Top Current Affairs of the day: 13 February 2020

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  • Nitin Gadkari flagged off Apiary on Wheels-A concept for Bee Keeping

    5 days ago
    Union Minister of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Gadkari flagged off 'Apiary on Wheels' on 13 February. The unique concept designed by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) for the easy upkeep and migration of Bee Boxes having live Bee colonies. Apiary on Wheels: ♦ Apiary on Wheels is a holistic approach to address the challenges faced by the beekeepers. ♦ It has been designed to reduce the labour and cost of maintaining and... Read More


    Amit Shah inaugurated BIMSTEC Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking

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    The Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah inaugurated the two-day Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) 'Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking' in New Delhi 13 February. The conference was organized by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). He also released the administrative and operational manuals of NCB on the occasion. Highlights: ♦ The conference highlighted the need for all nations to join hands in fighting Drug... Read More


    President Ram Nath Kovind presented Colour to INS Shivaji

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    President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented 'Colour' to the INS Shivaji in Lonavala, Maharashtra on 13 February to appreciate its remarkable contribution to the Indian Navy. INS Shivaji: Built on: 15 February 1945 Owned by: Government of India Current commander: Commodore K Srinivas ♦ INS Shivaji is an Indian Naval station located in Lonavala, Maharashtra. ♦ The motto of INS Shivaji is, ‘Karmasu Kaushalam’ (meaning Skill at Work).
    ♦ INS... Read More
    Category: Defence

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    President of Portugal arrives for a 4-day visit in India

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    President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is on a four-day visit to India from 14 February. He arrived on 13 February. This is President Marcelo's first visit to India. He will be accompanied by Professor Eurico Brilhante Dias, Secretary of State for Internationalization, Professor Augusto Santos Silva Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, and Jorge Seguro Sanches, Secretary of State for National Defense. Agenda: ♦ President Marcelo will visit Rajghat. ♦ He will hold... Read More


    Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra to be renamed as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan

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    Government has decided to rename Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan. Also, it has decided to rename the Foreign Service Institute to Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service. It was announced by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on the birth anniversary of Mrs.Swaraj. The aim is to honour the legacy and decades of public service of the former External Affairs Minister.
    Sushma Swaraj Career: Sushma Swaraj was educated at Sanatan Dharma College in Ambala... Read More


    WHO launched Global Research Forum against Coronavirus outbreak

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    A two-day global research and innovation forum led by the World Health Organization (WHO) was launched on 12 February. The forum aimed to mobilize international action in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. It was held from 12-13 February. Organized by: The forum was organized by WHO along with Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Global Research Forum: Chinese representatives from the National... Read More
    Category: International


    Cabinet approved amendment of the 2020 Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Bill

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    The Union Cabinet approved the amendment of the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Bill, 2020 on 12 February. The Bill was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Union Budget 2020. The Bill seeks to provide resolution for disputed tax cases that involve Rs.9.32 lakh crore. Aim: The amendment will widen the scope to cover litigation pending in various debt recovery tribunals (DRTs).
    Bill Amendment: ♦ The Bill was introduced with an aim to reduce litigation... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts


    Uttarakhand Cabinet approves 377 sq km for ESZ in Corbett Tiger Reserve

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    The Uttarakhand State cabinet approved a 377 sq km area for the proposed eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) for the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) on 12 February. The proposal will be forwarded to the Central government. ESZ allotment: ♦ The creation of the ESZ has been an issue as the villagers protested villages in the ESZ fearing loss of livelihood due to the restrictions imposed by the creation of such a zone.
    ♦ The proposed ESZ does not include any village, for which the... Read More
    Category: Environment


    Cabinet approves 2020 Pesticides Management Bill

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    The Union Cabinet approved Pesticides Management Bill, 2020 on 12 February. The move comes as the pesticide business is regulated by 1968 rules which have become age-old and need immediate rewriting. Bill provision: ♦ The Bill aims to regulate the business of pesticides and compensate farmers in case of losses from the usage of spurious agro-chemicals. ♦ The Bill will protect the interest of farmers and ensure they get safe and effective pesticides. ♦ As... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts


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    Cabinet approved the Major Ports Authority Bill to replace existing law

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    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the "Major Ports Authority Bill" on 12 February. It will replace the existing 1963 law (Major Port Trusts Act, 1963) that governs the country's 12 major ports. The announcement was made by Union Minister Mansukh Lal Mandaviya.
    Provisions of the Bill: ♦ The proposed law will enhance the overall efficiencies of the ports. ♦ The 12 major ports of India are Cochin, Chennai, Deendayal,... Read More


    Maharashtra Cabinet approved Rs.2 crore annual fund for juvenile homes in the state

