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12th naval exercise ‘Naseem-Al-Bahr’ between India and Oman held in Goa

* Participating Indian Navy ships(INS) are Beas and Subhadra
* Participating Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) are RNOV (Royal Navy of Oman Vessel) Al Rasikh and RNOV Khassab


A High Level Committee(HCL) chaired by Amit shah sanctioned Rs 5908.56 crore to 7 states from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF)

7 states are Assam, Himachal Pradesh (HP), Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh(MP), Maharashtra, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh (UP)
* This fund has given to help in the losses suffered by various disasters in 2019.

1st tri-dimensional expedition ‘Maha-Navy Connect 2020’ launched by Indian Navy at Mumbai,Maharashtra
The tri-dimensional expedition consists of yachting, running and cycling teams of 50 naval personnel.
* It was flagged of by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P.
* It aims to promote the heritage of Indian Navy and to spread awareness about Coastal Security amongst the coastal communities in Maharashtra.
Indian Navy:
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS)- Admiral Karambir Singh.
Founded- 5 September 1612
Headquarters- New Delhi

India to set its New World-Class Facility center in Karnataka’s Challakere to train astronauts in the next three years
*  By this the cost of sending Indian astronauts to foreign countries for such facilities can be reduced.
* Four pilots of India will train at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Russia for Gaganyaan mission 2022.

Chairman- K Sivan
Headquarters- Bengaluru

Capital City- Bengaluru
Chief Minister- B. S. Yediyurappa
Governor- Vajubhai Vala

Mizoram set to organize 1st edition of 'Zo kutpui festival 2020' in 10 states & US, Myanmar, Bangladesh
 Organized by the Mizoram tourism department and the chief guest will be the Chief Minister (CM) of Mizoram-Zoramthanga & the chief host will be Robert Romawia Royte, the state tourism minister.

Mizoram:Capital– Aizawl
Governor– P. S. Sreedharan Pillai

Kolkata Police started 3rd edition of ‘Sukanya’ project
* This project provides self- defence training to girls studying in 100 city based school and colleges of Kolkata city.* Sukanya project: It is an initiative by the Kolkata Police’s Community Policing Wing and is funded by Women and Child Development(WCD) and Social Welfare Department(SWD) of the West Bengal government.

4th Buxa bird festival 2020 commenced in West Bengal
*It has begun in Buxa National Park in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal(WB).   


Shivalik Mercantile became 1st urban cooperative bank to convert to Small Finance Bank(SFB)

* Uttar Pradesh based Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank Ltd became the 1st urban cooperative bank (UCB) to be converted into an SFB.

* The RBI will grant a licence to Shivalik Mercantile bank under Section 22 (1) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 as an SFB.

Shivalik Mercantile Bank ltd:
Established- 5 September 1998 in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Chairman- Yashvir Kumar Gupta.


NSE arm launches AI-powered ‘knowledge hub’ to serve financial sector

* National Stock Exchange(NSE) launched ‘NSE Knowledge Hub’ an Artificial  Intelligence-powered learning platform for BFSI (Banking,Financial services and Insurance) sectors to enhance skills for their employees, during an event in New Delhi.
* The function was inaugurated by Piyush Goyal.

Founded- 1992.
Headquarters- Mumbai.
MD and CEO- Vikram Limaye.

CONCOR incorporates CONCOR Last Mile Logistics

* Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) has incorporated with a wholly-owned subsidiary company with the name CONCOR Last Mile Logistics Limited.

The authorized share capital of the company is Rs 100 crore.

* The new company will be engaged in the development, operation, and management of goods sheds and also undertake the management of freight terminals and will also develop warehouses.

Ministry- Indian Ministry of Railways
Headquarters- New Delhi
Chairman- V. Kalyana Rama


Highlights of 77th Golden Globe Awards 2019 held in Beverly Hills, California, US

The 77th Golden Globe Awards honouring the best films and television of the calendar year 2019 was held at Beverly Hills, California.
* It was hosted by Ricky Gervais.

* Film with most awards: The film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - 3 awards
In Television- Succession, Fleabag, and Chernobyl got 2 awards each.

* Cecil B. DeMille Award 2019: This award won by American actor and filmmaker Thomas Jeffrey Hanks familiarly known as Tom Hanks.

Carol Burnett Award: This award won by Ellen Lee DeGeneres.

