Daily Current Affairs – 12 February 2020

Daily Current Affairs – 12 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 12 January 2020.

National News

National Productivity Day observed globally on 12 February

  • The day is celebrated by the National Productivity Council (NPC) to promote productivity culture in India.
  • National Productivity Day is observed on 12 February. The day is celebrated by the National Productivity Council (NPC) to promote productivity culture in India.
  • Also, National Productivity Week is celebrated from 12-18 February 2020. The day aims to propagate productivity, quality, competitiveness, and efficiency.
  • National Productivity and Innovation Awards Scheme (NPIA):
  • NPIA aims to bring forth innovative enterprises in different sectors.
  • The main objective is to raise consciousness towards innovation and productivity.
  • It encourages shareholders and database that helps in decision-making, improving system and procedures.

1st Jerusalem-Mumbai Festival to be held in Mumbai

  • The first ‘Jerusalem-Mumbai Festival’ will be held in the Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • This festival is organised to showcase the special links between the two cities and to promote ties between India and Israel.
  • Famous Israeli cinema, The Mossad, will be screened at the festival in the presence of the movie director Alon Gur Arye.

‘Reading Mission’ launched by Haryana govt to promote reading habits among students

  • To improve reading habit among students, the ‘Reading Mission- Haryana’ has been initiated by the state government.
  • As reading helps in developing social values of egalitarianism, tolerance, and justice.
  • The mission has been launched on the lines of the central government’s ‘Reading Mission 2022’, which aims to address the lost glory of reading books.

Medical devices to come under CDSCO’s purview from 1st April

  • The Government of India has decided to consider all medical devices including implants and contraceptives as “Drugs”.
  • The notification regarding the re-categorization was issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • With the implementation, all the medical devices will come under the purview of the Central Drugs and Standard Control Organization (CDSCO).
  • The re-categorization will be implemented from 1st April 2020 in the phase manner.
  • The re-categorization will enable the drugs regulator “CDSCO” to tighten the regulation to improve the safety and quality.

Delhi Election Results 2020 Updates: AAP gets 62 seats, BJP 8

  • In Delhi Assembly Election, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party scored a landslide victory.
  • This is the second time in a row as Aam Aadmi Party swept aside both BJP, which was again restricted to a single digit and Congress which could not win a single seat.
  • In the 2015 Assembly Election, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had won 67 seats out of 70.
  • BJP has won eight seats, five more than the 2015 assembly election.
  • However, the party managed to increase its vote share by over 6% from the last elections. 0.5% (approx) voters pressed the NOTA (None of the Above) button.

Ground Water Act-2020 approved by UP Government

  • The Uttar Pradesh government has given its approval to the Ground Water Act-2020.
  • The Ground Water Act-2020 has been approved with an objective of improving the falling groundwater level in the state.
  • In order to achieve this aim, the state cabinet chaired by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath approved the Ground Water Act-2020.

Tripura organises its 1st-ever “Hornbill Festival”

  • The 1st-ever Hornbill festival of Tripura was celebrated in Agartala.
  • The aim to conserve the striking forest bird “Hornbill” and to boost the livelihood of the people through tourism.
  • Chief Minister (CM) Biplab Kumar Dev inaugurated the festival at Baramura hill (in western Tripura).

Elephant and Indian Bustard to be included in India’s global conservation list

  • India to include the Asian Elephant and the Great Indian Bustard in the list of species that merit heightened conservation measures.
  • The list will be debated at the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), an environment treaty under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

15 crore loans extended to women under PMMY till Jan 2020, Tamil Nadu tops

  • Over 15 crore loans, amounting to Rs 4.78 lakh crore, have been disbursed to women borrowers under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY), stated Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs
    “As on 31.01.2020, over 15 crore loans have been disbursed to women borrowers, since inception of the scheme, amounting to Rs 4.78 lakh crore under PMMY.”
  • Giving more details, the Union Minister stated: Under PMMY, loans are extended to eligible borrowers for manufacturing, processing, trading, services and activities allied to agriculture, which help in creating income-generating activities and employment. However, profession-wise details are not maintained centrally.
  • The top three loan borrowers states are Tamil Nadu (Rs 58,227.47 crore), West Bengal (Rs 55,232.19 crore) and Karnataka (Rs 47,714.04 crore).

International News

WHO officially names Corona virus disease as “Covid-19”

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially named the disease caused by the new coronavirus as “Covid-2019”.
  • The new name “Covid-2019” has been taken from the words “corona”, “virus” and “disease”, with 2019 representing the year in which it emerged.
  • The word coronavirus refers to the group of viruses it belongs to.
  • The naming of the disease was done as the researchers were calling for an official name of the disease to avoid confusion and stigmatisation of any group or country.
  • The virus was also designated as SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.


Reserve Bank proposes new umbrella entity for retail payments system

  • The RBI has proposed setting up a new pan-Indian umbrella entity for retail payments system and has published a draft framework.
  • It has sought stakeholder comments by February 25.
  • The new entity will be involved in the development and monitoring of new payment methods, standards and technologies.
  • The proposed entity or entities will set up, manage and operate a new payment system in the retail space, which includes ATMs, white label PoS, Aadhaar-based payments and remittance services.
  • It will have to be a company incorporated in India under the Companies Act 2013 and maybe a for-profit or a Section 8 company, as may be decided by it.
  • The NUE shall have a minimum paid-up capital of Rs 500 crore (to support, address the capital needs for managing risks, invest in technological infrastructure, for business operations, etc).

Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank launches programme to boost entrepreneurship at polytechnics

  • Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank (KVGB), a regional rural bank headquartered in Dharwad district, has come out with plans to boost entrepreneurship among the students of polytechnics and ITIs.
  • P Gopi Krishana, Chairman, KVGB, who launched the ‘Vikas Yuva Prerana’ campaign, stated this programme will help the students from these institutes take up self-employment opportunities and establish their own ventures.
  • Explaining the programme, he stated the bank will disseminate information about self-employment opportunities for students in their campuses and explain the products and services of the bank.
  • The bank will then identify the final-year students who are keen on entrepreneurship to impart training.
    After that the bank will extend credit support to such students to start their ventures.

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology grants ₹44 lakh to 8 Warangal start-ups under TIDE scheme

  • Warangal-based tech incubator SRiX has disbursed grant-in-aid worth ₹44 lakh to eight start-ups under the Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs (TIDE) 2.0 scheme.
  • The scheme runs under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
  • SR Innovation Exchange (SRiX) is a designated TIDE 2.0 centre at SR Engineering College in Warangal.
  • The TIDE scheme promotes start-ups in engineering colleges in the areas of internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, blockchain and robotics.
  • The list of start-ups that received the grant includes Varaha Innovation Studios and Technologies, Youcode intelligence Solutions, Oakmont RSM Info Solutions and Viben QR Innovations, Sreedevi Devireddy, Chief Executive Officer of SR Innovation Exchange.

Summit & Conference

NSG organises 20th International Seminar against terrorsim at Manesar, Haryana

  • National Security Guard (NSG) has organised the 20th International Seminar on “Comprehends the Evolving Contours of Terrorism & IED Threat-Wayahead for the Security Community” at Manesar, Haryana.
  • The seminar was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy.
  • Senior Police and security officers, and delegates from various countries are participating in the Seminar.
  • A wide spectrum of Counter Terrorism and Counter-IED issues  will be covered in the two-day seminar.
  • He also presented the Counter-IED Innovators awards and released the 30th volume of “The Bomshell”.

National Water Conference held in Madhya Pradesh

  • National Water Conference was held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • The Conference was inaugurated by Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
  • The importance and revival of traditional water sources, right to water, river rejuvenation campaign in Madhya Pradesh and many other related topics are being discussed during the four sessions of the conference.
  • The experts discussed that water conservation technological development should be included with traditional means to solve the growing water crisis.

Kerala to host global meet on climate change, ocean health

  • ClimFishCon 2020, a three-day international conference on the impact of climate change on ‘hydrological cycle, ecosystem, fisheries and food security’.
  • Theme: Climate Change-Effective Adaptation for a Secure Future.
  • A major workshop titled Impact of Climate Change on Coastal Wetlands will be held on February 13.


Sanjay Vatsayan takes over as Eastern fleet commander

  • Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan took command of the eastern fleet deployed across the indo-pacific region to safeguard the nation’s maritime interest.
  • He took charge at Visakhapatnam on February 10 (Monday), 2020.

Italian super bike maker Ducati appoints Bipul Chandra as new head of Indian operations

  • Italian super bike maker Ducati stated it has appointed Bipul Chandra as the new Managing Director of its India operations.
  • Chandra replaces Sergi Canovas who is moving to an international role within the company.
  • Chandra, in his earlier role, was Ducati India’s Sales Director and has now assumed the position of Managing Director for the company.

New Deputy Chairman for VOC Port Trust

  • Bimal Kumar Jha has assumed charge as Deputy Chairman of the VO Chidambaranar Port Trust, Tuticorin (formerly Tuticorin Port Trust).
  • He succeeds N Vaiyapuri, who retired on December 31.
  • Prior to the new assignment, Jha had served as the Secretary of the Paradip Port Trust and the Deendayal Port Trust (formerly Kandla Port Trust) between 2012 and 2019.


13th edition of ESPNcricinfo Awards 2019 announced

List of winners of ESPNcricinfo Awards 2019:

Sl. No. Category Winner
1. Captain of the year Eoin Morgan (England)
2. Test batting performance of the year Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka)
3. Test bowling performance of the year Kemar Roach (West Indies)
4. ODI batting performance of the year Ben Stokes (England)
5. ODI bowling performance of the year Matt Henry (New Zealand)
6. T20I batting performance of the year Gleen Maxwell (Australia)
7. T20I bowling performance of the year Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)
8. Debutant of the year Jofra Archer (England)
9. Women’s batting performance of the year Meg Lanning (Australia)
10. Women’s bowling performance of the year Ellyse Perry (Australia)
11. Associate batting performance of the year George Munsey (Scotland)
12. Associate bowling performance of the year Bilal Khan (Oman)

Science & Technology

Indian DRDO developing Pranash, a new 200km strike range ballistic missile

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has started working on the development of the Pranash, a 200-km range surface-to-surface ballistic missile that would be armed with conventional warheads.
  • It would also be readied for exports to friendly foreign countries as its strike range is within the permissible limits of international regimes on missile sales.
  • The Pranash is an advanced version of the 150-km strike range Prahaar missile which was designed for tactical missions.
  • The surface-to-surface ballistic missile will be of use for the Air Force and Army.

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