13 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

13 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

13 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Atul Gupta elected as New President of ICAI

  • CA Atul Kumar Gupta has been elected as the new President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for the term 2020-21.
  • Nihar Niranjan Jambusaria has been elected as the Vice President of the ICAI for 2020-21.
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is the national professional accounting body of India, established on 1st July 1949.
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 National Affairs

2. Union Cabinet approves Pesticide Management Bill 2020

  • Union Cabinet has approved the Pesticide Management Bill 2020.
  • The legislation will promote organic pesticides in the country. Major Ports Authority Bill to enhance overall efficiencies of the ports was cleared by the Cabinet.
  • Cabinet has also approved changes in the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Bill, 2020.
  • The bill seeks to increase its scope to cover litigations pending in various debt recovery tribunals (DRTs).
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 Important Dates

3. 13th February: The World radio day

  • The World Radio Day (WRD) is celebrated every year on 13th February to celebrate radio as the medium for entertainment, information and the mode of communication.
  • The theme of this year’s World Radio Day is ‘Radio and Diversity’.
  • The day provides an opportunity to honour how radio is uniquely positioned to bring communities together and promote positive dialogue for change
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 Defense

4. UK’s start-up launches 1st big batch of satellites

  • The UK-based OneWeb company has sent 34 satellites into orbit on a single Soyuz rocket, from Baikonur port, Kazakhstan.
  • The aims are to have the full network in operation by the end of 2021.
  • This is the 50th Soyuz mission conducted by Arianespace, as the company plans to perform 19 more medium-lift Soyuz from three spaceports by 2021.
  • Its mission was to drop its satellite batch into one of 12 planes planned for the constellation.
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 National Affairs

5. Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa arrives in New Delhi

  • Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has arrived in New Delhi on a four-day visit to India.
  • During the visit, President Sousa will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow followed by a visit to Rajghat.
  • President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will also travel to the states of Maharashtra and Goa during his visit.
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 Defense

6. india-UK Joint Military Exercise AJEYA WARRIOR 2020 begins in UK

  • The India-UK joint military exercise named 'Ajeya Warrior-2020' (fifth edition) has been started at Salisbury Plains, United Kingdom.
  • The exercise comprises of 120 soldiers each from Indian and United Kingdom Army.
  • The aim of this exercise is to conduct company level joint training with emphasis on counter terrorists operation in Urban and Semi Urban areas.
  • The exercise is conducted alternatively in the United Kingdom and India.
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 National Affairs

7. Mumbai to get India’s largest air quality monitoring network

  • The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will develop an air quality monitoring network across 90 locations in Mumbai.
  • This will make it the largest network in India, as per a report in Hindustan Times
  • BMC is planning to invest Rs. 9.5 crores to install 80 real-time air monitoring stations.
  • These stations will give location-wise updates on the quality of air.
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 National Affairs

8. Prez Kovind presents President's Colour to Indian Navy's INS Shivaji

  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented Colour to Indian Navy's INS Shivaji at Lonavala, near Mumbai.
  • INS Shivaji is commemorating 75 years (Platinum Jubilee) of its glorious service to the Indian Navy this month.
  • The President’s Colour is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon any military unit.
  • The motto of this establishment is Karmasu Kaushalam which translates to imbibing the concept of Skill at Work in all facets of human endeavour.
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 Arts & Culture

9. 'Hunar Haat' begins at India Gate lawns today

  • Hunar Haat (20th) has begun at India Gate lawns today where master artisans and culinary experts from across the country are showcasing their talents.
  • More than 250 stalls have been set up where master artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts are participating from across the country.
  • Cultural programmes will also be a major attraction of the Hunar Haat which will be organized on daily basis.
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 Books & Authors

10. Dharmendra Rai’s book “The Thin Mind Map Book” launched

  • The Thin Mind Map Book” authored by a mind mapping & brain literacy pioneer Dharmendra Rai was launched recently.
  • The book is designed to make anyone an expert in mind mapping by devoting 2 full days to reading & doing all the experiential exercises mentioned in the book.
  • Mr. Rai is a mind mapping & brain literacy pioneer and has a world record of conducting more than 380 mind mapping seminars in under 10 years.
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 Summits & Conferences

11. Amit Shah inaugurates India’s first BIMSTEC conference

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated a two-day Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking for BIMSTEC Partner Nations at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • The conference is being organized by the Narcotics Control Bureau.
  • This platform will provide an opportunity to all the member nations to deliberate on the increased threats posed by drug trafficking
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 Summits & Conferences

12. Naveen Patnaik inaugurates the 2nd BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise2020

  • Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated the 2nd BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise hosted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in Bhubaneswar.
  • The theme of this year’s exercise is “A cultural heritage site that suffers severe damage in the earthquake and flooding or storm.”
  • Five-member countries(India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal) are participating in this (Bhutan and Thailand not participating).
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 National Affairs

13. Piyush Goyal inaugurates 1st phase of East - West Metro in Kolkata

  • Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has inaugurated the first phase of East-West Metro in Kolkata.
  • In this phase, trains will play from Salt Lake's sector five to Salt Lake Stadium.
  • Passenger services will start in this 5.8 Kilometres stretches from Friday.
  • The services will remain open from 8 in the morning to till 8 at night with 20 minutes frequencies of trains within six stations
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