Current Affairs 03 February, 2020


1. Pakistan declares national emergency to battle locusts.

  • Pakistan, which is facing its worst locust attack in decades, has declared a national emergency to tackle the insects destroying crops on a large scale in Punjab province, the country's main region for agricultural production.
  • The decision was taken at a meeting convened by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The meeting, attended by federal ministers and senior officials of the four provinces, also approved a National Action Plan (NAP) that requires a sum of ₹7.3 billion to overcome the crisis.
  • The prime minister directed the authorities concerned to make immediate measures on the basis of damage of ripened crops.

Foot Notes:
About Pakistan
Prime minister:
Imran Khan
Capital: Islamabad
Currency: Pakistani rupee

2. Andhra govt launches doorstep pension distribution scheme under “YSR Pension Kanuka”.

  • The Andhra Pradesh Government has initiated a doorstep pension delivery scheme across the state, under which, various welfare pensions are being delivered at the doorstep of the pensioners.
  • The "YSR Pension Kanuka" initiative to end the struggles of old people who find it difficult to go to the pension office.
  • Also, the age for old age pensioners (OAP) has been reduced from 65 to 60 years. With the increase in the pensioners, the list of beneficiaries has gone up to 54.64 lakh this year.

Foot Notes:
About Andhra Pradesh
Biswabhusan Harichandan
Chief minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

3. Ajay Bisaria appointed as India's next High Commissioner to Canada.

  • India's High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Canada.
  • An IFS officer of the 1987 batch, Bisaria is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
  • From February 2017 to November 2019, Vikas Swarup served as India's High Commissioner to Canada.
  • Swaroop is now secretary (West) at the Ministry of external affairs.

Foot Notes:
About Canada
Currency: Canadian dollar
Prime minister: Justin Trudeau

4. Waheeda Rehman to be conferred MP govt's Kishore Kumar Samman.

  • Noted actor Waheeda Rehman will be conferred the Madhya Pradesh government's National Kishore Kumar Samman. The award, for the year 2018, will be given to Rehman at her Bandra residence in Mumbai by Madhya Pradesh Culture Minister Vijaylaxmi Sadho.
  • Rehman, one of Hindi film industry's most successful leading ladies with a string of box office hits and several awards. The award, which carries a Rs 2 lakh cash prize and citation, could not be given to Rehman during a function held in October last year as the actor was unwell.
  • The function was held on October 13 coinciding with the death anniversary of singing legend Kishore Kumar.

5. Vinod Shukla bags first Mathrubhumi Book of the Year award.

  • Noted Hindi poet-novelist and Sahitya Akademi honouree Vinod Kumar Shukla has bagged the inaugural Mathrubhumi Book of the Year award for his translated book "Blue Is Like Blue".
  • The stories in "Blue Is Like Blue", translated into English by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and Sara Rai.
  • The award, given to the best fictional work released in the previous year, carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, a plaque designed by Riyas Komu and a certificate.
  • The award was presented at the Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters 2020.

6. Novak Djokovic wins his record 8th Men's singles title in Australian open.

  • In tennis, Serbia's Novak Djokovic won his record 8th Men's singles title in Australian Open at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
  • He beat first-time Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem  of Austria.
  • The men's doubles title was clinched by Joe Salisbury of the UK and American Rajeev Ram who beat Australia's Luke Saville and Max Purcell.

7. Govt appoints M Ajit Kumar as chairman of CBIC.

  • The Government of India appointed M Ajit Kumar IRS as chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC).
  • The appointment came just two days before the Union Budget 2020 presentation. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment.
  • The new Chairman’s immediate responsibilities will include accelerating the Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenues and to deal with the changes introduced in customs duties in the Union Budget for 2020.

Foot Notes:
Chairperson: Pranab Kumar Das

8. The government in its budget 2020 has announced a National Mission on Quantum Technologies & Applications (NM-QTA).

  • The government in its budget 2020 has announced a National Mission on Quantum Technologies & Applications (NM-QTA) with a total budget outlay of Rs 8000 Cr for a period of five years to be implemented by the Department of Science & Technology (DST).
  • Quantum technologies are rapidly developing globally with a huge disruptive potential.
  • Their applications which will receive boost include those in aero-space engineering, numerical weather prediction, simulations, securing the communications & financial transactions, cyber security, advanced manufacturing, health, agriculture, education and other important sectors .

9. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that it is preparing low-cost satellite launch vehicles.

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that it is preparing low-cost satellite launch vehicles costing around 30-35 crores rupees each, which can put into orbit satellites weighing 500 kgs.
  • The first such launch is expected to take place in the next four months from the country.
  • This capability will give ISRO a big commercial boost as it will be able to cater to micro, mini and medium segments of the market.

Foot Notes:
About ISRO
Vikram Sarabhai
Headquarters: Bengaluru
Director: Kailasavadivoo Sivan

10. Lt Gen Y K Joshi takes over as GOC-in-C Northern Command.

  • Lieutenant General YK Joshi took over as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command at Udhampur.
  • Before assuming the charge, he visited "Dhruva War Memorial". He paid tribute to martyrs who have sacrificed their lives under the Northern Command since 1972.
  • Gen Joshi commanded 13 JAK RIF in Operation VIJAY and PARAKRAM.Nicknamed 'Joe', he also displayed outstanding leadership during the Kargil war.

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