Top Current Affairs of the day: 17 February 2020

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Last Updated: Feb 17, 2020 18:35 IST


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  • JK, Ladakh is to come under the jurisdiction of CAT

    250 days ago
    The Union Territory (UT) of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh will soon be covered by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). The announcement was made by the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh at the annual conference of the CAT in New Delhi.
    CAT in J&K: ♦ The CAT tribunal which will be set up will have jurisdiction to handle disputes and other issues related to the UT services.
    ♦ So far, the CAT had jurisdiction only over... Read More


    GoI, World Bank signs loan agreement to improve groundwater management

    250 days ago
    Government of India and the World Bank signed a $450 million loan agreement on 17 February. The agreement aims to support the national programme to arrest the depleting groundwater levels and strengthen groundwater institutions in India. The loan agreement was signed by Shri Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, and Mr. Junaid Ahmad, India Director, India on behalf of the World Bank. Agreement Provision: ♦ The Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY)-National... Read More
    Category: Agreements MoU


    Soil health card Scheme completes 5 years as on 19 February

    250 days ago
    Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare reported that so far 6954 villages have been identified by the States/UTs in which against the target of 26.83 lakh samples, 20.18 lakh samples have been collected, 14.65 lakh samples have been analyzed and 13.54 lakh cards have been distributed to farmers. The Soil health card scheme completes 5 years on 19 February 2019.
    Soil health card scheme: ♦ Soil health card scheme was launched by PM Modi on 19 February 2015.
    ♦ The... Read More
    Category: Schemes

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    Nitin Gadkari to represent India at the 3rd High-Level Global Conference on Road Safety

    250 days ago
    Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari is representing India at the 3rd High-Level Global Conference on Road Safety for Achieving Global Goals 2030 in Stockholm, Sweden. Organizing team: The conference is organized in active collaboration with the World Bank, World Health Organisation (WHO) and other agencies who aims to strengthen the capabilities of various institutions. Aim: The aim of the conference is to bring road safety on the global agenda... Read More


    CBIC to capture district-wise data or origin of export goods

    250 days ago
    Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) is to capture district-wise data or origin of export goods. The move is in line with PM's aim of turning districts into export hubs.
    Aim: The new initiatives of the CBIC aim to help policymakers make data-driven decisions. Highlight: ♦ The additional information from the export declarations will provide key statistical input to policymakers on the importance of each district for exports. ♦ It will help in aligning... Read More


    Admiral Karambir Singh to visit Myanmar

    250 days ago
    Indian Navy's Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Karambir Singh is on a 4-day visit to Myanmar from 17-20 February 2020. The visit aims to enhance the bilateral maritime relations between India and Myanmar. Agenda: ♦ Admiral Karambir Singh will hold bilateral discussions with Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief Myanmar Navy. ♦ He will hold talks with H.E. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief Defence Services, and other senior Government... Read More
    Category: Defence


    PM Modi inaugurated COP-13 on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

    250 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 13th Conference of Parties (COP-13) on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) at Gandhinagar on 17 February. The 13th edition is being hosted in India. The conference will be held from 17-22 February 2020. Theme: The theme of COP-13 CMS is "Migratory species connect the planet and we welcome them home". The CMS COP 13 logo was inspired by Kolam, a traditional art form from southern India. The Kolam art form in the logo... Read More


    Mondo Duplantis breaks own pole vault world record, Clears 6.18m

    250 days ago
    Mondo Duplantis smashed his own world pole vault record for the second time in a week at the 2020 World Indoor Tour, Glasgow Grand Prix. He cleared 6.18m. He easily beat his own mark of 6.17m which he set in Poland 2020. He was awarded a $30,000 bonus from World Athletics. Mondo Duplantis: In 2019 he broke the NCAA indoor and outdoor records and won the NCAA indoor championship. In October 2019, Duplantis won a silver medal in the pole vault at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar in... Read More
    Category: Sports


    India, Norway joins to mitigate marine plastic litter and microplastics

    250 days ago
    Union Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar met a delegation led by Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, H.E. Mr. Sveinung Rotevan on the side-lines of the 13th Conference of Parties of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).
    Highlights: ♦ India and Norway agreed to jointly tackle concerns related to oceans, environment and climate matters. ♦ The two countries ensured that the 2020s will be a decade of rapid action on... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


