Current Affairs In English & GK
1. Delhi ranked first in the capitals category in the Cleanliness Survey 2020
Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has secured the first position in the category of “Cleanest Capital” in the Cleanliness Survey 2020 announced on 20 August 2020. NDMC area includes Lutyens Delhi.
It also has important buildings like Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, Supreme Court and North and South Blocks. The NDMC has already received the rankings of three plus and garbage free cities in the National Sanitation Award categories, double plus in open defecation free and garbage free cities.
2. A turtle born with golden shell was discovered in Nepal
A turtle born with a golden shell has been discovered in Nepal. This color is due to a very rare genetic mutation (mutation) that changes its pigmentation. An official of the Toxicology Association of Nepal said that this is the first and only fifth case of ‘chromatic lucism’ in this turtle in Nepal.
Wildlife expert Kamal Devkota said that this turtle has religious and cultural significance in Nepal. This turtle has been found in the Dhanushdham Municipal Corporation area of Dhanusha district. Meanwhile, the Mithila Wildlife Trust has identified the turtle as an Indian flap turtle.
3. Virat Kohli maintains second position in the list of batsmen in the latest ICC Test rankings
Indian captain Virat Kohli retained the second position in the list of batsmen in the latest Test rankings of the International Cricket Council (ICC) which includes two other Indian batsmen in the top 10.
Virat Kohli retained the second position with 886 points while Cheteshwar Pujara (766) and Ajinkya Rahane (726) also retained eighth and 10th positions in the batting list respectively. Steve Smith of Australia is the top ranked batsman.
4. Online nomination process extended for Sardar Patel National Integration Award
The online nomination process for the Sardar Patel National Integration Award has now been extended to 31 October 2020. It is the highest civilian award given in the field of contribution to the unity and integrity of India.
The Government of India has started this award in the name of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The award recognizes a remarkable and inspiring contribution to promote national unity and integrity and to strengthen the values of a strong and united India.
5. Indian Renewable Energy Day was celebrated on 20 August
Indian renewable energy day or renewable energy day is celebrated every year on 20 August. This day is celebrated to mark the importance of renewable energy resources in India. The Government of India is aware of the importance of development or renewable energy sources to provide a sustainable amount of energy to the country.
Indian Renewable Energy Day was launched in 2004 to support renewable energy development programs and to promote its use rather than traditional sources of energy.