopover at: Al Dhafra airbase in the UAE.

Base arrived at: Air Force Station, Ambala.

First stage of flight: 5000 km

Second stage of flight: 2700 km

Squadron to be inducted into: 17 Squadron (Golden Arrows

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index 2020


Mohun Bagan Awards 2020

Bagan Ratna 2020: Gurbux Singh (Hockey) and Palash Nandy (Cricket)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ashok Kumar (Hockey); Pranab Ganguly (Football) and Monoranjan Porel (Athletics).

Best Football Player (senior): Joseba Beitia (Spain)

Abbreviations in News

LEAD: Learning through E-Resources Made Accessible for Delhi

Books in News

Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver: Urjit Patel (former RBI Governor)

A Song of India: Ruskin Bond

Quest for Restoring Financial Stability in India: Viral Acharya

The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World: S. Jaishankar (External Affairs Minister)