Daily Current Affairs – 11 February 2020

Daily Current Affairs – 11 February 2020

Daily Current Affairs :- Current Affairs section is the most important part of almost every competitive exam whether be it SSC, Banking , Insurance or State PCS examination. In this post candidates will find the important national and international news from the exam point of view. These news are incorporated from different sources like The Hindu newspaper , The Indian express and Press information Bureau (PIB).Here, is the current affairs for 17 January 2020.

National News

International Day of Women and Girls in Science observed globally on 11 February

  • International Day of Women and Girls in Science is observed globally on 11 February. International Day of Women and Girls in Science to recognize the critical role of women and girls play in science and technology.
  • In December 2015, the United Nations adopted a resolution to celebrate February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Coal Ministry launches Web Portal for Star Rating of Mines in India

  • Ministry of Coal (MoC) has launched a web portal for star rating of coal mines to promote the green, safe and sustainable mining practices with the help of technology.
  • The web portal for star rating of coal mines enables all operational coal mines across India for self-rating, their subsequent validation by Coal Controller’s Organization (CCO), further evaluation and finally award of star rating.

India’s 1st glass floor suspension bridge to be built in Rishikesh

  • The Uttarakhand Government has approved the design of a glass floor suspension bridge, the first of its kind in the country to have a floor made of toughened transparent glass.
  • This bridge will be built across the River Ganga in Rishikesh.
  • The bridge is as an alternative to the iconic Lakshman Jhula, almost 94 years old, which was closed in 2019 due to safety reasons.
  • The bridge design has been prepared by the Public Works Department (PWD).

Kaamya Karthikeyan becomes youngest girl to climb Mt Aconcagua

  • Kaamya Karthikeyan has become the youngest girl in the world to summit Mt Aconcagua.
  • Mt Aconcagua is the highest peak in South America and outside of Asia.
  • Kaamya Karthikeyan is a class VII student and summited Argentinian mountain which is 6962 meters tall.

NIFM, Faridabad to be renamed as Arun Jaitley National Institute of Financial Managem

  • National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Faridabad will be renamed as Arun Jaitley National Institute of Financial Management (AJNIFM).
  • The renaming of the institution is decided by the Government of India to align the vision and aspiration of the Institute for the future with the vision and contribution of Late Shri Arun Jaitley.
  • Late Shri Arun Jaitley was the former Union Finance Minister of India.
  • The National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Faridabad was established in 1993.

Central govt issues advisory to States/ UTs to implement vehicle registration system

  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued an advisory to all States to implement the system of vehicle registration as per Rules notified under the Central Motor Vehicle Act 1988.
  • The advisory was issued after it came to the notice of the Ministry that in some States, vehicles are not being registered in spite of vehicles having Valid Type Approval certificates.
  • The Advisory states, that the VAHAN system provides a mechanism for the inventory of vehicles being uploaded by the vehicle manufacturers against valid type-approval certificates.
  • It stated, unless and until there are reasons for disputing the specifications of vehicles supplied, the pre-inspection of a model of vehicle, already type-approved should not be resorted to as it leads to unnecessary delay and harassment.
  • The Ministry has asked the Transport Departments of States and UTs to implement the system of registration of vehicles based on the production of type approval certificate and Form 22.

Ministry of Civil Aviation Flags Off 1st Helicopter Service under UDAN in Uttarakhand

  • Ministry of Civil Aviation(MoCA) operationalised the first-ever helicopter services from Dehradun’s Sahastradhara helipad to Gauchar, and Chinyalisaur under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN) of Government of India.
  • The inauguration of the helicopter routes in the Uttarakhand region is in line with the objective of the Ministry of Civil Aviation to enhance the aerial connectivity of the hilly areas in the country.
  • MoCA awarded the Sahastradhara-Gauchar-Chinyalisaur route to Heritage Aviation under the UDAN 2 bidding process.

Mumbai to get India’s largest air quality monitoring network

  • The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will develop an air quality monitoring network across 90 locations in Mumbai. This will make it the largest network in India.
  • The project is likely to be finished over the next five years. The ambitious project will be funded by the BMC and private players.
  • BMC is planning to invest ₹5 crores to install 80 real-time air monitoring stations. These stations will give location-wise updates on the quality of air.
  • While 10 mobile sensors (in Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport buses) will collect samples from different parts of the city to analyze the air quality.

