12 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

12 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

12 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Vice President releases the book ‘A Child of Destiny

  • The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu released the book titled “A Child of Destiny: An Autobiography” written by Prof. Ramakrishna Rao, in Vishakhapatnam.
  • K. Ramakrishna Rao was an Eminent Scholar, Author, Researcher, Scientist and Gandhian, born in Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of Padma Shri in 2011.
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 International Affairs

2. Coronavirus disease named Covid-19

  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is ‘Covid-2019’.
  • The word coronavirus refers to the group of viruses it belongs to.
  • Researchers have been calling for an official name to avoid confusion and stigmatisation of any group or country.
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 National Affairs

3. Govt to rename NIFM as Arun Jaitley National Institute of Financial Mana

  • The Union Government has decided to rename National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Faridabad as Arun Jaitley National Institute of Financial Management.
  • The decision has been taken to pay tribute to former Union Finance Minister and Padma Vibhushan awardee late Shri Arun Jaitley.
  • NIFM, Faridabad, was set up in 1993 as a registered society under Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
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 Summits & Conferences

4. Global meet on climate change ‘ClimFishCon 2020’ started in Kochi

  • The International conference titled ‘ClimFishCon 2020’ to deliberate on the impact of climate change on ‘hydrological cycle, ecosystem, fisheries and food security’ started in Kochi, Kerala.
  • It has been Organized by the CUSAT School of Industrial Fisheries in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries, Kerala.
  • Theme: Climate Change-Effective Adaptation for a Secure Future.
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 State Affairs

5. UP Govt launches toll free helpline numbers for students

  • Uttar Pradesh Government has launched toll-free helpline numbers (1800-180-5310 and 18001805312) to solve the queries of students ahead of the Board Examinations starting next week.
  • Experts of different subjects including English, life sciences, geography, general science, Hindi, Sanskrit, chemistry will be available on call on these numbers.
  • The helpline numbers will remain active from 8 am to 8 pm.
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 Important Dates

6. 12 February:National Productivity Day

  • National Productivity Day is being observed on 12th February annually to increase the productivity culture in India.
  • It is celebrated by the National Productivity Council (NPC), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Government of India is a premier institution for propagating productivity movement in India.
  • NPC works for providing solutions towards accelerating productivity, enhancing competitiveness, increasing productivity.
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 Honours & Awards

7. Indore to host 21st edition of IIFA Awards from March 27-29

  • The International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA Awards) 21st -edition will be held in Indore from March 27-29 this year.
  • Bhopal will host a function in run-up to the mega Bollywood event on March 21.
  • This will be the 21st edition of the awards, which first started in 2000 and later became one of the highest- profile events related to the Hindi film industry.
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 National Affairs

8. NHAI to waive off FASTag cost between 15-29 Feb

  • National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to waive off the FASTag cost of Rs. 100 rupees for NHAI FASTag between 15th to 29th  of this month.
  • Road users can visit any authorized physical point-of-sale locations with a valid Registration Certificate (RC) of the vehicle and get an NHAI FASTag free of cost.
  • NHAI FASTag may be purchased from all NH fee plazas, RTOs, Common Service Centres, transport hubs and petrol pumps.
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 National Affairs

9. Union Cabinet approves changes in 'Vivad se Vishwas' Bill

  • Union Cabinet has approved changes in the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Bill, 2020.
  • It seeks to increase its scope to cover litigations pending in various debt recovery tribunals (DRTs).
  • It was proposed to cover tax disputes pending in Income Tax Appellate Tribunals, High Courts and the Supreme Court.
  • Union Cabinet has given its in-principle approval for capital infusion of 2,500 crore rupees in three Public Sector General Insurance Companies.
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 National & International Appointments

10. Arvind Kejriwal elected as Aam Aadmi Party's Legislative Party Leader

  • The newly-elected Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs chose Party Convenor Arvind Kejriwal as the leader of the Legislative Party today.
  • Mr Kejriwal will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister for the third time at Ramlila Maidan on 16th of this month.
  • The party emerged victorious during the recently concluded elections winning 62 out of the total 70 seats (BJP- 8 seats) in the Delhi Assembly.
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