20 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

20 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

20 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. World Day of Social Justice being observed today

  • The United Nations' (UN) World Day of Social Justice is annually observed on 20th February to encourage people to look at how social justice affects poverty eradication.
  • It also focuses on the goal of achieving full employment and support for social integration.
  • The theme for 2020 is "Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice”.
  • The united nation has approved on 26th November 2007 as the World Day of Social Justice.
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 International Affairs

2. S Jaishankar inaugurates Indian pavilion at Berlin International Film Fest.

  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has inaugurated the Indian pavilion at the Berlin International Film Festival.
  • Information and Broadcasting ministry in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is participating in the 70th edition of the festival.
  • The External Affairs Minister is preparing the ground for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's planned visit for the India-EU summit in Brussels next month.
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 National Affairs

3. Kashi Mahakal Express to begin commercial run from Varanasi today

  • The Kashi Mahakal Express (the third private train of IRCTC) has been started from Varanasi.
  • The train service will link the three Jyotirlinga - Omkareshwar near Indore, Mahakaleshwar, in Ujjain and Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi.
  • The train will cover 1,131 km between Varanasi and Indore via Lucknow and a distance of 1,102 km between Varanasi and Indore via Prayagraj in approximately 19 hours.
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 National Affairs

4. Govt to set up Central Consumer Protection Authority by first week of April

  • According to Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) will be set up by the first week of April 2020.
  • It will address issues related to consumer rights, unfair trade practices, misleading advertisements and impose penalties for selling spurious and adulterated products.
  • The investigative wing will carry out inquiries in matters related to unfair trade practices and misleading advertisements.
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 State Affairs

5. Arunachal Pradesh celebrates 34th Statehood Day today

  • Today, Arunachal Pradesh is celebrating its 34th Statehood Day (February 20, 1987).
  • Home Minister Amit Shah will attend the celebrations at Itanagar and launch a slew of projects on the occasion.
  • Mr. Shah will launch the Arunachal Pradesh Industrial and Investment Policy, 2020.
  • He also inaugurates the Joram-Koloriang Road constructed by BRO, lay the foundation stone of the new headquarters of the state police and along with other projects.
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 National & International Appointments

6. Cabinet approves constitution of 22nd Law Commission of India

  • Union Cabinet approved the constitution of the 22nd Law Commission of India for a period of three years from its date of official constitution.
  • Law Commission of India is a non-statutory body constituted by the Government from time to time.
  • The Commission was originally constituted in 1955 and is re-constituted every three years.
  • The Commission will give recommendations on different aspects of law which are entrusted to it.
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 Arts & Culture

7. Ministry of Textile Organises KALA KUMBH –Handicrafts Exhibitions

  • The Ministry of Textiles is organising Kala Kumbh – Handicrafts Thematic Exhibition in various parts of the country to promote Geographical Indication (GI) crafts and heritage of India.(from 14 to 23 February 2020).
  • The exhibition is being sponsored by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH).
  • It has been organized in Bengaluru and Mumbai (from 14 Feb to 23 Feb) while in Kolkata and Chennai in March 2020.
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 National & International Appointments

8. Ashraf Ghani wins the Presidential elections of Afghanistan

  • Ashraf Ghani has won the Presidential elections of Afghanistan for the 2nd time.
  • Mr. Ghani has won the Presidential elections by winning 9,23,592 votes or 50.64% of the total votes.
  • He defeated his closest opponent Abdullah Abdullah who received 7,20,841 votes or 39.52% of votes.
  • The Election Commission stated that only 1.8 million Afghan citizens voted in the election out of total of 9.6 million eligible voters in the country.
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9. Computer scientist Larry Tesler passes away

  • An icon of early computing ‘Larry Tesler’ (invented 'cut, copy and paste') passed away.
  • Mr Tesler was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1945, and studied at Stanford University in California.
  • Mr Tesler (74-years) started working in Silicon Valley in the early 1960s, at a time when computers were inaccessible to the vast majority of people.
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10. Sindhu wins ESPN's Female Sportsperson of the Year award

  • World champion shuttler P V Sindhu has won the ESPN's 'Female Sportsperson of the Year' award for a third consecutive time.
  • Young shooter Saurabh Chaudhary bagged the honour in the male category.
  • Sprinter Dutee Chand became the first winners of the 'Courage' award for being inspirational both on and off the field.
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 National Affairs

11. V Prez inaugurates four-day Indian Students’ Parliament in New Delhi

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated the four-day Indian Students’ Parliament in New Delhi.
  • Mr Naidu expressed happiness that thousands of youngsters are taking active interest in politics and various issues concerning the nation.
  • Mr Naidu said, politics is a vehicle for serving the people and bringing about the desired socio-economic change.
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