21 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

 21 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

21 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Sanjay Kothari becomes new Central Vigilance Commissioner

  • Retired IAS officer Sanjay Kothari has been selected as the new Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) by a high-powered committee headed by PM Narendra Modi.
  • Retired IAS officer Bimal Julka has been chosen as the new Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) in the Central Information Commission.
  • The CVC is an an-corruption watchdog with autonomous status.
  • The CIC is an independent and unconstitutional body to look after the complaints made to it.
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 National Affairs

2. Rajnath Singh lays foundation stone of new Army HQ building

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stone for construction of a new Army headquarter building in Delhi Cantonment.
  • Christened 'Thal Sena Bhawan', the complex will be spread over nearly 39 acres.
  • It will represent the unsung heroes of the armed forces who have sacrificed their lives for the country.
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 State Affairs

3. Haryana govt to set up Atal Kisan Majdoor canteens

  • Haryana government will open Atal Kisan - Majdoor canteens in all mandi and sugar mills across the state.
  • It will provide affordable & cheap meals to farmers and labourers at a concessional rate of 10 rupees per plate.
  • 25 such canteens will be established this year.
  • Haryana government will also provide free and concessional travel facility to 41 different categories of residents in the ordinary buses of Haryana Roadways.
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 Banking & Finance

4. Centre releases Rs 19,950 cr as GST compensation to states, UTs

  • The Central Government has released 19,950 crore rupees as GST compensation to states.
  • With this release of GST compensation, the Central Government has released a total of over 1.20 lakh crore rupees towards GST compensation to the states during current fiscal.
  • In the financial year 2018-19, over 69 thousand crore rupees was released to the States and Union Territories as GST compensation.
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5. Divya Kakran wins a gold medal at Asian Wrestling Championships

  • Divya Kakran became only the second Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships defeating Naruha Matsuyuki in New Delhi.
  • Divya won all four bouts in five-wrestler 68 kilogram category, as the competition was fought in the round-robin format.
  • Navjot Kaur had become the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Asian Championships in 2018 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 65 kilograms.
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 Important Dates

6. International Mother Language Day being celebrated today

  • International Mother Language Day is being observed every year on the 21st of February (since February 2000) to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
  • The theme of this year’s Mother Language Day is ‘Languages without borders".
  • The day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999.
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 National Affairs

7. Tripura Tea Board organizes 'Run for India Tea' event

  • In Tripura, the Tea Board of India in collaboration with Tripura Tea Development Corporation (TTDC) organized "Run for India Tea" morning to promote and popularise Tripura tea alongside India tea.
  • A large number of tea workers wearing traditional dresses along with students participated in the tableau procession.
  • The corporation is working tirelessly to boost the tea industry in the state.
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 National Affairs

8. CPCB identifies 60 pollution river stretches in northeastern states

  • The Central Pollution Board (CPCB) has identified 60 pollution river stretches based on Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) in different northeastern states.
  • According to the report, CPCB has identified over 350 polluted river stretches across India and the number continues to grow.
  • The study found out that the discharge of industrial and mining effluent and dumping of waste has been identified as the major causes of pollution of these stretches.
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9. Pragyan Ojha announces retirement from all forms of cricket

  • Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha (33-years) announced retirement from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect.
  • He played his last match for India in 2013 during Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test against the West Indies in Mumbai.
  • Pragyan Ojha played 24 Tests, 18 ODIs and 6 T20Is in which he scalped 113, 21 and 10 wickets respectively.
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 Arts & Culture

10. Bharat-Bangla Tourism festival begans in Agartala

  • The Bharat-Bangla Paryatan Utsav-Tourism festival has begun in Agartala, Tripura.
  • The aim of the festival is to promote tourism in Tripura and apprise the people of the state and neighbouring Bangladesh of the tourist destinations in this state.
  • Seminars, discussions, cultural events, visit the important tourist spots, historical and archaeological sites are the main parts of the two-day friendship festival.
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 National & International Appointments

11. Mahant Nritya Gopal Das elected as President of Ram Mandir Trust

  • The first meeting of the Ram Mandir Trust to oversee the construction of Ram temple (in Ayodhya) was held in New Delhi.
  • The 15-member trust was formed in adherence to the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute in November 2019.
  • Nripendra Misra will be the head of the temple construction committee.
  • Mahant Nritya Gopal Das was elected as the president of the Trust whereas Champat Rai would be the general secretary.
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 International Affairs

12. Pakistan successfully tests air-launched cruise missile Ra’ad-II

  • Pakistan conducted a successful flight test of the air-launched nuclear-capable cruise missile Ra'ad-II .
  • The Ra’ad-II weapon system is equipped with state-of-the-art guidance & navigation systems ensuring of engagement targets with high precision.
  • Ra’ad-II missile (range of 600 km) is planned to be attached to Mirage aircraft or F-16 fighter jets of the Pakistan Air Force.
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