Top 5 Current Affairs: 20 August 2018

Aug 20, 2018 17:29 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 20 August 2018

Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, dies at 80

Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General passed away on August 18, 2018 after a short illness. He was 88.

In 1997, Annan became the first African to take up the role of Secretary General at the United Nations. He served two terms as the chief of United Nations, from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Asian Games 2018: Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins Gold, shooter Deepak Kumar wins silver

Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia snatched the spotlight on the Day 1 of the 18th Asian Games, on August 19, 2018, by opening India’s gold medal account.

Punia won his maiden Asian Games gold in the 65kg category by defeating Japan's Takatani Daichi 10-8 in an exciting bout. On Day 2, India’s first medal was won by shooter Deepak Kumar, who won a much-deserved silver in the men’s 10m air rifle finals event. Another medal is expected from wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who has entered the quarterfinals of the women’s 50kg weight category after beating China’s Sun Yanan 8-2.

Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ successfully test fired at Pokhran range

Indigenously developed Helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ was on August 19, 2018 successfully flight tested from Army Helicopter in the ranges of Pokhran. The test was conducted by the DRDO and the Indian Army.

The missile was tested for the full range of its weapon system. During the test, the ‘HELINA’ weapon system released smoothly from the launch platform and was successful in tracking the target all through its course and hit the target with high precision.

Health Insurance companies to cover mental illness under medical insurance policies: IRDAI

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) on August 16, 2018 directed all the insurance companies to make a provision to cover mental illness also in insurance policies.

The authority referred to Section 21(4) of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2O17 which states that every insurer shall make provision for medical insurance for treatment of mental illness on the same basis as is available for treatment of physical illness. The Act came into force on May 29, 2018.

Thus, all insurance companies were directed to comply with the aforesaid provisions of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 with immediate effect.

War-torn Korean families to reunite briefly after 65 years

Around 180 families, who were torn apart by the 1950-53 Korean War, will be temporarily reunited in North Korea starting from August 20, 2018. The move comes after the two Koreas renewed exchanges in 2018 following the decades-long standoff over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes.

The reunions, the first in three years, will take place in the North’s tourist resort on Mount Kumgang, as agreed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during their first summit in April.


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