* Golden Globe Ambassadors: The Golden Globe Ambassadors for the year 2019 were Dylan Brosnan and Paris Brosnan

The Complete list of Winners – Films
Best Motion Picture – Drama1917
Best Motion Picture – Musical or ComedyOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Actor – DramaJoaquin Phoenix for “Joker”
Best Actress – DramaRenée Zellweger for “Judy”
Best Actor – Musical or ComedyTaron Egerton for “Rocketman”
Best Actress – Musical or ComedyAwkwafina for “The Farewell”
Best Supporting ActorBrad Pitt for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best Supporting ActressLaura Dern for “Marriage Story”
Best DirectorSam Mendes for “1917”
Best ScreenplayQuentin Tarantino for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best Original ScoreHildur Guðnadóttir for “Joker”
Best Original Song“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (by Elton John, Bernie Taupin) in “Rocketman”
Best Animated Feature FilmMissing Link
Best Foreign Language FilmParasite (South Korea)
The Complete List of Winners – Television

Best Television Series – DramaSuccession
Best Television Series – Musical or ComedyFleabag
Best Actor – DramaBrian Cox for “Succession”
Best Actress – DramaOlivia Colman for “The Crown”
Best Actor – Musical or ComedyRamy Youssef for “Ramy”
Best Actress – Musical or ComedyPhoebe Waller-Bridge for “Fleabag”
Best Actor – Miniseries or Television FilmRussell Crowe for “The Loudest Voice”
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmMichelle Williams for “Fosse/Verdon”
Best Supporting Actor – Miniseries or Television FilmStellan Skarsgård for “Chernobyl”
Best Supporting Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmPatricia Arquette for “The Act”
Best Miniseries or Television FilmChernobyl
1st Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman to 30 media houses in New Delhi

* The Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting (MoIB) Shri Prakash Javadekar conferred the 1st edition of the Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Samman (AYDMS) to 30 media organisations in New Delhi. The awards were given as an honour to media organisations for contributing to the spread of yoga in the society.

* The chairman of the jury of 6 members was Chandramauli Kumar Prasad who is the current chairman of the Press Council of India(PCI).


Arun Kumar Sahu concurrently accredited as India’s Next Envoy to Dominica

He succeeded Madhu Sethi.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched a web portal for undertaking aerial survey

* Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has launched Ministry of Defence (MoD) No Objection Certificate (NOC) web portal www.modnoc.ncog.gov.in for undertaking aerial photography/remote sensing survey with the final permission of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) during an occasion in New Delhi.

Ministry of Defence:
Minister of Defence- Rajnath Singh
Chief of Defence staff- General Bipin Rawat


Bhubaneswar to host 1st edition of Khelo India University Games 2020

* Bhubaneswar, Odisha has been selected to host the 1st edition of the 2020 Khelo India University Games (KIUG) which will be held from February 22nd to March 1, 2020, at Bhubaneswar’s KIIT University (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University).
* Mascots: Jay and Bijay

World Cup winner De Rossi of Italy retired from football

* Daniel has played 117 games for Italy from 2004-17 and won the 2006 world cup title after defeating France.

Capital- Rome.(Also largest city)
Currency- Euro.
President- Sergio Mattarella.
Prime Minister- Giuseppe Conte.

India’s Magesh Chandran wins 95th Hastings International Chess title in Hastings, England

India’s grandmaster (GM) Magesh Chandran Panchanathan belongs to Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
* His rating is 2479 and got 7.5 point to win the tournament.

FIDE(International Chess Federation):
Headquarters- Lausanne, Switzerland.
President- Arkady Dvorkovich


Former Western Army Commander Lt Gen Prem Nath Hoon passes away at 90
He led the Operation Meghdoot’ the code-name for the Indian Armed forces to capture the Siachen Glacier in the Kashmir region.
* He had launched his book The Untold Truth”.

Western Command, Indian Army:
Headquarters- Chandi Mandir.
General Officer Commander-in-Chief(GOC-in-c)- Lieutenant General Ravendra Pal Singh

Padma Bhushan artist Akbar Padamsee passes away at 91

  • Akbar Padamsee was awarded “Padma Bhushan” by the Indian Government in 2010.
  •  He also received Kailash Lalit Kala Award in 2010.


CISF observes 2020 as the ‘Year of Mobility

* The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will observe 2020 as the ‘Year of Mobility’.

*DG of CISF - Rajesh Ranjan 


CM Jai ram launches Himachal MyGov portal & CM app for HP

The portal will help the people of Himachal to take their views, suggestions, feedback and complaints to the government.

* And Through the CM App, the people of the state will be able to write complaints directly to the Chief Minister.

Himachal Pradesh:
Capital– Shimla (summer capital) and Dharamshala (winter capital).
Governor– Bandaru Dattatreya.