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CURRENT AFFAIRS OF FEBRUARY 4

   
 
   
   INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation(IHME) Report: 14% of India’s under-five aged deaths were due to pneumonia

The target has been set to reduce the mortality rate to less than 3 by 2025.


Pakistan, Somalia declare locusts a ‘national emergency’ after worst locust invasion

About Somalia:
Capital– Mogadishu
Currency– Somali shilling
President– Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
Prime Minister– Hassan Ali Khayre
About Pakistan:Capital– Islamabad
Currency– Pakistani rupee
President– Arif Alvi



ECONOMY & BUSINESS


Fitch forecast India’s GDP growth to 4.6 % for FY20 & 5.6 % for FY 21

About Fitch Ratings:It is a subsidiary of the Hearst Corporation.
Headquarters– New York, USA
CEO– Paul Taylor
President– Ian Linnell



Amazon India partnered with Eastern Railways to set up kiosk at Sealdah railway station in Kolkata

Kiosk: A kiosk is a small open-fronted hut or cubicle from where newspapers, refreshments, tickets, etc will be sold

About West Bengal:
Formation- 26 January 1950.
Capital- Kolkata (Also largest city).
Governor- Jagdeep Dhankhar.
Chief Minister- Mamata Banerjee.
National Parks(NP)- Gorumara NP, Neora Valley NP, Singalila NP, Sundarbans NP.


CCI (Competition Commission of India)   Nod for Combination between Yum Restaurants & Devyani Intl

The CCI approved the proposed combination under Section 31(1) of the Act 2002.

About Yum Brands:
Headquarters- Louisville, Kentucky, United States.
Chief Executive Officer- David Gibbs
About Devyani International Limited:
Headquarters- Gurugram, Haryana
President & Chief Executive Officer- Virag Joshi.


  NATIONAL AFFAIRS

DST(Department of Science and Technology) launches SATHI initiative to address need for building strong science & technology infrastructure

Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes (SATHI)

About DST (Department of Science and Technology):Founded– May 1971
Headquarters– New Delhi


RCS-UDAN marked 250th route through Bhubaneswar-Varanasi daily flight operations

RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik)

Alliance Air which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India commenced direct daily flight operations from Bhubaneswar(Odisha) to Varanasi(Uttar Pradesh)



73.47 Lakh people trained under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) from 2016-20 



GoM headed by MoH&FW Harsh Vardhan to monitor novel coronavirus outbreak constituted


India’s biggest rural technical festival ‘Antahpragnya 2020’ in telangana

held in Rajiv Gandhi University of knowledge Technologies (RGUKT), Basar, Nirmal district, Telangana

The theme for the year 2020 was “Spot and encourage rural tech innovators”.

About Telangana:
Capital- Hyderabad.
Chief Minister- Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.
Governor- Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan.



   AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS   


RBI governor Shaktikanta Das wins ‘Central banker of the year 2020, Asia-Pacific’ award


Noted Hindi writer Vinod shukla wins 1st Mathrubhumi book of the year 2020 award

* for his translated book ‘Blue Is Like Blue’

About Mathrubhumi Book of the Year award:This award released in the previous year given to the best fictional work and carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, a plaque and a certificate.


Actress Waheeda Rehman to be honoured Madhya Pradesh govt’s with Kishore Kumar Samman 2018


Delhi’s DTC(Delhi transport corporation) awarded Road Safety Award 2018-19; Nagaland State Transport won under Hill category


16th MIFF(Mumbai International Film Festival) 2020: Babenco: Tell Me When I Die by Barbara Paz bags Golden conch award for best documentary film


73rd BAFTA 2020 in London, UK: ‘1917’ wins best film award

which was directed by Sam Mendes


 APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS   


Albin Kurti appointed as the new PM of Kosovo

About Republic of Kosovo:
Capital- Prishtina.
Currency- Euro.
President- Hashim Thaçi.




   SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

ICAR & IVRI released Classical Swine Fever (CSF) cell culture vaccine in New Delhi


IIT-Madras develops new AI tech to convert speech Impaired Humans Brain Signals into Meaningful Language

researchers team lead by Vishal Nandigana


L&T, MBDA Missile Systems sets up missile integration facility in Coimbatore,Tamil Nadu


In a 1st, HAL to make advanced armed UAVs with Israeli Company


      SPORTS

ICC test batsmen rankings: Kohli retained no. 1 spot; Rahane slips to 9th place

About International Cricket Council(ICC):
Founded- 15 June 1909.
Motto- Cricket for good.
Headquarters- Dubai, United Arab Emirates(UAE).
Chairperson- Shashank Manohar.
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Manu Sawhney.



    OBITUARY

Famous Odia poet Rabindranath Singh passed away at 89


Kenya’s longest serving Ex-President Daniel Moi Passed Away at 95


Former Nizamabad Lok Sabha MP Narayana Reddy passed away at 89



    IMPORTANT DAYS


World Cancer Day 2020 was observed on February 4

organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

The theme of WCD from 2019-21 is I am and I will




Kerala Government declares outbreak of novel coronavirus as state disaster


BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to be Goodwill Ambassador of Indian team at Tokyo Olympics: IOA(Indian Olympic Association)