Daily Current Affairs – 29 February 2020

Daily Current Affairs – 29 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

World rare disease day is observed on 29 February

  • World rare disease day is observed on 28/29 (last day of) February.
  • The day aims to raise awareness for the millions of people who are impacted by a rare disease.
  • It aims to educate people about rare diseases and their impacts.
  • Theme: The theme of the day is “Reframe Rare”.

NITI Aayog selects J&K for first pilot project among all States and UTs on Sustainable Developmental Goals

  • NITI Aayog has selected Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir for first pilot project among all States and UTs on Sustainable Developmental Goals.
  • It would get a chance to work with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • This was informed by Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal in a meeting at Jammu .
  • He also reviewed the progress made under different Outreach Programmes conducted across J&K.

Ministry of tribal affairs launches capacity building of ST Representatives In Odisha

  • The “Programme for Capacity Building of Scheduled Tribe Representatives in Local Self Governments” was launched by the Union Tribal Affairs Minister Shri Arjun Munda at Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  • Capacity Building initiative:The program included Technical sessions on topics such as Tribal Development Paradigms, Alienation of Tribal Land, Van DhanVikas Kendra and Innovation of Tribal Development.

Maharashtra government’s “Smart gram yojana” to be named after ex-minister R R Patil

  • The Maharashtra government’s “smart gram yojana” will be named after former Deputy Chief Minister the late R R Patil.
  • Since November 2016, the ‘smart gram yojana’ (smart village) is being implemented in the state where awards are given to gram panchayats at taluka and district level for their performance on certain parameters.

Maharashtra Assembly passes law making Marathi language compulsory for all schools

  • Maharashtra government has made Marathi compulsory in schools affiliated with all boards with a fine of Rs 1 lakh for institutions that fail to comply with the directive.
  • Maharashtra Assembly unanimously approved a bill making Marathi a compulsory subject in all schools of the state.
  • This law will be applicable to all boards like CBSE, CISCE, IB, IGSCE, NIOS

Unique census of migratory birds underway in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu

  • A unique census of migratory birds is being undertaken in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.
  • The census is unique because it uses both physical sighting as well as indirect clues for deciding the count of migratory birds that visit India during adverse climatic conditions in other countries.
  • The two-day census is an attempt to prepare a detailed inventory of various migratory birds that visit Kanyakumari from countries as far distant as Siberia.


India GDP grew 4.7 per cent in Q3

  • The Indian economy grew 4.7 per cent in the third quarter ended December 31, 2019, the National Statistics Office
    Core sector grows by 2% in January as power generation picks up.
  • The first quarter GDP growth for this fiscal has been revised upwards to 5.6 per cent, from the 5.1 per cent estimated earlier.
  • The second quarter GDP growth for the current fiscal has also been revised upwards to 5.1 per cent from 4.5 per cent announced earlier.

Poonawalla Fin and Capital Float tie-up to provide loans to MSMEs

  • Poonawalla Finance, part of the $9.8-billion Cyrus Poonawalla Group, has partnered with Capital Float to deliver working capital financing to Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across India.
  • Both companies will co-lend on Capital Float’s co-origination model to deliver last-mile credit to MSMEs.
  • Poonawala Finance, which started operations in April 2019, has already crossed AUM of ₹1,500 crore, and is one of the most well-capitalised NBFCs in the country.

Airtel Payments Bank rolls out Aadhaar enabled payment system

  • Airtel Payments Bank stated that it has launched the Aadhaar enabled payment system (AePS) which will help people to do transactions at over 2,50,000 of its banking points across India.
  • The system will enable customers, having Aadhaar- linked accounts of any bank, to do transactions at the designated points of the Airtel Payments Bank.
  • It allows customers to carry out transactions by using their Aadhaar number or virtual ID to access their bank accounts.
  • The AePS is a bank-led model which allows online interoperable financial transactions at a point of sale (PoS) through business correspondent of any bank using the Aadhaar authentication.

Summit & Conference

International Conference on Alternate Medicines Concludes at Delhi

  • The two-day International Conference on Standardization of Diagnosis and Terminologies in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha Systems of Medicine concluded in New Delhi recently with adopting the “New Delhi Declaration on Collection and Classification of Traditional Medicine (TM) Diagnostic Data”.

11th National Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Conference

  • The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the 11th National Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Conference -2020 in New Delhi.
  • The theme of the three day national conference is ‘Empowering Youth for Technology Led Farming’.


Film editor Sreekar Prasad enters the limca book of records

  • Veteran editor Sreekar Prasad has entered the Limca Book of Records for ‘films edited in most number of languages’.
  • He has edited films in 17 languages, namely Tamil, English, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Odia, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, Nepali, Marathi, Sinhalese, Karbi, Mishing, Bodo, and Pangchenpa.

Travellers’ Choice Destination Awards 2020 goes to Kochi

  • Kochi has topped the 2020 Travellers’ Choice Destination awards as a ‘trending’ location announced by Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel site.
  • The awards include two new categories: recognising traveller-loved destinations that are on the rise; and Emerging – looking ahead to what’s next – the destinations still ahead of the curve that smart travellers are already saving for their trips on Tripadvisor, a great indicator of up and coming hotspots.

Science & Technology

Seventeen new planets, including one Earth-sized habitable world discovered

  • Astronomers have discovered 17 new planets, including a potentially habitable Earth-sized world, by combing through data gathered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope which was launched in 2009, and retired in October 2018.
  • According to the researchers, including Michelle Kunimoto from the University of British Columbia in Canada, the Kepler satellite, over its original four-year mission, looked for planets, especially those lying in the potentially habitable “Goldilocks Zone” of their stars, where liquid water could exist on a rocky planet’s surface.
  • The current findings, published in The Astronomical Journal, include one such rare planet named KIC-7340288 b.

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