Current Affairs 05 February, 2020


1. Frequency of Maitree and Bandhan Express  connecting Bangladesh and India increased.

  • The frequency of the Maitree Express and Bandhan Express trains connecting Bangladesh and India has been increased.
  •  In a press release issued the High Commission of India in Bangladesh said that Maitree Express running between Dhaka and Kolkata will now run 5 days a week. Earlier it was running 4 days a week.
  • Bandhan Express running between Kolkata and Khulna will now be running twice a week. Earlier it was running once a week.

2. Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur gets ready for Kumbabishekam.

  • In Tamil Nadu, the rare Kumbhabhishekam of the heritage Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur will be held in a short while from now.
  • The 'Kumbhabhishekam' of the 1,000-year old Brihadeeswara temple in Thanjavur is being held with traditional rites and rituals within a few hours from now.
  • The kumbhabhishekam, which relates to the rejuvenation of the temple, was last performed in 1997. Lakhs of pilgrims have flocked to the temple town of Thanjavur, on the banks of the river Cauvery, to witness the rare spectacle.

Foot Notes:
About Tamil Nadu
Chief minister:
Edappadi K. Palaniswami
Capital: Chennai

3. Insurance cover on bank deposits increased from Rs one lakh to five lakh.

  • Insurance cover on bank deposits has been increased to five lakh rupees from one lakh rupees. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in a statement that the cover is provided by the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the RBI.
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had made the announcement regarding increasing insurance cover to five lakh rupees in her Budget Speech. The move will help boost the confidence of people in the banking system.
  • As the insurance cover stands increased, the banks will pay a premium of 12 paise against 10 paise per 100 rupees deposited.

Foot Notes:
About RBI
Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata
Governor: Shaktikanta Das
Four deputy governors B. P. Kanungo, N. S. Vishwanathan, Mahesh Kumar Jain, and Michael Patra.

4. Albin Kurti named as Kosovo’s prime minister

  • Albin Kurti has been named as Kosovo's prime minister.
  • Once dubbed ‘Kosovo’s Che Guevara’ for his radical antics, the 44-year-old was named PM after his left-wing Vetevendosje party forged a coalition with the centre-right Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK).
  • Mixing a left-wing agenda with fervent nationalism, Kurti has long been an insurgent force in Kosovo politics.

Foot Notes:
About as Kosovo
Currency: Euro

5. Deepa Malik Elected as President of Paralympic Committee of India.

  • Indian Paralympic medal-winner Deepa Malik has been elected president of the Paralympic Committee of India.
  • Malik, who won silver in shot putt F-53 at Rio 2016, was elected unopposed.
  • She was also awarded Padma Shri award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.

6. Kenya's longest serving President Daniel Arap Moi dies at 95.

  • Former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi, who ruled the country for 24 years, has died.
  • Moi was born September 2, 1924, in Baringo County.
  • He became Kenya's second president after independence and went on to rule from 1978 to 2002.

Foot Notes:
About Kenya
Currency: Kenyan shilling

7. President Kovind inaugurated annual Udyanotsav at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind opened the annual Udyanotsav of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan will be opened for the general public from 05 February.
  • The main attraction of this year’s Udyanotsav, beside Tulips and Exotic flowers, are bulbous flowers. Around 10 thousand Tulips are specially cultivated in Mughal Gardens and they are in vivid colours of red, white, orange and yellow.
  • Flower Carpets in magnificent designs will also be on display in the Central Lawns revealing the skill and craft of the gardeners of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

8. Navy conducts coastal security exercise 'Matla Abhiyaan'

  • The Indian Navy carried out a five-day coastal security exercise, 'Matla Abhiyaan', with personnel of two naval boats.
  • The exercise, named after Matla River, aimed to interact with coastal communities to spread awareness on coastal security and understand the navigational complexities in the Sunderban delta waters. During the exercise, the two boats undertook patrol in the Sunderban delta, and along the Indo-Bangladesh protocol route.
  • The personnel of the naval boats interacted with the crew of fishing boats, tankers and launches operating in the Matla and Hooghly rivers and the narrow creeks of Sunderbans.

Foot Notes:
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff: Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar
Chief of the Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh

9. Union govt sets target of 30km of highways a day in current fiscal.

  • The Union Government has set the target for construction of highways about 30 kilometres per day in the current fiscal.
  • In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said, the average construction of Highways is 25.23 kilometres per day till December in 2019-20 whereas it was 24.37 kilometres per day during the corresponding period in 2018-19.
  • A total of two thousand one hundred 55 kilometres length of roads have been built in the first three months of the current financial year as compared to two thousand three hundred 51 kilometres in the corresponding period last year.

Foot Notes:
Road Transport and Highways Minister: Nitin Gadkari

10. Indian boxers bag six gold at Golden Girl Championship in Sweden

  • In Boxing, India's junior youth dominated the ring at the Golden Girl Championship in Boras, Sweden, claiming 14 medals, including six golds, the overall championship trophy and the 'Best Boxer' award.
  • While the junior women's team clinched five golds, three silvers and one bronze medal, the youth team secured a single gold and four bronze medals.Haryana's Prachi Dhankar (50 kilogram), playing in the junior category, won the 'Best Boxer' award.
  • Besides Prachi, Ethoibi Chanu Wangjam (54 kilogram), Lashu Yadav (66 kilogram) and Mahi Raghav (80 kilogram) also won gold medals.

Foot Notes:
About Sweden
Currency: Swedish krona

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