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WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS FEB 15 TO 21

We bring you the complete and important weekly Current Affairs from 15 to 21th February 2020 to achieve more marks in Banking, Insurance, UPSC, SSC, CLAT, Railways and all other competitive Exams. We prepare it based on our daily current affairs.Hope you like it.

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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

43rd IFAD Governing Council in Rome, Italy: Climate Change to push 100 millions to poverty by 2030

the theme “Investing in sustainable food systems to end hunger by 2030”.

IISS(International Institute for Strategic Studies) Study: World Defence spending rose by 4.0% in 2019; India ranked 5th & US tops

Mobile World Congress 2020 cancelled

 has cancelled the MWC 2020 (Mobile World Congress) to be held in Barcelona, Spain due to Coronavirus outbreak.

2020 UN Climate Summit ‘COP26′ to be held in Glasgow, UK in November

Indian-origin Alok Sharma (52) from Agra,Uttar Pradesh(UP) has been appointed as the minister in charge of the UK’s COP26 climate change summit.


Thailand  hosts 13th Asian Business & Social Investor Forum 2020 & 4th Asia’s Greatest Brands & Leaders 2020

held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand with the aim to improve investment in India and Asia.

Hindi is the 3rd most spoken language in the world  after English & Mandarin Chinese 


India ranked 35th in Worldwide Education for The Future Index (WEFFI) 2019, Finland tops

Index Formation
Index is based on 3 categories

  • Policy environment
  • Teaching environment
  • Socio economic environment
The WEFFI report is created by The Economist Intelligence unit and commissioned by Yidan Prize foundation. 

THE’s emerging economies university rankings 2020: India has 11 institutes among world’s top 100 universities, IISC at No. 16Th

Tsinghua University in China has topped the list with the score of 83.8.

*India ranks 77th in terms of sustainability & 131st in flourishing index:UN report

commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and The Lancet medical journal

Sustainability Index - top - Burundi

Child flourishing Index - top - Norway


External Affairs Minister Jaishankar attends Munich security conference 2020 in Germany

About Germany:Capital– Berlin
Currency– Euro
Chancellor– Angela Merkel


Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s 3- day visit to Dubai, UAE

to attend the 25th Gulfood 2020 & inaugurated the Indian Pavilion in the event.

Indian Pavilion inaugurated by external affairs minister Dr S. Jaishankar at 70th Berlinale 2020

He revealed the poster of the 51st edition of Indian International Film Festival to be celebrated in Goa 2020.
BANKING & FINANCE

RBI board recommends aligning accounting year with fiscal year from 2020-21

 at its 582nd meeting recommended aligning the financial year of RBI, currently July-June, with the government’s fiscal year (April-March) from the year 2020-21.

*Gujarat govt signs MoU with SBI to facilitate MSME loans

*SBI Card join hands with Landmark group to launch 3 new retail co-branded credit cards

to launch 3 new retail co-branded credit cards namely Lifestyle Home Centre SBI Card, Max SBI Card and Spar SBI Card

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

SEBI constituted municipal bonds development committee headed by Sujit Prasad


*Moody’s lowers India’s GDP growth estimate for 2020 to 5.4% from 6.6%


NATIONAL AFFAIRS


South Central Railways zone becomes India’s 1st to have energy-neutral stations


Govt amends Arbitration and conciliation act 1996 for making arbitration user friendly


by the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Act, 2015  with the aim to make the arbitration process smooth, cost efficient, speedy execution of the case and ensure the mediation of the arbitrator.


Nitin gadkari flags off KVIC’s ‘Apiary on wheels’ for bee keeping in New Delhi


About Khadi and Village Industries Commission(KVIC):Founded– 1956
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra


15th finance commission forms 5-member panel led by NK singh on defence & Internal security fund


Nitin Gadkari inaugurated first inter-city electric bus service in Maharashtra

between Mumbai (Maharashtra) and Pune (Maharashtra).


Government of India hosts National Organic Food Festival in New Delhi

Theme: Unleashing India’s Organic Market Potential.



A 3-day long 17th edition of Bio Asia 2020 begins in Hyderabad, Telangana


theme of ‘Today for Tomorrow’


Switzerland is the partner Country for 2020



1st -ever Global investors summit 2020 will be held in Jammu & Kashmir


CDS aims to establish Air Defence Command by June 2020


Manipur: Seed sowing festival ‘Lui-Ngai-Ni’ celebrated at Ukhrul

Theme: “Oneness through Culture”.

