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CURRENT AFFAIRS FEBRUARY 1

     
     
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

9th Tomtom Traffic Index 2019: Bengaluru has world’s worst traffic; 4 Indian cities in top 10 list

Indian cities in top 10 list: The other Indian cities ranked in the top 10 places were Mumbai (Maharashtra), Pune (Maharashtra) and New Delhi in the 4th 5th and 8th places respectively.

Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates(UAE) was the least congested national capital


Coronavirus declared as a global health emergency by WHO

About World Health Organisation(WHO):
Founded- 7 April 1948.
Director General- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Headquarters- Geneva, Switzerland.


    NATIONAL AFFAIRS

9th India-Bangladesh joint military exercise SAMPRITI-IX to be conducted in Umroi, Meghalaya

About Meghalaya:
Capital- Shillong.
Governor- Tathagata Roy.
Chief minister- Conrad Sangma.
National Parks(NP)- Balpakram NP, Nokrek NP.


Telangana tops in best performing state in sustainable growth: UNDP India


Indian Railways Undertakes RFID project for Automatic Identification & Data Collection of Rolling Stock

Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
Two works for the RFID project have been sanctioned by the Railway board worth Rs.112.96 Crores


Under PMAY-G, centre aims to achieve objective of housing for all by 2022

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Grameen (PMAY-G) 


12th South Asia Conference held in New Delhi

Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh addressed

The theme of the conference was India’s “Neighbourhood First” Policy: Regional Perceptions.

About South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC):
Fact- The current chair of SAARC is Nepal.
Founded- 8 December 1985.
Headquarters- Kathmandu, Nepal.
SAARC members- 8 (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka).
Secretary General- MR. Amjad Hussain B. Sial.


Government took over process related to IMEI from private body MSAI

IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity), a special 15-digit serial number of mobile phones in the country, from private body MSAI (Mobile Standard Alliance of India).

About Department of Telecommunications:Founded– 1985
Minister– Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State (independent charge)



Nagoba Jatra festival celebrated in Telangana

About Telangana:
Capital- Hyderabad.
Governor- Tamilisai Soundararajan.
Chief minister- Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.
National Parks(NP)- Kasu Brahmananda Reddy NP, Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali NP, Mrugavani NP.



Indian Railways to offer content on demand service by 2022

The project will be implemented by RailTel Corporation of India, a public sector enterprise of Government of India (GoI) focusing on providing broadband and VPN (virtual private network ) services.

About RailTel Corporation of India:Founded– September 2000
Headquarters– Gurugram, Haryana
Chairman & Managing Director (CMD)- Puneet Chawla
About Indian Railways:
Headquarters–
 New Delhi
Founded– 16th April 1853
Minister of Railways– Piyush Goyal



    BANKING & FINANCE

ICICI Bank launches first-of-its-kind 24×7 self-service delivery facility , ‘iBox

About ICICI bank:
Founded– 1994
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
President– Sandeep Batra
Tagline– Hum Hai Na, Khayal Apka

Indian Bank launches credit products ‘Corporate Loan’ & ‘Ind Surya Shakthi’ for textile sector

Corporate Loan: Under it, the loans will be offered at affordable interest rates.
Surya Shakthi: It is a term loan to set up roof-top solar power plants for captive consumption. This loan is expected to boost the renewable energy utilisation culture in the textile sector.



ECONOMY & BUSINESS


Google commits $ 1 million grant to Internews for news literacy promotion in India

About Google:Founded– 4 September 1998
Headquarters– California, U.S.
CEO– Sundar Pichai
About Internews:Formation– 1982
Headquarters– California, United States(US)
President and CEO- Jeanne Bourgault



Tata AIG in collaboration with DFI to develop insurance products for drone industry 

Drone Federation of India (DFI)

About Tata AIG General Insurance Company:
AIG abbreviation- American International Group.
Chairman- Saurabh Agrawal.
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Neelesh Garg.
Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Founded- 22 January 2001.


   AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS     

Journalist Yusuf Jameel won 2019 PEN Gauri Lankesh Award for Democratic Idealism


Padma Shri awardee Rani Rampal became 1st hockey player worldwide to win World Games Athlete of the Year 2019

About FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey):
English abbreviation- International Hockey Federation.
Motto- FairPlay Friendship Forever.
Headquarters- Lausanne, Switzerland.
President- Narinder Batra.
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Thierry Weil.



  APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS   


Vinay Mohan Kwatra designated as the next Ambassador of India to Nepal

About Nepal:
Capital– Kathmandu.
Currency– Nepalese rupee.
President– Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
Prime Minister– Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli.



  SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


OPPO signs MoU with IIT Hyderabad for research on 5G, AI

About OPPO:Founded– 2001
Headquarters– Guangdong, China


Founder & CEO– Chen Mingyong



             SPORTS

Bala Devi: 1st Indian woman to sign up for foreign football club, ‘Rangers FC’ of Scotland


Canada’s Christine Sinclair becomes all-time top scorer with 185 goals in international soccer


      OBITUARY


Noted Urdu poet Ajmal Sultanpuri passed away at 97


Former India basketball captain Matthew Satya Babu passes away 79


Assamese litterateur Sashi Sarma passed away at 89



      BOOKS & AUTHORS

“Calcutta Nights” translation of ‘Raater Kolkata’ done by Rajat Chaudhri

Calcutta nights is the real life story of the enigmatic ‘Meghnad Gupta’,pen name of the famous Bengali writer Hemendra kumar Roy.


     IMPORTANT DAYS

72nd National Martyrs’ Day/Shaheed Divas observed on Jan 30, 2020


        STATE NEWS


CM Palaniswamy announced Direct CTO scheme for green industries in Chennai, TN

Direct Consent to operate (CTO) scheme for green industries


CM Naveen Patnaik launches Odisha Police’s transformational projects including state’s 1st virtual police station

1st virtual police station at State Crime Record Bureau in Bhubaneswar

About Odisha:Capital– Bhubaneswar
Governor– Ganeshi Lal