19 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

19 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

19 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Soil Health Card Day being observed today

  • The Soil Health Card Day is being observed today.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Soil Health Card (SHC) Scheme on 19th February 2015 at Suratgarh in Rajasthan.
  • The scheme aims at issuing soil health cards to farmers every two years so as to provide a basis to address nutritional deficiencies in the soil.
  • The scheme ensures additional income to farmers by the increase in yields and it also promotes sustainable farming.
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2. Kerala CM launches ''Yodhavu'' mobile app to combat drug menace

  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched a mobile app 'Yodhavu' (Warrior), as part of efforts to curb the growing menace in the State.
  • Through this app, the public can inform police about drug abuse and its distribution.
  • A special feature of the application, introduced by the Kochi city police, was that the informer's identity could be kept secret.
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3. Greatest woman golfer Mickey Wright passes away

  • Greatest woman golfer Mickey Wright (85 -years) passed away at Florida in the United States.
  • Her haul of 13 major victories included four US Women's Open titles and four US Women's PGA Championships. 
  • Wright had accumulated 82 titles of Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour titles during a professional career which stretched from 1954 to 1969.
  • She won the 1954 World Amateur Championship before turning professional the following season.
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 Important Dates

4. Shivaji Jayanti being celebrated in Maharashtra

  • The birth anniversary of Maratha Warrior King ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’ is being celebrated in all over Maharashtra.
  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his birth anniversary.
  • Shivaji Bhonsle was an Indian warrior king and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan.
  • Shivaji carved out an enclave from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur that formed the genesis of the Maratha Empire.
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5. JSW Steel gets NCLAT's approval to acquire Bhushan Power for Rs 19,700 Cr

  • The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal has approved the Rs.19,700-crore resolution plan of JSW Steel to take over the bankrupt Bhushan Power and Steel.
  • The approval comes with the immunity sought by the new owner against investigations being carried out against the erstwhile promoters of Bhushan Power and Steel.
  • This comes after the government recently amended Section 32A of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.
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6. Popular Bengali film actor Tapas Pal passes away

  • Popular Bengali film actor and former Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal passed away at a private hospital in Mumbai.
  • His acting in 'Dadar Kirti', Saheb, Parabat Priya and other films acclaimed appreciation.
  • Tapas Pal elected in West Bengal state assembly and in Lok Sabha from Krishnanagar Constituency in Nadia District in the state.
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 National Affairs

7. Two new bird species found during Great Backyard Bird count in Ladakh

  • In Union Territory of Ladakh, two new bird species (Red-throated Thrush and Plumbeous Water Redstart) have been found during the Great Backyard Bird count.
  • Common Rose Finch and Grey Haron species have arrived in Ladakh region early than usual.
  • Three-Group birders and wildlife experts have counted and recorded a total of 87 various species of birds in Ladakh.
  • The details will be recorded in the eBird India website for further studies.
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 International Affairs

8. Bangladesh to sign Free Trade Agreement with Nepal

  • Bangladesh and Nepal have agreed to sign a Free Trade Agreement to enhance trade between the two countries.
  • Bangladesh has also agreed to allow Nepal to use it Saidpur airport located in its northernmost district of Nilphamari close to Nepal.
  • Bangladesh exports commodities worth $38 million to Nepal and imports goods worth around 18 million dollars.
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9. NADA bans javelin thrower Amit Dahiya for four years

  • National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) has banned javelin thrower Amit Dahiya for four years for evading sample collection and trying to cheat officials during the 2nd National Javelin Throw Open Championship 2019 held at SAI Centre in Sonipat.
  • NADA had issued the charge of notice to Dahiya on July 16 for violating rule 2.3 of the NADA.
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10. AIFF receives 'Grassroots Charter Bronze Level' membership of AFC

  • The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has received the "Grassroots Charter Bronze Level" membership of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
  • This declaration accords AIFF the right to promote its grassroots events and activities with the support and recognition of the AFC in accordance with the applicable terms of the AFC Grassroots Charter.
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11. Sunil Kumar wins gold in Asian Wrestling Championships

  • Sunil Kumar won the gold medal in Asian Wrestling Championships 2020 in New Delhi.
  • The seasoned grappler beat Azat Salidinov from Kyrgyzstan in the final of the 87 kg category.
  • Last year also, Sunil Kumar had made it to the final and ended with a silver medal.
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12. FIFA U-17 Women's Football World Cup to be hosted in 5 cities in November

  • Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has launched an event to unveil the five host cities for the FIFA Under-17 Women's Football World Cup.
  • The matches of the world cup will be held in five cities including Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata and Navi Mumbai.
  • These cities will play host to 16 teams which will compete across 32 matches to lift the coveted title.
  • The official slogan - Kick Off The Dream - was also unveiled during the event.
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 International Affairs

13. UK announces new points-based visa system

  • UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel has announced the launch of Britain's new points-based visa system.
  • It aims at attracting the "brightest and the best" from the world, including from India.
  • The new system will cut down numbers of cheap, low-skilled migrating workers coming to the country.
  • The new system will come into force from January 1, 2021.
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