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    The Maharashtra state cabinet approved a Juvenile Justice Fund for the welfare and rehabilitation of children in juvenile homes across the state on 12 February 2020. The cabinet also approved a proposal to make an Rs.2 crore annual budgetary provision for the fund. The fund will be used for the welfare of more than 21,178 children in over 560 juvenile homes across the state. Juvenile Justice Fund: ♦ As per the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, the setting up of Juvenile Justice Fund for... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    New Zealand unveils first AI police officer called Ella

    5 days ago
    New Zealand Police has recruited an Artificial Intelligence (AI) cop called Ella to the force. New Zealand's Intela AI and Soul Machines led the AI and digital human development of the AI cop. AI cop Ella: ♦ Ella is a life-like virtual assistant. It uses real-time animation to emulate face-to-face interaction in an empathetic way. ♦ It will be stationed in the lobby of the force's national headquarters in Wellington from 17 February. ♦ It will welcome visitors to... Read More


    The 43rd session of IFAD was held at Rome

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    The 43rd session of the governing council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) was held in Rome from 11-12 February 2020. IFAD of the United Nations (UN) aims to address hunger and poverty in developing countries. The council meet announced that with the current progress the UN's Sustainable Development Goals 2030 can not be achieved. Theme: The theme of the session is "Investing in sustainable food systems to end hunger by 2030". It highlights the... Read More


    Cabinet approved capital infusion for OICL, NICL, UIICL

    5 days ago
    The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the in-principle approval for capital infusion for three Public Sector General Insurance Companies (PSGICs), namely, Oriental Insurance Company Limited (OICL), United India Insurance Company Limited (UIICL), and National Insurance Company Limited (NICL). Approval: ♦ The Cabinet has allowed the immediate release of Rs.2500 Crore for the 3 PSGICs.
    ♦ The capital infusion is in light of the critical financial position... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    NCERT released curriculum for School Health Ambassador Initiative under Ayushman Bharat

    5 days ago
    Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Union Minister of Human Resource Development Sh. Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”, and Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS (HFW) released the curriculum for School Health Ambassador Initiative under Ayushman Bharat.
    Aim: The initiative aims to further strengthen the concept of preventive, promotive and positive health, which forms the fundamental cornerstone of the Health & Wellness Centres of Ayushman Bharat... Read More


    India Action Plan 2020 Summit is being held in Delhi

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    India Action Plan 2020 Summit was held on 12 February in Delhi. The summit was organized by TV Channel Times Now, India's premium broadcast network. The keynote was delivered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Aim: The aim of the TIMES NOW Summit is to accelerate the 'New India' vision by taking a holistic approach in defining a constructive action plan for India.
    Highlights: ♦ The two-day summit will have more than 25 sessions including topics such as social and... Read More


    National Womens Day is observed on 13 February

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    National Women's Day is observed on 13 February every year. The day marks the birth anniversary of Sarojini Naidu. The day was first celebrated on 13 February 2014 marks the 135th birth anniversary of late Sarojini Naidu. The day was designated to honour the work and contribution of Sarojini Naidu. Sarojini Naidu: ♦ Sarojini Naidu was born on 13 February 1879. She was nicknamed as the 'Nightingale of India' because of her poems. In 1928, the British government awarded... Read More
    Category: Important Days


    Bimstec disaster management exercise-2020 organized in Odisha

    5 days ago
    Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai inaugurated the Field Training Exercise of 2nd BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise on flood rescue at the Ramachandi Beach, Puri, Odisha on 12 February.
    Highlights: ♦ The exercise highlighted the historicity and diversity of cultural heritage sites in the BIMSTEC region. ♦ It will provide a platform for member states to evaluate existing capabilities and share the best emergency response practices. ♦ The... Read More
    Category: Defence


    Gulmarg to host 2020 National Winter Games

    5 days ago
    National Winter Games will be hosted in the world-famous ski destination Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir. The five-day games will be held from 7 March under the Khelo India programme. National Winter Games: ♦ National Winter Games is aimed to develop sports across the nation. ♦ The event will witness 30 events under four disciplines including snowboarding, snow skiing, cross country, and snow show. ♦ The Athletes in the age categories of 19-21 years, 17-18 years, 15-16... Read More
    Category: Sports


    World Radio Day is observed on 13 February

    5 days ago
    World Radio Day is observed on 13 February. The day marks the time where people around the world celebrate the radio and how it shapes their lives.
    Aim: The day aims to create awareness among the media and the public about the importance of radio. It encourages decision-makers to provide access to information through radio. The day enhances networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.
    Theme: The theme of 2020 is "Radio and Diversity". It focuses on... Read More
    Category: Important Days


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