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Friday, February 21, 2020

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.


4.    Laureus world sports awards 2020

ü Laureus World Sports Awards 2020 was held in Berlin, Germany. Indian former international cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s 2011 World Cup-winning moment was voted the Laureus Sporting Moment of 2000-2020.
ü Argentine star footballer Leonel Messi and Formula One driver Luis Hamilton were jointly voted Sportsman of the Year 2020.

5.    Finance commission to boost agri exports
ü The 15th Finance Commission has set up a 8-member group led by ITC chairman and managing director (MD) Sanjiv Puri to recommend measurable performance incentives for the states, so as to promote exports & also to encourage the concerned crops to ensure replacement of more imports.

6.    Australia appointed Barry O’Farrell as new high commissioner to India

7.    FIH Junior Men’s World Cup 2021
ü The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced that India will host Junior Men’s World Cup 2021 and the women’s Junior World Cup would be held for the first time in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

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