*India to switch to World’s Cleanest petrol and diesel from April 1,2020: Bharat Stage(BS)-VI

About Indian Oil Corporation
Chairman – Sanjiv Singh
Headquarter- New Delhi



Report “Today for tomorrow: realising the potential of Life Sciences 4.0” released at 17th BioAsia 2020 in Hyderabad, Telangana

the theme “Today for Tomorrow”

It was hosted by the Government of Telangana in partnership with EY (Ernst & Young Private Limited).


Northeast Frontier Railway Construction built India’s tallest pier bridge in Manipur

 It is built across the Makru river in the Tamenglong district ,near Noney of Manipur

Structure of the Bridge
i.Total amount spent was Rs 283.5 crore.
ii.It is 100m tall similar to a 33 storey building.
iii.The width 555m is a part of 111km Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal new broad gauge line.


About Manipur
Capital- Imphal
Governor- Najma Heptulla
Chief Minister- N. Biren Singh


India to end Thermal coal import from FY 2023-2024- Pralhad Joshi

at two-day national workshop called ‘Chintan Shivir’ at kevada in Gujarat 

8th edition of Ganga Kayak Festival celebrated in Uttarakhand

inaugurated by MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) Vinod Kandari in Devprayag, Uttarakhand. 

* In male sprint category, India’s Ayodhya Prasad stood first

In the women’s category, Elizabeth Health of Australia came in first

Among the Indian kayakers, Ashu Rawat was presented the best peddler award.

Priyanka Rana and Vikas Rawat were presented the best debut award in the women’s and men’s categories respectively.

About Uttarakhand:
Capital- Dehradun.
Chief Minister (CM)- Trivendra Singh Rawat.
Governor- Baby Rani Maurya.

India’s foodgrain production to hit a record high of 291.95 million tonnes for crop year 2019-20

In accordance with the Second Advance Estimates for crop year 2019-20 by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare

MOU signed by India-Myanmar for bus service

an MoU for regular passenger bus service between Imphal and Mandalay.

The MOU was signed between the two firms namely Shwe Mandalar Express Company limited, Yangoon & Seven Sisters Holiday, Imphal

About Manipur
Capital- Imphal
Governor- Najma Heptulla
Chief Minister- N.Biren Singh
About Myanmar
Capital- Naypyidaw
Currency- Burmese Kyat
President- Win Myint


*Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Delhi, tops in Nature Ranking Index 2020

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

DMart’s Founder Radhakishan Damani becomes India’s 2nd richest person after Mukesh Ambani

According to Forbes ‘Real Time Billionaires’ Index, Damani has a net worth of $17.8 billion.

65th Amazon Filmfare Awards 2020 in Guwahati, Assam: Gully Boy’ bags best film

i.Zoya Akhtar’s directorial ‘Gully Boy’ emerged as big winner as it bagged several awards including the prestigious best film award.
ii.Ranveer Singh bagged Best Actor’s trophy for his performance in Gully Boy, while Alia Bhatt won the Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) for the same film

*Ashraf Ghani wins second term as Afghanistan’s President

About The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan:
Capital- Kabul
Currency- Afghan Afghani
Founded- 1709



Supratim Bandyopadhyay appointed as  PFRDA   (Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority) Chairman


Ex-IAS officers Sanjay Kothari and Bimal Julka to become next Chief Vigilance Officer (CVC) and Chief Information Commissioner (CIC)

*Centre appoints three experts as NDMA members

The Government of India has approved the appointment of Rajendra Singh (former Director General of the Indian coast guard), Syed Ata Hasnain (former Lt. General of Army) and Krishna Vatsa (Policy and Recovery Advisory, Climate change and disaster risk reduction, United nations Development Program) as the members of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

About National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA):
Headquarters- New Delhi
Founded- 2005
Chairman- Shri. Narendra Damodardas Modi
Parent Agency- Ministry of Home Affairs

*Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw won EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2019

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director (MD) of Bengaluru based biopharmaceutical company Biocon, won Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year 2019 (for her innovation & affordable life saving medicines)


ESPN Multi-Sport Annual Awards 2019 announced:PV Sindhu & Saurabh Chaudhary becomes Sportsperson of the year Female & Male

Dutee Chand was named as the first winner of the ESPN India courage award.

