Current Affairs:

ICAT launches an e-portal “ASPIRE” International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) has launched an e-Portal named “Automobile Solutions Portal for Industry, Research & Education (ASPIRE)”. ASPIRE has been launched to improve the technological capability of Indian automotive sector with the help of exchange of knowledge & expertise, to make them self reliant and to enable the growth of automobile sector including overall socio-economic progress of the country. ASPIRE will act as an one stop solution and will enable the Indian auto industry, R&D institutions and academia to come together for R&D, technology development, expert opinions etc. on issues involving technology advancements.

Morissana Kouyate & Marianna Vardinoyannis wins 2020 Nelson Mandela Prize Guinean doctor Morissana Kouyate and Marianna Vardinoyannis of Greece have been announced as the winners of the 2020 Nelson Mandela Prize. Kouyaté is a leading figure in efforts to end violence against women in Africa, including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Vardinoyannis has been involved in the fight against childhood cancer for some 30 years. The Nelson Mandela Prize is awarded in every five years to recognize those who dedicate their lives to the service of humanity, by promoting the purposes and principles of the United Nations, while honouring Nelson Mandela’s life, and legacy of reconciliation, political transition, and social transformation. The Mandela Prize was established by a UN General Assembly resolution in June 2014.

Germany forward & World Cup winner Andre Schurrle retires The Germany forward player & World Cup winner, Andre Schurrle has announced retirement from the sport. Schurrle helped his country to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Schurrle represented Germany in 57 matches, scoring 22 goals. He also played for Chelsea from 2013-15 and also won a Premier League winners medal in 2015.

Lewis Hamilton wins 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton won the Formula-1 Hungarian Grand Prix 2020 at Hungaroring, Mogyoród, Hungary. Max Verstappen (Dutch-Red Bull) was second, followed by Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes- Finland) at the third spot. Hungarian Grand Prix 2020 was the third race of the 2020 Formula One World Championship.

World Chess Day celebrated on 20 July United Nations celebrates World Chess Day globally on 20 July every year. World Chess Day day marks the date of the establishment of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in Paris in 1924. It also provides an important platform to foster, dialogue, solidarity and culture of peace along with recognizing the instrumental role played by the FIDE in supporting international cooperation for chess activity and aiming to improve friendly harmony among all peoples of the world. To celebrate the International Chess Day 2020 top chess personalities will participate in a high-level virtual event “Chess for Recovering Better”. Chess is one of the most ancient, intellectual and cultural games which encourages fairness, inclusion and mutual respect, and noting in this regard that it can contribute to an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding among peoples and nations.

History on the Day:

Armistice for Indo-China signed, Vietnam separates into North and South(1954)

Apollo 11 lunar module carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin lands on the surface of the Moon; Aldrin and Armstrong walk on the moon seven hours later; Michael Collins remains in orbit in the lunar module(1969)

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