Daily GK Update: 13th February 2020, Daily Current Affairs 2020:
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National (Current Affairs)
♦ 2nd BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise-2020 in Odisha
- Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai on 12th February inaugurated the Field Training Exercise of 2nd BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise on flood rescue at the Ramachandi Beach, Puri (Odisha). Delegates & rescue teams of five member nations namely- India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka & Myanmar, of BIMSTEC group participated in this exercise with great zeal and enthusiasm.
- Aims: Exercise will provide a platform for member states to evaluate existing capabilities, share best emergency response practices, improve existing emergency preparedness and strengthen regional response mechanism and also to conduct risk assessment in the context of cultural heritage sites at the time of disaster.
Note: About Odisha
- Capital: Bhubaneswar
- Governor: Ganeshi Lal
- Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik
♦Manpreet Singh becomes first Indian to win FIH Player of the Year award
- Men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh on 13th February became the first Indian to win the FIH Player of the Year award as he beat Belgium’s Arthur van Doren and Lucas Vila of Argentina to the accolade for the year 2019.
- Manpreet won a total of 35.2 per cent of combined votes, which includes National Associations, media, fans and players. Van Doren, the winner of the award in 2017 and 2018, received 19.7 per cent of the votes while Villa polled 16.5 per cent in his favour.
♦Gulmarag to host National Winter Games from March 7th under Khelo India
- The world-famous ski destination Gulmarg is all set to host a five-day national winter games event from 7th March under Khelo India – a national programme for the development of sports.
- There will be 30 events under four disciplines including snowboarding, snow skiing, cross country and snow-show in which players from across India would participate. While on the side-lines, snow cycling and other games will be held for the local children.
♦13th February: World Radio Day 2020
- World Radio Day is celebrated annually on February 13 to recognize radio as a method for teaching individuals, transporting data and promoting the opportunity of expression across global cultures.
- Theme 2020: ‘Radio and Diversity’.
♦13th February: National Women’s Day
- India celebrates Sarojini Naidu’s birthday as National Women’s Day of India every year on February 13. Sarojini Naidu was India’s first women governor and also famous as ‘Bharat Kokila’. Sarojini Naidu was born on February 13, 1879. She actively participated in the Indian National Movement for the independence of the country.
Note: List of Important Day (January)
- 1st January – Global Family Day
- 9th January – NRI (Non-Resident Indian)
- 12th January – National Youth Day
- 15th January – Indian Army Day
- 25th January- National Voters’ Day
Book and Author
♦Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal Released A Book Titled “A Commentary And Digest On The Air, Act 1981”
- Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal released a book titled “A Commentary and Digest on The Air, Act 1981,” at Chandigarh.
- The book focuses on ways of preventing and controlling air pollution.
- The book has been written by Dr. K.K. Khandelwal, Chairman, Haryana Real Estate Regulatory Authority, Gurugram and Mr. Apoorva Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Town and Country Planning and Urban Estates Department.
♦Famous Designer Wendell Rodricks passes away
- Internationally-famed fashion designer Wendell Rodricks passed away at his home in Colvale village in Goa.
- A Padma Shri award-winning designer and known for infusing modern aesthetics with traditional Goan influences, Rodricks was also an author, environmentalist and gay rights activist.
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