Daily Current Affairs 16th February, 2020

Daily Current Affairs 16 February 2020 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.

NATIONAL NEWS

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

  • The South Central Railways has converted a total of 13 railway stations into “energy neutral” stations, which is the highest amongst all the zones across the Indian Railways network

Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Delhi’s CM
Arvind Kejriwal, who spearheaded the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to another resounding victory in the assembly elections of Delhi by winning 62 seats out of 70 against the BJP led juggernaut, will take oath as the chief minister of New Delhi.

  • Kejriwal was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Delhi for the third time in a row.

Shri Nitin Gadkari Flags off Apiary on Wheels
‘Apiary on Wheels’, a unique concept designed by KVIC for the easy upkeep and migration of Bee Boxes having live Bee colonies, was flagged off by the Union Minister of MSME Shri Nitin Gadkari in Delhi.

  • Apiary on Wheels is a platform which can carry 20 Bee Boxes from one place to another without any difficulty. Two large wheels on either side of the Apiary on Wheels and 4 separate compartments with independent doors, having 5 bee boxes each help the platform to remain intact without disturbing the live bee colonies.

New Delhi hosts National Organic Food Festival
The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) with the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) will host the first National Organic Food Festival in New Delhi. 

  • The theme of the festival is Unleashing India’s Organic Market Potential.
  • It aims to strengthen the organic market and empower women entrepreneurs in the area of production and processing of organic products.

 ‘Pyaar ka Paudha’ campaign launched by Bihar govt to encourage practice of planting trees
Ahead of Valentine’s day, ‘Pyaar ka Paudha’ (a plant of love) campaign has been launched by the Bihar government’s Department of Environment and Forest in Patna, to encourage the practice of planting trees in the state.

First phase of Kolkata’s East-West Metro corridor dedicated to Sarojini Naidu
Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal said the first phase of East-West Metro corridor connecting Sector V with Salt Lake Stadium is dedicated to freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu on her birth anniversary.

GOI sanctioned 9 Medical colleges and 2 AIIMS for Jammu & Kashmir
Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh performed Bhoomi pooja ceremony of AIIMS building.

  • Jammu and Kashmir allocated two AIIMS – one in Jammu and another in Kashmir. The nine medical colleges had been sanctioned in Jammu and Kashmir in addition to the two AIIMS. The new work culture of the government of working beyond vote bank politics has greatly benefitted the people.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

43rd IFAD Governing Council meet held in Rome, Italy
The 43rd session of the governing council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) was held in Rome with the theme “Investing in sustainable food systems to end hunger by 2030″.

  • The council meet announced that with the current progress the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030 can not be achieved.

Mobile World Congress 2020 cancelled
Global telecom industry body GSM Association has decided to cancel the 2020 edition of the sector’s largest event Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2020 due to health safety concerns around novel coronavirus outbreak.

Joint exercise India, UK armies Ajeya Warrior 2020′ begins
The fifth edition of exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior 2020’ between the armies of India and the United Kingdom commenced at Salisbury Plains, the United Kingdom.

  • The exercise is aimed at conducting training of troops in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations in urban and semi-urban areas.


BANKING & FINANCE

Sebi constitutes municipal bonds development committee
Markets regulator Sebi has constituted a committee which will suggest on policy matters pertaining to development of municipal debt securities and facilitate municipalities for issuance of such bonds.

  • The regulator has constituted a municipal bonds development committee headed by its Executive Director Sujit Prasad and comprises representatives from municipal corporations, lawyers, professionals and market practitioners.


SPORTS

Ladakh, J-K to host first-ever Khelo India Winter Games
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is set to organise the first-ever Khelo India Winter Games in the Union Territory of Ladakh in the third week of February and in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in the first week of March.

  • The Khelo India Ladakh Winter Games will have Open Ice Hockey Championship, Figure Skating and Speed Skating among others. The competition will be conducted at Block, district and UT levels with an expected participation of about 1700 athletes.


AWARDS

D-Mart’s Owner Radhakishan Damani Becomes Second Richest Man In India After Mukesh Ambani
As per the Forbes’ Real Time Billionaires’ Index, Avenue Supermarts, which is doing business as D-Mart, founder Radhakishan Damani has now become the second richest Indian with a networth of $ 17.8 billion,after Reliance Industries ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani.

UP govt to replace ‘Yash Bharti Award’ with ‘State Cultural Award’ 
The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to replace Yash Bharti Awards with State Cultural Award.

  • Yash Bharti Award is the highest Award of Government of Uttar Pradesh.

Eva de Goede named 2019 FIH Women’s Player of the Year
Netherlands women’s captain Eva de Goede has been named as the 2019 FIH Women’s Player of the Year by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

  • This is the second consecutive year that de Goede has won the FIH Player of the Year award.


OBITUARIES

Parikrama lead guitarist Sonam Sherpa passes away at 48
Sonam Sherpa, the lead guitarist of the Indian rock band Parikrama, passed away . He was 48

  • Sherpa was one of the founding members of Parikrama and was credited with memorable musical pieces such as “I Beleive” and “But it Rained”.


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