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CURRENT AFFAIRS FEBRUARY 3

         INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Maldives readmitted and becomes 54th member of Commonwealth family

Theme 2020: The theme for the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), for Commonwealth Day is ”Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming”.


Counterpoint data: India surpassed US to become 2nd largest smartphone market globally; China tops

Top smartphone brand: Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi topped the smartphone market for the second consecutive year with 28% market share. 


India and Maldives inks 4 MoUs to establish Addu tourism Zone

* with a project cost of $2.49 million. In addition, an MoU to set up a bottled water plant at Hoarafushi, an inhabited island in Maldives was also signed.

About Maldives:Capital– Male
Currency– Maldivian rufiyaa
Continent– Asia
President
 Ibrahim Mohamed Solih


     ECONOMY & BUSINESS


Fiscal deficit reached 132.4 % of budget estimate for 2019-2020 till December: CGA( Controller General of Accounts )



NSO revises India’s GDP growth rate for 2018-19 to 6.1% from 6.8%



   NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Indian Navy conducts 5-day coastal security exercise, ‘Matla Abhiyaan’ in Kolkata, West Bengal

About Indian Navy:Formation– 1934
Motto– May the Lord of the Water be auspicious unto us
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS)- Admiral Karambir Singh


President of India Inaugurated 34th Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Surajkund, Haryana from Feb 1 – 16, 2020. 

Himachal Pradesh has been chosen as the Theme State in the 34th Surajkund Crafts Mela, 2020.


India banned export of all kinds of personal protection equipment


N95 masks were banned by India with immediate effect. 


Prakash javadekar inaugurates World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) 2020 in New Delhi


theme “Towards 2030 Goals: Making the Decade Count” 

The summit was organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a research institute specializes in the fields of energy.


3-day Narmada Mahotsav was celebrated on Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Among 3 days of celebration one day will be reserved for all women activities under the theme of “Beti Bachao- Beti Padhao”.


     AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS


Amulya Mica chosen as Most Promising Brand 2019 at 7th MSME Excellence Award in New Delhi

headed by its Managing Director Rakesh Agarwal


Madhya Pradesh won 1st place for implementation of PMMVY(Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana)

* Indore topped for better performance 


   APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS 


Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi appointed as new PM of Iraq

About Iraq:
Capital- Baghdad.
Currency- Iraqi dinar.


BCCI inducted Madan Lal, R.P. Singh & Sulakshana in Cricket Advisory Committee

About Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI):
Founded- 1928.
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Rahul Johri
Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Presidents- Sourav Ganguly.


Gopal Baglay appointed as Next High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka

Baglay will replace Taranjit Sandhu, who has been appointed as Indian Ambassador to U.S.

About Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka:
Capital- Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (Legislative), Colombo (Commercial).
Currency- Sri Lankan rupee
President- Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Prime Minister- Mahinda Rajapaksa.


Padma Shri awardee Deepa Malik elected as President of Paralympic Committee of India 


Pramod Agrawal became the Chairman of Coal India Limited

About Coal India Limited (CIL):
Headquarters- Kolkata, West Bengal.
Founded- 1975.



   SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

ISRO to unveil low-cost satellite launch vehicles

The cost of the launch vehicles ranges from Rs. 30-35 crores each and weighs 500kgs.

About Indian Space Research Centre(ISRO):
Founder- Vikram Sarabhai.
Founded- 15 August 1969.
Headquarters- Bengaluru.
Chairman- Kailasavadivoo Sivan.


NASA decommissioned its Spitzer Space Telescope after 16 years

About National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):
Headquarters- Washington, D.C., United States
Founder- Dwight David Eisenhower
Founded- 29 July 1958, United States
Administrator- Jim Bridenstine (original name- James Frederick Bridenstine).



     SPORTS

Rubigula state bird of Goa declared as official Mascot for 36th National Games in Goa

* The Mascot has been designed by Sharmila Coutinho (Goa based Artist)

there will be 37 sports events across 24 venues in Goa.

About Goa:
Capital- Panaji
Chief Minister- Pramod Sawant
Governor- Satya Pal Malik
National Parks(NP)- Bhagwan Mahavir NP, Anshi NP.


NADA suspends Weightlifter Ramshad AR for 2 year & Wrestler Ravinder Kumar for 4 years


Overview of 108th Australian open 2020 held in Melbourne, Australia

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Men’s SinglesNovak Djokovic (Serbia)


Women’s SinglesSofia Kenin (US)



     OBITUARY

Famous Punjabi writer Jaswant Singh passed away at 101


Author Mary Higgins Clark, known as ‘Queen of Suspense’, passed away at 92


  IMPORTANT DAYS


World Wetlands Day 2020 was observed on February 2 

Theme : “Wetlands and Biodiversity”. 



   STATE NEWS


Online lottery scheme sales banned by Punjab govt to check illegal sales

About Punjab:
Capital- Chandigarh.
Governor- Vijayender Pal Singh Badnore.
Chief Minister- Amarinder Singh.


60-year-old Mo O’Brien becomes world 1st deaf person to row across Atlantic Ocean

after 49 days of journey from the Canary Island of La Gomera in December 2019.