Current Affairs : 01-02-2020 in English

Economy

  • These banks are the only two state-run banks that showed 'good' performance in terms of digital transactions in December 2019 - Bank of Maharashtra and State Bank of India.
  • India’s positions in World Bank Doing Business Rankings in 2019 – 63.

International

  • World Health Organisation (WHO) declared this novel virus as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) - coronavirus.

National

  • This Tech company announced a $1 million grant for ‘Internews’ organization to spread media literacy - Google.
  • 250th route under the RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) - Bhubaneswar-Varanasi Direct Daily Flight.
  • This state dispatched the first shipment of 890 MTs of high quality bananas to Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai - Andhra Pradesh.
  • Theme of the Economic Survey 2019-20 – Enable Markets, Promote 'Pro-Business' Policies and Strengthen 'Trust' in the Economy.
  • The Navrasa Duende world movie festival is set to be held on February 8 and 9 in – Mumbai.

Persons in News

  • First female ever to take charge of the orchestra at the Academy Awards - Eimear Noone (Irish composer).
  • Next interim Director General of Police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh - Hitesh Chandra Awasthi.
  • First deaf person on record to row an ocean by finishing a 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic - Mo O'Brien (60-year-old).

Sports

  • First-ever hockey player who won the prestigious World Games Athlete of the Year award - Rani Rampal (captain of Indian women’s Hockey team).

General Knowledge

  • Tamil Nadu - Capital ‎: ‎Chennai; Formation‎: ‎1 November 1956.
  • Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme was launched by Government of India in - November 2015.
  • Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) - Founded: 1986; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Election Commission of India (ECI) - Formed: 25 January 1950; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • World Health Organization – Founded: 7 April 1948; Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.

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