Read the most important current affairs of 20 August 2023. Today Current Affairs covers the headlines on World Photography Day, Chandrayaan 3 and more
Top Current Affairs 20 August 2023
World Current Affairs
1. Russia’s Luna-25 crashes into the Moon’s surface.
- Russian Space Agency, Roscosmas had announced that Russia’s Luna-25 crashed into the moon’s surface while nearing completion of the moon landing mission.
- Luna-25 was launched on August 11, 2023, and it was expected to soft-land on the moon on August 2023.
- With this disappointing end, Russia’s moon mission in decades Luna-25 failed.
2. World Mosquito Day
World Mosquito Day is observed today 20 August 2023. This is the day, when Sir Ronald Ross, a British surgeon working in India discovered that mosquitoes transmit malaria by identifying the pigmented malaria parasites in mosquitoes that bited an infected patient.
India Current Affairs
3. Ministry of Tourism launches a wedding tourism campaign
Ministry of Tourism unveiled an ambitious campaign aimed at showcasing India as a premier wedding destination on the global stage.
This campaign seeks to explore avenues of great potential, for scaling tourism in India to new heights. The campaign seeks to expand India’s wedding industry, by enticing couples from around the world to embark on a remarkable journey to celebrate their special day in India.
Incredible India’s wedding tourism campaign aims to establish India as the foremost choice for couples seeking an extraordinary wedding experience while bolstering the growth of the wedding industry and overall tourism in India. Through this endeavor, Incredible India seeks to create timeless memories and celebrate the beauty of love against the backdrop of India’s rich tapestry of traditions and treasures.
4. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to launch the Bharat New Car Assessment Programme (Bharat NCAP)
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari will launch Bharat New Car Assessment Programme (Bharat NCAP) on 22nd August 2023. This programme is a significant step forward in the Government’s commitment to improve road safety through raising the safety standards of motor vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes in India.
The programme aims to provide a tool to the car customers to make a comparative assessment of crash safety of motor vehicles available in the market. Under this programme, car manufacturers can voluntarily offer their cars tested as per Automotive Industry Standard (AIS) 197. Based on the performance of the car in the tests, car will be awarded star ratings for Adult Occupants (AOP) and Child Occupant (COP). Potential car customers can refer to these star ratings to compare the safety standards of different vehicles and accordingly make their purchase-decision.
It is expected that the demand for safer cars will increase, encouraging the car manufacturers to comply with customer needs. With high safety standards, Indian cars will be able to compete better in the global market, increasing the export potential of the car manufacturers in India. The programme is expected to develop a safety sensitive car market in India.