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Thursday, February 27, 2020

DAILY GK 25 FEB 2020

DAILY GK 25 FEB 2020
1.    1st State to achieve 100% LPG coverage
ü Himachal Pradesh became the 1st state in the country to have 100% LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) coverage due to the implementation of PMUY (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana) scheme.Following the implementation of the PMUY scheme, the state government launched ‘Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojana’ in May 2018 to cover the scheme to remaining households.

2.    Trophies for Republic Day Parade 2020
ü Defense Minister Rajnath Singh presented trophies to the best marching contingents for Republic Day Parade 2020 at Delhi.The Indian Air Force contingent named as the best among the three services. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is named as the best marching contingent in the Central Armed Police Forces and other additional forces category.

3.    Mahathir Mohamad resigned as Malaysia’s PM
ü The world’s Oldest government leader Mahathir bin Mohamad (94) resigned as Malaysia’s PM. His resignation has been accepted by Malaysia’s king Al-Sultan Abdullah of Pahang and also named him as the Interim prime minister of Malaysia until a successor is appointed.

4.    Katherine Johnson passed away at 101
ü Famous NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson passed away at the age of 101 in Virginia, US (United States). She was born on August 26, 1918, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, US. Her life was portrayed in the movie “Hidden Figures”.


DAILY GK 23 – 24 FEB 2020

DAILY GK 23 – 24 FEB 2020
1.    International Judicial Conference 2020
ü Narendra Modi addressed the International Judicial Conference in New Delhi. The theme of the conference was “Gender Just World” while its topic was “Judiciary and The Changing World”. Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal addressed the gathering.

2.    G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting
ü Meeting was held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia the theme “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All”. The meet was chaired by the Saudi Arabia’s finance minister Mohammed al-Jadaan

3.    Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival 2020
ü Ceremony was held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Hrithik Roshan bagged the Best Actor award for film “Super 30”.Divyanka Tripathi was honoured as the Best Actress for television.


DAILY GK 22 FEB 2020

DAILY GK 22 FEB 2020
1.    Indian Army is Set to Get New Headquarters
ü Defense Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stone of the Army Headquarters new building “Thal Sena Bhawan” in Delhi Cantonment. Thal Sena Bhawan, the multi-storeyed complex adopting Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA-5 rating) norms, designed like a “rising sun” and spread over nearly 39 acres.

2.    High Level Global Conference on Road Safety
ü The 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety with theme “Achieving Global Goals 2030” was held in Stockholm, Sweden.It was hosted by Government of Sweden in collaboration with WHO.
ü Indian delegation was led by Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari.

3.    National Strategy for Financial Inclusion (NSFI)
ü In order to promote financial literacy RBI has released a National Strategy for Financial Inclusion (NSFI) 2019-24. The strategy has been prepared by Financial Inclusion Advisory Committee (FIAC) of the RBI in consultation with the Centre, SEBI, IRDAI, and PFRDA.
ü NSFI has been finalized and approved by the Financial Stability Development Council (FSDC).


DAILY GK 21 FEB 2020

DAILY GK 21 FEB 2020
1.    Nature Ranking Index 2020
ü Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) ranked first in the Nature Ranking Index 2020. All the institutions are ranked on the basis of total research output from december 01, 2018 to 30th November , 2019.

2.    EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2019
ü Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director (MD) of Bengaluru based biopharmaceutical company Biocon, won Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year 2019 at the 21st edition of the awards held in New Delhi, India.

3.    ESPN Multi-Sport Annual Awards 2019
ü PV Sindhu & Saurabh Chaudhary  declared as ‘Sportsperson of the year’ 2019 female & male. PV Sindhu received this ‘Sportsperson of the year’(Female) award for the third consecutive time. Dutee Chand was named as the first winner of the ESPN India courage award.

Friday, February 21, 2020

DAILY GK 20 FEB 2020

DAILY GK 20 FEB 2020
1.    India turn on to Bharat Stage(BS)-VI
ü India to switch to World’s cleanest petrol and diesel from April 1,2020, when it proceeds to Bharat Stage (BS-VI) from BS-IV grades at present. India will join the select League of Nations using petrol & diesel which contains 10ppm (parts per millions of Sulphur which cuts down vehicular discharge that is stated to be one of the reasons for pollution.
2.    India’s tallest pier bridge
ü The northern frontier railway construction has constructed India’s tallest railway pier bridge. It is built across the Makru river in the Tamenglong district of Manipur,Noney of Manipur.It is 100m tall similar to a 33 storey building.

DAILY GK 19 FEB 2020

DAILY GK 19 FEB 2020
1.    Permanent commission to women officers in the army
ü The Supreme Court bench of Justices  D.Y. Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta dismissed the central government’s submission that women are physically weaker than men and agreed on Delhi High Court’s decision about eligibility of permanent commission and command post to short service commissioned (SSC) women officers in the army.

2.    Most spoken language
ü The 22nd edition of the world language database Ethnologue stated Hindi, as the 3rd most spoken language of the world in 2019 with 615 million speakers. English language was at the top of the list with 1,132 million speakers and Mandarin Chinese was at the 2nd position with 1,117 million speakers.
ü Bangla has been ranked as the 7th most spoken language of the world and has 228 million native speakers.

3.    WEFFI 2019
ü The Worldwide Education for The Future Index (WEFFI) 2019 ranked India in 35th position, whereas in 2018 it was ranked 40th position. The WEFFI report is created by The Economist Intelligence unit and commissioned by Yidan Prize foundation. The index is topped by Finland.


