Current Affairs : 04-02-2020 in English

Important Day

  • Theme for World Wetlands Day (2 February 2020) – “Wetlands and Biodiversity”.

Defence

  • The Union Budget for the financial year 2020-21 envisaged a total outlay of - Rs 30,42,230 crore.
  • Allocated amount for Defence (excluding Defence Pension) in the Union Budget for the financial year 2020-21 - Rs 3,37,553 crore (For Defence Pension: Rs 1,33,825 crore).

International

  • During 5-9 February 2020, India-Africa Defence Conclave will be held in – Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
  • New prime minister of Iraq - Mohammad Allawi.

National

  • On 1 February 2020, 21st Kala Ghoda arts festival inaugurated in -Mumbai.
  • Finance Ministry proposed the setting up of this institute with the status of a deemed university under the Ministry of Culture - Indian Institute of Heritage and Conservation.
  • Finance Ministry announced this scheme to provide enhanced insurance cover and reduce premiums for small exporters - Nirvik (Niryat Rin Vikas Yojana) scheme.

Persons in News

  • New chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs - M Ajit Kumar.
  • India's next High Commissioner to Sri Lanka - Gopal Baglay.
  • Winner of the “World Peace Messenger” award, instituted by Passion Vista, in Los Angels, USA - Shree Saini (Miss World America Washington).
  • Winner of the inaugural Mathrubhumi Book of the Year award, given in Thiruvananthapuram, for his translated book "Blue Is Like Blue" - Vinod Kumar Shukla (Hindi poet-novelist).
  • Actor who won the Madhya Pradesh government's National Kishore Kumar Samman for the year 2018 - Waheeda Rehman.

Sports

  • Official mascot for the Goa 2020 National Games - Rubigula (Flame-Throated Bulbul).
  • Winner of the men's singles event at the 81st National Table Tennis Championships in Hyderabad - Harmeet Desai.
  • Winner of the women's singles event at the 81st National Table Tennis Championships - Sutirtha Mukherjee.
  • Winner of the men's singles event at the Australian Open 2020 - Serbian Novak Djokovic (second in a row, and 17th Grand Slam trophy overall).
  • The Indian Olympic Association has invited this Indian to become the Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian contingent at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which will be held from July 24 to August 9 - Sourav Ganguly (BCCI President).

Science

  • This country is preparing to launch a new scientific observation satellite, Zafar (Victory in Farsi) satellite (launched by a Simorgh rocket) - Iran.

General Knowledge

  • State bird of Goa - Rubigula (Flame-Throated Bulbul).
  • The Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) adopted on – 2 February 1971.
  • Indian Olympic Association (IOA) - Founded: 1924; Location: Delhi.
  • The Olympic Games are held every - four years (with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart).
  • Grand Slam (Tennis) - Australian Open (in mid-January), French Open (in May-June), Wimbledon (in June-July), US Open (in August-Sept).
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) - Founded: 23 June 1894; Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland; Founder: Baron Pierre de Coubertin (French)
  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had organized the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in - 1896.

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