Current Affairs : 03-02-2020 in English

Important Day

  • Leprosy Day in India - 30th January.

Economy

  • Foreign direct investment (FDI) into India during 2014-19 - USD 284 billion.
  • India’s fiscal deficit for the current fiscal 2019-20 - 3.8%.
  • This stock exchange has received markets regulator SEBI's approval to launch RFQ (request for quote) platform, a new electronic platform for debt securities - National Stock Exchange (NSE) and BSE.
  • According to the World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update of January 2020, IMF has estimated the global output to grow in 2019 at - 2.9 percent.
  • WEO has projected the declining growth of global output to rebound in 2020 with a modest uptick to - 3.3 percent.
  • World's top economy by GDP in 2019 - United States with $21.4 trillion (China: 2nd; Japan: 3rd).

International

  • This nation has declared a national emergency to eliminate the attacking swarms of desert locust which are destroying crops – Pakistan.

National

  • Third private ‘Tejas’ train - Indore-Varanasi route.
  • Upcoming DRDO’s Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Extension and Research and Innovation (CERI) will be setup at the - Gujarat University.
  • India will host the G-20 Presidency in - 2022.

Persons in News

  • New chairman and managing director of Coal India Ltd - Pramod Agrawal.
  • Newly appointed High Commissioner of India to Canada - Ajay Bisaria.

Sports

  • Winner of the Women’s single title at the Australian Open - Sofia Kenin (American Tennis player).
  • Winner of the Women’s doubles title at the Australian Open - Kristina Mladenovic (French) and Tímea Babos (Hungarian).
  • Winner of the Mixed doubles title at the Australian Open - Barbora Krejcikova (Croatian) and Nikola Mektic (Czech).
  • Newly elected president of Paralympic Committee of India - Deepa Malik.
  • FIFA has announced the launch of this program with the aim of reducing the gap between the world's leading football nations and the rest - FIFA Talent Development Programme (launched by Arsene Wenger).

State Current Affairs

  • This state government started door-to-door disbursal of welfare pension under the YSR Pension Kanuka (gift) scheme - Andhra Pradesh.
  • This state’s Cabinet approved a proposal under which a Sports Gradation Certificate (award Rs 5 lakh) will be awarded to some mountaineers – Haryana.

Science

  • For the first time, this aircraft of the Indian Air Force powered with a 10% blend of bio-jet indigenous fuel - AN-32 aircraft.
  • Researchers from this university have engineered new strains of bacteria to protect honey bees from a deadly trend known as the colony collapse disorder - University of Texas.

General Knowledge

  • First Indian woman in space - Kalpana Chawla (died in 2003 in the Columbia space shuttle disaster).
  • First Indian astronaut who fly in space - Rakesh Sharma.
  • An interim Indian Coast Guard (ICG) came into being on - 1 February 1977.
  • Indian Coast Guard's motto is - "वयम रक्षामः"
  • Group of 20 (G-20) - Founded: 26 September 1999; Present Chairman: Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (2020).
  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) - Founded: 1958; Motto: बलस्य मूलं विज्ञानम्.

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