DAILY GK 18 FEB 2020

DAILY GK 18 FEB 2020
1.    1st single-use plastic-free airport of India
ü According to the GMR Group-led  Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), Delhi-based Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has become the 1st airport in India to be completely free of single-use plastic usage.

2.    State of India’s Bird 2020 report
ü According to the ‘State of India’s Bird 2020’ report launched at the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals which is taking place in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, around 80 % of the 867 species of birds population in India has been on decline in the past 5 years with close to 50% declining.

3.    World Population Review Report
ü In accordance with the US-based think tank World Population Review, India has become the  fifth-largest in the world with a GDP of $2.94 trillion overtaking the UK and France in 2019. The size of the UK economy is $2.83 trillion and that of France is $2.71 trillion. The list has been topped by the United states (US) with $21.44 trillion GDP.


DAILY GK 16 – 17 FEB 2020

DAILY GK 16 – 17 FEB 2020
1.    Portugal’s President visit to India
ü The President of Portugal Mr Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has paid a four days visit to India.He attended India-Portugal Business Forum in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
ü Also Portuguese president inaugurated Cha-Chai art work at National Museum, New Delhi.

2.    UN Climate Summit ‘COP26′
ü The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ) is scheduled to be held at Glasgow under the presidency of the UK government.
Indian-origin minister Alok Sharma to lead UK’s COP26 summit

3.    Asian Business & Social Investor Forum
ü 13th  edition of Asian Business & Social Investor Forum 2019-20 & 4th edition – Asia’s Greatest Brands & Leaders 2019-20 held at Bangkok, Thailand with the aim to improve investment in India and Asia.

DAILY GK 15 FEB 2020

DAILY GK 15 FEB 2020
1.    First inter-city electric bus service
ü Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the first inter-city electric bus service, between Mumbai and Pune.
The electric bus has 43 seats manufactured by Mitra Mobility Solution, covers a range of 300 kilometre on single charge & will be operated twice between 2 cities.

2.    IISS Study
ü International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) annual “Military Balance” report states that global spending on defence hiked by 4% percent in 2019, showing largest growth in 10 years (2010-2019). The report showed top 15 countries, among them, the world’s biggest defence spenders are United States (US), ChinaSaudi ArabiaRussia and India(rank-5).


DAILY GK 14 FEB 2020

DAILY GK 14 FEB 2020
1.    BIMSTEC ‘Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking’
Amit Shah inaugurated the two-day long BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) ‘Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking’, in New Delhi. It was organized by Narcotics Control Bureau.
Ministry will also establish a training centre for NCB officials regarding enforcement of drug laws, at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
2.    Amazon Web Services to invest $1.6 billion in India
Amazon, E-commerce company and leader in cloud computing service with its Amazon Web Services (AWS), is setting up 2 data centers near Hyderabad, Telangana, with a total investment of Rs. 11,630 crore (around $ 1.6 billion).

3.    Dan David Prize 2020
Gita Sen , an Indian feminist scholar, activist has won the prestigious Dan David Prize 2020 under “present” category for her path-breaking work in the fields of population policies, reproductive and sexual health, women’s rights, poverty, labour markets and global governance.


Sunday, February 16, 2020

DAILY GK 13 FEB 2020

DAILY GK 13 FEB 2020
1.    India bans E-Cigarettes on Flights and Airports
ü  On January 10,2020, Aviation security regulator the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has issued a circular that Electronic-Cigarettes and all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery System(ENDS) will not be allowed in both domestic and International flights.

2.    National Water Conference
ü  The CM of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath has inaugurated the National water conference at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The conference is being held to finalize the guidelines of “Right to Water Act” or “Water Rights Act” and also discussed the water crisis in the state and also making the state a water-rich state.

3.    Top 500 Banking Brands 2020
ü  As per the The Banker’s ‘Top 500 Banking Brands 2020’ report, India’s IndusInd Bank has topped the list of ‘Highest increase in brand value’ among global banks.It’s brand value saw an increase of 122% over the past 12 months.
ü  As a part of the report, the list “Top 50 By Total Brand Value by Country” has been topped by China, India ranked 8th in this list in comparison to 10th place in 2019.
4.    Facebook launched digital literacy training
ü  Facebook launched “We Think Digital” Programme to provide digital literacy training to 1 lakh women across 7 states, including Uttar Pradesh (UP),West Bengal & Bihar.
It has been launched in partnership with National Commission for Women (NCW) and Cyber Peace Foundation.

Friday, February 14, 2020

DAILY GK 12 FEB 2020

DAILY GK 12 FEB 2020
1.    African Union (AU) Summit 2020
ü 33rd African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit 2020 under the theme “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development” was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
ü President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, is the newly elected Chairperson of the African Union for one year.He replaces Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
ü The African Union (AU) is a continental union consisting of 55 member states located on the continent of Africa.

2.    WHO renames deadly coronavirus from China as ‘COVID-19’
ü WHO has officially renamed Coronavirus as ‘COVID-19’ [“co” stands for “corona”, “vi” for “virus” and “d” for “disease”, while “19” was for the year, as the outbreak was first originated in China’s Wuhan area in December 2019].
ü Earlier the WHO had given temporary name for the virus as 2019-nCoV
ü Wild mammal pangolin suspected as coronavirus host
ü According to the researchers at South China Agricultural Universitypangolin, an endangered, scaly, ant-eating mammal is believed to be the cause of coronavirus.

3.    International Darwin Day-February 12, 2020
ü This year on 12th February has marked the 211th birth anniversary of the Charles Darwin.

4.    India’s foreign investment jumps 40%
ü According to RBI on RBI data on ‘Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI), India ‘s Foreign investment rose by nearly 40 per cent to USD 2.10 billion on a yearly basis in January 2020.