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    Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated India Pavilion at GulFood 2020 in Dubai

    250 days ago
    Union Minister for Food Processing Industries (FPI) Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated the India Pavilion at 25th Edition of the GulFood 2020 in Dubai on 16 February. The event was held from 16-20 February.   Highlights: ♦ The platform GulFood 2020 facilitated tie-ups between foreign investors.
    ♦ It also aimed at accelerating the pace of export of food products from India to the western market.
    ♦ Harsimrat Kaur Badal interacted with the exhibitors and... Read More


    Delhi Police celebrated 73rd Raising Day

    250 days ago
    Delhi Police celebrated 73rd Raising Day on 16 February 2020. The celebration was presided over by the Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah. Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Shri Anil Baijal and the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Smt. Kiran Bedi participated in the occasion. Home Minister Amit Shah presented medals to Delhi Police Officers for their exceptional service.
    Delhi Police: Formed on: 1861 (Delhi Police on 16 February 1948) Headquarters: Indraprashta estate, New Delhi Officer... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Joshua Cheptegei sets 5km road world record in Monaco

    250 days ago
    Uganda's world 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei created history by setting a 5km road world record in Monaco. He ran 12 minutes 51 seconds and smashed the previous record, set by Kenya's Rhonex Kipruto by clocking 13:22. Jimmy Gressier of France finished second in Monaco with a European record. He clocked 13:18. Also, Britain's Nick Goolab finished third in a new British record of 13:27. Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei: Ugandan long-distance runner Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won silver... Read More
    Category: Sports


    No. 47 Squadron of IAF celebrated Diamond Jubilee

    250 days ago
    No. 47 Squadron of Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated 60 years of its glorious service to the nation. It is currently stationed at AF Station, Adampur. To mark the occasion, Diamond Jubilee celebrations were organized at Air Force Station Adampur on 14-15 February.
    Events: ♦ Aerial display by the Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team, IAF vintage Flight, Air Devils was held during the event. ♦ Performance by the Air Warriors Drill Team enthralled the audience on the day.
    ♦... Read More
    Category: Defence


    Exercise SAMPRITI-IX concluded at Umroi

    250 days ago
    The joint military exercise SAMPRITI-IX concluded at Umroi, Meghalaya. The exercise was held between the armies of India and Bangladesh. The 9th edition of the military exercise was held from 3-16 February 2020.
    Highlights: ♦ The exercise was aimed to strengthen the military ties between the two countries. ♦ It allowed the two armies to understand each other's tactical drills and operating techniques.
    ♦ The exercise provided an ideal platform for the... Read More
    Category: Defence


    PM participated in Kashi Ek Roop Anek held at Varanasi

    250 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the program named 'Kashi Ek Roop Anek' held at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He interacted with artisans and craftsmen and distributed kits and financial assistance to artisans and craftsman from different crafts. Aim: The event aimed to facilitate and strengthen the traditional handicrafts workers, artisans, and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) in achieving the goal of a $5 trillion economy. Highlights: ♦ Products from... Read More


    All India Conference of CAT was held in New Delhi

    250 days ago
    The annual All India Conference of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) was held in New Delhi on 16 February 2020. The Conference was presided over by the Union Minister for Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad. Highlights: ♦ The jurists and experts deliberated on key issues related to the functioning of the Tribunal and priorities for 2020. ♦ The conference had two technical sessions that discussed issues related to the work of CAT, including structural and institutional... Read More


    President to visit Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu

    250 days ago
    President Ram Nath Kovind is embarking a two-day visit to Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu on 17-18 February 2020.
    Agenda: ♦ The President will lay the foundation stone and inaugurate several developmental projects of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu in Daman.
    ♦ He will inaugurate the Jampore Sea Front Road from Moti Daman Jetty to Jampore Beach and an Ayushman Bharat Wellness Centre in Daman. Dadra & Nagar Haveli and... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    PM unveiled statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya in UP

    250 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya on 16 February. He inaugurated the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Memorial Centre in Padao on the Varanasi-Chandauli border. He also launched several projects worth Rs.1,200 crore that includes a 430-bed super specialty government hospital, and a 74-bed psychiatry hospital at Banaras Hindu University, UP. Statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya: ♦ As per BJP ideologue, the panchaloha statue is the tallest statue... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


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