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                      FEBRUARY 1

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

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

Coronavirus declared as a global health emergency by WHO

                     NATIONAL AFFAIRS

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

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

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.
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).

Nagoba Jatra festival celebrated in Telangana

Indian Railways to offer content on demand service by 2022


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

                         FEBRUARY 2


HRD Minister chaired meeting of the INCCU with UNESCO in New Delhi

Andhra Pradesh flagged off India’s 1st of its kind first ‘fruit train’


2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report: India’s ORF ranks 27th; CEIP, US tops the list


Bank of Baroda signed pact with CARE Ratings to assess the credit quality of SMEs

NABARD approved loan worth Rs 140 crore at low interest to Punjab Agri Development Bank

Govt data: BoM & SBI were only PSBs rated  ‘good’ in digital transactions in Dec 2019


Ajay Bisaria Appointed as Next High Commissioner of India to Canada

Indian-origin techie Arvind Krishna elected as CEO for IBM

Abidali Neemuchwala quits as CEO and MD from Wipro

Govt appoints M.Ajit kumar as chairman of CBIC (Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs)

Canara Bank MD & CEO R.A. Sankara Narayanan retires


In a first IAF’S AN-32 aircraft landed at Leh with indigenous bio-jet fuel


Veteran social activist and feminist writer Vidya Bal dies at 83

Padmashri awardee & Eminent Punjabi novelist Dalip Kaur Tiwana passed away at 84


Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), the world’s largest solar telescope,has captured first highest-resolution image of the Sun’s turbulent surface

YSR Pension Kanuka doorstep pension scheme launched in AP; pensioner age reduced to 60 from 65

                           FEBRUARY 3

Maldives readmitted and becomes 54th member of Commonwealth family

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

India and Maldives inks 4 MoUs to establish Addu tourism Zone


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%


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

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” 

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


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

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

* Indore topped for better performance 


Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi appointed as new PM of Iraq

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

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

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

Pramod Agrawal became the Chairman of Coal India Limited


ISRO to unveil low-cost satellite launch vehicles
* The cost of the launch vehicles ranges from Rs. 30-35 crores each and weighs 500kgs.

NASA decommissioned its Spitzer Space Telescope after 16 years


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

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

Overview of 108th Australian open 2020 held in Melbourne, Australia
Men’s Singles             Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
Women’s Singles       Sofia Kenin (US)


Famous Punjabi writer Jaswant Singh passed away at 101

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


World Wetlands Day 2020 was observed on February 2 

Theme : “Wetlands and Biodiversity”. 


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

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

                     FEBRUARY 4


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

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


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

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

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


DST(Department of Science and Technology) launches SATHI initiative to address need for building strong science & technology infrastructure
* Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes (SATHI)

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

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


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’

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


Albin Kurti appointed as the new PM of Kosovo


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

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


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


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


World Cancer Day 2020 was observed on February 4
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)

                               FEBRUARY 5


One in 10 Indians to have cancer in their lifetime: WHO report

Bhutan ends free entry for Indian tourists


Paytm unveils all-in-one QR, PoS device and merchant SDK

 RBI hikes Insurance cover on bank deposits to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 1 lakh 

Reliance general insurance introduces comprehensive health insurance plan “Infinity”


India & Norway signed 4 MoUs in field of research, higher education

Andhra Pradesh Govt made history with ‘Intivadhakey Pension’ scheme by covering 94 % within few days

New Delhi hosts Ministerial-level defence dialogue 2020 between India & South Korea

APEDA-CFTRI Sign MoU for Liason Office in Guwahati to Promote Food Processing & Organic Agri Exports in North-East States

MSME implemented new scheme SFURTI to set up traditional industries clusters
2020 union budget: Rs 2.3 crores has been sanctioned for the SFURTI scheme in the budget 2020

Greenbone Sustainable Resilience data: Maharashtra tops States hit by global medical data leak

Supreme Court directs States to notify setting up ‘Gram Nyayalayas’ within 4 weeks
The  Supreme Court (SC) bench headed by Justice Nuthalapati Venkata (NV) Ramana 


Big Bang Boom Solutions wins prestigious SKOCH Award


India’s top refiner IOC acquires minority stake in Israeli battery developer Phinergy


UAE discovers new natural ‘Jebel Ali gas field’ between Abu Dhabi, Dubai

World’s oldest Bamboo Fossil Discovered turns out to be Conifer

fossil of leafy branch was discovered in Eocene, Patagonia


Former Karnataka Minister D. Manjunath passed away at 92

Former Assam Speaker and sitting MLA Pranab Kumar Gogoi passed away at 84


Pop singer Lord J launches his Autobiography Book “Lord J: Lord of Anonymity”


Karnataka CM launches Janasevaka Scheme to Provide delivery of Govt Services at Doorstep

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2020.

                               FEBRUARY 6

      अंतरराष्ट्रीय मामला

India slips to 40th rank on GIPC’s 8th International Intellectual Property (IP) Index for 2020, US tops

The U.S.(United States) Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) has released

Prince Charles unveils children’s protection fund for India & Katy Perry as new Ambassador

G7 to work with WHO, EU, China to tackle nCoV; Hong Kong reported 1st Coronavirus death

* Members countries- 7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom(UK) and the United States(US))


PM Modi announced 15-member trust named ‘Sri Ram Janma Bhoomi Tirtha Kshetra trust’ for Ayodhya temple

Cabinet gives in-principle approval for setting up a new Major Port at Vadhavan in Maharashtra

Union cabinet approves relaxation of rules to Alliance Air in operating flights between India & Sri Lanka

India signs 1st ever term contract with Russia for Importing Russian Crude Oil

Soil health card cuts fertiliser use by 10%: NPC study

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced to create 10 more Defence Attache posts

MoFPI  sanctioned 39 Mega Food Parks & 298 Integrated Cold Chain Projects under PMKSY

SAI and Hockey India Launch 7 High Performance Hockey Centres Across the Country


Unemployment rate in India was 6.1% in 2017-18 as per new PLFS(Periodic Labour Force Survey)


Rishabh Pant  appointed as brand ambassador of JSW Steel 

* Uddhav Thackeray presents lifetime achievement award to veteran journalist Raikar

Kohli most-valuable celebrity 3rd time in a row; Akshay, SRK in top 5 in Duff & Phelps’ celebrity report


WB chief economist Pinelopi announced resignation

Jeff Weiner becomes Executive Chairman of LinkedIn


Cognizant Tech Acquires EI Technologies and Code Zero Consulting Companies


Navy to get third Scorpene submarine in December 2020
* 3rd Scorpene submarine, Karanj


Famous Hollywood Actor Kirk Douglas Passes Away at 103


International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 2020 was observed on Feb 6
Theme: “Unleashing Youth Power: One decade of accelerating actions for zero female genital mutilation”. 

Rakhi Halder bags gold at 35th Senior Women’s National Weightlifting Championships. 



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.


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


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

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

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

theme “Blue Revolution- Beyond Production to Value Addition” 

* 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 

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


Padma Shri awardee Manoj Das to receive Mystic Kalinga Literary Award

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.


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

Tidjane Thiam resigns as Credit Suisse CEO after spying scandal


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

 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


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


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


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


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

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.

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