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Daily Current Affairs – 31 August 2020 : GKToday Updates

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Daily Current Affairs – 31 August 2020 : GKToday Updates

1. Unlock 4 Guidelines: Delhi Metro to resume operation from September 7

  • ‘Unlock 4’ guidelines announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs as per which the lockdown will be extended in containment zones till September 30, while there will be no lockdown outside containment zones.

What will open?

  • All metro services will be allowed to resume from September 7 in a graded manner. Noida Metro will also resume its services on Aqua Line for public from September 7 in calibrated manner.
  • Education institutions for research scholars, post-graduate students or technical and professional programme requiring laboratory work or experimental work will be allowed to function in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • All social, sports, academic, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions and congregations shall be permitted with a maximum limit of 100 people from September 21, 2020.
  • Open air theatres will be permitted to open under Unlock 4.0 guidelines from September 21, 2020.
  • The International Travel as permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs will be allowed.
  • There shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods.

What will remain closed?

  • Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres (excluding open-air theatre) and similar places to remain closed under Unlock 4 guidelines.
  • All schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for regular class activity till September 30, 2020.


2. National Sports Awards 2020

  • President of India Ram Nath Kovind on August 29, 2020, virtually conferred the National Sports and Adventure Award 2020 on the occasion of the National Sports Day.
  • It was for the first time that ceremony was conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The awardees attended the ceremony from different places virtually, it was broadcasted live on Doordarshan and AIR News.

Here is the full List of the Awardees:

  • RAJIV GANDHI KHEL RATNA AWARD – Mariyappan T. (Para-Athletics), Rohit Sharma (Cricket), Vinesh (Wrestling), Manika Batra (Table Tennis), Rani (Hockey)
  • DRONACHARYA AWARD (Lifetime Category) – Purushotham Rai (Athletics), Dharmendra Tiwary (Archery), Romesh Pathania (Hockey), Shiv Singh (Boxing), Krishna Kumar Hoods (Kabbadi), Naresh Kumar (Tennis), Vijay Bhalchandra Munishwar (Para Powerlifting), Om Prakash Dahiya (Wrestling)
  • DRONACHARYA AWARD (Regular category) – Yogesh Malviya (Mallakhamb), Jude Felix Sebastian (Hockey), Jaspal Rana (Shooting), Gaurav Khanna (Para badminton), Kuldeep Kumar Handoo (Wushu).
  • ARJUNA AWARD – Dutee Chand (Athletics), Atanu Das (Archery), Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy (Badminton), Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (Basketball), Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty (Badminton), Subedar Manish Kaushik (Boxing), Ishant Sharma (Cricket), Lovlina Bargohain (Boxing), Deepti Sharma (Cricket), Sandesh Jhingan (Football), Sawant Ajay Anand (Equestrian), Aditi Ashok (Golf), Deepika (Hockey), Akashdeep Singh (Hockey), Deepak (Kabaddi), Dattu Baban Bhokanal (Rowing), Kale Sarika Sudhakar (Kho Kho), Manu Bhaker (Shooting), Saurabh Chaudhary (Shooting), Madhurika Suhas Patkar (Table Tennis, Shiva Keshavan (Winter Sports), Suyash Narayan Jadhav (Para-Swimming), Rahul Aware (Wrestling), ), Divya Kakaran (Wrestling), Manish Narwal (Para Shooting), Sandeep Para (Athletics), Divij Sharan (Tennis).
  • DHYAN CHAND AWARD – Jincy Phillips (Athletics), Kuldip Singh Bhullar (Athletics), Pradeep Shrikrishna Gandhe (Badminton), N. Usha (Boxing), Trupti Murgunde (Badminton), Lakha Singh (Boxing), Ajit Singh (Hockey), Sukhvinder Singh Sandhu (Football), Manpreet Singh (Kabaddi), Satyaprakash Tiwari (Para Badminton), J. Ranjith Kumar (Para-Athletics), Manjeet Singh (Rowing), Nandan B. Pal (Tennis), Late Shri Sachin Nag (Swimming), Netrapal Hooda (Wrestling).
  • TENZING NORGAY NATIONAL ADVENTURE AWARDS – Sarfraz Singh, Anita Devi, Taka Tamut, Keval Hiren Kakka, Narendra Singh, Satendra Singh (All Land Adventure), Maggan Bissa (Life Time Achievement), Gajanand Yadava (Air Adventure)
  • MAULANA ABUL KALAM AZAD TROPHY – Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • RASHTRIYA KHEL PROTSAHAN PURASKAR – Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Ltd. for encouragement to sports through Corporate Social Responsibility, Lakshya Institute and Army Sports Institute for Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young Talent, International Institute of Sports Management (IISM) for Sports for Development, Air Force Sports Control Board for Employment of Sportspersons and sports welfare measures

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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games is the highest sporting honour of the Republic of India.


3. Defence minister launches NCC app for online training of cadets

  • Rajnath Singh, our Defence Minister, launched a mobile application to assist National Cadet Corps (NCC) in the country via Online Learning.
  • The mobile app, called “DGNCC”, aims at providing NCC cadets all training materials, including syllabus, training videos and frequently asked questions, on one platform.
  • Since schools and colleges are not likely to open in the near future, it was felt that training to NCC cadets should be imparted utilizing the digital medium.
  • The app has been made interactive by including a query option. By using which, a cadet can post questions related to the training syllabus, and the same will be answered by a panel of qualified instructors.

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NCC – Founded: 16 April 1948; Headquarters location: New Delhi


4. ‘Black Panther’ star passes away at 43

  • The Hollywood star Chadwick Boseman, best known for his work in ‘Black Panther’ passed away at the age of 43 due to colon cancer.
  • Chadwick Boseman was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016 and was battling with it from the past 4 years as it progressed to stage 4.
  • Chadwick Boseman born on November 29, 1976, was an American actor, known for portraying several real-life historical figures such as James Brown in ‘Get on Up’, Jackie Robinson in ’42’, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall.
  • He gained much love and popularity for player Superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Films including Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, and Black Panther. For it, he also won a Screen Actors Guild Awards and NAACP Image Award.


5. Kerala to set up India’s first International Women’s Trade Centre

  • Kerala will the first state to India’s first international women’s trade centre (WTC), in consonance with the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs), at Angamaly.
  • This initiative aims to accelerate women entrepreneurship and secure gender parity while providing women with a safe place away from home to start new businesses, set up or expand, and get their products marketed globally.
  • WTC will enable women entrepreneurs to come forward and participate in international trade, enjoy greater economic benefits and enhance their competitiveness to tap market opportunities.

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KERALA- Capital: Thiruvananthapuram; Chief minister: Pinarayi Vijayan; Governor: Arif Mohammad Khan
Also known as Spice Garden of India, Land of Coconuts, Land of Trees.