International News

First ‘Jerusalem-Mumbai Festival’ to be held in Mumbai on February 15

  • The first ‘Jerusalem-Mumbai Festival’ will be held in the capital of Maharashtra to showcase the special links between the two cities and to promote ties between India and Israel.
  • The two-day festival starting on February 15 will seek to promote artistic cooperation in the diverse fields of culture, such as culinary art, music and dance.
  • In the first such collaborative cultural event for the Jerusalem municipality in an Asian city, Jerusalem-Mumbai Festival looks to showcase the special links between the two cities while demonstrating their unique cultural traditions.
  • The festival creates a platform for future fruitful cooperation among artists, as well as in various potential fields, such as tourism, cinema, high-tech, the official said.
  • The festival will take place on the lawns of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum.

US proposes USD 1.5 billion for Indo-Pacific to ensure region remains ‘free and open’

  • The Trump administration has proposed USD 5 billion in budgetary allocation for 2021 fiscal for the crucial Indo-Pacific region, which it said was part of its efforts to ensure that the region remains “free, open, and independent of malign Chinese influence”.
  • “The future of the Indo-Pacific, which contains roughly half the world’s population and many of the fastest-growing economies, is critical to US security and long-term economic interests,” the White House said in its budgetary proposal for the financial year 2021, beginning October 1, 2020.
  • “The Budget provides 5 billion for the Indo-Pacific, reflecting a strong Administration commitment to ensuring that the region remains free, open, and independent of malign Chinese influence.


Lending from CRR buffer to get 5-year exemption: RBI

  • The Reserve Bank of India has stated that the special lending window with Cash Reserve Ratio exemption will be open from 14th of February and incremental loans disbursed under this facility will have CRR exemption for the next five years.
  • The central bank circular issued in Mumbai stated that the window will open for six months ending 31st of July this year, but the Net Demand and Time Liabilities (NDTL) will be calculated as of 31st of January.
  • It asked banks to report the CRR exemption availed at the end of a fortnight under exemptions/others in the Section 42 return, under the provisions of the master circular on CRR and SLR issued on 1st of July, 2015.

GST collection for last 3-months amounted to over Rs 1 lakh cr each month

  • Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has stated that GST collection all through the country for the last three months amounted to more than a lakh crore rupees each month.
  • she told that no state was sidelined when it came to sharing of revenue from the tax.
  • She stated arrears of share in GST including Tamil Nadu will be paid in two installments. Any issue with regard to GST is placed before the GST council for discussion.
  • The Government has allocated two lakh 83 thousand crore rupees for the development of rural areas and agriculture by way of 16 salient points.
  • She stated that the architectural museum of Adicha nallur mentioned in budget was done with the suggestion from Tamilnadu Government. Keezhadi, another architectural site has been developed further by the State Government.

Realme PaySa partners NPCI, HDFC Bank

  • Realme PaySa, the financial services app for smartphone brand Realme, has joined hand with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), an innovative solutions provider for retail payment systems, and the country’s largest private lender HDFC Bank to conduct UPI hackathon.
  • These leading organisations will judge the most promising UPI solution in a finale to be held in Mumbai on May 11, 2020.
  • The winner and the runner-up of the hackathon will have their innovative solutions implemented for Realme PaySa and win Rs 10 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively.

Summit & Conference

National Water Conference to be held in Bhopal

  • 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.
  • There was plenty of water in the state before due to rivers like Narmada, Chambal, Son, Betwa and Sindh but as a result of decline in groundwater during the last few years, water crisis has arisen in most parts of the state.
  • Water conservation workers, environmentalists and subject experts from across the country will participate in the National Water Conference.
  • The purpose of the conference is to finalize the guidelines for the Water Rights Act in Madhya Pradesh.

‘Engiexpo 2020’ to be held in Vadodara, Gujarat

  • The 6th edition of the mega industrial exhibition ‘Engiexpo 2020’ is being organised in Vadodara, Gujarat from February 15 to 17, 2020.
  • The three-day mega exhibition will be organised by the Federation of Small Scale Industries (FSSI), to promote ‘Made in India’ products.
  • Over 10,000 industrial products will be showcased in more than 300 stalls. Several companies from Uzbekistan are also participating in the exhibition.

