Current Affairs : 14-02-2020 in English

Important days

  • Theme for World Radio Day (13 February 2020) - 'Radio & Diversity'.
  • National Women's Day - 13 February.

Defence

  • On 13 February, President Ram Nath Kovind has presented President's Colour to - Indian Navy's INS Shivaji.
  • Indian Navy’s Sandhayak class Hydrographic Survey Ship that arrived in Colombo to carry out Joint Hydrographic Survey off the South West Coast of Sri Lanka - INS Jamuna (J16).

Economy

  • On 12 February, the Union Cabinet gave an in-principle approval to pump in Rs 2,500 crore capital into - Oriental Insurance Company Limited (OICL), National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) and United India Insurance Company Limited (UIICL).
  • Bank that has topped the list of highest increase in brand value among global banks, according to The Banker's Top 500 Banking Brands 2020 report - Induslnd Bank (brand value increased by 122 percent over the past 12 months).
  • India's sovereign ratings that given by ‘Standard and Poor’ - 'BBB-' with stable outlook.

Environment

  • According to a study by the researchers from the University of Arizona, Climate change may cause one in three species of plants and animals worldwide to become extinct in the next - 50 years (by 2070).

International

  • On 13 February, UN Security Council has adopted a resolution calling for a "lasting ceasefire" in war-torn - Libya.
  • Under the theme "Investing in sustainable food systems to end hunger by 2030", the 43rd session of the governing council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) was held in – Rome (On 11-12 February).
  • World’s leading annual submarine communications gathering, “Submarine Networks World 2020” will be held on 23-24 September in – Singapore.

National

  • This Space start-up and SatSure have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work on technology to improve crop and water management for agriculture in India - Pixxel.
  • New name of Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi - Sushma Swaraj Bhawan.
  • New name of Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi - Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service.
  • A unique concept designed by KVIC for the easy upkeep and migration of Bee Boxes having live Bee colonies - ‘Apiary on Wheels’.
  • The government will organise an organic food festival for women entrepreneurs from February 21-23 in - New Delhi.
  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will work on a waste disposal project in this city in collaboration with the municipal corporation - Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.
  • From 17 February, the 47th edition of the India International Knit Fair would begin at – Tirupur.
  • This institute will set up a Sustainability Accounting Standards Board to help companies in achieving sustainable development goals - Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

Person in news

  • New president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) - Atul Kumar Gupta.
  • President of Portugal - Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
  • World's oldest male (112 years and 344 days old) - Chitetsu Watanabe (Japan).
  • Winner of the 2020 Tyler Prize ("Nobel Prize for the Environment") for "green economy" work - Pavan Sukhdev (Indian environmental economist and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador).
  • New president of the All India Chess Federation (AICF) - Ajay Patel.

Sports

  • Host of the inaugural Khelo India Winter Games in March 2020 - Union Territory of Ladakh.
  • First Indian who won ‘Player of the Year for 2019’ by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) - Manpreet Singh (Indian men's hockey team captain).
  • Two champion players will clash against each other in the opening game of the 'Unacademy Road Safety World Series', a T20 tournament in Mumbai on 7 March 2020 - Sachin Tendulkar and West Indian Brian Lara.
  • Winner of the All India Bombay Gold Cup hockey championship 2020 - Indian Navy.

State current affairs

  • This state cabinet approved a Juvenile Justice Fund with an Rs. 2 crore annual budgetary provision for the welfare and rehabilitation of children in juvenile homes across the state - Maharashtra.

Science

  • An Artificial Intelligence (AI) cop called “Ella” (a life-like virtual assistant) launched in - New Zealand.

General knowledge

  • All India Radio (AIR) - Founded: 08 June 1936; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • National Women's Day marks the birth anniversary of – late Sarojini Naidu.
  • Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) - Founded: 1956; Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • International Hockey Federation (FIH) - Founded: 07 January 1924; Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) (a statutory body) was established on - 1 July 1949.

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