05 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

05 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

05 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. PM Modi inaugurates 11th edition of DefExpo-2020 in Lucknow

  • PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the 11th edition of the ‘DefExpo-2020’ in Lucknow, a flagship biennial event of the Ministry of Defence.
  • The ‘DefExpo-2020’ promises to bring new technological solutions, where Defence manufacturing companies from India and abroad showcase their products & services, on a single platform.
  • The exhibition will present a golden opportunity for interaction and brainstorming to innovators, manufacturers, and stakeholders.
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2. Sahitya Akademi Awardee Jaswant Singh Kanwal passes away

  • Eminent Punjabi writer, Sahitya Akademi Awardee Jaswant Singh Kanwal passed away.
  • He was bestowed the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship award for his book ‘Pakhi’ (Hand Fan).
  • He received the Sahitya Akademi award (in 1998) for his novel ‘Taushali Di Hanso’ and Sahitya Shiromani Award of the Punjab government (in 2007).
  • Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar conferred on Kanwal the degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) for Punjabi literature.
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 National & International Appointments

3. Deepa Malik Elected President of Paralympic Committee of India

  • India’s lone woman Paralympic medallist Deepa Malik (49-years) has been elected as president of Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), polls held in Bengaluru.
  • Deepa Malik (silver in Shot putt F-53 at Rio 2016) was the successor of the acting interim president Gursharan Singh.
  • The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) is the body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Paralympic Games and other international athletic meets.
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 International Affairs

4. Somalia declares national emergency over locust surge

  • Somalia has become the first country in the Horn of Africa to declare a locust infestation sweeping the region as a national emergency.
  • Experts say the locust swarms are the result of extreme weather swings.
  • The emergency declaration was made to focus efforts and raise funds because it was critical to contain the locust swarms before harvests are due in April.
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 Banking & Finance

5. Cabinet approves amendments to bring co-operative banks under RBI

  • Union Cabinet has decided to bring Cooperative banks under the regulatory mechanism of Reserve Bank of India.
  • The move will ensure greater accountability and transparency in the functioning of Cooperative Banks.
  • The cabinet also approved the IIIT Laws Amendment Bill 2020.
  • Five IIITs in the PPP mode at Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur will be declared as Institutions of National importance.
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 National & International Appointments

6. Albin Kurti appointed new Prime Minister of Kosovo

  • Albin Kurti (44-years) has been named as Kosovo's prime minister.
  • He was named PM after his left-wing Vetevendosje party forged a coalition with the centre-right Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK).
  • Kurti’s government was supported by 66 out of 120 votes, while 10 MPs abstained from voting.
  • The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo is the head of government of Kosovo.
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 National & International Appointments

7. Shaktikanta Das named ‘Central Banker of the Year 2020 – Asia Pacific

  • Shaktikanta Das (The governor of the Reserve Bank of India) has been named ‘Central Banker of the Year 2020 - Asia-Pacific’ by The Banker.
  • The Banker is a London-based international financial affairs publication owned by The Financial Times.
  • It is known for its annual rankings of the world's top banks.
  • The 2020 list“celebrates the officials that have best managed to stimulate growth and stabilise their economy”.
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 Arts & Culture

8. India's biggest rural technical festival 'Antahpragnya 2020’ in Telangana

  • District Collector of Nirmal M Prashanthi has inaugurated National Level India's Biggest Rural Technical Festival titled 'Antahpragnya 2020' in Telangana.
  • The theme of this festival is 'Spot and encourage rural tech innovators'.
  • The 3-day technical fest, with over 200 events viz Campus Farming competition, Robo Racing, Robo Soccer, and others.
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 National Affairs

9. Over 73 lakh youth trained under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana

  • According to Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship RK Singh, Over 73 lakh candidates trained under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana.
  • The Ministry is implementing the scheme with an objective to provide skilling to one crore youth across the country.
  • Under the scheme, the focus on employment has been significantly enhanced and candidates have been placed in various sectors and industries.
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 National Affairs

10. President Opens Rashtrapati Bhavan's annual 'Udyanotsav'

  • President ‘Ram Nath Kovind’ has opened the annual Udyanotsav of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • About 10,000 programmed Tulip bulbs in 8 varieties of different colour were imported from the Netherlands and have been planted in the Mughal Gardens.
  • The people will also be able to visit the Spiritual Garden, Herbal Garden, Bonsai Garden and Musical Garden.
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11. Kenya's longest serving President Daniel Arap Moi passes away

  • Former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi (95-years), who ruled the country for 24 years passed away.
  • He became the Minister of Home Affairs and President Jomo Kenyatta later named him Vice President in 1967.
  • He became Kenya's second president after independence and went on to rule from 1978 to 2002.
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