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CURRENT AFFAIRS OF FEBRUARY 7



   INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS


U.S. announces launch of International Religious Freedom Alliance

It was announced by US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.

Poland will host the next ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Warsaw in July 2020.



ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Govt data: $118.3 billion received in remittances since 2018-19

About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Formation– 1 April 1935.
Act- Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.
Deputy Governors– 4 (BP Kanungo, N S Vishwanathan, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra).



NATIONAL AFFAIRS


FICCI & Central asian countries jointly launches India-Central Asia business council in New Delhi

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
Financial closure of Arun-III hydropower project inked b/w India and Nepal

The Arun-3 hydropower project, the largest Indian-backed project in Nepal, secured NPR(Nepaleses rupee) 100 Billion for the 900 MW (mega watt) hydropower project being built on the Arun River in Nepal’s Sankhuwasabha District.

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



Railway Line between India and Bangladesh project to End by 2021

The 15.6km long railway line between Agartala, India(Tripura)-Akhaura in Bangladesh

Rs.580 cores has been sanctioned for the Indo-Bangla railway link in the Indian side.

IRCON (Indian Railway Construction Company Limited) who is the Executing agency for the construction of the project for both countries.


Uttarakhand’s iconic Lakshman Jhula to be replaced by India’s first Glass floor bridge

* To be built across Ganga River in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand



22nd edition of India International Seafood Show (IISS) 2020 commenced in Kochi, Kerala

theme “Blue Revolution- Beyond Production to Value Addition” 

* The show is being organized jointly by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA)under Ministry of Commerce and Industry & the Seafood Exporters Association of India (SEAI).

India targets seafood export at $10 billion by 2020


For the first time in Madhya Pradesh , drones are used for mapping villages


Maharashtra registers maximum number of missing women in 2018, Madhya Pradesh tops in missing children

released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)



UNESCO DG Audrey Azoulay three day visit to India 


Operational Agreement signed for extending the presence of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) for a further period of 5 years.

She visited the National Museum to see the exhibition titled ”Indian Heritage in Digital Space” which showcased augmented reality displays of five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

she addressed the opening session of a seminar on “The Future of Education Artificial Intelligence for Social and Emotional Learning” in Delhi.

she visited Pink City or walled city Jaipur, which in June 2019 became 38th World Heritage site in India

. In 2017, Ahmedabad became the first city of India to get the World Heritage City tag.

About UNESCO
Headquarters– Paris, France
Formation– 4 November 1946


  AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS 


Padma Shri awardee Manoj Das to receive Mystic Kalinga Literary Award

during the 4th edition of the 2 day Mystic Kalinga Festival (MSF) which commences in Swosti Premium, Odisha, Bhubaneswar.



President of India Presents International Gandhi Awards for Leprosy

* To Dr. N.S. Dharmashaktu under the Indian nomination individual category

* The Leprosy Mission Trust under the institutional category at New Delhi, India.



 APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS   


Diplomat Philip Barton Appointed as Britain’s New High Commissioner to India

About Kingdom of Great Britain:
Queen- Queen Elizabeth-II
Currency- Pound Sterling
Countries- England, Wales, Scotland.



Tidjane Thiam resigns as Credit Suisse CEO after spying scandal



  ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS   

Energy major Total to acquire 50% in Adani’s solar portfolio for $510 mn(Rs 3633 crore) 

Total Gas & Power Business Services SAS (TOTAL)



     The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) okays merger of Bharti Airtel, Tata Teleservices


Emami Group Signs Binding Pact with Nuvoco Vistas for selling of its 100% stake in Emami Cement

About Emami Group:
Headquarters- Kolkata, West Bengal
Founded- 1974
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- Shri Vivek Chawla 
About Novoco Group:
Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Founded- 1999
Chairman- Hiren Patel
About Competition Commission of India (CCI):
Headquarters- New Delhi
Founded- 2003
Chairman- Ashok Kumar Gupta



 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


IIT-Hydrabad finds molecule to cure rare ALS neurodegenerative disease 

“Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis” (ALS) known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”.


NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after record longest stay in International Space Station(ISS)


IT department introduced e-calculator to compare due tax under new and old regime



   SPORTS

Rohit Rajpal to continue as India’s Davis Cup captain 2020


OBITUARY

Famous cricket journalist & film historian Raju Bharatan passed away at 86


STATE NEWS

Jammu & Kashmir admin renames PHE & IFC department as ‘Jal Shakti Dept’

The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration renamed Public Health Engineering and Irrigation and Flood Control Department (PHE & IFC) as the ‘Jal Shakthi Department’.

About Jammu & Kashmir (J&K):
Capital- Jammu (winter capital), Srinagar (summer capital).
Districts- 20.
National Park (NP)- Dachigam NP, Kazinag NP, Kishtwar NP, Salim Ali NP.

UP govt allots 5 acres of land to Sunni Waqf Board to construct mosque in Ayodhya


 Australian all rounder   Ellyse Perry unveils mural ahead of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 Trophy Tour.