Current Affairs in English Dated 04 Aug 2020

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Who inaugurated Grand Finale of 4th edition of Smart India Hackathon-SIH (Software) 2020, the largest online hackathon in the world?

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Grand Finale of 4th edition of Smart India Hackathon-SIH (Software) 2020, largest ever online Hackathon in the world and interacted with the participants through video conference. Union Human Resource Development(HRD) Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated the Grand Finale virtually in New Delhi. The Grand Finale was conducted online from 1st to 3rd August, 2020 over a specially-built advanced platform. The Hackathon has been organized by the Ministry of HRD(MHRD), Government of India; All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Persistent Systems and i4C.

Which nation has warned to put TikTok out of business if it is not sold by September 15?

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US President Donald Trump said on August 3, 2020 that TikTok will be "out of business" in the United States if it is not sold to a US firm by September 15.

Name the person who launched "Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan 2020-21".

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Union Minister for Ministry of Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan 2020-21. VVM is a national level programme for popularizing science among school students of class sixth to Eleventh. Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan is an initiative of Vijnana Bharathi (VIBHA) in collaboration with Vigyan Prasar, Government of India and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) an institution under the Ministry of Education (MoE formerly known as Ministry of Human Resource Development).

Name the MSME minister who approved the Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanribhar Mission proposed by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).

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Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises(MSME), approved the Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanribhar Mission(KAAM) proposed by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission(KVIC) to increase the production of Agarbatti (incense sticks) and to generate employment and to achieve the self-reliant India in the production of agarbatti.

Which nation’s former King has exited the country amid corruption allegations?

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Spain’s former king Juan Carlos has decided to leave the country amid serious corruption allegations. The once-popular king, who is now scandal-ridden, has left the nation with no indication on where he may have gone. The 82-year-old king’s sudden exit has stunned the Spaniards.

The Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) plans to set up its own warehouse in which country?

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The Cotton Corporation of India (CCI), which is holding surplus stocks of cotton just ahead of the next harvest season, is trying to boost exports of the fibre crop. A memorandum of understanding is being worked out to export 1.5-2 million bales (of 170 kilograms each) of cotton to Bangladesh while the state-run CCI will also set up its own warehouse in Vietnam to boost cotton exports.

Which nation has become the first one in the Arab world to produce nuclear energy?

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the first gulf nation to produce nuclear energy. Unit 1 of the Abu Dhabi-based Barakah nuclear power plant has become operational.

Which ministry in collaboration with MyGov conducts quiz competition on ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat – Swatantra Bharat’?

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As part of forthcoming Independence Day Celebrations, Atmanirbhar Bharat is being promoted in a big way. An online quiz competition on ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat – Swatantra Bharat’ is being conducted by Ministry of Defence in coordination with MyGov from today to 10th August in order to create patriotic feeling among youth and masses. Also, MyGov platform, aimed at empowering people to connect with the government, marked “six years” on Sunday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that it has emerged as a noteworthy forum that “celebrates participative governance”.

Mohamed Irfaan Ali has become the president of which country?

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Former Guyanese housing minister Mohamed Irfaan Ali (40 years old) became the President of the country after he was declared as the winner of the disputed March 2, 2020 general election following a recount. He is a member of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP). He succeeds David Arthur (A.) Granger.

Which state has decided to set up a snow leopard conservation centre?

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Uttarakhand has decided to set up a snow leopard conservation centre to promote winter tourism in the state. The centre would be set up in the Uttarkashi forest division area.

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