29 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

29 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

29 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Michael Miebach appointed as new CEO of Mastercard

  • Michael Miebach has been appointed as the new CEO (Chief executive officer) of Mastercard.
  • Michael Miebach will replace Ajay Banga (on March 01, 2020) who held the position for 10 years.
  • Mr. Miebach was the Chief Product Officer of Mastercard before this.
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 National Affairs

2. Prime Minister lays foundation stone for Bundelkhand Expressway

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Bundelkhand Expressway at Chitrakoot, UP.
  • The Expressway will be supplementing the nodes of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor announced by the GoI in February 2018.
  • This expressway will link the Bundelkhand area to the national capital Delhi through Agra-Lucknow expressway and Yamuna expressway as well as play a vital role in the development of Bundelkhand region.
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3. Offshore Patrol Vessel-6 “VAJRA” is launched at Chennai

  • The sixth offshore patrol vessel 'Yard 45006 VAJRA' to enhance coastal security was formally launched at Chennai.
  • The vessel, built by L&T under the 'Make in India' campaign, would be used for day and night patrolling.
  • The vessel is 98 metres long and 15 metres wide with a gross tonnage of 2,100 tonnes.
  • The ship would be fitted with CRN-91 and 12.7 mm guns and an integral twin-engine helicopter enhancing its operational, surveillance, search and rescue capability.
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 International Affairs

4. High Court Bans two books for hurting religious sentiments in Bangladesh

  • The High Court of Bangladesh banned two books for hurting religious sentiment and infringing individual freedom.
  • The books Dia Arefin and Nanir Bani are written by the blogger Diarsi Arag were published by Srishtighar Prokashana in Bangladesh.
  • The court ordered the authorities to ban the publication, sale, distribution and marketing of two books with immediate effect.
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5. Renowned Vedic Scholar Sudhakar Chaturvedi passes away

  • Renowned Vedic Scholar and Gandhian Sudhakar Chaturvedi passed.
  • The centenarian was given the title Chaturvedi for his mastery over the four Vedas.
  • Deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and Arya Samaj movement, he handed over 50 spiritual books in four languages.
  • He had spent his last few years teaching Vedas to young enthusiasts.
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 Summits & Conferences

6. 11th National Krishi Vigyan Kendra Conference 2020 started in New Delhi

  • The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Tomar inaugurated the 11thNational Krishi Vigyan Kendra Conference -2020 in New Delhi.
  • The conference is on ‘Empowering Youth for Technology Led Farming’.
  • The conference is being organized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
  • The conference aimed to highlight the technology-led farming and youth entrepreneurship via agriculture.
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 Important Dates

7. World Rare Disease Day celebrated today

  • Every Year on the last day of February is observed as World Rare Disease Day.
  • The theme of the day this year is ‘Reframe Rare for Rare Disease Day’
  • It was first launched by Eurordis in 2008.
  • Its objective is to create awareness about the impacts of the disease.
  • The rare diseases include Thalassemia, Haemophilia, Sickle Cell Anaemia and primary immune deficiency according to WHO.
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8. The world’s oldest man passes away in Japan at 112

  • The world’s oldest person, Chitetsu Watanabe of Japan passed away at 112.
  • He was born in 1907 when Japan’s average life expectancy hovered around 40 years.
  • Less than two weeks before his death, Guinness World Records recognized Watanabe as the world’s oldest man at 112 years and 344 days old
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 Banking & Finance

9. HDFC Bank launches co-branded credit card with IndiGo

  • HDFC Bank joined hands with the country's largest airline IndiGo to launch a co-branded credit card.
  • Powered by the Mastercard, the card will effectively work like a loyalty programme for the carrier.
  • Labelled Ka-ching, the card will offer complimentary air tickets, lounge access, 5 per cent cashback on Indigo bookings.
  • With over 14 million active cards, HDFC Bank is by far the largest credit card issuer in the country. 
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 National Affairs

10. Mumbai airport launches terminal for storing agro, pharma products

  • The Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) has launched an exclusive terminal for processing and storage of agro and pharma products.
  • Known as the world's largest airport-based temperature-controlled facility, the 'Export Cold Zone' can hold over 700 tonnes of such cargo at one time with a combined annual capacity of 5.25 lakh tonnes.
  • Mumbai airport, run by a joint venture between Airports Authority of India and GVK.

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