Top Current Affairs of the day: 18 February 2020

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  • Hindi is the 3rd most spoken language of the world

    51 days ago
    The 22nd edition of the world language database Ethnologue reported that Hindi is the 3rd most spoken language of the world in 2019.
    Report Highlights: ♦ Ethnologue brought out a yearly database of living languages of the world since its establishment in 1951. ♦ Ethnologue stated that over 615 million people speak Hindi across the world.   ♦ English at the top of the list with 1,132 million speakers.
    ♦ Chinese Mandarin is in second position with 1,117... Read More


    GoI to double the Milk Processing capacity

    51 days ago
    Government is planning to facilitate the doubling of Milk Processing capacity from 53.5 million MT to 108 million MT by 2025. In the last 5 years, milk production is growing to 6.4% in India. It has increased from 146.3 million MT in 2014-15 to 187.7 million MT in 2018-19.
    Measures taken by GoI: ♦ Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying under the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries are working to introduce measures to increase milk productivity through... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Kala Kumbh is being held to promote GI Crafts at Bengaluru and Mumbai

    51 days ago
    Kala Kumbh - Handicrafts Thematic Exhibition was held in various parts of the country through the Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). The aim of the exhibition is to promote Geographical Indication (GI) crafts and heritage of India. The exhibition will be held from 14-23 February 2020 at Bengaluru and Mumbai. The event will be conducted in Kolkata and Chennai in March 2020. Highlights: ♦ The visitors will see a wide variety of handicrafts. By buying the handicrafts they... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

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    Australia appoints Barry O'Farrell as the next high commissioner to India

    51 days ago
    Australia appointed former New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell as the next high commissioner to India. O'Farrell will succeed Harinder Sidhu. The announcement was made by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne. Mr. O'Farrell will also have non-resident accreditation to Bhutan. Mr. O'Farrell: Mr. O'Farrell served in the New South Wales Parliament from 1995-2015. It is the 43rd Premier of the province. He has served as New South Wales' Special... Read More


    EAM Dr. S Jaishankar to inaugurate Indian Pavilion at 70th Berlin International Film Festival

    51 days ago
    The Union Minister of External Affairs Dr. S Jaishankar to inaugurate Indian Pavilion at 70th Berlin International Film Festival. The festival will be held from 20 February to 1 March 2020 in Berlin, Germany. 70th Berlin International Film Festival: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is participating at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival.
    In the festival, three Indian feature films... Read More


    GoI to rename IDSA as Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

    51 days ago
    The Government has announced that it is to rename the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) as "Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses". The move is to honour the commitment and legacy of late Manohar Parrikar. The institution will align the vision and aspiration of the premier defence Institute with the contribution of the former Defence Minister and Padma Bhushan awardee Manohar Parrikar. Defence Minister chairs the Executive committee of the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    United by Emotion has been chosen as the motto of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    51 days ago
    The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announced the motto for the year's Olympics. The motto for Olympics 2020 is "United by Emotion". The motto reflects the universal values and unifying power of sport. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held from 24 July to 9 August at New National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan.
    United by Emotion: The motto emphasizes the power of sport to bring together people from diverse backgrounds of every kind and allow them to connect and celebrate in a way... Read More
    Category: Sports


    The UAE approves to operate the first nuclear power plant

    51 days ago
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) issued a licence for a reactor at its Barakah nuclear power plant on 17 February. The information was passed by Hamad al-Kaabi, the UAE representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The move is in line with the UAE's vision to build a peaceful nuclear energy programme to cater to the future needs of energy in the country. Barakah plant: ♦ With this approval, the UAE became the first Arab country in the region to operate a nuclear power... Read More
    Category: International


    NESFB began its service and operation

    51 days ago
    North East Small Finance Bank (NESFB) which is the first small bank of North India has started its services on 16 February. On 31 March 2017, Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi (RVGN) (North East) Microfinance Limited received the Small Finance Bank License from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
    North East Small Finance Bank (NESFB): ♦ Assam's finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and TATA Trust chairman Ratan Tata launched the first 28 branches of NESFB.
    ♦ Tata has... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance


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    Odisha passed the Odisha State Backward Classes Amendment Bill

    51 days ago
    The Odisha assembly passed the Odisha State Backward Classes (Amendment) Bill on 17 Monday. The new Bill will amend the Odisha State Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993. The amendment will empower the Backward Class Commission to conduct a survey to identify socially and economically backward classes in the state. It will conduct the survey on the basis of their socio-educational status. The Bill was passed unanimously. Bill provision: ♦ The Odisha state assembly passed a... Read More