Mumbai hosts National Conference on E-Governance

  • National Conference on e-Governance 2020 was held in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • The Mumbai Declaration was adopted on the concluding day of the National Conference on e-Governance.
  • The theme of the conference is: India 2020: Digital Transformation.
  • The National e-Governance Awards 2020 were also presented during the conference.

33rd African Union (AU) summit held in Ethiopia

  • The 33rd edition of the African Union (AU) summit was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Theme “Silencing the Guns: Creating conducive conditions for Africa’s development”.
  • Heads of the states and the government officials from across Africa gathered in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa and focused on ways to end the regional violence, including the conflicts in South Sudan and Libya.


HDFC Bank appoints Anjani Rathor as chief digital officer

  • HDFC Bank has appointed Anjani Rathor as its new Group Head – Digital Banking. Rathor has been designated Chief Digital Officer (CDO), and will be responsible for taking the Bank’s digital transformation journey to the next level, the private sector lender state.
  • Anjani was previously with Bharti Airtel, where he spent 12 years and last served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO).


Pullela Gopichand To Be Recognised By International Olympics Committee

  • India’s chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand considered by the International Olympics Committee (IOC) for the Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards.
  • Gopichand, 46, received an honourable mention in the male category of the prestigious 2019 IOC’s coaches award in recognition of the role he played in the development of the game in India.
  • Gopichand has shaped the careers of Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, etc, helping them not only become world beaters but also ambassadors of Olympic sports.

South Indian Bank bags IBA awards

  • South Indian Bank came out with flying colours at the Banking Technology Awards 2020 instituted by the Indian Banks’ Association.
  • South Indian Bank delivered a stellar performance by winning the coveted awards in 6 categories.

David Warner beats Steve Smith by one vote to Australian cricketer of the year award

  • David Warner won the Australian cricketer of the year award beating teammate Steve Smith by one vote in their first season following the ball-tampering ban that brought their rollicking careers to a one-year halt.
  • Dashing opener Warner won his third Allan Border Medal with 194 votes, with former Test captain Smith getting 193 votes and fast bowler Pat Cummins coming third with 185.


Best picture Parasite
Best actress Renée Zellweger Judy
Best actor Joaquin Phoenix Joker
Best director Bong Joon-ho Parasite
Music (original song) “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman
Music (original score) Joker
International feature film South Korea, Parasite
Makeup and hairstyling Bombshell
Visual effects 1917
Best film editing Ford v Ferrari
Best cinematography Roger Deakins, 1917
Best sound mixing 1917
Best sound editing Ford v Ferrari
Best supporting actress Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Documentary short feature Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Documentary feature American Factory
Best costume design Jacqueline Durran Little Women
Best production design Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Live-action short film The Neighbors’ Window
Best adapted screenplay Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Best original screenplay Bong Joon-ho Parasite
Animated short film Hair Love
Animated feature film Toy Story 4
Best supporting actor Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood


Science & Technology

Iran shows ballistic missile Raad-500 from US, dedicates to Sulaimani

  • Iran made the short-range ballistic missile Raad-500 amid heightened tensions with the US.
  • The missile has a new generation engine to put the satellite into orbit. The name of this engine is Zuhair which is made of alloy.
  • It is lighter than a steel engine built earlier, so it is easier for the missile to capture high speed.
  • The Revolutionary Guards website stated that the Raad-500 missile is half the weight of the previously built Fateh-110 missile, but its firepower is 200 km more than that.
  • The Fateh-110 missile was made public by Iran in 2002. The range of that missile is 300 km. It is a ground-to-ground ballistic missile.

Indian Army, pvt firm develop world’s cheapest gun shot locator

  • ‘Parth’ gun shot locator device developed by the Army’s College of Military Engineering jointly with a private firm costs much cheaper than the imported ones.
  • The device costs around Rs 3 lakhs, and if inducted, would replace a similar imported item which costs around Rs 65 lakhs.
  • The device can locate the exact location of a bullet from a distance of 400m and will help to locate and neutralize terrorist faster.
  • Major Anoop Mishra showcased the indigenous ‘Parth’ gun shot locator device at DefExpo 2020.

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