Current Affairs : 18-02-2020 in English

Economy

  • The study, conducted by the National Productivity Council (NPC) in 76 districts of ____ states, covering 170 soil testing labs and 1,700 farmers, has been released on the completion of five year of the Soil Health Card scheme - 19.

International

  • The ‘COP CMS 13’ Conference kicks off “Super Year for________”, which will include a UN Summit in September 2020 and culminate in the UN Biodiversity Conference at the end of 2020, when a new global biodiversity strategy for the next decade will be adopted - the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework - Environment.
  • President of ‘Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species’ for the next three years - India.
  • The “3rd High Level Global Conference on Road Safety for Achieving Global Goals 2030” organised in – Stockholm, Sweden.
  • First nuclear power plant in the Arab world - Barakah nuclear power plant, United Arab Emirates.

National

  • On 15-17 February, ‘India Solar & E-Vehicle Expo-2020’ and ‘National Solar Conclave 2020’ was organised in – Lucknow, UP.
  • This institution has been awarded ‘Silver’ for Excellence in Government Process re-engineering for digital transformation for the year 2019-20 - Election Commission of India (ECI).

Person in news

  • New chief commercial officer of GoAir - Praveen Iyer.
  • New Director General of Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) – K.G. Ananthakrishnan.

Sports

  • India Grand master has won the Cairns cup chess tournament 2020 at St. Louis, USA - Koneru Humpy.
  • The ‘2020 Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships’ held in - Tashkent, Uzbekistan (India claimed 5 silver and 6 bronze medals).
  • Host for 2021 International Hockey Federation (FIH) junior men's World Cup - India.
  • Winner of the men’s Tennis single event at the Bengaluru Open 2020 - Australia's James Duckworth.

Science

  • A novel smartphone app to tackle crop pests that can recognise locusts and grasshopper pests through the smartphone's camera, and record their GPS location - MAESTRO.

General knowledge

  • Soil Health Card Scheme was launched on - 19 February 2015 (at Suratgarh, Rajasthan).
  • India’s four biodiversity hotspots – Eastern Himalayas, Western Ghats, Indo Myanmar landscape and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • Delhi Police was formed in – 1861.
  • International Hockey Federation (FIH) - Founded: 07 January 1924; Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Election Commission of India (ECI) - Founded: 25 January 1950; Headquarters: New Delhi.

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