15 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

15 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

15 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Mega industrial exhibition 'Engiexpo 2020' in Vadodara

  • In a bid to promote 'Made in India' products, the Federation of Small Scale Industries (FSSI) is organizing mega industrial exhibition 'Engiexpo 2020' in Vadodara, Gujarat.
  • Over 10,000 industrial products will be showcased in more than 300 stalls at the sixth edition of the exhibition.
  • The exhibition is showcasing various products, including weighing, welding and cutting tools, products related to construction work.
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2. Gulmarg will host five-day National Winter Games from March 7

  • World-famous Ski destination Gulmarg is all set to host a five-day national winter games event from 7th March under the banner of Khelo India.
  • Khelo India is an initiative of the Government of India to strengthen the sports ecosystem by encouraging mass participation and promotion of excellence.
  • There will be 30 events under five major activities- snowboarding, snow skiing, cross country.
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 International Affairs

3. EIU lowers global growth forecast for 2020 to 2.2%

  • The Economist Intelligence Unit has revised downwards its global growth forecast for 2020 to 2.2%. (earlier, 2.3%)
  • It has lowered the forecast due to the new risks that have emerged following the novel coronavirus outbreak in China.
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit's baseline scenario is that the public health emergency in China will be brought under control by end-March.
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 National & International Appointments

4. Robin Singh appointed UAE's Director of Cricket

  • Former India all-rounder Robin Singh (56-years) has been appointed director of cricket of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • Singh, who had represented India in one Test and 136 ODIs between 1989 and 2001, has over the years made a name for himself in coaching.
  • He was associated with the Indian Premier League's Mumbai Indians franchise, Caribbean Premier League's Barbados Tridents since 2013 and T10 franchises in the T10 league here.
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5. Padma Shri awardee fashion designer Wendell Rodricks passes away

  • Noted fashion designer and Padma Shri awardee Wendell Rodricks (59-years) passed away.
  • He is credited with revolutionising Indian fashion and promoting it globally.
  • He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2014 and also the recipient of Chevalier de I'Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight of the order of arts and letters) in 2015.
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6. Baseball legend Katsuya Nomura passes away

  • Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame catcher and renowned manager Katsuya Nomura (84-years) passed away due to heart failure.
  • Nomura was one of NPB’s greatest slugging catchers, amassing 657 home runs, 1,988 RBIs and 2,901 hits in 3,017 games over 26 seasons spent mostly with the Hawks.
  • In 1965, he became the first NPB batter to win the Triple Crown in the postwar era.
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7. Former Teri chief RK Pachauri passes away

  • Former TERI chief R K Pachauri (79-years) passed away at the Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi.
  • The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former US Vice-President Al Gore,
  • Earlier, Environmentalist Mr Pachauri (Founder Director of TERI) had undergone open-heart surgery at the same hospital after suffering a stroke in Mexico, July 2019.
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 State Affairs

8. Maharashtra govt announces five-day working week for its employees

  • The Maharashtra government has announced a five-day working week for its officers and employees.
  • The Maharashtra state cabinet also extended the current work hours by 45 minutes.
  • The new routine would start from 29th February this year.
  • Currently, Maharashtra government officials work on the first and third Saturdays of the month and get an off on the second and fourth Saturdays.
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 Books & Authors

9. Abhinav Kashyap releases a novel 'The Crossfire of Love'

  • Filmmaker and screenwriter Abhinav Kashyap recently unveiled the novel 'The Crossfire of Love'.
  • It is a racing psychological romantic thriller by US-based author Dhiren Tiwari.
  • Within days of the release, the novel has topped the WH Smith Bestseller charts and has garnered high praise from both critics in print and television.
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 National & International Appointments

10. Debasish Panda appointed finance secretary

  • Senior IAS officer Debasish Panda (1987-batch - Uttar Pradesh cadre) has been appointed as the new finance secretary.
  • Currently, Mr Panda is a special secretary, department of financial services.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment as secretary, department of financial services, in place of Rajiv Kumar, who superannuates this month-end.
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