Weekly Current Affairs 1-02-2020 to 8-02-2020

Current Affairs 1-02-2020 to 8-02-2020

Legislative Assembly elections will be held in Delhi on 8 February 2020 to elect 70 members of the Delhi Legislative Assembly.

Fashion show “Naturally North-East: The Naga Narrative”, curated by noted fashion designer Ritu Beri, held at Surajkund Mela in Haryana

Prince Charles unveils a new children's protection fund for India as part of British Asian Trust and Katy Perry is the new ambassador.  

Kerala govt. to set up 1,000 ‘Kudumbashree’ hotels to provide subsidised meals at Rs 25

Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is being developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) 

Haryana Govt. launches ‘Mukhya Mantri Parivar Samridhi Yojna’; Rs 6,000 per year will be given to families having an annual income below Rs 1.80 lakh and land holdings up to five acres

Indian Army Major Anoop Mishra develops world’s first bulletproof helmet against AK-47 bullets under project Abhedya

Philip Barton has been appointed as the High Commissioner to India by the British government. 

Jeremy Lalrinnunga (men’s) and Mirabai Chanu (women’s) declared best lifters at Senior National Weightlifting Championships in Kolkata

For the first time, Nepal has announced that it will count a "third gender" category in its next population census. 

Philip Barton is appointed as Britain’s new High Commissioner to India  

J&K administration renames Public Health Engineering & Irrigation and Flood Control Department (PHE&IFC) as ‘Jal Shakti Department’  

Odia & English writer Manoj Das wins Mystic Kalinga Literary Award (Indian and Global Languages) in Bhubaneswar  

Sambo Lapung the Indian weightlifter has won the gold medal with a national record of 188kg in clean and jerk in the men’s 89kg event of the National Weightlifting Championships held in Kolkata. 

India and the United Kingdom are expected to sign a government-to-government agreement on jet engine technology development.  

Government has approved proposals for Atal Bhujal Yojana for sustainable management of groundwater resources with community participation in water-stressed blocks of Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.

India International Seafood Show will be held in Kochi from 7-9 February 2020 with the theme  “Blue Revolution- Beyond Production to Value Addition”.    

President Confers INternational Gandhi Awards for Leprosy to Dr NS Dharmashaktu 

5 IIITs to get the status of Institution of National Importance. The 5 IIITs in PPP mode includes IIT in Bhopal, Raichur, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Surat. 

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is observed on 6 February. 

AP Govt made history with ‘Intivadhakey Pension’ scheme by covering 94 % within a few days. The scheme was launched in 13 districts on February 1, 2020.

The 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup is an international limited-overs cricket tournament currently being held in South Africa from 17 January to 9 February 2020.  

Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra’ trust is set up for constructing Ram temple at Ayodhya (UP)  

Cabinet approves grant of Institution of National Importance (INI) status to 5 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) at Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay presents World Heritage Certificate for the walled city of Jaipur to Rajasthan government 

Dinkar Keshav Raikar presented with lifetime achievement award of Mantralaya & Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh for his contribution to journalism.

Britain’s Prince Charles launches Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIIF) focussed on reducing the exploitation of children in India 

Big Bang Boom Solutions wins prestigious SKOCH Award for “Boron Nitrate Based Personal Hybrid Combat Armour ”

The governor of RBI Shaktikanta Das is awarded as 'National Banker of the Year 2020 – Asia-Pacific' by The Banker magazine.  

Bhutan’s parliament passes legislation making it mandatory for visitors from India to pay a fee of Rs 1200 per day for its “sustainable development” f  

India and Norway sign MoUs in the field of research and higher education during the visit of Director-General, Anne Line Wold, Norwegian Ministry of Education.

 DefExpo-2020, a flagship biennial event of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India, is being held for the first time in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh from 5th to 9th Feb 2020.  

The ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research)’s Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) has developed cell culture Classical Swine Fever vaccine  

President opens annual Udyanotsav of the Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan where the public can visit gardens from February 5 to March 8  

Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman gets MP Govt.’s Kishore Kumar Samman for 2018 

Emergency Response Support System (ERSS), Govt. of India initiative is a Pan-India single number (112) based emergency response system for citizens in emergencies. 

Amitabh Bhatt is appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Bangalore.

PMMVY Awards

Madhya Pradesh bags the first position for the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana.  

