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- A biographical documentary “100 Years of Chrysostum” will receive Guinness Award in the category of longest documentary.

- Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched government’s flagship programme Village Volunteers system.

- China launches rocket for commercial use-CCTV.



(Q) Village Volunteers System’ launched in which state ?

(A) Andhra Pradesh

(B) Kerala

(C) Odisha

(D) Telangana



Akshay Urja diwas is an awareness campaign about the developments of renewable energy in India, celebrated on August 20 every year since 2004.

The Indian Ministry for New & Renewable Energy Sources initiated Akshay Urja Day (Diwas) in 2004.



Sadbhavana Diwas (birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi) would be celebrated all over the India on 20th of August.

The Sadbhavana (means having good feelings for others) Diwas or Harmony Day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of the earlier Prime Minister of India named Rajiv Gandhi.



Rajiv Ratna Gandhi (20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991) was the Prime Minister of India, serving from 1984 to 1989.

He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to become the youngest Indian Prime Minister.

His maternal grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru was also the Prime Minister of India.



World Mosquito Day, observed annually on 20 August, is a commemoration of Indian doctor Sir Ronald Ross‘s discovery in 1897 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans.



20 August 1858 Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace‘s same theory.



Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar (14 December 1918 – 20 August 2014), better known as B.K.S. Iyengar .

He was the founder of the style of yoga known as ‘Iyengar Yoga‘.



- 2001 Died : Kim Stanley, American actress of stage and screen. She was the narrator in Robert Mulligan‘s drama film To Kill a Mockingbird.

- 2001 Died : Fred Hoyle, English astronomer best known for the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis. He is credited with coining the term ‘Bing Bang‘.



1. PARADOXICAL (ADJECTIVE): difficult to understand

Synonyms: convoluted, intricate Antonyms: discernible, apparent

Example Sentence:

We must solve paradoxical problems to enhance our mental capacity.



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