26 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

26 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

26 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Kiren Rijiju inaugurates 1st Khelo India Winter Games in UT Ladakh

  • The Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the first-ever Khelo India Winter Games in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
  • It is being organized to promote winters sports as well as to harness youth’s talent of India.
  • Open Ice Hockey Championship, Figure Skating, Speed Skating will be the three winter sports held during the Khelo India winter games.
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2. India and US signed Defence deals worth 3 billion dollars

  • India and the United States finalized Defence deals worth three billion dollars including three other agreements of health and oil sectors on 25 February 2020.
  • The deals include procurement of twenty-four MH-60 Romeo helicopters by India from the US at a cost of $2.6 billion and six AH-64E Apache helicopters for $800 million from the US.
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3. Former President of Egypt Mohammed Hosni Mubarak passes away

  • Former Egypt’s President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak (91-years) who ruled the country for 30 years passed away.
  • He was also air force chief of Egypt earlier.
  • He was a reliable US ally, a barricade against Islamic militancy and guardian of Egypt's peace with Israel.
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 Arts & Culture

4. Annual Cultural Fair ‘Vasantotsav’ begins in Gandhinagar

  • The Eight-day annual cultural fair called “Vasantotsav” was inaugurated on 25 February at Sanskruti Kunj in Gandhinagar by Maharaja Ranjitsinh Gaekwad Institute of Design (MRID).
  • This festival is organized by the Department of Youth and Cultural Affairs to celebrate the rich diverse heritage of the country.
  • Theme for Vasantotsav 2020 is Ek Bhaart Shreshth Bharat.
  • Artists from across India will perform in the festival.

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 Science & Technology

5. ISRO to launch Geo Imaging Satellite GISAT-1 on March 5

  • ISRO is all set to launch Geo Imaging Satellite (GISAT-1) from the Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota.
  • Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F10) will be launching GISAT-1 at 17:43 hrs IST on March 05, 2020.
  • GISAT-1 has a weight of 2,275 kg and is a state-of-the-art agile Earth observation satellite that will be placed in a 'geosynchronous transfer orbit'
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 National Affairs

6. New Zealand Deputy PM visited India for four-day visit

  • Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand are on a four-day visit to India.
  • Deputy PM of New Zealand will deliver speech on Indo-Pacific at the Indian Council of World Affairs followed by a meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at Hyderabad House.
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 International Affairs

7. BIMSTEC to work on power grid connecting Myanmar-Thailand to India

  • Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is working on connecting about 3,000 km long power grid from Myanmar-Thailand to India.
  • This was announced by Bangladesh PM’s Energy Advisor Dr Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury during the energy conference of BIMSTEC in Dhaka.
  • BIMSTEC is a regional grouping with seven countries from South and Southeast Asia including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar
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 National Affairs

8. First Unified Vehicle Registration Card launched by Madhya Pradesh

  • Madhya Pradesh became the first state to launch Unified Vehicle Registration Card in India.
  • These cards will have exhaustive information on both sides with a unique number, emergency contact number and QR code for data verification.
  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued the guidelines regarding uniformity in driving licenses and vehicle registration cards across the country in March 2019.
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 Summits & Conferences

9. 1st ‘National Conference on Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

  • First ‘National Conference on Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (CDRR&R) 2020’ was organised by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), in New Delhi.
  • The aim of the conference is to enhance human capacity in terms of better understanding about coastal disaster risks and effective collaborative actions, by implementing Prime Minister’s 10-point agenda and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
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 Arts & Culture

10. Losar Festival celebrated at Himachal Pradesh

  • 15 Day Long Losar Festival took place at Dharamshala with 3 important days from 24 to 26 February.
  • It is celebrated on the first day of the luni-solar Tibeten calendar. Prayers were offered at Dorje Drak Monastry in Shimla.
  • People from the Buddhist community gathered at different temples to celebrate the Losar festival.
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 National Affairs

11. Union HRD Minister launches UKIERI-UGC Programme

  • Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal launched ‘Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrator’.
  • The programme is a joint initiative of UGC and British Council under the auspices of UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) to deliver a leadership development programme for middle and senior level administrative functionaries in Indian Universities.
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 State Affairs

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

  • Two new bird species namely Red Throated Thrush and Plumbeous Water Redstart have been found during the Great Backyard Bird count in Union Territory of Ladakh.
  • Great Backyard Bird count is a three-day exercise undertaken by the Wildlife Conservation and Birds Club of Ladakh.
  • A record of 87 total species of birds in Ladakh have been found.
  • The details will be recorded in the eBird India website for further studies.
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