Dadra & Nagar Haveli bags first position for States/ UTs having a population of less than 1 crore in Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) awards 

Indore (MP) was first in district-level award for States/UTs with a population of more than 1 crore in PMMVY awards. 

Mizoram (Serchhip) was first in the district-level award for States/UTs with a population of less than 1 crore.

Kala Ghoda Art Festival being held in Mumbai from February 1 to 9  

Indians from the US “Rajiv Ram” and Britain’s “Joy Salisbury” won the “Men’s Doubles of the Australian Open”.  

“Bharatvanshi Prem Parameswaran” has been included in US President Donald Trump’s Asian-American and Pacific Island Advisory Council.  

India’s Ankita Raina wins singles title in $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Thailand. 

Kerala government declares n-coronavirus as a state disaster. Coronavirus spread to 25 countries and infected 18,000 people in China, including India and the US.  

World Cancer Day is being observed every year on February 4 by the Union for International Cancer Control with the theme this year: I am I will    

Sri Lanka ranked 1st in a new survey conducted by the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) on Breast-Feeding Support Policies and Programs.  

DST has launched a unique scheme called “Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes (SATHI)” to address the need for building shared, professionally managed and strong Science and Technology infrastructure in the country. 

Madhya Pradesh has bagged the first position for the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana  

The 35th edition of India International Leather Fair (IILF), 2020 is being held from Feb1-3,2020 in the capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai. 

ICICI Bank launches ‘iBox’ self-service delivery tool for customers to collect their deliverables like debit cards and cheque books from the bank bran  

M Ajit Kumar is appointed as chairman of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs

TB haarega, Desh Jeetega" Campaign, the target to eradicate Tuberculosis will be achieved by 2025

PSPB’s Harmeet Desai (men’s) and Haryana’s Sutirtha Mukherjee (women’s) win singles titles in 81st National Table Tennis Championships  

Flame-throated bulbul ‘Rubigula’ unveiled as a mascot for 36th National Games in Goa in October 2020; is also the state bird of Goa 

India, Maldives sign MoUs for establishing Addu Tourism zone in five islands of Addu atoll 

Indian Olympic Association invites BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to become the Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian contingent at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics  

Vijayveer Sidhu won the men's 25m Pistol T2 event in the National Shooting trials at Thiruvananthapuram.

Lieutenant General Yogesh Kumar Joshi assumes charge of GOC-in-C, Northern Command in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampu.

Veer Smriti’ memorial for 357 Army and Assam Rifles personnel killed while fighting insurgency in Nagaland inaugurated at 

Padamshri awardee & Eminent Punjabi novelist Dalip Kaur Tiwana passed away at 84

Sahitya Akademi Awardee winner Punjabi writer Jaswant Singh Kanwal dies at 101 in Moga district of Punjab

World’s largest solar telescope reveals never-before-seen images of Sun’s turbulent surface

Longest ever budget speech was delivered of over 2 hours 40 minutes, breaking her 2019 record of 2 hours and 17 minutes.

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Scheme to be expanded; 20 lakh farmers would be provided funds to set up standalone solar pumps

Ajay Bisaria Appointed as Next High Commissioner of India to Canada

International Development Week (IDW) is celebrated from 2 February to 8 February and this year marks the 30th anniversary of International Development Week in Canada.

Gopal Baglay appointed India’s new High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.

Rubigula, Flame-Throated Bulbul unveiled as the official mascot for the Goa 2020 National Games. 

The union government proposes a single exam for all government jobs. 

Olympian Ayonika Paul won the women's 10m Air Rifle T1 event 

Happy Bananas India's first of its kind fruit train was launched from Tadipatri Railway Station in Anantapur district & from Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh

Telangana has emerged as the best-performing state in promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index 2019, according to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India

Nagoba Jatara is a tribal festival held in Keslapur village, Inderavelly Mandal Adilabad district, Telangana, India. It is the second biggest tribal carnival and celebrated by Mesaram clan of Gond tribes for 10 days.

Bengaluru emerged as the worst traffic-congested city globally in the TomTom Traffic Index of 2019. 

Bala Devi the first Indian woman to sign up for a Rangers FC foreign football club

Journalist Yusuf Jameel won 2019 PEN Gauri Lankesh Award for Democratic Idealism

CSS Corp, a new-age IT services and technology company,  announced it has been named a winner in the 2020 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group.

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