Current Affairs Compendium for February 2020 (Part 1)

By: Dipankar Sinha

Current Affairs Compendium for February​​ 2020 (Part 1)

Important Days

Date

Day

Theme

February​​ 1

Indian Coast Guard’s Foundation Day

 

February​​ 2

World Wetlands Day

Wetlands and Biodiversity

February​​ 4

World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day

February​​ 6

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Unleashing Youth Power: One decade of accelerating actions for zero female genital mutilation

February​​ 10

National Deworming Day

 

February​​ 11

World Unani Day

 

February​​ 12​​ 

National Productivity Day

NA

February 13

World Radio Day

Radio and Diversity

February 13

National Women’s Day

(Sarojini Naidu’s Birthday)

 

Appointment

National

Name of the Person

Post

Pramod Agrawal

Chairman, Coal India

M Ajit Kumar

Chairman, Central Board of Taxes and Customs

Deepa Malik

President of​​ Paralympics​​ Committee​​ of India

Atul Kumar Gupta

President of Institute of Chartered Accountants

Gopal Baglay​​ 

India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka​​ 

YK Joshi

Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command

LV Prabhakar

MD & CEO, Canara Bank

Anita Pandove

Information Commissioner

Rajiv Bansal

CMD of Air India

Usha Sharma

Youth Affairs Secretary

Pawan Kumar Agarwal

Consumer Affairs Secretary

 

 

International

Name of the Person

Post​​ 

Albin Kurt

Prime Minister of Kosovo

Sourav Ganguly

India’s goodwill ambassador for Tokyo Olympics

Mohammed Tawfik Allawi

Prime Minister of Iraq

Madan Lal & Rudra Pratap Singh

Cricket Advisory committee

Karen Pierce

Britain’s Ambassador to US

Philip Barton

Britain’s High Commissioner to India

Jawed Ashraf

India’s next ambassador to France

 

Awards

Winner

Awards

Yusuf Jameel

Gauri Lankesh Award for Democratic Idealism

Adline Castelino

LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2020

Neha Jaiswal

Miss Diva Runner-up

Dr Niti Kumar

SERB Women Excellence Award 2020

Ratan Tata

Honorary doctorate by the University of Manchester

Adi Godrej

Chairman of Godrej Group

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award

 

Ranking & Report

  • India emerged as the world's fifth largest economy by overtaking the UK and France in 2019.

  • Delhi topped the list of most polluted capital cities in the world in 2019, which also revealed that 21 of the world's 30 most polluted cities are in India.

  • Natural disasters cost world $232 billion in 2019: Report

  • Virat Kohli retained the top spot in the celebrity brand valuation rankings released by Duff & Phelps, for the third year in a row. His brand value grew by nearly 39 per cent to $237.5 million in 2019.

  • Bengaluru takes the top spot this year with city drivers expecting to spend an average of 71% extra travel time stuck in traffic.

  • The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has ranked 16th among the top 100 universities of emerging economies.

Sports

  • Indian Captain Virat Kohli continued to top the ICC Test batsmen's ranking but his deputy Ajinkya Rahane slipped a place to the ninth spot.

  • Indian athletes finished with three medals in different categories in the World SnowShoe Championship at Myoko, Japan .

  • Ayan Bin Shahnaz bagged silver, while Zain Ali and Muzamil Hussain Mir, all are from Kashmir, bagged bronze medals in their respective categories.

  • Sunil Kumar wins gold in 87-kg Greco Roman category in Asian Wrestling Championships.

  • India will host the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup. The Women's Committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced this in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • PM Narendra Modi declared open the first-ever Khelo India University Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium Cuttack in Odisha.

  • India will host the Commonwealth Shooting and Archery Championships in January 2022. The medals from the two events will be counted for ranking of competing nations at the Birmingham Games.

Miscellaneous

  • The MoUs signed between two countries include one between Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and UiT, The Arctic University of Norway for cooperation in fields such as bio-photonics, health and diagnostic tools, nanotechnology, water management and renewable energy.

  • Kerala to host global meet on climate change, ocean health.

  • In Madhya Pradesh, a National Water Conference is going to be held in the capital Bhopal to solve water crisis and make the state a water-rich state.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 'Kashi Ek Roop Anek'- a cultural, arts and handicrafts exhibition, at Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Hastakala Sankul in Varanasi.

  • The World Health Organization(WHO) says the official name for the disease caused by the new​​ corona virus​​ is Covid-2019.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, inaugurated the 11th edition of DefExpo in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

 

 

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