02 March 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

29 February 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

02 March 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Pekka Lundmark appointed CEO of Nokia

  • Pekka Lundmark has been appointed as the CEO (Chief executive officer) of Nokia.
  •  Present Nokia Chief Executive Mr.  Rajeev Suri will leave his current position on 31st August 2020 and continue to serve as an advisor to the Nokia board until 1st January 2021.
  • Nokia faces intense competition from Sweden’s Ericsson and China’s Huawei in the race to deliver 5G telecoms networks to operators around the world.
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2. JD(U)’s Valmiki Nagar MP Baidyanath Mahto passes away

  • Senior JD(U) leader & Lok Sabha MP from Valmiki Nagar, Baidyanath Mahto (70-years) passed away at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.
  • Mr. Mahto won the Valmiki Nagar seat in 2019 general election and also represented the seat in 2009.
  • He had represented Nautan assembly seat thrice.
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 Banking & Finance

3. GST collection crosses Rs one lakh crore mark in February

  • Government has collected over one lakh five thousand crore rupees as Goods and Services Tax in February this year which is eight per cent more than the GST collected in the same month of last year.
  • Out of the total revenue, Central Goods and Service Tax (CGST) is over 20 thousand crore rupees, State Goods and Service Tax (SGST) is over 27 thousand crore and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) is over 48 thousand crore rupees.
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4. Dronacharya awardee athletics coach Joginder Singh Saini passes away

  • Veteran athletics coach and Dronacharya awardee Joginder Singh Saini (90-years) passed away in Patiala due to age-related problems.
  • Mr. Saini remained the chief national athletics coach for many years from the 1970s to 90s.
  • Saini received the Dronacharya Award in 1997 for his contribution to Indian athletics.
  • Saini was a science graduate and became an athletics coach in 1954.
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 International Affairs

5. Afghanistan's Taliban, US sign agreement aimed at ending war

  • US officials and Taliban representatives have signed an agreement after months of negotiations in Doha that is aimed at ending the United States's longest war, fought in Afghanistan since 2001.
  • The US and NATO troops would withdraw from Afghanistan within 14 months.
  • About 14,000 US troops and approximately 17,000 troops from 39 NATO allies and partner countries are stationed in Afghanistan in a non-combatant role.
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 Arts & Culture

6. Unique Chilli festival begins at Kasrawad in Khargone district of MP

  • The two-day unique Chilli Festival has begun at Kasrawad in Khargone district, Madhya Pradesh.
  • The Chilli Festival is a big business opportunity for traders, investors and exporters.
  • It will also help in fulfilling the Central Government's goal of doubling the income of farmers.
  • Nimar and Malwa regions are the highest chilli producing regions of the state.
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 National Affairs

7. Amit Shah inaugurates the campus of NSG Regional Hub at Kolkata

  • Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the National Security Guard (NSG) Regional Hub campus at Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • It aims to provide adequate facilities to the brave NSG jawans.
  • NSG also referred to as "The Black cats", combats terrorist activities with a view to protecting states against internal disturbances. 
  • It functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
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 National Affairs

8. World Productivity Congress in India after 45 years of gap

  • The 19th World Productivity Congress will be held in Bengaluru aims at catalyzing government approaches in enhancing productivity (6-8th May 2020).
  • The Congress is held under the theme ‘Industry 4.0-Innovation and Productivity’.
  • It was last held in India in 1974.
  • The World Productivity Congress has been conducted by the World Confederation of Productivity Science since 1969.
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 International Affairs

9. ADB sanctions 4 million USD to members countries to contain Corona Virus

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a total of USD 4 million (Rs. 29 crores) to help developing countries in Asia and Pacific to fight the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • The funds will be available for all ADB developing member countries in updating and implementing their pandemic response plans.
  • The work will be conducted in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).
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 National Affairs

10. Tourism Minister launches Incredible India website in New Delhi

  • The Minister of State (IC) for Tourism & Culture, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel has launched the multilingual Incredible India website in New Delhi.
  • Incredible India website is a promotional website with an aim to project India as a ‘must-visit’ destination across the globe.
  • Now, the website comprises of a plethora of information around 165 destinations, 2700+ pages, 28 States + 9 UTs along with multiple attractions. 
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