    Sanjay Agarwal inaugurated 4th National Conference on Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in Udaipur

    51 days ago
    Secretary of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (FW) Sanjay Agarwal inaugurated the 4th National Conference on Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in Udaipur, Rajasthan on 17 February. The conference was held from 17-18 February.
    Highlights: ♦ The conference was aimed to create awareness at the grassroots about the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. ♦ Discussions were held to ensure effective consultation amongst all the stakeholders, namely the State Governments, the Banking... Read More


    Bio Asia 2020 is being held in Hyderabad

    51 days ago
    The 17th edition of Bio Asia 2020 is being held in Hyderabad, Telangana. It is considered as Asia's largest Biotechnology and Life Sciences Forum. The forum is being held from 17-19 February 2020.
    Organizing Team: BioAsia 2020 is organized by the Government of India in partnership with Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of MSME; Department of Biotechnology, Department of Pharmaceuticals and its state partners including Assam, Kerala, Odisha,... Read More


    India, Russia defence deals to cross USD 16 billion

    51 days ago
    Defence deals between India and Russia are to cross $16 billion. The information was passed by the Russian embassy. Also, Russia has reaffirmed the timely implementation of contracts, including the supply of S-400 air defence systems and the production of Kamov helicopters and Kalashnikov rifles.   Deals between India and Russia: ♦ The two countries signed 14 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) during the Defexpo 2020 that covered the development and production of land, air and... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    SEBI approves proposal to segregate investment advisory, distribution services

    51 days ago
    The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) approved the proposal to segregate investment advisory and distribution services. Under this, individual investment advisors cannot provide distribution services to clients.
    Highlights: ♦ An individual or a company should opt either providing advisory services or distribution services for investment products including portfolio management products, mutual funds, and alternative investment funds from now.
    ♦ SEBI also... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance


    GoI has provided 100 percent digital online Haj process

    51 days ago
    The government of India has provided 100% digital/online Haj process in India with an objective of Ease of Doing Haj for the Indian Muslims. The information was given by the Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi at a trainers programme for Haj 2020 at Haj House, Mumbai.
    Digital/online Haj process: ♦ The entire Haj process has been made digital, transparent and affordable when compared to the last several decades. The 100% digital/online Haj process will remove... Read More


    Fifteenth Finance Commission to form a High-Level Expert Group on Agriculture Exports

    51 days ago
    The Fifteenth Finance Commission (XV-FV) is to constitute a High-Level Expert Group on Agriculture Exports in pursuance of its Terms of Reference (ToR). The group will recommend measurable performance incentives for States to encourage Agri exports and to promote crops to enable high import substitution. The Committee has been asked to submit recommendations within three months. Committee Members: The group is headed by Shri Sanjiv Puri, Chairman and Managing Director, ITC. The member of... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    ISRO to launch 10 EO satellites to boost surveillance

    51 days ago
    As per the annual report of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the space agency is planning to launch 10 earth observation (EO) satellites with space surveillance features during 2020-21.
    The space agency aims to boost space surveillance in order to keep an eye on terror launchpads along the borders, check infiltration and keep an eye on China's naval activities in the Indian Ocean Region. ISRO upcoming projects: ♦ Of the planned 10 EO satellites, only three... Read More


    BS-VI to be rolled out on 1 April, GoI speeds up the process

    51 days ago
    The Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan reviewed the preparations and instructed the implementing officials to speed up the efforts for the implementation of BS-VI on 1 April 2020. The aim is to achieve the commitments made at COP-21. The move also aims to improve the ease of living for citizens. The move will be implemented with the spirit of the Government to dedicate "HarKaamDeshKeNaam". BS-VI grade fuel: The Supreme Court has decided... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Srinagar to host 2020 Global Investors Summit

    51 days ago
    Srinagar is to host a three-day Global Investors' Summit 2020 for the first time. The objective of the summit is to invite investments to the newly formed Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir. Aim: The aim of the Global Investors' Summit is to exhibit investment opportunities that are available in the Jammu & Kashmir in different sectors including horticulture & post-harvest management, tourism, film tourism,  Mulberry production for silk, Agro and Food Processing,... Read More


    SC permits permanent commissioning of women officers in the Army

    51 days ago
    The Supreme Court ordered the government to ensure permanent commission (PC) to women officers in the Army. The officers will now be appointed for command posting.
    SC ruled out that the benefit will have to be given to all women officers irrespective of the number of years of service. The SC also said that all terms of appointments of women officers shall be the same as their male counterparts. Centre now has to implement the policy within three months.
    Background: In 2010, the... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


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