Daily GK Update: 21 February 2020, Daily Current Affairs 2020:
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National (Current Affairs)
♦Union Ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Smriti Irani jointly inaugurate National Organic Food Festival
- Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani jointly inaugurated three-day National Organic Food Festival in New Delhi on 21st February.
- Aim: Strengthening organic market and encouraging women entrepreneurs engaged in manufacturing of organic produce.
♦India ranks 77th on sustainability, 131st in child flourishing index rankings: UN report
- India ranked 77th on a sustainability index that takes into account per capita carbon emissions and ability of children in a nation to live healthy lives and was placed 131st on a ranking that measures the best chance at survival and well-being for children, according to a UN-backed report.
- The report assessed 180 countries capacity to ensure that their youngsters can survive and thrive.
Note: List of Recent India’s Ranking Index
- Henley Passport Index 2020-84th
- Global Social Mobility Index-76th
- EIU’s Democracy Index-51st
- Global corruption perception index 2019- 80th
- Global Talent Competitiveness Index-72nd
♦CSIR tops scientific research institutional ranking
- Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (New Delhi) has been ranked first in the Nature Ranking Index-2020. The rankings are based on total research output which the institutions have carried out from December 01, 2018 to 30th November, 2019. Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, has been ranked second.
- The top subjects so associated with the research work includes: Earth and Environmental Sciences, Physical Science, Chemistry and Life Sciences.
- The third place in India is secured by Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR-Mumbai).
♦RBI approves Sunil Gurbaxani’s appointment as Dhanlaxmi Bank MD and CEO
- Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 20th February approved appointment of Sunil Gurbaxani as managing director and CEO of Dhanlaxmi Bank. Gurbaxani is working with Axis Bank at present.
- “RBI has approved the appointment of Sunil Gurbaxani as Managing Director and CEO of the Bank for a period of three years from the date of taking charge.
Note: List of Bank’s CEO
- Bank of Baroda– Sanjiv Chadha
- Bank of India– Atanu Kumar Das
- Bank of Maharashtra– A. S. Rajeev
- Canara Bank– Lingan Venkat Prabhakr
- Central Bank of India– Pallav Mahapatra
♦Nyas chief Nritya Gopal Das named chairman of Ram Janmabhoomi Trust
- Former principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Nripendra Misra has been chosen as the chairman of the Ram Temple Complex Development Committee on 19th
- Also, Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas chief Nritya Gopal Das has been named the chairman of the Sri Ram Janambhoomi Teerath Kshetra Trust .
- These decisions were announced by Vishva Hindu Parishad’s vice-president Champat Rai, who was appointed the general secretary of the Trust.
♦ESPN Multi-Sport Annual Awards 2019
- ESPN, the one-stop destination for all things sports, announced the winners of its Third Annual Multi-Sport Awards 2019, recognizing achievements across various sports disciplines in 2019 held in Mumbai.
|Award Category||Winner’s Name||Sport Name|
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Balbir Singh Senior||Hockey|
|Sportsperson of the Year(Female)||PV Sindhu||Badminton|
|Sportsperson of the Year(Male)||Saurabh Chaudhary||Shooting|
|Comeback of the year||Koneru Humpy||Chess|
|Emerging Sportsperson of the Year||Deepak Punia||Wrestling|
|Team of the Year||Manu Bhaker – Saurabh Chaudhary||Shooting|
|Differently-abled Athlete of the year||Manasi Joshi||Athlete|
|Moment of the Year||PV Sindhu||Badminton|
|The Courage Award||Dutee Chand||Spinter|
|Coach of the Year||Pullela Gopichand||Badminton|
♦21st February: International Mother Language Day
- International Mother Language Day 2020 is celebrated across the globe on February 21 to hail the linguistic diversity in the world.
- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says that local and cross-border languages can promote peaceful dialogue and help to preserve indigenous heritage.
- Theme 2020: ‘Languages without borders’.
Note: List of Important Day (February)
- 2nd February-World Wetlands Day
- 4th February-World Cancer Day
- 6 February – International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- 10th February– World Pulses Day
- 11th February– International Day of Women and Girls in Science
- 13th February – “World Radio Day”
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