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Facts- 20th August

1. Geological Survey of India Mobile App

  • The Geological Survey of India is a scientific agency of India. It was founded in 1851, is a Government of India Ministry of Mines organisation, one of the oldest of such organisations in the world.
  • Founder: Thomas Oldham
  • Headquarters: Kolkata, West Bengal

2. DCGI approves DNA-based vaccine ZyCoV-D for Emergency Use

  • Headquarters location: New Delhi
  • Founded: 2012

3. Tourism Ministry signed MOU with MakeMyTrip, Ibibo to boost tourism industry

Ministry of Tourism

  • Ministers responsible     

G. Kishan Reddy, Cabinet Minister

Shripad Naik, Minister of State

Ajay Bhatt, Minister of State

4. Govt appoints Shanti Lal Jain as MD and CEO of Indian Bank for 3 years

  • Headquarters: Chennai
  • CEO: Padmaja Chunduru
  • Founded: 15 August 1907

5. Ayushmann Khurrana joins UNICEF’s initiative to protect children from cyberbullying


  • Headquarters: New York, United States
  • Head: Henrietta H. Fore
  • President: Tore Hattrem
  • Founded: 11 December 1946, New York, United States

6. Cabinet approves MoU between India and US in the field of Geology

  • The objectives of the MoU are to understand the geologic and tectonic environment of the generation and emplacement of post-collisional magmatism in India-Asia Collision margin in particular and to construct a model of post-collisional magma genesis in continental collision zones in general and to construct the geologic and tectonics of the Eastern Himalayan Syntaxis.

7. India, Australia sign document to boost naval ties


  • Prime minister: Scott Morrison
  • Capital: Canberra
  • Currency: Australian dollar

8. UN Secretary General again calls for immediate ceasefire in Ethiopian region of Tigray


  • Headquarters: New York, United States
  • Founded: 24 October 1945, San Francisco, California, United States
  • Secretary general: António Guterres

9. “OPERATION KHUKRI” by Major General Rajpal Punia & Ms Damini Punia

  • Operation Khukri was one of the Indian Army’s most successful international missions, and this book is a first-hand account by Major Rajpal Punia, who, after three months of impasse and failed diplomacy, orchestrated the operation, surviving the ambush of the RUF in prolonged jungle warfare twice, and returning with all 233 soldiers standing tall.

10. World Mosquito Day: 20th August

  • It marks the day when Sir Ronald Ross discovered the link between the female mosquito and Malaria, which changed the course of medical history. Every year, World Mosquito Day is used as a way to bring awareness to all the various diseases that can be carried by the mosquito.