11 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

11 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

11 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Pullela Gopichand honoured with lifetime achievement award by IOC

  • India Chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand has received an honourable mention in the male category of the 2019 International Olympic Committee's Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Gopichand founded the Gopichand Badminton Academy in 2008.
  • Mr. Gopichand had received Government of India’s Arjuna award (1999), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2001), Padma Shri (2005), Dronacharya award (2009) and Padma Bhushan (2014).
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2. Australia presented with ICC Women’s Championship trophy

  • Australia was awarded the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s Championship trophy 2020.
  • The ICC Women’s Championship has given hosts New Zealand and four top teams a direct place in the World Cup 2021.
  • The remaining teams will play qualifiers through the Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2020 scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka from (3 - 19 July,2020).
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 Important Dates

3. World Unani Day being observed today

  • The World Unani Day is celebrated every year to mark the birth anniversary of great Unani scholar and social reformer Hakim Ajmal Khan.
  • The main objective of World Unani Day is to spread awareness about health care delivery through Unani system of medicine through its preventive and curative philosophy.
  • The Unani system of medicine was introduced in India by the Arabs and Persians sometime around the eleventh century.
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4. India's Lalremsiami named as 2019 FIH Women's Rising Star of Year

  • India forward Lalremsiami (19-years) has been named as the 2019 FIH Women's Rising Star of the Year by the International Hockey Federation
  • Lalremsiami took the prize ahead of Argentina's Julieta Jankunas and Frederique Matla of the Netherlands.
  • Lalremsiami first came into the wider hockey consciousness at the Hockey Women's World Cup in 2018 when she was one of the stand-out players of the tournament.
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 Summits & Conferences

5. National Water Conference started in Bhopal

  • Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath is the Chief Guest of the National Water Right Convention at Minto hall in Bhopal.
  • The purpose of the conference is to finalize the guidelines for the Water Rights Act in Madhya Pradesh.
  • There was plenty of water in the state before due to rivers (Narmada, Chambal, Son, Betwa, Sindh).
  • As a result of the decline in groundwater during the last few years, the water crisis has arisen in most parts of the state.
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 National Affairs

6. Official Visit of Vice-President of Vietnam to India

  • Vice President of Vietnam Dang Thai Ngoc Thinh is on an official visit to India (11th to 13thFeb 2020).
  • She will hold delegation-level talks with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and call on President Ram Nath Kovind.
  • During the visit, the direct flight between India and Vietnam would be announced.
  • The visiting dignitary is also scheduled to visit Bodh Gaya.
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 International Affairs

7. China's CPI rose at their highest rate in more than 8 years

  • China's consumer price index (CPI) rose at their highest rate in more than eight years with inflation more than expected on the back of Lunar New Year demand and a deadly virus outbreak.
  • The rise in January was the highest since October 2011 when CPI inflation was 5.5%.
  • The consumer price index, a key gauge of retail inflation, came in at 5.4% last month with food prices spiked 20.6%.
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 Important Dates

8. 11th Feb: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

  • International Day of Women and Girls in Science is being celebrated on 11th February to highlight the work of female scientists throughout its divisions and agencies.
  • According to data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women.
  • The day's purpose is to promote full and equal access to participation in science for women and girls.
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 Honours & Awards

9. Kaamya Karthikeyan becomes youngest girl to climb Mt Aconcagua

  • India's Kaamya Karthikeyan (Mumbai-based) became the youngest girl in the world to summit Mount Aconcagua (6962-meter) the highest peak in South America.
  • Kaamya had summited Ladakh's 6,260 metres Mt. Mentok Kangri II, under extreme cold weather conditions on August 24, 2019.
  • Kaamya is studying in 7th standard at Navy Children School in Mumbai.
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 International Affairs

10. Bangladesh to disinvest in 4 govt owned Banks

  • The government of Bangladesh has decided to start the process of disinvestment in four State-Owned Commercial Banks (SOCB) by October this year.
  • The Bangladesh Development Bank Limited (BDBL), Agrani Bank Ltd, Janata Bank Ltd and Sonali Bank Ltd would be listed on the stock market while the share of Rupali Bank limited offered to the public would be raised from current 9.91% to 25%.
  • Sonali Bank serves as the treasury of the government.
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 Banking & Finance

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

  • According to Reserve Bank of India, the special lending window with Cash Reserve Ratio exemption will be open from 14th of February this year.
  • The incremental loans disbursed under this facility will have CRR exemption for the next five years.
  • 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.
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12. Veteran cricket journalist Raju Bharatan passes away

  • Noted cricket journalist and film historian Raju Bharatan (86-years) passed away following a prolonged illness
  • Bharatan, who wrote on Indian cricket and Bollywood music, worked for a weekly features magazine, The Illustrated Weekly of India, and an Indian films weekly newspaper, Screen.
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