Indian freelance journalist Ahmer Khan wins AFP. (Agence France-Presse)’s Kate Webb Prize 


Venkaiah Naidu presented the Ideal Legislative Assembly Speaker/ Ideal Legislative Council Chairman Award 2019 to P. Ramakrishnan, Speaker of Kerala

M. Venkaiah Naidu presented the Ideal Legislative Assembly Speaker/ Ideal Legislative Council Chairman Award 2019 to the Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly Shri P. Ramakrishnan, during the inauguration of the 10th edition of the 4 day function “Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad” (Indian Student Parliament),from february 20 to 23,2020, held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, India.

Ideal Chief Minister Award 2019 will be awarded to Amrinder Singh, CM of Punjab


Indian Railways Customer grievance portal “RailMadad” gets National e-Governance Awards


Two 1 Million Dollar worth ‘Food Planet Prize’ created by The New Curt Bergfors Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden

The jury prize will be chaired by Johan Rockstrom the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research.


About the Food Planet Prize
i.Th prizes will be issued under two categories which are follows:-
  • One prize for “an existing scalable solution for sustainable foods”
  • Second prize for “innovative initiatives that could transform the global food sector”


ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS


Twitter acquired Chroma Labs founded by Facebook veterans


Twitter has acquired California-based Chromo Labs for an undisclosed amount.


About Twitter:
Founded- 21 March 2006.
Headquarters- United States (US).
CEO (Chief Executive Officers)- Jack Dorsey.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Kerala CM launched ”Yodhavu”(Warrior) mobile app to combat drug menace

through which the public can inform police about drug abuse & its distribution.


Credai (The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India) launched ‘Credai Awaas’ app to connect homebuyers with developers

The app was launched by Mohammad Akbar, Minister of Transport, Housing & Environment, Forest & Law, in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

About CREDAI:
Founded- 1999.
Chairman- Jaxay Shah.
President- Satish Magar.

*Lithium reserve found in Mandya near Bengaluru

About Karnataka:
Capital- Bengaluru.
Chief Minister (CM)- Bookanakare Siddalingappa Yediyurappa.
Governor- Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.


India-Russia defence deals set to cross USD 16 billion



GRSE (Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers ltd.) delivers 4th Anti-Submarine warfare corvette INS Kavaratti to Navy


Pakistan successfully tests nuclear-capable air launched cruise missile Ra’ad-II

with a range of 600 km

About Pakistan:
Capital- Islamabad.
Currency- Pakistani rupee.
President- Arif-ur-Rehman Alvi.
Prime Minister (PM)- Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS      


Indian origin, Rishi Sunak, named UK’s new Chancellor of the Exchequer

About UK
Capital– London
Currency– UK Pound
Head of state– Queen Elizabeth II

Vinay Dube appointed as CEO of GoAir

About GoAir:
Founded- 2005.
Founder- Jehangir Waldia.
Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra.
RBI appointed Sunil Gurbaxani as Dhanlaxmi Bank MD & CEO

Sunil was the successor of T.Latha.

About Dhanlaxmi Bank:
Headquarters- Thrissur, Kerala.
Tagline- Tann.Mann.Dhan.
Chairman- Mr. Sajeev Krishnan.


Irish Prime Minister Leo Eric Varadkar resigned due to the insufficiency of the majority after the parliamentary vote. He submitted his resignation to Irish President Micheal Daniel Higgins.

About Ireland:
Capital- Dublin.
Currency- Euro.


Mahant Nritya Gopal Das is elected as the President and Champat Rai as general secretary of The Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust



About the Trust
i.It was constituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi government with 15-member .
ii.In November 2019 the trust was formed in obedience to the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute.


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Netherlands Scientists discovered new snail species; named after Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg

A group of scientists with Naturalis Biodiversity Center,a research center on biodiversity based in Leiden, the Netherlands, have discovered a new species of land snail and named it “Craspedotropis gretathunbergae” in honour of the young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg for her efforts to raise awareness about climate change.

Cabinet approved Procurement of 24 US made MH-60R Seahawk helicopters

worth of USD 2.6 billion (approximately Rs.1871 crores) for Indian Navy.

Indian Railways launched HRMS Mobile app for its employees

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board, launched HRMS (Human Resource Management System) Mobile application (app) through which all employees of Indian Railways can view and access data related to their services. The app was designed and developed by CRIS (Centre for Railway Information System).

