23 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

23 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

23 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. First Khelo India University Games launched by PM Modi

  • PM Narendra Modi has declared open the first-ever Khelo India University Games in Odisha through video conferencing.
  • As many as 3400 athletes from 159 universities across the country have been given entries in 17 disciplines (archery, athletics, boxing, fencing, judo, swimming, weightlifting, wrestling, badminton, basketball, football, hockey, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, rugby and kabaddi), including rugby which is among the six-team events.
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 National Affairs

2. India to switch to world's cleanest petrol, diesel from 1st April

  • India will switch to the world's cleanest petrol and diesel from 1st April as it leapfrogs straight to Euro-VI emission compliant fuels from Euro-IV grades now.
  • This has been achieved in just three years and not seen in any of the large economies around the globe.
  • India will join the select league of nations using petrol and diesel containing just 10 parts per million of sulphur as it looks to cut vehicular emissions.
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 National Affairs

3. Indian Railways Constructs Country’s Tallest Pier Bridge in Manipur

  • The Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway Construction Organisation is constructing India’s tallest ever Pier Bridge in Manipur.
  • The 100-metre tall bridge is being constructed across river Makru in Tamenglong District of Manipur.
  • The total cost of the 555 metre-long bridge is approximately Rs.283.5 Crores.
  • The Bridge is a part of 111 km Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal new broad gauge line project of Indian Railways.
  • The longest tunnel is Tunnel No. 12 with a length of 10.280 Km. 
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 National Affairs

4. Country''s first floating jetty inaugurated in Goa

  • Union Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya has inaugurated the country's first floating jetty and an immigration facility in Goa.
  • This floating jetty is the first such facility in the country.
  • It will boost inland waterways.
  • They are environment-friendly and can be built in a short time. 
  • The immigration counter at the cruise terminal in Mormugao Port will help foreign nationals who arrive on cruise ships.
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 National Affairs

5. India, Sri Lanka sign MoU for up-gradation of infra in plantation school

India and Sri Lanka have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for up-gradation of infrastructure in plantation schools for estate workers of Indian origin.
The MoU was signed by acting High Commissioner Mr Vinod. K. Jacob and Secretary, Ministry of Education of Sri Lanka Mr NHM Chithrananda in Colombo.
The project is implemented to upgrade the infrastructure of 9 plantation schools under Indian grant assistance of Rs 30 crores.

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 Honours & Awards

6. Manoj Kumar felicitated by World Book of Records, London

  • Veteran actor Manoj Kumar has been felicitated by the World Book of Records, London with the WBR Golden Era of Bollywood honour for his contribution to Indian Cinema. 
  • Manoj Kumar was the winner of 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2015 and also awarded Padma Shri award by the Government of India in 1992.
  • He is known for acting in and directing films with patriotic themes. 
  • Earlier legendary actor Dilip Kumar was also felicitated with the honour.
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7. Russia will host new edition of AIBA World Cup 2020

  • Russia will be the first country to host the new format of the AIBA Team World Cup in 2020.
  • The Boxing tournament will be coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II under the motto “Boxing for Peace”.
  • The best national teams all over the world will take part in the tournament.
  • The final match is scheduled in October 2020 in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
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 Honours & Awards

8. CSIR-CDRI Scientist Dr. Niti Kumar gets SERB Women Excellence Award-2020

  • Dr Niti Kumar, Senior Scientist from Division of Molecular Parasitology and Immunology, CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow has received SERB Women Excellence Award-2020.
  • Award will be conferred by the President of India during National Science Day Celebrations on February 28, 2020, in Vigyan Bhawan.
  • This award is given to women scientist below 40 years of age. 
  • The women researchers will be supported by the research grant of 5 lakhs per annum for 3 years
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 Summits & Conferences

9. International Judicial Conference 2020 held in New Delhi

  • International Judicial Conference 2020 was held in New Delhi. 
  • The conference was addressed by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. 
  • The conference was organised by the Supreme Court of India. 
  • Ram Nath Kovind, delivered the valedictory address at the International Judicial Conference.
  • The topic of the one-day conference is "Judiciary and The Changing World”.
  • Also, the theme of 'Gender Just World' was introduced at the conference.

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 National & International Appointments

10. RBI clears appointment of Sunil Gurbaxani as Dhanlaxmi Bank MD

  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approved the appointment of Sunil Gurbaxani as managing director and CEO of Dhanlaxmi Bank.
  • Dhanlaxmi Bank was removed from the RBI PCA framework, subject to certain conditions and continuous monitoring, as the bank is found to be not breaching any of the risk thresholds of the framework.
  • The private sector lender had registered a net profit of Rs 16.90 crore during the corresponding period in previous fiscal.

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