04th August 2020 Daily GK Update: Read Daily GK, Current Affairs for Bank Exam

Here is the daily GK update of 4th August 2020 covering the following news headlines: Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan, Guyana, E-Raksha Bandhan, BSNL, IPL 2020.

Daily GK updates are incorporated with the important news that made the current affairs headlines for banking or other competitive exams. Daily GK Update is the complete bag of the important news that held all day long. One should have complete knowledge about the banking terms, current affairs news, etc. So, here is the GK update of 04th August 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

National News

1. National Programme ‘Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan 2020-21’ launched

  • Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has launched ‘Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan, 2020-21’.
  • It is a national programme which has been launched to popularize science among school students of Class 6th to 11th.
  • The programme has been designed to identify the talent in the field of science and to promote the scientfic acumen among the students.
  • Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan (VVM) is an initiative of Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) and Vigyan Prasar. The programme has been conceptualised to identify the bright minds with a scientific aptitude among the student community.

International News

2. Mohamed Irfaan Ali named as President of Guyana

  • Former Guyanese housing minister, Mohamed Irfaan Ali has been named as the  President of the country.
  • He is a member of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP). He succeeds David Arthur(A.) Granger.
  • David A. Granger is a member of A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (ANPU-AFC).
  • The PPP won 33 of the 65 seats in the National Assembly with 233,336 votes, while the APNU-AFC earned 31 seats with 217,920 votes.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Guyana: Georgetown.
  • The currency of Guyana: Guyanese dollar(GYD).

States News

3. Andhra Pradesh government launches ‘E-Raksha Bandhan’

  • Andhra Pradesh government has launched an innovative virtual cybercrime awareness programme named as ‘E-Raksha Bandhan’.
  • The programme aims to create awareness among the public on Cyber crimes across the State.
  • The month long online awareness programme would be organised by the Crime Investigation Department (CID), FM Radio, Cyber Crime Prevention Against Women and Children (CCPWC), Cyber Peace Foundation and other organisations.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy; Governor: Biswa Bhusan Harichandan.

4. “Bharat Air Fibre Services” inaugurated in Maharashtra

  • “Bharat Air Fibre Services” has been inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for HRD, Electronics, Communication, and IT, Govt Of India, Shri Sanjay Dhotre.
  • The services were inaugurated at Akola in Maharashtra. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has introduced the Bharat Air Fibre services as part of digital India initiative by the Government of India.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray; Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Scheme and Committes

5. Nitin Gadkari approves “Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar Mission”

  • Unique employment generation program “Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar Mission” has been approved by the Union Minister for MSME, Shri Nitin Gadkari.
  • The programme has been proposed by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to make India Aatmanirbhar in Agarbatti production.
  • KVIC will offer 25% subsidy on the cost of the machines and will recover the remaining 75% of the cost from the artisans in the form of easy monthly installments.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Commission: Vinai Saxena.

Sports News

6. World Cup winner Benedikt Howedes retires from soccer

  • World Cup winner German footballer, Benedikt Howedes has retired from football. He was part of the 2014 world-cup winning Germany team.
  • He was one of the 3 players who had played every minute for the team in the tournament.

7. Govt of India gave nod to IPL 2020 in UAE

  • The Indian Government has provisionally granted permission for the 13th edition of Indian Premier League’s (IPL’s) 2020 to be rescheduled in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19 to November 10, 2020, due to COVID-19 outbreak. BCCI has also decided to host a Women’s T20 Challenge to be held from November 1 to 10 in UAE.

8. India withdraws from women’s world team Squash championship

  • India has withdrawn from the women’s world team Squash championship scheduled in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 15th to 20th December, due to lack of preparation, time and match-readiness of its players.
  • Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) has decided to withdraw from the championship.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • President of SRFI: Debendranath Sarangi.
  • Headquarter of SRFI: Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Books and Authors

9. A book titled “Siyasat Mein Sadasyata” authored by Vijay Kumar Choudhary

  • Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar has released a book titled “Siyasat Mein Sadasyata” authored by Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary.
  • The book is a compilation of the author’s views, three dozen articles on different important issues and his life journey. The book was published by Bihar Assembly Secretariat.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Bihar: Patna.
  • Governor of Bihar: Phagu Chauhan.

Obituaries

10. Former AP Minister P Manikyala Rao passes away

  • Former Andhra Pradesh Minister, Pydikondala Manikyala Rao passed away due to COVID-19. He was born on November 1, 1961. He was a Senior BJP leader.
  • Rao was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Thadepalligudem of West Godavari district (May 2014 – May 2019) and served as the Endowment Minister in Chandrababu Naidu’s cabinet between 2014-2018.

Miscellaneous

11. SEBI to set up virtual museum of securities market

  • Indian Market regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is planning to set up a virtual museum of the securities market to highlight achievements and milestones in the Indian capital market.
  • Sebi has invited Expression of Interest (EoI) from agencies to develop the virtual museum.
  • The museum is intended to be a visual online organised collection of history of evolution, achievements and milestones in the Indian securities market over the decades in terms of market infrastructure, regulation and enforcement, among others.
  • The achievements will be told through photos, videos, articles, media clippings, an interactive display like quiz, paintings, drawings, diagrams, graphs, newspaper articles, transcripts of interviews and numerical databases, among others.

12. MSME Minister launches Khadi’s Gift Box of Silk Mask

  • Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Shri Nitin Gadkari has launched the Khadi’s Gift Box of Silk Mask.
  • The Gift Box has been developed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). The KVIC developed gift box comprises of four handcrafted silk masks in different colors and prints.
  • These triple-layered silk masks are skin-friendly, washable, reusable as well as bio-degradable.
  • The Khadi’s Gift Box has been launch to tap the foreign market and a large Indian population looking for reasonably priced gift items.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Commission: Vinai Saxena.

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