Current Affairs : 19-02-2020 in English

Defence

  • This country conducted a successful flight test of the air launched nuclear-capable cruise missile “Ra'ad-II” - Pakistan.

Economy

  • As per a report by US-based think tank World Population Review, India's economy is the ______-largest in the world with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $2.94 trillion - Fifth.
  • Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has decided to permit the use of this system that will allow live testing of new products - Regulatory sandbox.

Environment

  • According to the State of India's Birds Report 2020, there has been a decline in population of ____ percent of Indian species of birds - 79 percent.

International

  • First most spoken language of the world in 2019, as per the 22nd edition of the world language database Ethnologue - English (1,132 million speakers).
  • Second most spoken language of the world in 2019 - Chines Mandarin (1,117 million speakers).
  • 3rd most spoken language of the world in 2019 - Hindi (615 million speakers).
  • 7th most spoken language of the world in 2019 – Bangla (228 million speakers).

National

  • The Sahitya Akademi will organise its annual 'Festival of Letters' from February 24 to 29, in - New Delhi.
  • The All India Tribal Writers conference and North-Eastern and Northern Writers' Meet will be host in - New Delhi.
  • The All India LGBTQ Poets' Meet will be inaugurated by English poet Hoshang Merchant in - New Delhi.
  • New name of 'The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses' (IDSA) - ‘Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses’.
  • From February 20 to 26, the 47th Khajuraho Dance Festival will be organised by the Ustad Allauddin Khan Sangeet Evam Kala Academy in - Chattarpur district, Madhya Pradesh.

Person in news

  • Author of the book "Flower Shower: The Culture of Flowers in India" - Alka Pande.
  • Winner of the Urbashee Award for contribution to Indian dance and music in Bhubaneswar - Shallu Jindal (Kuchipudi danseuse).
  • The music festival 'Kamala Desha Rajakumara' organised in – Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Sports

  • Motto for Tokyo Olympics 2020 - "United by Emotion".
  • Asian Wrestling Championship 2020 will begin in - New Delhi.
  • Winner of the Laureus Sporting moment 2000-2020 Award – Sachin Tendulkar.
  • Joint winners of the 2020 Laureus World Sportsman of the year award in Berlin - Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi (first team-player).
  • Winner of the 2020 Laureus World Sportswoman of the year - Simone Biles (American gymnast).
  • Winner of the 2020 Laureus World Action Sportsperson - Chloe Kim (Snowboard).
  • Winner of the Laureus Sport for Good Award 2020 - South Bronx United (SBU), New York.
  • Winner of the 2020 Laureus World Team of the Year - South Africa (Rugby).
  • Winner of the 2020 Laureus World Comeback of the Year - Sophia Florsch (Germany's gritty F3 driver).
  • Winner of the 2020 Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year - Egan Bernal.
  • Winner of the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 for contribution to the sport of basketball - Dirk Nowitzki (German basketball player).
  • Winner of the Laureus Exceptional Achievement Award 2020 - Spanish Basketball Federation.
  • Indian athletes finished with three medals in different categories in the World SnowShoe Championship at - Myoko, Japan.

State current affairs

  • This state’s sports ministry announced the names of 48 sportspersons who will be conferred with the Shiv Chhatrapati Award for 2018-19 - Maharashtra.
  • Winner of the Shiv Chhatrapati Awards for 2018-19 in adventure category - Prabhat Koli (sea swimming).
  • This state government announced Chief Minister Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (CMAPS) and the Yuva Udyamita Vikas Abhiyan (YUVA) - Uttar Pradesh.

General knowledge

  • Sahitya Akademi - Founded: 12 March 1954; Location: Delhi.
  • Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) - Founded: 12 April 1992; Acquired Statutory Status: 30 January 1992; Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Pakistan - Capital: Islamabad; Currency: Pakistani Rupee.
  • The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, was the
  • First international Olympic Games in modern history - Created by: Pierre de Coubertin; Held in: Athens, Greece; Year: 1896.

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