Daily Current Affairs 21 February 2020 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
NF Railway builds India’s tallest pier bridge in Manipur
The Northeast Frontier Railway Construction Organisation has built India’s tallest railway pier bridge — 100 m tall equivalent to a 33-storey building, across river Makru in the Tamenglong district of Manipur.
- The ₹283.5-crore bridge with a span of 555 m is part of the 111-km Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal new broad gauge line. It has 47 tunnels, the longest being 10.28 km
Symposium on Emerging Opportunities for Indian Textiles and Crafts held in New Delhi
Union Minister of Textiles and WCD, Smriti Zubin Irani has inaugurated a symposium on Emerging Opportunities for Indian Textiles and Crafts held in New Delhi.
- The symposium was attended by senior officers of the Ministries of Commerce & Industry and Textiles, representatives of EPCs, buying offices and buying agents
Cabinet approves phase two of Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen
Union Cabinet has approved the Phase- 2 of the Swachh Bharat Mission, Grameen till 2024-25, which will focus on Open Defecation Free Plus (ODF Plus).
- The program will work towards ensuring that no one is left behind and everyone uses a toilet.
- The phase-2 of the mission will be implemented in a mission mode with a total estimated budgeted financial implication of 52 thousand 497 crore rupees.
Reference Annuals India 2020, Bharat 2020 released
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar released the Reference Annual, India 2020 and Bharat 2020 in New Delhi. E-version of the year books were also released on this occasion.
- The books carry exhaustive and comprehensive information about the country and the activities, progress and achievements of various Central Government Ministries, Departments and Organisations during the year.
4 Railway stations in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj, including Allahabad Junction, get new names
Four Railway Stations in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj will now sport new names, a move aimed at reviving the identity of the ancient city.
- Allahabad Junction will now be Prayagraj Junction, Allahabad City will now be known as Prayagraj Rambag, Allahabad Chhioki has been changed to Prayagraj Chheoki and the name of Prayagghat has been changed to Prayagraj Sangam.
Haryana to set up Atal Kisan Majdoor canteens
Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya said that Atal Kisan -Majdoor canteens would be established in the ‘mandis’ and sugar mills of the state to provide affordable, cheap meals to farmers and labourers at concessional rate of Rs 10 per plate.
- He said that 25 such canteens will be established this year. These canteens have started functioning at five Market Committees namely, Karnal, Bhiwani, Nuh, Panchkula, Fatehabad Market Committee Mandi and at Karnal Cooperative Sugar Mill.
1st Bharat-Bangla Paryatan Utsav begins in Agartala
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb inaugurated the first-ever 2 days long Bharat-Bangla Paryatan Utsav at Agartala Ujjayanta Palace
- The aim of the ustav to promote the tourism in Tripura and apprise the people of the state and neighbouring Bangladesh of the tourist destinations in this state.
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 the 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 was released by World Health Organization (WHO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and The Lancet medical journal.
- Norway leads the table for survival, health, education and nutrition rates – followed by South Korea and the Netherlands. Chad and Somalia come at the bottom.
India will be Guest of Honour at the International Tourism Fair of Madagascar
India will be the Guest of Honour at the International Tourism Fair of Madagascar, said Abhay Kumar, India’s Ambassador to Madagascar, in Antananarivo.
- This is for the first time that such a large contingent of Indian tour operators is visiting the country.
BANKING & FINANCE
HDFC Bank, Mastercard, SAP Concur join hands to manage spending in corporate sector
HDFC Bank, Mastercard and SAP Concur have joined hands for spending management services for the corporate sector.
- HDFC Bank will offer a corporate credit card for business travellers, providing a one-stop solution for payment and expense management during business trips.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
India to switch over to world’s cleanest petrol, diesel from April 1
India will switch to the world’s cleanest petrol and diesel from April 1 as it leapfrogs straight to Euro-VI emission compliant fuels from Euro-IV grades now – a feat achieved in just three years and not seen in any of the large economies around the globe.
- India will join the select league of nations using petrol and diesel containing just 10 parts per million of sulphur as it looks to cut vehicular emissions that are said to be one of the reasons for the choking pollution in major cities.
Pragyan Ojha announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Veteran Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect.
- Ojha played 24 Tests, 18 ODIs and 6 T20Is for India. He picked 113 wickets in Tests and 21 in ODIs
- Ojha played for Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League
Asian Wrestling Championships: Sarita Mor, Pinki clinch gold
Sarita Mor and Pinki clinched a gold medal in their respective weight categories in the ongoing Asian Wrestling Championships.
- Sarita Mor triumphed 3-2 over Mongolia’s Battsetseg in the finals of the 59kg category while Pinki defeated Mongolia’s Dulguun Bolormaa 2-1 in 55kg freestyle final.
- Nirmala Devi had to settle for a silver medal in the 50kg category after coming up short against Japan’s Miho Igarashi.
- Earlier in the day, grappler Divya Kakran became the second Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championship.
Former FICCI president V L Dutt passes away
Dr. VL Dutt, leading industrialist and executive chairman of KCP Ltd , the Chennai headquartered conglomerate with major interests in heavy engineering, cement , sugar and heavy machinery, passed away.
- Dr. Dutt Dutt was the president of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) during 1991-92 and was a widely respected industrialist.
Computer scientist, Larry Tesler passes away
Larry Tesler, the Silicon Valley pioneer who created the now-ubiquitous computer concepts such as “cut,” “copy” and “paste,” has died. He was 74.
- He specialised in user interface design and is most famous for devising the cut and paste command alongside his colleague Tim Mott at Parc.
- It updated the old method of editing in which people would physically cut portions of printed text and glue them elsewhere
Tamil Nadu, Karnataka to observe Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary as ‘Girl Children Protection Day’
TN Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami declaring that February 24, which marks the birth anniversary of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, will be observed as the ‘State Girl Child Protection Day’.
- To honour the late leader’s memory, the government will implement five new schemes, including a Rs 2 lakh assistance by way of bank deposit, for the welfare of destitute girl children.
- Karnataka government also will celebrate former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s birthday as ‘State Women children protection day.
International Mother Language Day
International Mother Language Day is celebrated every year on 21st February.
- The main purpose of celebrating this day is to promote the awareness of language and cultural diversity all across the world. It was first announced by UNESCO on November 17, 1999.
- The theme for International Mother Language Day 2020 is ‘ Languages without borders’