Weekly Current Affairs 16-02-2020 to 22-02-2020

16th February 2020 is observed as NATIONAL ALMOND DAY. The Day recognizes the versatile and healthful almond. 

 The Indian Navy gears  for the biggest multilateral naval exercise, Milan 2020 in the Indian Ocean which provides a 'wider array of exercises at sea in multi-national groupings with seamanship drills, simulation of complex operational scenarios, tactical manoeuvres and others

P.M. will inaugurate the Pancha Loha Statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya in Varanasi on Feb 16, 2020.

Srinivas Gowda – a kambala jockey from Karnataka – competing in a kambala event covered 142.5 m in 13.62 seconds at the Aikala-Bava kambala near Moodbidri. 

India and Portugal signed 14 agreements to boost cooperation in a range of areas, including defense, investment, transport, ports, culture, and industrial and intellectual property rights and yoga.  

The Naga tribes of Manipur celebrated it's seed sowing festival 'Lui-Ngai-Ni', under the theme "Oneness through Culture” in Ukhrul, Manipur.  

The Kolkata Police announced that Belgian Malinois will be inducted into the specialised dog squad being set up to combat terror activities in Kolkata. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. This panchaloha statue 63ft. tall  is the tallest statue in the country 

Punjab Police launch ‘Appreciate and Commend’ scheme to honour diligent police officers  

Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurates India Pavilion at GulFood 2020 in Dubai (UAE)  

Ramkumar Ramanathan & Purav Raja win men’s doubles title; Australia’s James Duckworth wins men’s singles title  in Bengaluru Open ATP Tennis Challenger tennis 

Recently, the festival of Medaram Jatara also known as Sammakka Saralamma Jatara celebrated in the state of Telangana concluded. It is a tribal festival honouring the fight of a mother and daughter, Sammakka and Saralamma, with the reigning rulers against an unjust law.

Women Army Officers are eligible for permanent Commissions and command posts in the Army irrespective of their years of service as per SC orders.

18th Feb 2020 is celebrated as birth anniversary of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati. He was the first men to oppose social evils like animal sacrifice, caste system, child marriage and discrimination against women.  

India assumes presidency of UN body on Migratory Species for 3 years

After almost four years of providing free internet access to people in developing countries, Google plans to shut down its Station program.  

India will host the 2021 Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup, making it the second big-ticket event awarded to the country for the second time on the trot. 

 The Indian Railways South Central Railways (SCR) zone has become the 1st zonal railway in the country to have functional “energy neutral” railway stations on the network. 

Donald Trump set to inaugurate world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad during India visit  

2020 UN Climate Summit ‘COP26′ to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change )is to be held in Glasgow, UK in November 

Groundwater as well as river water in the western Bengal basin has high concentrations of pesticides and toxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), according to a study by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. 

 Haryana government has decided to give 6 crore rupees to players of the state that bag gold medals at the Olympic Games.  


 F1 driver Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi - World Sportsman of the year.

 American gymnast Simone Biles -  World Sportswoman of the year award

 Snowboarding player Chloe Kim - World Action Sportsperson of the year

 Oksana Masters - Sportsperson of the year award with a Disability

 South Bronx United (SBU), a football programme based in New York - Sport for Good Award

 South Africa’s Rugby team - World Team of the Year Award

 Germany’s F3 driver Sophia Florsch - World Comeback of the Year award

 Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal - World Breakthrough of the Year award

 German basketball Dirk Nowitzki - Lifetime Achievement Award

Spanish Basketball Federation - Exceptional Achievement Award

Soil Health Card Day to be observed on February 19. The scheme aims at issuing soil health cards to farmers every two years so as to provide a basis to address nutritional deficiencies in the soil.

AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy February launches Nadu Nedu (meaning ‘then and now’ in Telugu) scheme to improve quality standards in government hospitals  

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

India’s Sunil Kumar wins gold in 87kg Greco-Roman In Asian Wrestling Championships in 27 years.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti is celebrated on 19 February 

Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has become first airport free of single-use plastic usage.  

Foundation stone for a 50-metre high lighthouse at Dhanushkodi (Tamil Nadu) laid by Union MoS for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya

IDSA to be renamed as Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses  

AICTE bars universities from offering PGDM and MBA courses simultaneously

Bihar to get north India’s first bird ringing station and MoU inked in Gujarat .

Supratim Bandyopadhyay has been appointed as Chairman of PFRDA (Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority)  

Delhi Police integrated with Uber launched “Himmat Plus app” to ensure safety and security of the people travelling in cabs.

Election Commission of India gets ‘Silver’ award for Excellence in Government Process

World Day of Social Justice is observed on 20 February with the theme "Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice". 

 Information Commissioner Bimal Julka  is selected as the new Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission 

The National Museum is to host a unique exhibition on India's ancient food history "Historical Gastronomica-The Indus Dining Experience"  from 19-25 February 2020 in New Delhi. 

Cabinet has approved Constitution of 22nd Law Commission of India for a term of three years

Govt. elevates Gujarat-based BISAG (Bhaskaracharya Institute of Space Applications and Geoinformatics) to a national institute under MEITY (Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology)

Sanjay Kothari, Secretary to the President is selected as the new CVC Central Vigilance Commissioner

India is selected as host of 2022 AFC Women's Asia Cup by the Asian football confederations women's committee

Phase II of Swacch Bharat Mission (Grameen) is approved with the focus on ODF (open defacation free) plus which includes ODF sustainably and SLWM (Sustainability liquid and waste management)

Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly P. Ramakrishnan  is presented with Ideal Legislative Assembly Speaker/ Ideal Legislative Council Chairman Award.  

UN Convention classifies Great Indian Bustard, Asian Elephant and Bengal Florican “ endangered migratory species” on Conservation of Migratory Species.

Biocon CMD Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is named as EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2019

Indian freelance reporter Ahmer Khan is named as the winner of the 2019 Agence France – Presse (AFP) Kate Webb Prize.

S arita Devi (59kg), Pinki Jangra (55kg) and Divya Kakran (68kg) win gold, Nirmala Devi (50kg) wins silver in women’s freestyle category at Asian Wrestling Championship held in New Delhi.

BRICS CCI (BRICS Chamber of Commerce & Industry) hold Annual Direct Tax Summit & Awards 2020 in New Delhi; Dharampal Satyapal Limited won the award for Best In-House Direct Tax Team of the Year.

“Shaheed Dibash” which is also known as ‘Amar Ekushey’ was observed on 21st of February in Bangladesh to commemorate and to pay tribute to the martyrs of language movement who lost their lives during Pakistani police firing on 21st of February 1952 in Dhaka.

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