SPORTS

ICC women’sT20I rankings 2020: Smriti mandhana reached 4th place

i.Batting ranking: New Zealand batsman Suzannah Wilson “Suzie” Bates is at the first place with a rating of 765.
ii.Bowling: In the bowling rankings, Australia’s Megan Scutt ranks first & India’s Poonam Yadav slipped six places to drop out of the top 10 and now remains in the 12th position.

About ICC( International Cricket Council):Formation– 15 June 1909
Headquarters– Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Chairman– Shashank Manohar
CEO– Manu Sawhney

“United by Emotion” to be 2020 Tokyo Olympics Motto

The official Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius” or “Faster, Higher, Stronger”, but each host city chooses its own motto to accompany that edition of the Games.

India’s Koneru Humpy wins Cairns Cup chess tournament

held at St.Louis, US (United States).

*Left arm Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha announced retirement from all forms of cricket

OBITUARY

Parikrama lead guitarist & founder Sonam Sherpa passed away at 48

Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe’ child actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa passed away at 15

American actress Lynn Cohen passes away at 86


Famous journalist M.S. Mani passed away at 79





Veteran Kannada actor Kishori Ballal, passed away at 82




Larry Tesler Inventor of Copy-Cut-Paste passed away at 74
BOOKS & AUTHORS


Penguin published the Book Chanakya Niti: Verses on Life and Living translated by A.N.D. Haksar

IMPORTANT DAYS

February 15: World Pangolin Day & Madhya Pradesh radio-tags first-ever Indian Pangolin

*Soil Health Card Day was observed on February 19, 2020

at Suratgarh in Rajasthan, to increase the fertility of the soil.

About SHC scheme: The scheme aims at issuing soil health cards to farmers every 2 years to identify the nutritional deficiencies in the soil. The scheme also ensures additional incomes to the farmers by increase in yields & also promote sustainable farming.

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) was observed on Feb 21, 2020

Theme of IMLD for the year 2020 is“Languages without Border”.

MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development)    celebrated ‘Matribhasha Diwas’ on feb 21, 2020



Theme for the year 2020 is “Celebrating our Multilingual Heritage”.

STATE NEWS



Bihar govt launches `Pyaar ka Paudha` campaign to promote the practice of planting trees


Manipur’s ‘Anganphou Hunba’ programme launched at Arapti Mayai Leikai in Imphal East


GOI sanctioned 9 Medical colleges and 2 AIIMS for Jammu & Kashmir

Haryana Govt announced Rs 6 crores cash rewards to gold medal winners at Olympics games

Rs. 4 crores for the silver medalist and Rs. 2.5 crores for the bronze medalists at the Olympics Games and also employment in Haryana Civil Service or Haryana Police service to the sportsperson.

Upcoming Olympics events:
Summer Olympics- 2020, Tokyo, Japan
Winter Olympics- 2022, Beijing, China
Youth Olympics (summer)- 2022, Dakar, Senegal (1st IOC event to be held in Africa)
Youth Olympics (winter)- 2020, Lausanne, Switzerland (Headquarters for IOC)


Ambala city bus stand renamed after late Sushma Swaraj by Haryana Govt


Punjab to honour cops under ‘Appreciate and Commend’ scheme

Uddhav Thackeray approves renaming of Latur Medical College after former CM Vilasrao Deshmukh


Pole vaulter  Armand Duplantis sets new world record at Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix



India’s female Race Walker Bhawna Jat qualifies for Tokyo Olympics 2020

*Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy launched Nadu-Nedu scheme for modernising hospitals

CM also launched third phase of YSR Kanti Velugu at a cost of Rs 560 crore under which 56,88,420 elderly would get free eye screening across the state.

About Andhra Pradesh (AP):
Capital- Amaravati.
Governor- Biswabhusan Harichandan

Central and UP government renamed 4 railway stations of Prayagraj

Key Points:
i.Allahabad Junction will now be Prayagraj Junction, Allahabad City will now be known as Prayagraj Rambag, Allahabad Chhioki has been changed to Prayagraj Chheoki & the name of Prayagghat to Prayagraj Sangam.

About Uttar Pradesh (UP):
Capital- Lucknow.
Chief Minister (CM)- Yogi Adityanath.
Governor- Anandiben Patel.


National Payments Corporation of India launches ‘UPI Chalega’ campaign



which is aimed to guide users towards the right usage of UPI(Unified Payments Interface) and help to create a habitual change, use of UPI in their daily life.